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Johannesburg will once again host the world’s largest and most important Sub-Saharan African entertainment content market, DISCOP Johannesburg and welcome some of the most ambitions and talented people on the Continent, South Africa’s next generation of film and tv creators, producers and dealmakers.

 

The 6th edition of DISCOP Johannesburg will take place from October 25th to 27th at the Sandton Convention Centre, specifically scheduled so that it does not conflict with the American Film Market, enabling many more international delegates to attend.

 

Over 1,500 delegates representing multiplatform entertainment content businesses from across Africa and the globe will converge in Johannesburg for three days of deal-making and networking. Participants come from over 70 countries and include distributors, acquisition and development executives, producers, and financiers.

 

Confirmed exhibitors for this year’s event include the likes of Fox, NBC Universal, BBC, ZEE Entertainment, CBS, Viacom, Lionsgate, Dreamworks, Televisa, Indiacast, Kanal D, Turner, TV5 MONDE, Deutsche Welle, NHK, CCTV, SkyVision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, ZDF, Paramount, Mondo TV, Global Agency and others leading film and television companies.

 

Over the years, DISCOP Johannesburg has also established itself as a pivotal destination for independent creators and producers seeking knowledge-transfer, funding, partnerships, and distribution opportunities.

 

To further service this interest and to provide further opportunities for independent distributors, DISCOP Johannesburg will present a new sidebar initiative dubbed, THE NEXT GEN PROGRAM, and aimed specifically at assisting South Africa’s next generation of film and tv creators, producers, and dealmakers to learn from to pros, perfect their pitch projects, and network with key industry players.

 

“The program aims to guide and nurture the next wave of South Africa’s talented producers and provide them with expert guidance and top-level industry networking opportunities to develop content and monetize entertainment content,” explains Patrick Zuchowicki, founding manager of the DISCOP markets.

 

Developed with key industry associations, this thorough, intensive, and real-world program will specifically focus on animated content, multiplatform short formats, virtual reality production, and partnership opportunities with Germany, South Africa’s #1 coproduction partner.

 

Asa result of a new partnership with DISCOP Johannesburg, announced by The African Animation Network (AAN), up and coming animators will be able to take part in the continent’s only pan-African animation pitching competition planned with the support of Africa’s leading animation, visual effects, gaming, and comics associations (AVGC).

 

Nick Wilson, Project Manager of AAN explains further, “True to the AAN mandate, we provide AVGC associations across Africa with an open network and platform to market themselves at the DISCOP Abidjan and Johannesburg markets, the world’s premiere destinations for content made in Africa.  We’re excited to explore the diversity of the African animation industry with the possibility of creating co-production and collaboration opportunities across borders and regions whilst simultaneously building capacity within the sector.”

 

The development, production, and monetization of short formats tailored to reach audiences via varied digital distribution streams will take center stage. A pitching competition sponsored by mahala.tv, Africa’s newest innovative distribution and funding platform and filmmaker community, will see a concerted outreach to independents, especially those creating short formats.

 

Mahala.tv CEO and well known South African director Gerhard Mostert has this to say of the partnership, “To celebrate the launch of mahala.tv, and to promote the importance of short formats within the digital space, mahala.tv has partnered with DISCOP Johannesburg to put out a call for short format content that will be showcased at the 3-day industry gathering. Mahala.tv is especially excited to be hosting the pitching competition and will be offering funding support to winners, as well as welcoming all independents to become part of a new global community of producers that will enable them to create, share, and monetize content.”

 

DISCOP Johannesburg’s NEXT GEN PROGRAM will also focus on the increasing potential of virtual reality, a new hot trend in the industry, with the global augmented reality and virtual reality markets expected to generate US$ 80 billion in revenues by 2020.

 

Major broadcasters such as Arte, France Television, National Geographic, Discovery, ZDF, Sky, BBC, ABC and NBC, to name a few, are already searching for virtual reality content.

