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As announced during last month’s Stream On event, Spotify has been working on a new family of personalised playlists: Spotify Mixes. These new personalised playlists were inspired by  Daily Mix, an incredibly popular part of the Spotify catalogue, and the most listened-to by Spotify’s existing users.

 

Beginning today, Free and Premium users globally will now have access to three new mix categories with clearer names that are easier to remember and evolve with the user: artist mix, genre mix and decade mix.

These mixes, built with Spotify users in mind, start with the songs users like and update with songs Spotify thinks they will love, ultimately growing with the user over time. Each mix category is updated frequently and will have several playlists featuring artists, genres and decades users listen to often – and are created with them at the core.

 

Users will be able to find the new artist mix, genre mix, and decade mix within Search in the “Made For You” hub.

 

To hear more about Spotify’s take on machine learning, check out the latest podcast episode of Spotify: A Product Story, hosted by Spotify’s Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström. The podcast series is designed to give users a glimpse into what decisions have guided Spotify’s product evolution.

 

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of four Business Managers (BM) to oversee six of its radio stations. These critical appointments form part of the new structure of the corporation’s Radio portfolio that will ensure audience and revenue growth. The public broadcaster congratulates the following Business Managers on their respective appointments and wishes them well in their new roles:

–        Ms. Sbongi Ngcobo, Business Manager – Ukhozi FM. Ms. Ngcobo began her career at the SABC as Marketing Manager for trufm. Before this appointment, she was Ukhozi fm’s Acting Station Manager, a position she held from February 2018. Ms. Ngcobo holds a BA degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) where she majored in English and Media and Communication for her undergraduate degree and Cultural Media Studies in her Honours Degree. Ngcobo has also studied a People Management Programme at Gibs Business School.

 

–        Mr. JD Mostert, Business Manager: PCS Combo (5FM and Good Hope FM). Mr. Mostert, previously the Station Manager at 5FM, is a media enthusiast with more than 12 years’ experience in the media industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), has a Post Graduate Diploma in General Management (PGDip) from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management (BCom) from the University of Pretoria.

–     Ms. Louise Jooste, Business Manager – RSG has been with RSG (and the SABC) for just over 14 years, where she played an integral part of the station’s strategy and illustrated through many successful marketing campaigns how powerful the Afrikaans radio station and its audience are. She has also been more involved in the daily operations of the radio station as acting Program Manager, working closely with the current Station Manager to continue driving one of the top brands of the SABC. Ms. Jooste holds an Honours Degree in Communications from North West University and complemented it with Business Management studies at Wits Business School.

–        Mr. Madikana Matjila, Business Manager – Limpopo Combo (Munghana Lonene FM, Thobela FM and Phalaphala FM). Mr. Matjila previously held the position of Station Manager at Thobela FM since January 2020. Mr. Matjila is a professional radio broadcasting manager, who possesses career experience and formal training in radio production, community media and broadcast policy and compliance. He holds a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Limpopo, an Advanced Radio certificate from the University of Witwatersrand and a Performance Management certificate from the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership.

The public broadcaster will announce the Business Manager’s for the Fortune Combo (SAfm, Radio 2000 and Lotus FM), Eastern Cape Combo (Umhlobo Wenene FM and tru FM), Inland Combo (Motsweding FM and Lesedi FM) and Mpumalanga Combo (Ikwekwezi FM and Ligwalagwala FM) once the appointments have been finalised.

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The ‘CBS PRESENTS OPRAH WITH MEGHAN AND HARRY’ interview featuring Oprah Winfrey as she sits down with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be made available to DStv Compact Plus and Compact subscribers in South Africa.

The interview will air on Monday, 8 March (19h30) on the M-Net DStv channel 101, and is also available to watch on the DStv App at the same time. It will not be available on Catch Up.

 

Oprah and Meghan will engage in a wide-ranging interview covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, motherhood, to philanthropic work. Prince Harry joins later to speak about their move to the United States and their future plans.

