DStv Sunday Night Blockbusters: February 2020

M-Net Movies

Sunday 2 February 2020 at 20:05
Alita: Battle Angel 16VL Sci-Fi Action

Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron create an epic sci-fi. A scientist finds a discarded battle cyborg with amnesia. But in her quest to find herself she uncovers a great danger.

Read the SAMDB review of Alita: Battle Angel

Sunday 9 February 2020 at 20:05
The Mule 16VSNL Crime Drama

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this intriguing drama. An elderly war veteran is dragged into a world of crime when he’s forced to become a drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Sunday 16 February 2020 at 20:05
Kandasamys: The Wedding PG13L Comedy Drama

The madness continues in this sequel to the hit South African rom-com. It is a week before Jodi and Prishen’s wedding and their love is tested as the family interfere once more.

Sunday 23 February 2020 at 20:05
Fighting with My Family 13VL Comedy Drama

A crazy but surprisingly charming film that follows a wrestling family and their ambition to reach the World Wrestling Entertainment.


The Africa Channel Has Launched In Canada On Rogers Ignite TV

Showcases programming that opens up a daily view into modern African life

Ethnic Channels Group Ltd. (ECG), the world’s largest multicultural broadcaster, is pleased to announce that The Africa Channel has launched on Rogers Communications’ Ignite TV, serving viewers in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

The Africa Channel features unique English language Pan-African television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies, historical and cultural content. Based in Los Angeles, The Africa Channel is available in approximately seven million homes in the USA and Caribbean, on cable systems such as Comcast, Charter/Spectrum, and the Caribbean Cable Cooperative.

“The continent of Africa has been a major influencer of global culture. The launch of The Africa Channel gives further impetus to the growth of this culture, by capturing the microcosm of this great continent on multiple screens in Canada,” said Slava Levin, CEO of ECG.

“We are delighted to be working with ECG to bring our compelling programming lineup to Canadian audiences through this launch on Rogers Ignite TV. We are confident that the breadth of our content will appeal to both the African and Caribbean Diaspora as well as audiences with an interest in global travel, lifestyle and culture,” said Narendra Reddy, General Manager of The Africa Channel.

The Africa Channel is now on free preview on Channel #886.


Ethnic Channels Group (ECG), is the world’s largest multicultural broadcaster that operates over 80 television channels from around the globe, serving the multicultural population in Canada, USA, MENA and Australia, across 20+ language groups. By selecting the best international channels and delivering them directly to viewers’ homes via satellite, cable, IPTV and OTT providers, ECG provides exclusive sought-after programming to audiences worldwide.


The Africa Channel and its production arm, TAC Studios, is a showcase for the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies and cultural and historical content. The channel’s mission is to open a daily window into modern African life, and in the process, help demystify Africa for viewers globally. The Africa Channel is based in Los Angeles and is available in approximately seven million homes in North America and the Caribbean on cable systems such as Comcast, Charter/Spectrum, and the Caribbean Cable Cooperative.


More Stars Added To 92nd Oscars® Presenter Lineup


Show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain today announced additional stars to present on the 92nd Oscars® telecast. The Oscars will air live Sunday, February 9, on ABC.

Presenters include James Corden, Penélope Cruz, Beanie Feldstein, Zack Gottsagen, Diane Keaton, Shia LaBeouf, George MacKay, Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph and Sigourney Weaver.

Previously announced Oscars presenters include Mahershala Ali, Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Regina King, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rami Malek, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran and Kristen Wiig. The producers will continue to announce talent joining the show.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. “The Oscars Red Carpet Show” will air at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

92nd Oscars nominee list


M-Net Lifts The Lid On The Bachelor SA Ladies: Qiniso Queues Up To Win Bachelor Marc’s Heart

The Bachelor SA returns to M-Net 101 for a spicy second season on Thursday, 13 February at 19:00 with a 90-minute-long premiere episode

South Africa’s excited Bachelor fans already know that the easy-on-the-eye successful businessman and international model Marc Buckner is this season’s “Prince Adventurous”, but who are the 22 South African beauties who will step onto the red carpet to ignite the flame of love?

In response to many viewers requests, M-Net has decided to start revealing their names.

“We selected a group of diverse, gorgeous, standout individuals with different personalities and looks, each of whom is a potential love match for Marc,” says Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity. “You’ll adore them all, for different reasons, from the word go! Our first arrival on the red carpet will set the scene for another must-watch season of The Bachelor SA.”