 

As part of the program, producers can attend a series of master classes, talks, and round-table discussions with leading VR producers who will share their forecast for this exciting landscape and their vision on what role Africa can play in the VR industry.  A VR Cinema hosted by INVR.SPACE. will allow participants to immerse themselves in the best virtual reality content, a stimulating experience that will inspire a new generation of projects for the years ahead.

 

Sönke KIRCHHOF, CEO of the German VR Studio INVR.SPACE, is pleased to host and curate the VR Cinema at DISCOP Johannesburg, “We are more than happy that our partner DISCOP Johannesburg is featuring Virtual Reality as a serious and promising topic and invited us to present a selection of the latest and most impressive Cinematic VR content. We believe that VR can expand the limits of storytelling and can offer a new approach to cinematic experiences. As content from African continent and Filmmakers is still rare, we are especially excited to host this VR Cinema in South Africa and participate in a dialogue between German and African producers.”

 

Cooperation between independents from South Africa and Germany will also receive a major boost. The NEXT GEN PROGRAM will show how producers can use the South Africa- Germany film and television coproduction treaties to their advantage and how their cross-border cooperation incentives can deliver feature films, TV series, and documentaries that work around the world and would otherwise be impossible to finance.

 

“When it comes to setting up international partnership, South Africa has an obvious advantage and offers one of the most effective co-production treaties.  The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is pleased to once again partner with DISCOP Johannesburg, in our efforts to increase relations between South Africa and Germany and enable the development and promotion of a transformed and thriving audiovisual industry in both countries.” explains Peter KWELE, NFVF Head of Marketing and Communications.

 

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From Radio star to soapie darling

She’s already a familiar face on the social and lifestyle television scene, but will be adding soapie star to her resume soon. Heart FM presenter Tracey Lange will be gracing our screens on the popular Afrikaans kykNET soapie Suidooster on Thursday 8 June 2017 at 18:00. Lange who hosts the 9-12 show on Heart FM, the number one commercial radio station in the Western Cape*, will be playing a radio host who discovers a new talent in the fictional suburb of Ruitersbosch.

On Monday 16 November 2015 South African TV history was made when Suidooster, the first soapie to be set and filmed in the Western Cape went to air on Afrikaans DStv channel kykNET. The production features some of South Africa’s top acting talent including Denise Newman, Cedwyn Joel, Abduraghmaan Adams and Marcel Van Heerden to name a few. Co-incidentally Lange broadcast her show from the studio on launch day creating awareness around the production.

Lange is no stranger to the television world, she has been hosting the Afrikaans lifestyle show Bravo!   for a number of years. Lange says the role was crafted for her. “I absolutely love the show and have done extensive interviews with cast members. Because I love showcasing local talent on my radio show, I was asked to play myself hosting a show on Heart FM. I don’t want to give too much away as we’d like for viewers to tune in, but I discover a lovely new talent in the fictional community of Ruitersbosch.”

 

Lange’s debut appearance takes place on Thursday 8 June 2017 followed by two more episodes on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 June 2017. Publicity Manager for Suidooster and Hombrew Films Wilmer Miller says casting Lange was a no brainer. “Tracey makes no secret that she is a big fan of Suidooster and therefore it was so exciting to include her in such a special episode.” Asked if this could possibly become something permanent, Lange gave her well known infectious laugh and said everyone will have to wait and see.

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Jägermeister  is renowned the world over for its edgy campaigns and events. In order to maintain its presence as a brand leader, especially in an age of diminishing social engagement,  Jägermeister  South Africa enlisted the services of Thread and well known digital disrupter and strategist Jon Savage who developed a unique multi-media experience as the mechanism for ticket delivery for their exclusive invite only event, Enter the Woods.

 

In order to bring the mystique of the experience to users in a social platform, Jon and the team created a dual-narrative interactive video stream that managed to synch, beat-by-beat, two different songs from key Jagermeister sponsored artists Jack Parow and Reason.

 

The first video follows SA hop-hop artist Reason, as he “enters the woods” to deliver a case of Jägermeister  to the event. Through a slick interface of arrows, visible across all platforms including mobile, viewers could immediately switch into the second video narrative, that of Jack Parow, on his own mission to deliver a case of Jägermeister  to a different party.