 

 

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Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and kykNET (DStv 144) are available to stream as pop-up channels on Showmax. DStv customers who do not have these channels on their current DStv packages can add Showmax to their DStv package to stream these channels 24/7.

Showmax is testing live streaming of two of South Africa’s most popular local channels. Showmax subscribers in South Africa are now able to live stream kykNET (DStv 144) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) 24/7 with the launch of two pop-up channels on the streaming service.

 

 

Showmax is already the home for streaming the best South African series, with top shows like The River, Gomora, Legacy, Suidooster, eHostela, Mzali Wami, The Ranakas, Mnakwethu and Getroud Met Rugby available to stream from the first episode. Now subscribers are able to stream everything on kykNET and Mzansi Magic live, including brand-new Afrikaans shows Afgrond S1, 4 Mure S1 and Slot S1, returning series like Binnelanders S16, Boer Soek ‘n Vrou S13, Die Boekklub S3 and Anzel In Die Boland S2, as well as Mzansi Magic shows like Abandoned S1, Date My Family S8 and Our Perfect Wedding S8.

 

 

DStv customers who do not have these channels on their current DStv packages can add Showmax to their DStv package to stream these channels 24/7. The Mzansi Magic and kykNET pop-up live streams will be available until 31 March 2021.

 

Speaking about the launch of the pop-up live streams, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video, Yolisa Phahle, says, “We’re always looking at ways of making the Showmax experience better for our customers. During last year’s lockdown, we gave subscribers access to live news channels. Now, following this month’s Presidential address, South Africans will continue to spend more time at home, and so, once again, we’d like to make sure our customers have something extra.”

 

The Mzansi Magic live stream is available exclusively in South Africa while kykNET is also available in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The live streams will be available on all Showmax plans including Showmax, Showmax mobile, Showmax Pro and Showmax Pro mobile. Showmax and Showmax Pro – which includes live sport from SuperSport including all Premier League, Serie A and La Liga matches – are available as standalone streaming services to anyone with an internet connection and the right device, such as phones, tablets, smart TVs and laptops, from only R49 per month.

 

Showmax’s mobile plans give full access to all the content on Showmax or Showmax Pro for half the price and the Showmax mobile app includes data-saving settings that limit data usage to less than 100MB per hour.

 

 

Other highlights to stream on Showmax this January include The Real Housewives of Durban, the final season of Vikings, R-rated comedy PEN15, a special episode of HBO’s Euphoria and award-winning South African film Moffie.

The Mzansi Magic and kykNET pop-up live streams will be available until 31 March 2021. 

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DStv adds Amazon Prime Video to its Explora Ultra

Posted by radio On January - 18 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Prime Video joins an impressive list of streaming services and apps available on the Explora Ultra, including Showmax, Box Office, Netflix and Joox.

 

DStv has added global streaming service Amazon Prime Video to its recently launched DStv Explora Ultra decoder. DStv customers with a Prime Video membership can now access the entertainment service, ranging from movies and TV series, including Amazon Originals with a click of a button on the Explora Ultra.

Prime Video joins an impressive list of streaming services and apps available on the Explora Ultra, including Showmax, Box Office, Netflix and Joox.

 

Prime Video’s award-winning TV shows and movies includes leading Amazon Originals such as The Wilds S1, Homecoming which starred Julia Roberts in Season 1 and Janelle Monáe in Season 2. Other Amazon Originals include The Boys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hanna and Upload.

Nyiko Shiburi, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa says, “The Explora Ultra is a one-stop-shop for entertainment fans looking to access a catalogue of dynamic entertainment from multiple content providers.

“We are excited to add Amazon Prime Video to the DStv Explora Ultra’s pot of exceptional content. This opportunity unlocks access to more quality global content for our customers and is another way to access Amazon Prime Video content, whilst complementing DStv’s promise to offer the very best in local content.”

