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Kamogelo Mafokwane, the dynamic content creator, lifestyle and style blogger, often provides a unique perspective on luxury fashion and beauty. Recently, she became a fan of Samsung’s Serif TV. As someone who has a superb eye for décor, she sees this sensational TV as a one-of-a-kind that you can’t ignore. She expressed her feeling clearly online:

 

“There are so many features I love from Ambient Mode to the seamless connection from your mobile to the TV. Apart from its beautiful design – with or without the stand, using the Samsung Serif TV has changed the way I experience and work with decor and design digitally.”

 

Through its versatile design, including a detachable metal floor stand as well as its iconic I-shape profile you can enjoy the view of your TV from all angles with The Serif’s harmonious design. Also, with just one touch, you can play music from your compatible smartphone through the Serif’s powerful TV speakers*. This means you can transfer your favourite songs on your mobile phone onto your TV screen with just a quick tap. The Serif seamlessly integrates into your personal style and interior décor. Kamogelo believes that the Serif TV effortlessly blurs the lines between modern design and technology. Koketso Chipane, the financier and lifestyle blogger agrees and took to Instagram to expand on her newfound love for this TV:

 

“Our home is filled with unique, bespoke, contemporary pieces that create a harmoniously beautiful space. The Serif TV is a perfect fit. I love how we can move it around seamlessly and create a new ambiance in any room in our home,”

 

The Serif TV is clearly something different, combining innovative design with stunning QLED picture quality and Smart TV features to deliver a seamless and intuitive TV journey.  With Multi-View, you can split your TV screen in two, putting the content you’re watching on one side, while mirroring your mobile screen on the other. From set-up to streaming, the stunning QLED 4K Smart TV allows you to easily navigate different devices and apps such as Netflix and YouTube. This is a must in the home of those who know the value of form and function. The Serif TV clearly has star quality.

 

*When using NFC on TV, Bluetooth on your compatible mobile will automatically activate. Compatible TV and device must be turned on. Only supported by Android OS-based smartphones that support Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless information sharing.

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Apple unveils the next generation of Apple TV 4K

Posted by radio On April - 21 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
Apple yesterday announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K, delivering high frame rate HDR with Dolby Vision and connecting customers to their favourite content with the highest quality. At the heart of the new Apple TV 4K is the A12 Bionic chip that provides a significant boost in graphics performance, video decoding, and audio processing. And with an all-new design, the Siri Remote makes it even easier to watch shows and movies on Apple TV with intuitive navigation controls. Together with tvOS — the most powerful TV operating system — Apple TV 4K works seamlessly with Apple devices and services to magically transform the living room in ways that everyone in the family will love.
“Apple TV 4K is in a category of its own, leveraging a deep integration of Apple hardware, software, and services that delivers a massive upgrade to any TV for the very best cinematic experience,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the A12 Bionic and the all-new Siri Remote, Apple TV 4K lets customers enjoy their favourite shows, movies, and more in the highest quality, with simple and intuitive controls. And of course, Apple TV 4K offers easy access to Apple services, along with thousands of apps on the App Store for even more entertainment options.”

Improved Video Experiences

With A12 Bionic, Apple TV 4K now supports high frame rate HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision video, enabling fast-moving action at 60 frames per second (fps) to play more smoothly and appear more lifelike than ever before.1 Apple is working with leading video providers around the world, including FOX Sports, NBCUniversal, Paramount+, Red Bull TV, and Canal+, as they begin to stream in high frame rate HDR. And with high frame rate support in AirPlay, videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed in full 60-fps Dolby Vision on the new Apple TV 4K.
Through an innovative colour balance process, Apple TV works with iPhone and its advanced sensors to improve a television’s picture quality.Apple TV uses the light sensor in iPhone to compare the colour balance to the industry-standard specifications used by cinematographers worldwide. Using this data, Apple TV automatically tailors its video output to deliver much more accurate colours and improved contrast — without customers ever having to adjust their television settings.

