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DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards Make SA Entertainment History

The people have spoken!

History was officially made tonight at the inaugural DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards. Over 1 million votes were cast for 50 nominees in 10 categories, as South Africa made her voice heard. Tonight’s glittering gala evening was the culmination of a legendary battle worthy of Mzansi’s entertainment history, as fans put their thumbs through the wringer voting for their favourites in the inaugural DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards.

The red carpet at the Sandton International Convention Centre was ruled by ladies in alluring gowns and men in elegant suits, as fans cheered their favourites in an unparalleled fashion and glamour frenzy. Thespians, musicians, sports personalities and comedians were among those who put their best foot forward to be part of entertainment history in the making.

Bonang “Yo Girl B!” Matheba was beguiling as the evening’s MC, as she hosted guests and viewers in flawless style and boasting impeccable fashion. If this was a Night of the Stars, then Matheba was the brightest of all.

The DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards was beamed live to millions of households via Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161). The show lit up all social media platforms and left the live audience at the ICC and those watching from the small screen in awe, as a parade of Mzansi’s finest entertainment talent walked off the stage clutching the coveted black and gold statuette.

Legendary jazz maestro, Hugh Masekela, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award handed to him by M-Net CEO, Yolisa Phahle.

However, the night was not just about the who’s who of the entertainment industry. Anna Dithane walked off with R50 000 after being named the 1Life Life Changer for uplifting her community, proudly presented by 1Life Direct. Another R50 000 went to Eugene Dithane, who nominated his community warrior mother.

Viewers who voted also got a slice of the cake when one was rewarded with a brand-new Kia Picanto worth R150 000 after being randomly selected via an audited process. Another lucky voter found themselves with a R100 000 Vodacom World Shopping Experience after predicting the Song of the Year. It sure is rewarding to a DStv Mzansi viewer, neh!

The top-notch entertainment was befitting a celebration of this magnitude. The ICC auditorium was transformed into a laser-and-tribal print cavern, with the stage hosting – among others – the likes of Lady Zamar, social media dance maven Zodwa Wabantu, the majestic Thandiswa Mazwai, Lion of Judah power voice Lebo Sekgobela and the beautiful ratchetness of Gqom, led by seasoned industry pros DJ Cleo, Winnie Khumalo and Busiswa. Surprise special guest, Tshedi Mholi, made a throwback appearance wearing a ravishing and heavily-embellished fuchsia gown with a train worthy of bodyguards. Her stage partner Cassper Nyovest certainly “gave it away” on stage, and had the audience going wild. It was a sight to behold!

The charismatic gap-toothed Thembisa Mdoda was the belle of the ball as she scooped the gong not only for the Favourite Presenter category, but also the Ultimate Viewers’ Choice Award. It was the perfect ending to a perfect night!

FULL LIST OF THE DSTV MZANSI VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

  • SONG OF THE YEAR: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte
  • TV PRESENTER: Thembisa Mdoda
  • COMEDIAN: Summary
  • RISING STAR: Sjava
  • RADIO PERSONALITY: B2Cada
  • ACTOR: Themba Ndaba
  • ACTRESS: Vatiswa Ndara
  • MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: Kwesta
  • DJ: Black Coffee
  • SPORTS PERSONALITY: Caster Semenya
  • ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE: Thembisa Mdoda
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Make Your Home The Place To Be This Holiday With DStv

MultiChoice is opening up the Premium kiddies’ channels to its Compact customers from Thursday, 29 June until Thursday, 13 July, just in time for the school holidays. DStv Compact customers will get a first view of the Premium kids channels, namely Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Nick Jnr.

“Kids will not have a single reason to complain of boredom this winter holiday. School’s out, so little ones can have friends over, snuggle up and get cosy with DStv and the selection of great content available on these Premium channels. The winter season also gives families the perfect opportunity to stay warm indoors and spend quality time with loved ones while enjoying this special treat,” says Aletta Alberts, MultiChoice Head of Content.

Disney’s classic cartoons, popular animated characters, live action sitcoms and unrivalled range of classic Disney feature films will keep the whole family entertained; while Nickelodeon’s “Kids First” focus with their signature fun and exciting shows will be enjoyed by pre-schoolers, tweens, kids, teens and parents alike.

Nick Jr. is the go-to channel in households where two to six year olds roam. The content is entertaining enough to keep young children occupied, while parents can rest assured that the viewing experience will be one of learning.

Some of the highlights for DStv Compact customers

For three weeks in July, Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) is offering weekday marathons packed with special episodes and a brand new series! Let the kids fly away with superheroes The Thundermans and Henry Danger, get technical with the internet gurus and gamers from Game Shakers and iCarly, go on a family adventure in Hunter Street and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, and laugh out loud with animated series, The Loud House and Bunsen Is a Beast. Plus, check out the new addition, ToonMarty.

A great big dollop of comedy and a generous pinch of slapstick make Nickelodeon’s new animated series an entertaining hit. Marty is a wacky boy with quite a large head, who works at the Toonmart in Toonville with his friends Burnie and Holly. And there’s no business Marty likes better than somebody else’s business, which often lands the trio in hot water! Watch as they clean up their mess after their pranks go wrong. ToonMarty will premiere on Monday, 5 July.