DStv currently hosts more than 140 channels that offer a wide selection of content ranging from sports, news, lifestyle and education.

How to access Amazon Prime Video on an Explora Ultra

Existing Amazon Prime Video Customers: DStv customers who already have a Prime Video account simply open the app on the Explora Ultra’s homepage, sign in with their account details and start viewing.

New Customers: Customers who wish to access Prime Video can open the app on the Explora Ultra’s homepage, and they will be directed to sign up for an account on the Amazon site. They will be billed directly by Amazon.

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AZANIA Public reopens for 2021

Posted by radio On January - 8 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Johannesburg-based PR & Communications agency Azania Public has reopened for the 2021. Working with the likes of Kelly Khumalo, Shwi Nomtekhala, Boity, Nasty C, Rowlene, J Molley, Ricky Tyer, Major League, Nigeria’s Patoranking, Tems, Fireboy DML and L.A.X, Naima Kay, Nduduzo Makhathini, Simphiwe Dana, Prince Kaybee, Hard Rock Cafe and Nathi Mankayi as well as the Center for Less Good Idea, the female owned and led business is thrilled to be back in action.

The team is also known for its work with the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Universal Music, Blackbrain Pictures, Gauteng Department of Community Safety, Nelson Mandela Foundation,  Ms Noni Gasa with her Design Academy of Fashion, U.S rappers T.I and Megan Thee Stallion.

 

“We are excited to be working again. The last year was challenging and we hope this will be a fruitful year. We have amazing work in the pipeline and hope to achieve all we have set out to achieve this year. We are also thankful for the support of our media colleagues, our clients and partners. 2021 will be great!” commented Bonnie Meslane – Founder & CEO of Azania Public.

 

We are extending our offering to content production, events management and copywriting, creating more opportunities for other young entrepreneurs and unemployed youth. We are also blessed to be mentored by some of the best leaders in business and entertainment. “We are a small group of under 35, women and highly experienced in what we do. It makes sense for us to at this point expand our core offering to the various other things we have passionately and exceptionally done for other people” concluded Ms Meslane.

 

With a diverse and female only team in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, the Azania Public team is growing and excited about even the uncertain future.

 

 

Happy new year!

 

 

[Issued by: Azania Public]

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DStv Adds Amazon Prime Video to its Explora Ultra

Posted by radio On December - 15 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

DStv has added global streaming service Amazon Prime Video to its recently launched DStv Explora Ultra decoder. DStv customers with a Prime Video membership can now access the entertainment service, ranging from movies and TV series, including Amazon Originals with a click of a button on the Explora Ultra.

Prime Video joins an impressive list of streaming services and apps available on the Explora Ultra, including Showmax, Box Office, Netflix and Joox.

 

Prime Video’s award-winning TV shows and movies includes leading Amazon Originals such as The Wilds S1, Homecoming which starred Julia Roberts in Season 1 and Janelle Monáe in Season 2. Other Amazon Originals include The Boys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hanna and Upload.

 

Nyiko Shiburi, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa says, “The Explora Ultra is a one-stop-shop for entertainment fans looking to access a catalogue of dynamic entertainment from multiple content providers.

 

“We are excited to add Amazon Prime Video to the DStv Explora Ultra’s pot of exceptional content. This opportunity unlocks access to more quality global content for our customers and is another way to access Amazon Prime Video content, whilst complementing DStv’s promise to offer the very best in local content.”

 

DStv currently hosts more than 140 channels that offer a wide selection of content ranging from sports, news, lifestyle and education.

 

How to access Amazon Prime Video on an Explora Ultra

 

Existing Amazon Prime Video Customers: DStv customers who already have a Prime Video account simply open the app on the Explora Ultra’s homepage, sign in with their account details and start viewing.

