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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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Movie lovers are set to enjoy the best of Indian cinema boasting an impressive selection of original and syndicated award-winning movies from Zee Entertainment’s Cinema Premiere, which is exclusively available on DStv’s BoxOffice from today. Cinema Premiere movies are available on BoxOffice just in time for the Diwali celebrations.

 

BoxOffice is South Africa’s leading rent-to-view service, offering the latest movies straight from the big screen into viewers’ homes. The addition of Cinema Premiere to BoxOffice, opens up a whole new variety of exclusive content to South African viewers and viewers across the continent (where BoxOffice is available).

 

 

Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, Ka Pae Ranasingam and Khaali Peeli are just some of the blockbuster films entertainment fans will be able to watch on Cinema Premiere through BoxOffice. Movies are available in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu languages with English subtitles.

 

 

“After the successful launch of our Cinema Premiere service around the globe, we are expanding our presence into Africa. We are excited about this development and our partnership with the MultiChoice Group, who have the widest footprint across the continent. This not only enables us to reach the Indian community on the continent, but also gives us the opportunity to tap into other audiences. It’s a first-of-its-kind service for Indian cinema in Africa bringing the latest movies direct to viewers with a wide range of entertainment offerings,” says Vibha Chopra, ZEE Entertainment’s Head Global Syndication and International Film Distribution.

 

 

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment & Connected Video, adds: “At the centre of this exciting partnership between Multichoice and Zee Entertainment is our customer who will now enjoy more choice in the rich stories of Indian cinema exclusively on DStv’s BoxOffice. This talks to our commitment to make more world-class local and international programming available.”

 

 

Key highlights of the Cinema Premiere service:

Product:

  • BoxOffice is available to all DStv customers with a PVR / Explora decoder paying the PVR access fee.

  • The launch of Indian movies on BoxOffice will enable consumers to watch their new upcoming favorite blockbuster movies in the comfort of their homes.

  • Most of the movies will be released as Cinema Premieres while there will be a few that will release as standard Transactional Video on Demand movies from time to time

  • Upon successful rental of the movie, the movie will be available to watch for 48 hours. Customers may watch it as many times as they choose to within 48 hours.

  • Simple and easy to follow on-screen steps to rent while sitting on your couch.

 

Available:

The service will be available in South Africa and across select territories: Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Botswana, Mauritius where BoxOffice is available

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Lebo M’s reality show to launch on Showmax

Posted by radio On November - 10 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Showmax has just released the first trailer for Lebo M – Coming Home, the next Showmax Original reality series, launching 2 December 2020. This comes as The Lion King (2019) returns to M-Net Movies 1 and Catch Up from 21 November.

The trailer starts, like The Lion King, with Lebo M’s distinctive voice singing, “Nants’ Ingonyama,” from The Circle Of Life, off Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-winning soundtrack to the animated classic.

“I’ve worked with some of the biggest and greatest, most talented people in the world,” says Lebo M, who’s won a Grammy, been nominated for a Tony for his work on the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time, executive produced the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, had his songs streamed over 250 million times on Spotify alone, and won the 2020 DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice 1Life Legend Award.

But now, Lebo M says, “I’m re-entering a phase in my life as a family man… Family has always been the basis under which I function better.”

In the trailer, we see him throw a housewarming at his equestrian estate in Blair Athol, which he calls “our final home.” He shares the mansion with his 90-something mother; four of his children; and Angela Ngani-Casara, his third wife, who talks in the trailer of “a new era, a new dawn.”

But Lebo M also admits “the dysfunctionality of my family history,” which has seen him married three times, helping to raise nine children along the way, one of whom tragically passed away.

The tension with Tshepiso, his only surviving son, is particularly evident in the trailer. Tshepiso lives in Midrand and has just become a father himself, but Lebo admits in the trailer, “I’m in the worst relationship with my son that I’ve ever been, since he was born.”

But, as Lebo M says at the end of the trailer, “I’m ready to face the music.”

 

Lebo M – Coming Home is the debut reality series from Dopezuluboi Productions, founded by Teddy Geldart, who directed two seasons of Being Bonang and was executive producer of the SAFTA-winning Living The Dream With Somizi S4 and this year’s other hit reality show, Kwa Mam’Mkhize.

 

 

Lebo M – Coming Home is the third Original reality series this year from Showmax, after Somizi & Mohale: The Union broke the overall first-day viewing record on Showmax and Life With Kelly Khumalo became the fastest Showmax Original to top one million views.

 

 

Other upcoming Showmax Originals include Babes Wodumo and Mampintha’s reality series, Uthando Lodumo; the long-awaited second season of the SAFTA-winning comedy, Tali’s Wedding Diary; the nightclub-set murder mystery Skemerdans; and the small town psychological thriller Dam, all expected in early 2021.

 

 

The Showmax Original Lebo M – Coming Home is launching first on Showmax on 2 December 2020. Nants’ Ingonyama. Here comes a lion. 

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Anyone who has experienced Summer in sunny South Africa will tell you that there is nothing quite like it! This year, Spotify is giving listeners a summer experience from the comfort of their own home.

Part of enjoying the season means relaxing and socialising with friends and family and music plays such a big part in how we do this. Recently, Spotify launched a fun immersive experience that will transport users, digitally, to other summer locations with Wish You Were Here. Wish You Were Here gives listeners the opportunity to enjoy some of this year’s favourite tracks overlaid with captivating sounds often associated with summer including crashing coastal waves, a sizzling barbeque, a pool party and more.

 

Summer tracks to choose from in the experience include:

  1. Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
  2. Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” – Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685
  3. Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
  4. Rain On Me” – Ariana Grande

 

Local digital creator Thulane Hadebe says some of the  new releases that will top his summer playlist on Spotify includes Sam Smith and Ariana Grande’s albums – Love Goes and Positions. ‘’I have really been enjoying these right now and Rain on Me is one of my favourite tracks from Ariana Grande right now. These will definitely be on my summer playlist. ‘’

 

To experience Wish You Were Here, click through to the microsite and log in to you Spotify account. Then select the song you want to listen to and your location and Spotify will play your mix while to kick back and relax.

 

A summer playlist would not be complete without the inclusion of local hits that South African’s have enjoyed over the past few months.

 

Spotify’s AmaPiano Grooves playlist continues to dominate as does Master KG’s global hit Jerusalema featuring Nomcebo Zikode – which after the phenomenal worldwide success it has enjoyed this year  has surely secured Master KG a spot on summer 2020 playlists.

 

What will you be streaming this Summer?  Head to Spotify and discover your favourite tracks for the season.

 

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