The lady in question is a vivacious, confident, kind and free-spirited 26-year-old Capetonian, Qiniso Van Damme. If you recognise her striking, picture-perfect features and broad smile, it might be from one of several big-brand advertising campaigns that have featured her in print, in retail stores or on television. Take note, though: Qiniso is not your typical model and actress. She’s a feminist and UCT Masters Student in Social Anthropology. No wonder she was named one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s next-generation African female leaders! And, if her surname rings a bell, it’s because her sister is an outspoken Member of Parliament.

Marc made it clear in radio interviews that he was looking for a gorgeous and strong, independent woman. Qiniso certainly fits the bill – and she ticks other important boxes on Marc’s wish list. She will be a great hiking and globe-trotting companion for a man who is always on the move. When Qiniso is not having the time of her life in front of the cameras, or immersed in her books, you’ll find her hiking on Table Mountain or cooking for friends. Health-conscious Marc should love the fact that she’s vegetarian and partial to Mediterranean, Asian and African cuisine.

Whatever they do will have an element of fun to it. Qiniso says she’s always up for a challenge, and when she describes her dream romantic date, it could have been Marc’s own words. “The fireplace is lit… we’re in a cabin in the Cederberg… warming our bodies after spending the day swimming in rock pools.”

The perfect match on paper? Perhaps. But will Marc and the kind, warm and intelligent Qiniso hit it off in the Bachelor Mansion? Only time will tell.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened on M-Net from Thursday, 13 February at 19:00. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website, and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.


Disarming Citizens: This Sunday On Carte Blanche – 02 February 2020

From Table Mountain to public hospitals, in this week’s episode of Carte Blanche, the team examines personal safety and questions whether the State should limit a citizen’s right to own firearms.

Masa Kekana: “Imagine nurses with their hands full at an under-resourced state health facility trying to save the life of a patient that was stabbed in a brawl. Then suddenly, thugs walk in to “finish off” the patient and stab anyone in their way, including nurses and patients. This actually happened! How are healthcare workers expected to save lives and protect their own safety as well as that of their patients?”


Safety in Public Hospitals
A knife, a pair of scissors and a few metal objects that could easily be used as weapons – in an extensive investigation covering some of Gauteng’s state-run hospitals and clinics, Carte Blanche goes inside these facilities to put their security measures to the test. With violent incidents of shootings and stabbings happening inside public health facilities, we investigate why it’s seemingly become so easy to breach hospital security.

Producers: Ntokozo Miya and Mduduzi Miya| Presenter: Masa Kekana | Research: Mosibudi Ratlebjane

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Cycling on Table Mountain

What was supposed to be pro cyclist Nic Dlamini’s year, as he worked to represent South Africa at the Olympics, has become a tough journey back to health as he nurses a broken arm, sustained in December when park rangers on Table Mountain assaulted him over his permit to ride. Carte Blanche asks how the country’s reputation can be restored in the face of ongoing complaints against park rangers.

Producer: Diana Lucas | Presenter: Derek Watts

Disarming Citizens

Police Minister Bheki Cele ideally wants South Africans not to own firearms. In a country rated as one of the most violent in the world; where crime and murder rates sometimes outstrip some war zones and where the safety of citizens is often in their own hands, Carte Blanche asks how it would impact the pervasive climate of crime in the country.
Producer: Sophia Phirippides| Presenter: Masa Kekana


The Wilting Proteas
The Proteas are a national treasure, but with a number of disastrous defeats on the pitch; major internal disputes in the boardroom and serious allegations of mismanagement and bad governance, Cricket South Africa is in a tailspin. Could the appointment of a new interim CEO and Director of Cricket finally put an end to the team’s decline? Carte Blanche sits down with the new appointees, who are now squarely in the firing line.

Producer: Julian Sun | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

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“Lockdown S5” Now Streaming On Showmax, First Episode Premiers On YouTube Tonight

The first three episodes of Season 5 of Lockdown, the most awarded drama at last year’s SAFTAs, are now streaming only on Showmax, with two more episodes launching every Thursday. The first episode of Season 5 will also premiere on YouTube tonight at 8pm, alongside a live chat with DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice and SAFTA nominee Zola Nombona, who plays Monde.

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility, where survival is the order of the day.

As Season 5 picks up, Masebata’s cult is no longer in power. Arch-rivals Mazet (Dawn Thandeka King in a SAFTA-winning role) and Tyson (Lorcia Cooper in a SAFTA-winning role) are running the prison yard together, for now. Governor Deborah Banda (Pamela Nomvete in a SAFTA-nominated role) is under pressure from The Department of Correctional Services, after one death too many at the prison. And Monde (Zola Nombona in a SAFTA-nominated role) is trying to make things right with Vicky (Lauren Jenae). Multi-award winners Linda Sebezo, Nomsa Buthelezi, Patricia Boyer and Sophie Ndaba co-star.