 

New Customers: Customers who wish to access Prime Video can open the app on the Explora Ultra’s homepage, and they will be directed to sign up for an account on the Amazon site. They will be billed directly by Amazon.

 

 

 

  • The device offers built-in WiFi capabilities and supports Ultra 4K and Dolby Atmos for a clearer, more defined picture and sound quality.

 

  • The completely redesigned interface makes it easy to surf and choose content.

 

  • It offers integration of app-based streaming services including Showmax and now Amazon Prime Video.

 

  • The DStv Explora Ultra is priced at the recommended retail price of R2499 for the standalone device and R3699 including installation, available to purchase at participating retail stores, online, and on dstv.co.za.

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Samsung Pay Now Available on Gautrain

Posted by radio On December - 7 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Over an unprecedented year, Samsung Pay has amplified its expansion of contactless payments through significant growth in South Africa. Having already reached the three million transactions mark, Samsung Pay has now achieved another major milestone with its introduction on Gautrain. Commuters can now make use of the Tap & Go convenience of Samsung Pay as they travel using a Galaxy device or watch.  There will be no need to preload a Gautrain card when you use the Samsung Pay system.

 

“This is another major milestone for Samsung Pay and for all South Africans looking for a safe and secure way to make payments on the go. The introduction of Samsung Pay aboard the Gautrain is a wonderful example of our ability to adapt and grow during this New Normal and beyond. It’s great to see Samsung leading the way at a time when there is a major focus on health and security. The convenience of the platform will have long-term benefits for the country, “Kagiso Khaole, Head of e-commerce and Services at Samsung South Africa.

 

Contactless payment has been prevalent and popular over the years internationally, and now we are seeing the same trend locally, with how South Africans have enthusiastically embraced Samsung Pay. Its benefits have of course come into the spotlight recently with the need for social distance, sanitise our hands and limit human contact. The system allows users to load their bank cards and store loyalty cards and adds even more convenience with the ability to use it on Gautrain with over 40 Samsung Galaxy smartphones and watches – making their journey a breeze.

 

As a pioneer in the category, South Africans placed their trust in the system early on. The impressive growth of Samsung Pay locally is fuelled by the need for enhanced security, simplicity and convenience. Additionally, Samsung Pay offers users monthly competitions, allowing customers to win prizes for simply paying at their favourite stores with Samsung Pay. Customers can also buy prepaid vouchers for electricity, mobile airtime/data, gaming and multimedia streaming services like Netflix, Showmax and Spotify as well as the offer of a Newsstand subscription, which provides access to thousands of magazines and newspapers for a monthly subscription of R90 per month. Samsung Pay customers gain instant access to the multitude of titles both local and international, accessible from any device with a shelf value of approximately R45 a magazine, including categories of automotive, arts, health, sport, family, financial and entertainment to mention a few.

 

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DStv Rolls Out Its Streaming Service

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

As of today, entertainment fans can subscribe to DStv and watch all their favourite content via the DStv app without a decoder or satellite connection.

 

Announced earlier this year during DStv’s showcase, DStv streaming allows for existing and new customers to conveniently access content on their preferred device (mobile, tablet, gaming console or Smart TV) which should be linked to a consistent, high-speed internet connection for an optimum viewing experience.

Customers can access all the best in cutting-edge series, reality shows, documentaries, breaking news, live sport and a myriad of educational content anytime, anywhere.

Until recently, customers could only subscribe to DStv through a satellite connection, which meant customers needed a decoder to access DStv’s content.

DStv streaming allows customers to choose any one of the DStv residential packages, giving them the flexibility to opt for content that fits their interests and budget. The current packages available for streaming are: DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact, DStv Family, DStv Access and DStv EasyView. Streaming customers can also watch their favourite shows on Catch Up on four devices, with a maximum of two concurrent streams.