 

The two stories run in perfect parallel synch, with viewers able to follow the case of  Jägermeister between the stories, with the music, imagery and narrative seamlessly aligned.

 

The videos end with footage of each artist performing at the actual Enter the Woods events in their respective cities, enabling the live event experience to be amplified across digital platforms.

 

The team’s innovation didn’t end there, with the mandate to put the brand in the centre of the narrative, a third video was created, following the journey from the point of view of the case of  Jägermeister  itself.

 

This execution completely transformed the way audiences engage with  Jägermeister  online. The numbers of engagements speak to the success of the campaign, with over 243,000 reach within the first 24 hours.

 

Jon Savage, as part of the team at Thread, and in collaboration with Craig Parker (co-director) and Motif, developed the concept and were forced to create the custom technology for the three-way interactive video, as there was nothing available to currently support the concept.

 

They also used a series of unconventional film making techniques in order to make sure that each video matched shot-for-shot and that the viewer could choose which video to interact with live and on-the-fly while the video was playing.

 

Check the behind the scenes making-of-the-video here:

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With products aligned with the preferences and habits of end-users, Konnect Africa is making a strong push with a double objective: to be a partner of choice on the continent and to demonstrate how satellite technology is today the most relevant solution for unlocking access to the Internet in Africa

 

With new-generation services starting today in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda, Konnect Africa (www.Konnect-Africa.com) is confirming its bold ambitions for Sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s innovative service offerings and products, included packaged offers inspired by ‘pay as you go’ models and Wi-Fi hotspots schemes, have already convinced a number of local operators, telecom companies and resellers. With products aligned with the preferences and habits of end-users, Konnect Africa is making a strong push with a double objective: to be a partner of choice on the continent and to demonstrate how satellite technology is today the most relevant solution for unlocking access to the Internet in Africa.

 

Konnect Africa’s first partners include a wide range of operators, each with its specific DNA:

 

AfrikaNet GoSat, already active in the broadband-based internet telephone, VOIP options and provision of customer support and services in the satellite telecommunications industry in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire;

Bentley Walker, known notably for designing efficient solutions for government and military customers with a Pan-African footprint;

Bloosat, a leader in satellite services in Cameroon and Central Africa;

China Telecom (Africa and Middle East), that is establishing communications link between the African continent and the Asia-Pacific region;

Coollink, a leading player in Nigeria with a broad portfolio of services addressing enterprise and consumer needs;

Global Broadband Solution, a leader in internet and data solutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.;

Ubora Systems, that focuses on IT solutions for government and administrations and business automation in Kenya;

Terrace Projects, a managed satellite service solution provider in South Africa.

 

Leveraging expertise and knowledge, these partnerships reflect Konnect Africa’s approach to adapt to the specifics of each market to reach out to a vast audience. Wi-Fi hotspot access can be available for a few cents, family offers are being optimised for a few dozens of dollars, while high grade corporate services are also proposed to enable videoconferencing, storage, audio-visual content development and safe and reliable communication. Konnect Africa aims to give its partners the means to succeed with each relevant segment, through dedicated commercial, marketing and technical support. The company will also train and reward local installers to enhance service quality and drive more talent into the industry.

 

“This initiative echoes a broad ambition. Connecting Africa means changing the way people live, study, perform business, and transforming daily life. We aim to take broadband further and closer to multiple development sectors such as the healthcare system, education, agriculture or SMEs”, explained Laurent Grimaldi, Chief Executive Officer of Konnect Africa. “We are proud to partner with prominent players and excited to embark on this truly unique venture”, he added.

 

Unlike mobile wireless or fibre technologies, satellite broadband does not depend on terrestrial infrastructure and literally comes ‘from above’. It is seen as the best approach to provide populations in remote locations with access to efficient, cost-effective and easy-to-install internet solutions. Konnect Africa’s is an affiliate of Eutelsat, the leading satellite operator with 40 years of experience. Its advanced satellite technology is a powerful tool for social and economic development.