The Redesigned Siri Remote

 

 

The all-new Siri Remote features an innovative clickpad control that offers five-way navigation for better accuracy, and is also touch-enabled for the fast directional swipes Apple TV users love. The outer ring of the clickpad supports an intuitive circular gesture that turns it into a jog control — perfect for finding a scene in a movie or show. And with its one-piece aluminium design, the new Siri Remote fits more comfortably in a user’s hand.
The new Siri Remote also has a power button that controls a TV’s power, and another for mute, making it the only remote needed while enjoying TV. Using Siri, customers can easily search for specific shows or movies, control smart home accessories, check sports scores or the weather, and much more. Siri now works on Apple TV in Austria, Ireland, and New Zealand, joining the 13 countries and regions that already support Siri.3

More to Enjoy in the Living Room

 

 

Apple TV 4K runs tvOS — the most powerful TV operating system — offering a truly unique experience. Its tight integration with Apple devices and services gives everyone in the family a range of entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of their living room.4

Apple TV 4K delivers the most cinematic home theatre experience, giving customers easy access to all their favourite entertainment on the biggest screen in the home, like award-winning shows and movies on Apple TV+, including “Ted Lasso,” “The Morning Show,” “Greyhound,” and “Wolfwalkers,” and other popular video services through the Apple TV app. Using AirPods, up to two viewers can enjoy private listening without disturbing others.

Apple Music on Apple TV 4K turns the living room into a concert hall, offering multiroom audio and time-synced lyrics for millions of songs.

Apple Fitness+ on Apple TV 4K brings studio-style workouts to customers in the comfort of their own homes, featuring a team of some of the world’s most welcoming trainers across 10 different workout types. The first fitness service built around Apple Watch, Fitness+ integrates key metrics from Apple Watch right on the big screen to offer a personalised and immersive experience that keeps motivation high throughout every workout.

Apple Arcade on Apple TV 4K offers unlimited access to a growing collection of more than 100 premium games — featuring new original releases, award winners, and beloved favourites from the App Store, all without ads or in-app purchases. Players can pair supported game controllers to enjoy games like “NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition,” “SongPop Party,” and “Star Trek: Legends” on Apple TV 4K and continue the action from iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

AirPlay on Apple TV 4K lets customers effortlessly share videos, school projects, and other content from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac, directly to the TV. Videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed in full 60-fps Dolby Vision thanks to high frame rate support in AirPlay. Photos on Apple TV 4K serves as a dynamic photo album for family members and friends to enjoy photos, videos, and Memories on the big screen.

Apple TV 4K can be used as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories, and allows customers to view HomeKit video cameras and doorbell notifications on the television screen.

 

With multiuser support on Apple TV 4K, family members can enjoy their own personalised recommendations for shows, movies, and music, access their purchased apps in the App Store, or play games on Apple Arcade.

Apple One is the easiest way to get all of Apple’s subscription services in one simple plan, including Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+, and iCloud. With a single subscription, customers in over 100 countries and regions can enjoy their favourite Apple services across their favourite devices, including Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
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Thursday, 1 April

 

Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal (Animation)

Daisy, an eternally optimistic Quokka, will do just about anything to win the annual World’s Scariest Animal championship. She teams up with a former champion, a grouchy crocodile, to prove that winners can come in different shapes and sizes.

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 16:15

 

Friday, 2 April

 

The Uncle: The Hugh Bladen Story (Documentary)

Since 1994, one voice has enthralled many SuperSport viewers and this documentary celebrates the man behind the voice of rugby: Hugh Bladen. Chronicling the remarkable life of the former junior Springbok, relive every moment of his journey, from his television commentary debut at the SABC in 1976 to his legacy at SuperSport.

On SuperSport Rugby (DStv channel 211) at 17:00

 

Saturday, 3 April

 

Fantastic Return To Oz (Animated Adventure)

This Russian-made, computer-animated film is based on the 2017 novel Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers by Alexander Volkov, but features the familiar characters and settings from the L. Frank Baum Oz books. After a little girl named Dorothy interferes with the envious and power-hungry Urfin Jus’s plans for world domination with his army of wooden soldiers, he returns one year later seeking revenge.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 16:00

 

Sunday, 4 April

 

Mindful Earth S1

Do you ever just zone out to a show like Blue Planet and relax while looking at turtles? Now the multi-award-winning BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit and mindfulness experts Headspace have joined forces to create a four-episode programme that combines nature footage and sounds with narration that immerses us in the natural world. Each episode explores what animals and nature can teach us about breathing, accepting change, finding joy and rest. It’s the perfect show for helping you break free of the dreaded Sunday afternoon blues.

On BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 15:12

 

Monday, 5 April

 

DiepCity

This telenovela comes from the production team behind Lockdown, and centres on four young women forced into crime while still in high school to make ends meet. Now, they’re trying to make their way in the world. The first of the four we meet is small-time housebreaker Nox (Nozuko Ncayiyane) who was arrested after her brilliant little brother was shot dead during a robbery. Now she’s back home with her alcoholic dad and angry mom, Thandiwe (Dawn Thandeka King), who blames her for her brother’s death.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30

 

Tuesday, 6 April

 

Garden Tales

Little ones will be hooked on this imaginative soap-opera-style kids programme. The creative episodes use live-action footage to help young viewers discover and explore the natural environment. Each episode includes a tale of a specific animal and stories of their adventures – from a little duckling who gets lost while learning to swim and a badger whose taste for adventure gets him in trouble to a family of owlets playing hide-and-seek.

On CBeebies (DStv channel 306) at 16:45

 

Wednesday, 7 April

 

Becoming S1

Ramazan, Gugu, Yaya and Gina grapple with issues of what it means to be trans in South Africa. There’s a lot to learn as they chat to each other and compare notes on what it has been like growing up in the wrong body, the challenges they’ve faced in transitioning and the struggles of gaining acceptance. We’ll also see them take the huge step of sitting down with their families to tell them their truth, and their intention to fit into their true identity.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00

 

Thursday, 8 April

 

Bull S5

In the fifth exciting season, psychologist and trial science expert Dr Jason Bull faces his toughest case yet. When a major secret of his religious leader client is revealed, will Bull be able to save face in court and – more importantly – what will the impact be on his consulting firm, whose entire business relies on giving aid to jurors during trials?

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:35

 

Friday, 9 April

 

Deliciousness S2

Tiffani Thiessen hosts this comedic food spin-off of Ridiculousness. Comfort food cravings, BBQ disasters and home cooking failures make for the funniest foodie clips you’ll ever see.

On MTV (DStv channel 130) at 21:30

 

Saturday, 10 April

 

Wendy Williams: The Movie

Talk show host Wendy Williams produced this biopic on her own life, starring Ciera Payton as primetime Wendy. Find out how she started in the entertainment business, the toll it’s taken to stay at the top, and how she has kept going in the face of criticism, opposition and people’s lack of faith. This is a no-holds barred look at Wendy’s life that doesn’t shy away from her early struggles in radio, her drug abuse and the rape trauma she experienced.

On Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 19:20

 

Sunday, 11 April

Bad Boys For Life (Action Comedy)

Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) reprise their starring roles as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. This time around, they join forces with the Miami Police Department’s special team AMMO to take down a ruthless mother-and-son pair of drug lords wreaking havoc on Miami. Look out for appearances by Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Charles Melton (Riverdale).

On M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00

 

Monday, 12 April

The Flight Attendant S1

After making a passenger’s Mile High Club dreams come true, flight attendant Cassie (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) wakes up in a strange hotel room with the guy she hooked up with dead next to her and blood on her hands. This series is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and you can catch an early preview episode on Monday, 5 April at 21:30. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Tuesday, 13 April

Die Boekklub S3

When Tom Niemandt takes an unexpected trip to the Karoo, he meets an eccentric group of people who changes his life forever. Season 3 is set in 2024 and will see the return of fan favourite characters Anna, Sofia and Lillie.

On DStv App

 

Wednesday, 14 April

 

Melting Me Softly (Dubbed)

A long experiment of being frozen sees two people wake up to find they are in a changed different world. This South Korean television series stars Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah and Yoon Se-ah.