Nick Jr.’s (DStv channel 307) new episodes of Nella The Princess Knight air daily from Saturday, 1 July. In this season, Nella uses her position as a princess-knight to be a guardian for justice – when she’s not practising for her ballet recital or playing with Trinket, her unicorn best friend! In the new episodes, the girls are excited because there’s a celebrity visiting Castlehaven. Trinket has to overcome her jealousy of Nella’s new friendship with Minotauri and a near-sighted cyclops interrupts Nella’s ballet class.

Team Umizoomi: The King of Numbers is a movie where preschoolers are tested on their basic counting and recognition of shapes and patterns. In this special, the siblings Milli and Geo, and their green robot friend Bot, have to use all their maths skills to save a king.

On Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303), inventor and mediator Harley Diaz manoeuvers through the bustle that results from being part of a big happy family, from the unique vantage point of being a tween middle child. Join her for a whole new host of adventures in the premiere of Stuck in the Middle Yr2 on Monday, 3 July at 17:05, launching with the special Stuck in the Waterpark!

You can also catch familiar favourites like Elena of Avalor – a magical tale of adventure, following Elena in her journey to become a brave, resilient and compassionate queen; Bizaardvark, where Frankie and Paige, the quirky, 13-year-old best friends write funny songs and create music videos for their online channel, Bizaardvark; and Girl Meets World where life’s an adventure, and Riley Matthews’ is about to begin! This bright-eyed 7th grader and her quick-witted BFF, Maya, navigate the ups and downs of teenage life and take on the world, just as Riley’s parents once did; and so much more.

The channels will automatically be added, but if you can’t find it, make sure you are on all channels not favourite channels.

DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers can also catch the best kids’ entertainment on-the-go on DStv Catch Up or through live streaming on DStv Now.

But having fun with Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. doesn’t have to end when the school holidays do. Upgrade to DStv Premium by checking out www.dstv.com and keep the entertainment going!

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SundanceTV Launches on DStv

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – UK announced today that it will launch SundanceTV in South Africa for the first time, on DStv channel 108. SundanceTV, which celebrates independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries as well as outstanding original drama series, will launch on 1 June exclusively to DStv Premium customers as a 24/7 linear HD channel.

Louise Cottrell, Vice President, Affiliate Sales for AMCNI UK, said: “SundanceTV will offer a selection of award winning and locally appealing programming exclusively to audiences in South Africa. We’re excited to launch this premium channel for the first time in South Africa on the DStv platform, which reinforces our long-standing partnership with MultiChoice, Africa’s leading video entertainment provider.”

“We’ve listened to what our customers are saying about our content, and are committed to bring them more fresh content more often and fewer repeats. SundanceTV will bring great variety through its high quality art movies and unforgettable series. We’re confident our customers will welcome SundanceTV to the DStv family and into their homes,” commented Aletta Alberts, Head of Content for MultiChoice.

SundanceTV is a renowned global brand, true to the vision of its founder Robert Redford to celebrate creativity. It offers a compelling mix of exclusive festival films and original drama series and delivers an upscale and highly engaged audience of films and series fanatics.

Launched in 1996, SundanceTV showcases today’s creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow while celebrating the unique spirit of creativity and independent storytelling established by the world-renowned annual Sundance Film Festival.

SundanceTV showcases award-winning films from the Festival, many of which are seen exclusively on the network. The channel will also broadcast internationally acclaimed and popular original drama series from AMC studios and other leading distributors such as “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and “Breaking Bad”, among others.

Another great series which starts in June is The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan. It’s a sweeping saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

Some of the great Film Festival Selections which will premiere on the channel, includes the gripping documentary Cries from Syria, which bears witness to the resiliency of the people of Syria in the wake of their exposure to unthinkable crimes against humanity. I Smile Back is an unflinchingly authentic and humanising portrait of a suburban wife and mother dealing with depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion.

The Eyes of My Mother is the debut movie from writer/director Nicolas Pesce and is the tale of Francisca. She grows up in a secluded farmhouse where her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.

For more information about the schedule of the channel, keep an eye on DStv.com closer to the launch date, as well as the TV Guide on your DStv decoder or on the DStv Now app on the day of launch.

Upcoming Series

Upcoming Series

“The Son”

Premieres on 6 June at 21:00 CAT

Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, “The Son” is a sweeping saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the story of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings.

Produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment, “The Son” is written and executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy. “The Son” is distributed internationally by Sonar Entertainment.

“Fear the Walking Dead”

Catch-up of Seasons 1 & 2 from 5 June. Season 3 premiere on 24 July at 21:00 CAT

“Fear the Walking Dead” portrays the efforts of a highly dysfunctional blended family to stick together when they realise a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse. The series is developed and produced by Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead,” and Dave Erickson, known for “Sons of Anarchy.” The series’ main cast includes Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side, “Lost”), Cliff Curtis (Missing, The Dark Horse, Gang Related) along with upcoming actors Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Lorenzo James Henrie.