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DEOD Announces Exclusive Deal With Channel 2

Posted by radio On June - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Phenomenal deal brings daily ICC cricket near-live action to fans on the go

 

New internet TV service DEOD (Digital Entertainment on Demand) by on-demand solutions provider, Discover Digital, has secured the near-live short-form digital rights for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 tournaments and has been appointed the exclusive aggregator in Sub-Saharan African by the Channel 2 Group for all ICC tournaments up to and including and the 2019 ICC World Cup.

 

Discover Digital announced today that it had been awarded the short-form digital rights to the two prestigious cricket tournaments and appointed aggregator by Dubai-based Channel 2 Group, which is the official licensor of ICC’s digital content in various territories around the world. In addition to being the exclusive digital rights licensor in Sub Saharan Africa, Channel 2 Group also holds the exclusive global audio rights of the ICC until the 2023 World Cup.

 

Tim Cook, Senior Manager: Sports at Discover Digital, describes the deal as ‘huge’ for South Africa. It will allow DEOD to take near-live highlights of the events to South African cricket fans within minutes of them happening throughout the day. “It’s phenomenal. For the first time, South Africans will have access to near-live short-form content to stay on top of what’s happening, on the go, in the most important cricket tournament after the World Cup. They will be able to see the most spectacular moments and track the progress of the world’s leading cricketing teams – including South Africa – throughout the tournaments during every hour of play. We have created a Cricket package to cover both of these tournaments costing just R10, so fans don’t have to subscribe to our Premium Package if they just want cricket. The content will of course be available to our Sports OnDemand and DEOD Premium Customers too at no additional cost.”

 

Stephen Watson, Managing Director of Discover Digital, says: “This is a significant deal in the sports space, taking a major mainstream event out of the pay-TV arena to a much broader audience. We have seen a massive trend towards near-live short-form action content, as many people simply don’t have the time to sit and watch a whole day of sports, but they still want to keep up to date with the action. This is a fantastic way for fans to keep up with a tournament like this wherever they are, and they don’t have to wait for a sports roundup at the end of the day.” Watson says the deal takes the mainstream sport of International Cricket to all viewers, and allows sponsor brands to extend their reach while new brands can now associate themselves with the sport. “It’s perfect for busy sports fans on the go, and it’s ideal for mobile viewers, so we are keen to partner with brands and telcos to take it to their customer bases too,” says Watson. “Discover Digital will also be extending this partnership and exciting content licensing opportunity to ASEAN & Australia, engaging partners in these territories that wish to work with us and C2G.”

 

DEOD has created a dedicated OnDemand Category for the ICC tournaments, starting with the ICC Champions Trophy which runs from 1 – 18 June in England and Wales. All the key action plays will be shared, giving fans ongoing updates of the most exciting moments of the event within minutes of key match action. Access to DEOD enables a lot more near-live content to be viewed than is generally available through other public platforms. The ICC Women’s World Cup from June 24 – July 23 will also have a pop-up channel. Highlights from the tournaments will also be featured as part of DSN – DEOD Sports Network. The DSN content will also include build-up content, analysis and interviews before and after the matches.

 

Mr Sethi, chairman of Channel 2 Group says: “The digital property created by the ICC has massive appeal to cricket fans who might not normally have access to live paid-TV. The adoption of short-form near-live content by millennials and smart device consumers opens up a whole new digital market for sports rights holders and key partnerships with telecommunications businesses. We are delighted to partner with Discover Digital, who has a firm understanding of the potential of this content and innovative strategies and technology to maximise its reach.

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iflix continues its rapid global expansion into its third region, less than two months after launching in MENA. iflix Africa will make iflix’s world-class service available to over 500 million consumers across the African continent

 

iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, today announced the establishment of iflix Africa to bring its world class service to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). iflix Africa will be headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa and trade commercially as ‘iflix’. With launches planned in Nigeria, Ghana Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, iflix Africa will increase iflix’s global footprint to 23 territories worldwide, with additional regional markets to be added over the coming months.