On tvN (DStv channel 134) at 21:45

 

Thursday, 15 April

 

Clarice S1

In this procedural series based on the characters created by Thomas Harris, set in 1993 shortly after the events of The Silence of The Lambs, FBI special agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) is back on the job hunting down serial killers and sexual predators. At the same time, she has to navigate the politics and rampant sexism in the FBI offices in Washington DC, particularly from her boss, Paul Krendler (Michael Kudlitz). The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Friday, 16 April

 

The Bachelor S24 (USA)

Get ready for liftoff with 28-year-old pilot Peter Weber who came in third place during season 15 of The Bachelorette when Hannah Brown turned him down. Now he’s getting his chance to hand out roses and look for his Ms Right. Of this season’s 30 contestants, five have competed in beauty pageants, including 2016’s Miss USA Alayah Benavidez. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30

 

Saturday, 17 April

 

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

This biography series explores the lives of some of the 20th century’s towering figures, their fascinating personalities and profound cultural and historical impact. See how boxer Muhammad Ali rose from the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Alabama, to international fame. While his athletic achievements inspired many, it was his political convictions and his courage to pursue them that arguably had the greater impact, at the cost of a far higher sacrifice. The actions that once made him a polarising figure today have made him a beloved and honoured hero.

On History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

 

Sunday, 18 April

 

Asinamali

Mbongeni Ngema of Sarafina! directs and stars in this apartheid-era movie. Asinamali sees a struggle activist working with convicts to create a musical play about their pasts. The play touches on forgiveness and questions reconciliation.

On Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 22:00

 

Monday, 19 April

 

Mare of Eastown S1

Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a detective investigating a small-town murder while her life crumbles around her in this seven-episode HBO psychological thriller, coming to M-Net express from the US. As Mare uncovers the dark side of her small town, she starts to crack under the weight of the community’s expectations of her, their need for her to be a flawless hero who can solve their problems, and even her own past trauma. The cast includes Guy Pierce (L.A. Confidential), Angourie Rice (Ladies in Black) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story).

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Tuesday, 20 April

 

Bachelor in Paradise Australia S2

Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that Alex Nation and Richie Strahan are among the other known contestants returning this season. Contestants must juggle drama, exes and everything in between to try and find love in paradise.

On Vuzu (DStv channel 116) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 21 April

 

First Wives Club S1

This comedy series is based on the 1996 film of the same name, along with the original 1992 First Wives Club novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Three good friends – Bree (Michelle Buteau), Hazel (Jill Scott) and Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) – gang up for sisterly comfort and maybe even revenge after their marriages fall apart. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30

 

Thursday, 22 April

 

Op My Eish

South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld stars in this 13-episode reality dating show, set in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Neels will be getting to know 14 lovely ladies as he searches for the perfect partner – one with a great sense of humour, who is sure of herself, kind-hearted, and an all-around good person who’s not after a flashy lifestyle. He’s also looking for that spark of physical attraction. Will he find it or have to go back to the apps?

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Friday, 23 April

 

Laat die potte prut S13

This competition-format show follows three teams creating delectable meals on an open fire to impress the judges. Laat die potte prut will teach you handy tips and unique recipes to create at home or challenge your family to compete against each other.

On VIA (DStv channel 147) at 17:30

 

Saturday, 24 April

 

Mel Gibson Marathon

TNT honours Mel Gibson by showcasing an entire Saturday filled with his acting and directing feats.

 

11:40 – Conspiracy Theory (1997)

13:55 – We Were Soldiers (2002)

16:05 – Apocalypto (2006)

18:20 – Payback (1999)

20:00 – The Passion of the Christ (2004)

22:10 – Mad Max (1979)

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 11:40

 

Sunday, 25 April

 

E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars

April is Oscars month, and you can watch E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00, and Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. Also, keep an eye on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) for coverage. And watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest news.

On E! (DStv channel 124) at 23:00

 

Monday, 26 April

 

The Buzz S4

Anele Mdoda hosts this 30-minute talk show, which features five women from across the African continent sharing opinions and anecdotes to help viewers with their dilemmas. Anele’s pals include Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho from Kenya, Zanna Katoka from the DRC, and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe. With such widely different personalities and cultural backgrounds on offer, viewers are sure to get a well-rounded perspective on any problem – from romance and relationships with family and friends to health and side hustles.

On HONEY (DStv channel 173) at 19:00

 

Tuesday, 27 April

 

Die Byl S3

Colonel Piet van der Bijl, better known as Die Byl, and his team are back investigating serial killers in this Leon Kruger series. As the season begins, Byl is still reeling under the guilt he feels for what happened to his team during season 2, while Sergeant Stuurman’s physical and psychological process of recovery will place strain on his relationship with Dr Shani van Rooi. Meanwhile, Captain Lena Maree battles to juggle career and family in a profession that forces the demands of parenthood to take a backseat.