“We are led by our customers’ evolving viewing habits and how and when they choose to access our content. The option to use the internet to consume content speaks to how DStv continues to diversify its offerings with a clear intention to drive value and convenience for our customers,” says Nyiko Shiburi, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

Once signed up on https://www.dstv.co.za/get-dstv-products/dstv-packages/, customers can download and log into the DStv app to instantly enjoy all of the benefits of their chosen DStv package – anytime, anywhere! Current DStv customers on select packages retain the access to DStv’s streaming service they have long enjoyed as a value-added service.

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Openview introduces People°s Weather channel

Posted by radio On November - 17 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Free-to-air satellite TV service provider Openview is thrilled to introduce Africa’s first and only 24/7 weather, environmental news and lifestyle channel, People°s Weather. Available on channel 115, the latest offering strives to make Africa’s nature more inclusive for all.

Whether telling impactful stories or providing insightful narratives, Openview customers will be served an extensive buffet of seasonal content that connects us daily.

Viewers can look forward to a wide range of programming that weaves its way through the documentary-style channel, focusing on nature and outdoors, food, travel and tourism, farming and agriculture, science and environmental matters.

For lovers of nature’s wild extremes, Lightning Pathologist is a new series featuring specialist South African Forensic pathologist, Prof. Ryan Blumenthal. The latter has made it his life’s work to study one of nature’s most prolific serial killers: Lightning. This new electrifying eight-part series is immediately available for viewing from Monday to Thursday at 6pm, with an omnibus on the weekends.

The much-anticipated Snake Season, a new riveting series of live-snake capture, rescue and release, featuring the celebrated and charmingly cool-headed Durbanite and snake expert, Nick Evans, follows at 6.30pm.

 

 

Launching in late November are episodes of one wild ride on Safari Sightings. Witness Nadav Ossendryver, the founder of Latest Sightings, South Africa’s most popular YouTube channel with over 1.8 million subscribers, visiting MalaMala Game Reserve where his most-watched and liked game rangers take him on epic game drives. Join them as they travel to spots where sightings that went viral were originally captured and, in the process, explore some brand new, unbelievable wildlife.

 

 

My First Weather Report is where your young one can be seen on TV – the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about the weather and how it connects us all. Join over 500 aspirant young weather reporters present the weekend weather in short informative segments every week.

The world consumes so much of Africa’s nature and wildlife. Yet, for so long, the nature and wildlife filmmaking genre has been an extractive industry, with most Africans unable to see the content produced on this continent.

 

 

The NEWF – Nature, Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Short Film Festival offers a captivating array of impactful and punchy short films focused on conservation produced and directed by young African filmmakers. Exclusively screened by People°s Weather from Monday to Saturday 23 to 28 November. The films, which are all under 15 minutes long, include filmmakers’ personal journeys of discovery, investigative reports on illegal wildlife trade, educational revelations of species and game parks under threat, spiritual connections with marine life, attempts to overcome fears of nature in all its powerful majesty, and much more.

 

 

On the decision to include People°s Weather channel as a part of the Openview platform, eMedia COO Antonio Lee explained: “A large part of our existence as the human race is dependent on what takes place within our environment. Therefore, it is imperative for us to look for ways to educate our audiences and entertain them. Conscious individuals and students alike who care and want to know more about how the world is being impacted by climate change will greatly benefit from this channel.”

 

 

Lee continued: “We welcome the partnership with People°s Weather, and look forward to continuing serving the needs of our Openview customers, through the provision of relevant content.”

Stephan Le Roux, CEO of People°s Weather, says: “We welcome this opportunity on the Openview platform to expose and educate a broader audience to the role weather plays in our day to day lives and how through the stories we share it connects communities and people to the environment. We truly believe that the more we have access to our own stories or experiences around wildlife, nature and conservation, the better informed and equipped we become to protect our rich natural heritage.”

“As a channel, we are fundamentally aligned with where conservation is in Africa, and the vision for its future,” concluded Le Roux.

Tune into People°s Weather on Openview channel 115 – Way more than just the weather.

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