 

The commercial launch of iflix’s SVoD service across SSA is planned over the second and third quarter of 2017, and will make iflix’s vast range of thousands of TV shows, movies and more, including many first run exclusives and award winning programs available to hundreds of millions of consumers across the region. In addition to having the best of Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and other regional and local programming, the service will additionally offer an extensive collection of highly acclaimed African shows and movies with iflix Africa planning to introduce exclusive African content series.

 

Having first launched its service in May 2015, iflix quickly established its dominance in the Asian region, rolling out its world class service to 18 markets across Asia and MENA in less than two years, acquiring over 5 million members over the period. iflix Africa will capitalize on SSA’s large youth population, rapidly growing internet and smartphone penetration, and huge appetite for digital content and entertainment.

 

In March 2017, iflix announced the completion of a US$90+ million round of funding to support its international expansion. The round added new investors Liberty Global Group and Zain Group to the company’s formidable shareholder registry which also includes global heavyweights Sky plc, Catcha Group and Evolution Media.

 

Mark Britt, iflix Co-founder and CEO said: “The establishment of iflix Africa represents an incredibly exciting step in iflix’s growth story. As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, there is a unique, ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to fundamentally shift the way a billion people consume and enjoy content. By 2020, Africa will have 720 million smartphone users. We aim to meet the entertainment needs of those growingly connected viewers.”

 

“As the fastest-growing mobile market on earth, Africa is without question one of the world’s most dynamic regions. We are thrilled to introduce our first-of-its-kind SVoD service here. We are passionately focused on providing the broadest selection of premium content at a price everyone can afford. We can’t wait to tackle both the enormous opportunities and challenges ahead, in serving this incredibly diverse and exciting region,” added Andre de Wet, iflix Head of Africa.

 

Currently available to over one billion consumers in 18 markets across Asia and MENA, iflix will soon roll-out its world class service across sub-Saharan Africa with initial launches in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Each subscription will allow users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

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AfriDocs on BET this June!

Posted by radio On June - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

AfriDocs on BET in June is excited to present a diverse array of films,including a selection \of new documentaries from across Africa.

The 2016 film Accra Power is aneclectic look at one of Africa’s most thriving urban settings. The film focuseson a selection of young Ghanaians; the poet Poetra Asantewa, fashion DJ Steloo,gospel scientist Edward Ohemeng Oware, dancer Hadassah Asare, musician Wanlov(one half of Fokn Bois), visual and performance artist Serge Attukwei Clottey,storyteller Mary Yaa Konadu and boxer Abigail Quartey to be our guides aroundthe greater Accra area.

 

UPRIZE! is a South African filmthat looks back 40 years at the 1976 Soweto uprising in light of the recentuniversity student uprisings and the #FeesMustFall protests that rocked SouthAfrican campuses.  Director Sifiso Khanyileexplains further, “It’s a glimpse into 70s SA, the cost of the fight foreducation and freedom, and especially relevant 40 years later as universitystudents take on the ANC government demanding free, quality education.”

 

AfriDocs also journeys to the USA this month for a music-drenchedchronicle of hip-hop, urban culture and fashion. Fresh Dressed is the story of hip-hop fashion that has transformedthe style of young people the world over. The film is a rich mix of archivalmaterials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industryinsiders, such as Pharrell Williams, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nas, and others.

AfriDocs can be seen every Thursday 9:00/ 21:00 (CAT) on BET Africa, DStvchannel 129. For more information: www.afridocs.netwww.facebook.com/AfriDocs, @afri_docs

 

To watch the June trailer: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82a6I9kmXXci1RZfBP-1Fbhpqm9aevYJ

1 June

Town of Runners |Jerry Rothwell | Ethiopia | 2012 | 86 min

The world’s best long-distance runners hail from one small town inEthiopia. In a country long associated with poverty, famine and war,world-record-beating athletes are the source of pride. Many of the world’sgreatest runners hail from Bekoji, a remote town in the southern Highlands. Inthe Beijing Olympics, runners from Bekoji won all four gold medals in thelong-distance track events – more medals than most industrial countries.

Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2SVYcSeJ1g

 

8 June

Accra Power| Sandra Krampelhuber & Andrea Verena Strasser | Ghana | 2016 | 49 min

Accra Power provides an eclectic mix of perceptions of power in one ofmany thriving urban settings in Africa. It outlines creative and artisticstrategies of young Ghanaians situated at the crossroads of tradition andvarious belief systems, high technological and economic growth, infrastructuraldeficits and current energy crisis.

Crossing Europe International Film Festival, Austria,2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgjQu-XeeGw

 

15 June

UPRIZE! | Sifiso Khanyile | South Africa | 2016 | 58 min

On the morning of 16 June 1976, a group of school children in Sowetogathered peacefully to protest the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a mediumof instruction. By nightfall over 200 of them lay dead, mowed down by Apartheidarmed forces. Forty years later, this film looks at the world that made thesekids, and how in the especially relevant forty years later as universitystudents once again take to the streets to fight the post-apartheid governmenton the issue of free quality education.

New York African Film Festival, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU4mNMiCYTc

 

22 June

Dear Mandela | DaraKell & Christopher Nizza | South Africa | 2011 | 93 min

When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘younglions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take theirgovernment to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracyto the test.

Best South African Documentary, Durban InternationalFilm Festival, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8qnp8KWwU&t=1s

 

29 June

Fresh Dressed | SachaJenkins | USA |2015 | 82 min

Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, andthe hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets fromOrchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle America shopping malls.Director Sacha Jenkins’ music-drenched history draws from a rich mix ofarchival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and otherindustry insiders.

Sundance Film Festival, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81oLuZBuQqg&t=1s

 

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When viewers have the power to watch what they want, TV schedules don’t look like they used to

Netflix may have broken the mold by releasing all episodes of House of Cards at once in 2013, but it’s viewers who are changing the nature of TV. And it’s more than just binging. From the characters we choose to wake up with to what we watch in bed, when viewers have the power to program their own day, TV watching no longer looks the same.

“For years our lives had to fit around television, now it’s the other way around,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content. “We’ve given consumers control and it’s interesting to see the behaviors that emerge when viewers aren’t tied to a schedule. And even more so to see that these routines are replicated by millions the world over.”

 

Comedy for breakfast – viewers feel at home starting their day with Fuller House. The Tanners may have originally premiered at 8PM, but today, the Fullers are devoured before 8AM. While you might not expect popular parodies to stir laughs bright and early, around 6AM members are 34% more likely to watch comedy compared to the rest of the day, with the new comedy wake-up block including the likes of Michael Scott (The Office), Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Chandler Bing (Friends), to name a few.

 

High noon, high drama – members pay a visit to the ladies of Litchfield at lunch. When viewing schedules are set by people and not programmers, lunchtime becomes no binging exception. Across the world, drama accounts for nearly half (47%) of viewing between noon and 2PM (an increase of 5% compared to the rest of the day). Midday streaming is especially prevalent in Brazil where members are 25% more likely to watch at this time compared to the rest of the world – who says shows like Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy and Orange is the New Black are strictly evening fare?

 

Opposite genres attract when we binge in bed – members trade the Demogorgon for Dave Chappelle. It’s no surprise thrillers like The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and Breaking Bad are being enjoyed in the evening – globally the genre sees a 27% increase come 9PM. But viewers are kicking Rick Grimes, the Upside Down and Walter White out of bed by 11PM and restoring balance with partners like Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation), Dev Shah (Master of None) and Bojack Horseman before they hit the hay – apparently members around the world choose to start and end their day with a laugh.

 

Late nights are for learning – watchers prefer Chef’s Table as a midnight snack: Globally, 15% of streaming happens between midnight and 6AM and even rises as high as 21% in Japan and South Korea. And what these night owl members are watching is not what you think – documentaries see a 24% increase in viewing during this time, including titles like Abstract, Making a Murderer and Planet Earth. The pursuit for quality entertainment (and knowledge) doesn’t dim when the lights go out.