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 28 April

 

Rea Tsotella S12

A show which focuses on conflict resolution hosted by Bishop I Makamu. This reality talk show ranges from discussions around family and romantic relationships to various other issues that plague guests.

On DStv App

 

Thursday, 29 April

 

Baghdad Central S1

This British-made crime thriller is set in Baghdad, Iran around 2003, shortly after Saddam Hussein was ousted. Ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is wrongfully arrested and tortured by US troops while searching for his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany). Later, he is recruited by ex-British policeman Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) to become a police officer in the Green Zone, the centre of international activity in Baghdad. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Friday, 30 April

 

Night Of The Wild (Horror)

When a meteorite hits a quiet town, all the residents’ dogs turn into mysterious beasts. The pets viciously attack the residents who need to fight back to save their family members.

On KIX (DStv channel 114) at 21:00

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Openview to carry SABC Radio channels

Posted by radio On March - 26 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

eMedia Investments, the company behind free-to-air satellite service Openview, and the SABC, have announced a ground-breaking new distribution agreement that will enhance both companies in the free-to-air category of television broadcasting.

 

 

The collaboration between South Africa’s fastest-growing satellite network and SA’s most established broadcaster signals a seismic shift in the country’s broadcasting landscape.  With this agreement the SABC ensures that its content, in all its formats, continues to resonate with the prescripts of its public mandate, and more so in providing universal access to credible content. The agreement also guarantees High Definition broadcast quality and free access to the SABC’s television network wherever you are in South Africa. For Openview this agreement enhances its strength in the DTH space with additional content and a solid binding collaboration with the Public Broadcaster.

 

In addition to carrying SABC 1, 2 and 3, Openview will carry three additional television channels from the Public Broadcaster and all its 19 radio channels. Through this agreement the SABC is officially entering the free-to-air satellite market which will supplement its channels on DTT and streaming platforms.  First amongst the three new channels will be a standalone SABC Sports Channel that will launch on Openview soon.

 

Openview’s aggressively growing base of 2.3 million households will have access to four SABC television channels, with two more to be announced in due course, and 19 radio stations, including the biggest South African radio brands – Ukhozi FM, Metro FM, Lesedi and Umhlobo Wenene.  This enables previously geographically restricted FM radio channels to be received throughout the country via digital broadcasting on a free-to-air basis.

 

 

Notwithstanding this agreement at the platform level, the SABC’s broadcasting services will continue to compete for audience and advertising with eMedia-owned channels and services, as they currently compete on the analogue network.

 

 

Commenting on the new multi-year signal distribution and channel carriage agreement, eMedia Investments COO, Antonio Lee, says, “This is an exciting development for both the SABC and ourselves.  The agreement ushers in a new level of collaboration between a private free-to-air satellite platform and public free-to-air broadcast services. There is no doubt it will boost the offering of Openview and will extend the SABC’s audience reach.  We can now offer our Openview audience additional quality content and access to digital broadcast radio in the widest variety of languages possible in South Africa.  We hope this is the start of a stronger and more fruitful relationship between Openview and the SABC”.

According to the SABC’s COO, Ian Plaatjes, “This agreement enables the SABC to grow its channel offering and reach into the digital broadcasting space with three additional HD television channels. The first channel to be launched will be an SABC Sport Channel and will be distributed simultaneously across Openview, DTT, Telkom One and other streaming platforms. This collaboration will enable the SABC to optimally exploit its rich sport content rights and leverage the Openview reach to provide an improved integrated sport value proposition for our advertising clients across platforms. The agreement also enhances the distribution of SABC radio stations to create an increased value proposition for our radio advertising inventory.  The other two TV channels, to be announced within the next 3 months, will leverage extensive SABC content and archived material.”

 

Openview and the SABC believe that this agreement will expedite digital migration from analogue-only households to digital broadcasting platforms with more compelling free-to-air channels and content. Together with the DTT platform, Openview provides audiences with a free HD alternative to both analogue terrestrial and pay satellite options.

 

Openview boxes can be purchased at all leading retailers nationwide.

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Newzroom Afrika has marked its second year of operation with a bold move into the future as the channel takes up residence in its new studio, which has been fitted out with best-in-class broadcasting technology to set new standards in television news production.