After an intimate cast screening at MultiChoice City last night, the key cast – looking far more glamorous than we’re accustomed to in Thabazimbi – received plaques from the production company, Black Brain Pictures, celebrating their role in making Lockdown the first Mzansi Magic drama series to reach Season 5. Linda, so tough as Maki in Lockdown, shed a tear when she received her plaque, while Lorcia spoke for the cast when she thanked fans, saying, “We are nothing without our audiences.”

Dawn echoed this, saying, “I look back at the first day we did this and I can’t believe we made it this far. It’s been rough – in our personal lives and on screen. But look at us now! The devil did not win. Lorcia is right: we are nothing without the support. Don’t ever think we take it for granted.”

In the build-up to last night’s screening, Lockdown has been hailed as “one of the best productions that has come out of this county” by Azania Mosaka on 702, and “one of South Africa’s most riveting local productions” by Actor Spaces, with YoMzansi praising “one of the most impressive casts on South African television.”

Early reviews suggest Season 5 could be the best yet for the show, which won five SAFTAs last year, including Best Drama.

With SAFTA winner Mandla N still directing every episode and SAFTA winner Gaopie Kabe returning as the DOP, Mgosi called it “one helluva season that you don’t want to miss; “ TVMzansi wrote, “Definitely worth the wait… Beautifully shot… You’ll love the elements of comedy and the music is so on point;” and Zalebs hailed it as “thrilling… Set to leave viewers sitting on the edge of their seats and begging for more”.

Or as TshisaLive tweeted after the cast screening: “It’s A LOT. We were never ready.”

If you’re not already addicted to South Africa’s favourite prison drama, catch up on the first four episodes of Lockdown S1 on YouTube, and the previous four seasons on Showmax here.

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“Nothing Like A Little Murder To Cheer You Up”

Imagine, for a second, that you catch killers for a living. Your father is one of the most notorious serial killers that ever lived, and he taught you everything there is to know about the criminal mind. Now, imagine partnering with your serial killer father to help the police solve other murders. This is the eerily intriguing story behind the hugely successful series, Prodigal Son.

Premiering Wednesday 19 February at 19:30 on M-Net (101), Prodigal Son centres on Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne – The Walking Dead), a psychologist who has a gift for understanding how serial killers think, because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon), was once a notorious serial killer called The Surgeon.

Bright is the best criminal psychologist around, and murder is the family business. He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with his manipulative mother, Jessica Whitly (Bellamy Young – Scandal, Criminal Minds), his annoyingly normal sister, Ainsly Whitly (Halston Sage – The Orville) and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, not to mention his own constantly evolving neuroses.

The only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lou Diamond Phillips – Longmire, Stand and Deliver). Arroyo is one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team – Detective Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau – The Carmichael Show, Jem and the Holograms), a headstrong no-nonsense cop who quickly becomes impressed with Bright’s work; and Detective JT Tarmel (Frank Harts – Master of None, Billions), a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself.

During an investigation, Malcolm uncovers a striking bit of information – the killer they are investigating is impersonating another serial killer…his father, Dr. Whitly!

Bright enlists the help of his father to uncover the impersonator and solve other murders. But will this unsuspecting dream team become dangerous? Is Malcolm more like his father than he’d care to admit? Will the serial killer father get his son back?


Canon Announces The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R Enabling Remote Operation Of EOS Cameras

Canon Europe announces the release of its remote control system for still image shooting. Sports photography and news media use remote photography extensively to capture still images from various viewpoints or angles that cannot be achieved with conventional photography methods. The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R is a release driven by the needs of professional photographers to operate cameras remotely to shoot still images for the media and is part of Canon’s commitment to deliver convenient solutions.

Remote control solution for EOS camera operation

The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R revolves around a remote pan head that can be used to remotely control and shoot still images using a compatible EOS camera1. This system includes a small and lightweight gateway box, the IP camera controller CR-G100. The Camera Remote Application CR-A100 (sold separately) enables users to control multiple cameras from a PC, display live view images, and remotely trigger a camera or simultaneously shoot with multiple cameras.

Main features and components

The remote pan head uses a centre type rotational axis that makes the optical axis of the camera perpendicular to the rotational axis of the remote pan head, enabling smooth remote operations such as zooming, panning, tilting, and rolling. Ideally suited to follow subjects that move at high speed during sporting events, the remote pan head benefits from a compact design with a turning radius of approximately 260mm and can be used upright or underslung.