 

Ultimately, Netflix-time is anytime. When viewers fit TV watching around their daily lives, rather than the other way around, we see peak streaming as early as 5PM in India to as late as 10PM in Argentina and Singapore.

 

When it comes to defining the new ‘rules’ of TV watching, Frank Underwood said it best: “If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.”

 

*METHODOLOGY

 

Six months of Netflix streaming data – accounting to roughly 77 million accounts per month – was used for this analysis to draw time of day insights on the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, and United States. Peak viewing hours were identified based on weekday viewing as well as the hours certain genres peaked in relation to the genre’s overall share of daily viewing. Where relevant, data was adjusted to account for timezones. Titles included in the release are listed as examples and do not relate to viewership or popularity.

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Khaya Mthethwa to host BET’s gospel show

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Sunday praise and worship is coming to your television screens from 21 May at 13:00 CAT on BET Africa (DStv channel 129). Gospel lovers can now watch one of the country’s favourite gospel stars, Khaya Mthethwa, sit down to chat to some of the biggest names in gospel on BET’s new local series – Rhythm & Gospel.

 

Have you ever wondered how Judith Sephuma managed to transition from being a jazz musician to a bona fide gospel singer with successful albums and live DVDs? Or how reigning Crown Gospel Awards Female Artist of the Year Lebo Sekgobela’s turned Matthews Matsetse’s “Lion of Judah” into a smash hit? Or how Dr Tumi, a medical doctor with his own private practice, found music only a decade ago and managed to became an accomplished award-winning gospel musician? What about the secrets to Rebecca Malope’s longevity?

 

Khaya Mthethwa, the multiple award-winning young musician will engage these and other stars including Mahalia Buchanan, Benjamin Dube, Loyiso Bala, Nqubeko and Ntokozo Mbatha, Neyi Zimu and James Okon for all the answers.

 

Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa is very excited to bring our first ever locally produced Gospel show to the channel, ” this is a very unique format and we are proud to be the channel that hosts a show of this calibre. It’s a genuine showcase and spotlight on this genre which has a large fan base across the African continent. This is a continuation of our ongoing commitment to local talent and programming that resonates with our market”.

 

“It is such an honour to be able to sit down with these legends. I’m feeling very star struck as I got to hear about their journey, how they started, their future plans which was amazing. I encourage all the BET viewers to tune in and to not miss this show as we take a musical journey into the hearts and minds of their favourite gospel stars,” said an overwhelmed Khaya Mthethwa,

 

Rhythm and Gospel premieres on BET Africa on Sunday 21 May 2017 at 13:00 CAT with a repeat later in the day at 19:00 CAT.

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DStv gets new e.tv channels

Posted by radio On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers will get even more entertainment as we add four new e.tv channels to the DStv family. These channels are eMovies+ (138), eMovies Extra (140), eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311). Three of these channels will be available in crystal clear HD: eMovies+, eMovies Extra and eExtra.

 

These channels offer a broad range of entertainment, which will give our customers a more expansive viewing experience. The shows will appeal to the entire family: eToonz+ offers a safe and sunny space for the kids; eMovies Extra packs a punch with robust action movies; eExtra gives mom a chance to tune into telenovelas and the rest of the family can enjoy sitcoms; while eMovies+ offers an escape with the stars.

 

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to add more value to each of our DStv packages – it’s about offering our customers the best entertainment in one place. These e.tv channels, of which three are in HD, will bring hours of viewing delight to the whole family,” commented Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

 

eMovies+ (138) and eMovies Extra (140) will be available to DStv AccessDStv FamilyDStv CompactDStv Extra and DStv Premium customers. eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311) will be available to DStv EasyView, DStv Access, DStv Family, DStv Compact, DStv Extra and DStv Premium customers.

 

The addition of three more HD channels means that customers on the DStv EasyView package will now have access to three HD channels, DStv Access customers will have seven, DStv Family 12, DStv Compact 21, DStv Extra 26 and DStv Premium 41.

 

 

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