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).

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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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