The IP camera controller CR-G100 is a gateway device to connect the camera and the remote pan head. It easily connects to a PC for remote operation using only a wired LAN (Ethernet) cable. The extremely compact and lightweight design has been developed specifically for still image shooting. Various terminals (digital terminal, Ethernet terminal, remote control terminal, etc.) necessary for connecting to cameras, pan heads, etc. are grouped together to simplify previously complicated and bulky wired connection.

The Camera Remote Application CR-A100 software (also available separately) controls the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R and cameras via a PC. It displays live view images from multiple cameras using the IP camera controller CR-G100 and can control a single camera or simultaneous shoot using multiple specified cameras, streamlining the workflow of still image shooting at the news site.

Robotic Camera System CR-S700R availability

The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R and the Camera Remote Application CR-A100 will be available from mid-February 2020.

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And The Winner Is… The Canon ME20F-SH As A Recipient Of The 2020 Technology And Engineering Emmy® Award

Canon Europe, a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company Canon Inc. will be recognised at the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for the ME20F-SH Ultra-High Sensitivity Full-HD Camera. Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards honour development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognise companies, organisations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering. The Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards will be presented on 19th April 2020, during NAB 2020 in Las Vegas.

“We are grateful to receive this esteemed recognition for our revolutionary ME20F-SH camera,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “This marks Canon’s fifth Emmy, an accomplishment we are immensely proud of. This award is a testament to the company’s commitment and vision for developing imaging tools that help creative professionals see what was previously considered impossible.”

Canon’s remarkable ME20F-SH is a multi-purpose camera that can achieve ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000 and employs an enhanced version of a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. Since its introduction in July 2015, this unique camera has been used by visionary cinematographers and productions such as National Geographic’s ground-breaking Earth Live broadcast in 2017. The programme aired live video from remote wilderness sites around the world, utilising the ME20F-SH for the night-time locations to capture images of nocturnal creatures that would have otherwise gone unseen. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in monochrome), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of colour Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.

The ME20F-SH employs an EF mount, allowing users to make use of the Company’s extensive line-up of interchangeable EF lenses. By letting users select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, this multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities.

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DStv Expands Its Offerings – More Channels For More Customers

DStv customers are in for a massive treat this January. Not only will Compact Plus customers now get to enjoy Nick Jr. (channel 307), Family customers will also have National Geographic (channel 181) and TRACE Urban (channel 326) added to their package for their viewing pleasure. And, Access customers will get to watch Moja Love (channel 157) from 7 February to 6 March… that’s even more entertainment for everyone to enjoy!

Then, there are two exciting pop-up channels to explore, M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men Edition (channel 109) available on Premium from 24 January to 16 February, showcasing some of Hollywood’s greatest black actors in their biggest films. There will be over 100 movies to watch, and viewers can look out for the likes of Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy and more.

The Ultimate Love pop-up channel (channel 198), will bring a new twist to reality television as we know it. The channel will run from 9 February until 5 April, is a first-of-its-kind Nigerian reality show which centres on 16 participants (eight males & eight females) living together in an isolated location with the hope of finding love. Participants will be paired based on their mutual attraction to one another and will compete to emerge as the ultimate couple of the competition.

“We are continuously looking at ways that will ensure that customers across all our packages are able to access some of the great content that is available on our platform. Having these channels available for our customers is part of our ongoing commitment to bringing a wide variety of the best in local and international content that touches the lives of our viewers,” said Mark Rayner, Chief Executive Officer at MultiChoice South Africa.

The addition of Nick Jr. to the Compact Plus package is certainly a delight to parents. Nick Jr. (channel 307) forms part of DStv’s School of Laughter, which is all about a world of kid-friendly humour, to get your little one chuckling. Research has shown this helps tremendously in honing a number of social skills, from developing empathy to making friends easily and boosting creativity. Nick Jr. is the perfect channel to help younger kids (from two to six years old) explore the world around them. In February Nick Jr. will also feature new episodes of popular shows such as Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets and Blaze and the Monster Machines and they will be available on Catch Up.

National Geographic is certain to be a hit with shows such as Brain Games, which invites celebrities to realise their special brain power through fun games, Running Wild With Bear Grylls, where the renowned adventurer guides some Hollywood stars through the most extreme environments in the world, it’s all about taking a fresh look at the planet we live on and lots more.

TRACE Urban is a youth channel that focuses purely on urban and afro-urban celebrity news, music, entertainment and culture. It’s where the happening teens and young adults get their daily source of hot and happening action.

The content on Moja Love has proven to be popular with our audiences on channel 157 since the channel launched. The channel flights mostly local content that focuses on reality TV, actuality, entertainment and talk shows. The open period for the channel means that customers on the DStv Access package will be able to enjoy this content as well.

As always, DStv is bringing its customers a whole lot to be delighted about in 2020 – and this is just the beginning.