“Our new home is an extension of our vision to be Africa’s leading and credible news and information service. Every piece of equipment and technology, every angle and every corner of our building exhibits what we are capable of,” said Newzroom Afrika CEO Thabile Ngwato.

 

“It represents a new chapter in our story and a dedication to giving our viewers the very best of everything.”

 

Working with Michael Gill Designs once again, the architectural design of the studio was further elevated. “We took all the features of our old set that made us stand out from the rest, and enhanced them even more,” said Michael Gill.  The 16:9 format was pushed and now includes a 45m long wraparound screen behind all anchors.  “We now also have three separate areas in studio which can be used individually or as a whole. We have added many more elements to the set to make it pop on camera, these include high gloss black floors and mirrored elements. The design of the lighting fixtures used is also a definite highlight.”

The new studio is also completely run by robotic camera systems from Vinten Radamac. These seven robotic systems are operated by a single operator and give pinpoint movement and camera accuracy. Newzroom Afrika is also running the best of breed broadcast camera technology and lenses that give the channel exceptional high-definition pictures.

 

The move was completed under challenging circumstances, during the COVID-19 lockdown and curfew regulations. “It was a daunting challenge,” said Adriaan Shipalana, CEO of Harambe Technologies who were responsible for the “transplant” of Newzroom Afrika’s critical infrastructure within three months, while the channel continued to broadcast live 24/7.

 

“Newzroom Afrika already had one of the most advanced IP-based platforms in South Africa from Evertz, as well as the latest newsroom computer systems from Avid. Moving the infrastructure was one thing, but also creating a temporary housing facility for Newzroom to continue broadcasting so that this infrastructure could be moved to a new facility was another,” Shipalana added.

 

The heart of the facility is built on the latest IP-based routing technology from Evertz Microsystems. The IP router is a future proof technology that is able to handle Newzroom Afrika’s current technical infrastructure and all its future requirements.

 

In building its newsroom of the future, one of Newzroom Afrika’s priorities was finding a versatile system that could adapt to whatever the future has in store for the industry. This system will allow the channel to add features and capacity as it grows—in effect “future-proofing” its newsroom.

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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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Expanding Accessibility with Samsung ② Audio

Posted by radio On February - 18 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

A television is a portal that can connect us to the world. As the amount of diverse content users have access to continues to grow, the range of entertainment they can access through their TVs is also expanding. Yet despite this innovation, for those who are hard of hearing, the deaf, people with low vision and the blind, accessing basic TV features like sound controls and screen settings can still prove challenging.

Following the first installment in our series on accessibility in Samsung TVs, Samsung Newsroom looked at the company’s exclusive accessibility features for those who are hard of hearing and the deaf.

 

Sign Language Zoom

Sign language is a language for the deaf that involves conveying the meaning of spoken language using hand gestures and movements. However, as the same gesture can convey different meanings depending on mouth shape and facial expression, all of these factors must be taken into consideration in order to understand the exact meaning.

Samsung TVs utilise the company’s proprietary AI algorithm to automatically recognise sign language and magnify the person performing it by 200%. Users can also manually choose an area onscreen to magnify and alter the magnification ratio to get a closer look at details such as the questions on a quiz program or the scoreboard at a sports event.

 

Separate Closed Caption

Broadcasters already provide closed captions for programs to help the deaf consume their content. However, on occasions when the TV program itself also displays captions, the two sets of words often overlap with one another, obscuring the subtitles for the deaf.

 

In this situation, the Separate Closed Caption feature is a great help. This feature allows the closed captions for the deaf to be viewed in a separate area from the captions on the TV program. Users can additionally change the background and text colors for the closed captions in order to further raise visibility.

 

Multi-output Audio

When watching TV with friends or family, those who are hard of hearing may need the volume to be turned up louder than the other viewers. To ensure everyone can enjoy the content at the appropriate volume level for them, Samsung offers the Multi-output Audio feature on its TVs.

 

With the Multi-output Audio feature, those who are hard of hearing can utilise a Bluetooth device to listen to the audio at their desired volume without affecting the viewing experiences of the other viewers. Bluetooth devices can be connected directly to the TV, then the user can set their own volume levels through the Bluetooth device.

 

In pursuit of its ‘Screens for All’ vision, Samsung will continue to work and innovate to ensure that Samsung TVs provide an enjoyable viewing experience for all.

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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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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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