As the series returns for season three, our families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the U.S.-Mexico border. International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well.

About SundanceTV

Dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity, SundanceTV is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, imaginative and uncompromising, SundanceTV offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of high-quality independent films, documentaries and original programs. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, SundanceTV is available throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Owned and operated by AMC Networks International, SundanceTV is a highly recognisable and magnetic brand that is available in HD and across multiple platforms.

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New Weekends-only Series Pop-up Channel On DStv Premium

Create your own series box sets with M-Net Binge

Do you belong to the TV tribe who get all antsy when the end credits of your favourite series start to roll? Because instead of waiting for another week, you want to watch the entire show in ONE go? If so, reach for the record button on your DStv remote control, because soon you’ll be able to binge like never before!

M-Net and MultiChoice have whipped up another special treat for fans of international television series: a brand new, weekends-only series pop-up channel called M-Net Binge. From Saturday 6 May M-Net Binge will give DStv Premium customers across the African continent the opportunity to record an entire season of top-notch shows that proved to be addictive viewing when they were first screened on channels such as M-Net 101, M-Net Edge and VUZU Amp.

M-Net Binge will be live on DStv’s channel 900 on Saturdays and Sundays between 21:30 and approximately 05:00 the next morning, with back-to-back episodes of selected series for the weekend. Viewers who opt to record these shows will thus be able to create their own box sets of shows on their decoders to enjoy when it suits them best.

While themed binge weekends – like a Shonda Rhimes takeover; Superhero marathon or a period drama throwback– are on the cards, M-Net Binge will also offer a special lead-up to the much-anticipated worldwide arrival of the reboot of Twin Peaks on Tuesday 23 May. On Saturday 6 May, the channel will bring you all nine episodes of the first season of David Lynch’s iconic crime drama. Thereafter, Season 2 of the eerie cult classic, comprising of a total of 23 episodes, will come your way in three batches on Sunday 7 May, Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May respectively.

During the rest of May, recent highly acclaimed series such as Big Little Lies, with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman leading a powerhouse female cast, and HBO’s masterly crafted The Night Of will form part of the M-Net Binge offering.

“In the ever-changing world of television, binge has become a worldwide phenomenon. This channel gives viewers a chance to binge” says M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle. “M-Net’s successful movie pop-up channels have shown that our premium viewers love themed and curated content and M-Net Binge is an exciting initiative for series fans to catch up with the best of the best shows that they may have missed or want to watch again.”

M-Net Binge has deliberately been placed next to the time-delayed M-Net Plus 1 on channel 901, which is another channel that was created for the convenience of DStv Premium viewers. “This means that our viewers can clearly distinguish between channels built around fresh content like M-Net 101, with its extended prime-time that runs between 06:00pm to midnight and channels that speak to viewer convenience,” explains Phahle.

DStv Premium customers will be able to set their M-Net Binge recordings as soon as the EPG becomes available, which is usually eight days before the day of broadcast. Customers can choose to either record the entire series to compile your own box set or record individual episodes.

The full schedule for M-Net Binge will be available at mnet.tv, as well as on the schedule on the TV Guide on DStv.com or on the DStv Now App.

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What’s On DStv Now This Week : 10 – 16 April 2017

Coming Up on DStv Now

Whether you’re streaming live on DStv Now or watching later on DStv Catch Up, don’t miss any of the new and returning series, sport and movies this week.

Monday 10 April

Trial and Error S1

A unique twist on the usual crime series genre we all love. From the big city lights of New York City to a small Southern town, a lawyer finds himself trying to get down to the bottom of a bizarre case of a poetry professor who is accused of murdering his wife. It doesn’t help that his client always makes himself look guilty. Can the case be solved?
Stream live on M-Net (101) on DStv Now at 18:00

Trial and Error

Phil 101

Don’t miss out on kykNET’s brand new comedy about a philosophy department in a South African university.
Stream live on kykNET (144) on DStv Now at 20:30

Phil 101

Outcast S2

In the return of the horror series, the exploration and mystery of what lies behind the supernatural manifestations and why they are drawn to Kyle Barnes continues.
Stream live on FOX (125) on DStv Now at 21:00

Tuesday 11 April

Uyang’thanda Na?

Following on from the huge success of Love Back, Uyang’thanda Na? is yet another local dating show you have to watch. Watch as people come face to face with their crushes to confess their love.
Stream live on Mzansi Magic (161) on DStv Now at 20:00

Sara Se Geheim

Take a look into the lives of two families living in Athlone and Durbanville in Cape Town.
Stream live on kykNET (144) on DStv Now at 20:00

Beware the Slender Man

A disturbing and riveting documentary about the true-life story that shocked the world. Follow the terrifying account of two 12-year-old girls who tried to kill their friend because of an internet legend known as Slender Man.
Stream live on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) on DStv Now at 22:25

Wednesday 12 April

Living the Dream with Somizi S2

Returning for a new season of glamour and drama is everyone’s favourite, Somizi. Get a look into his life to see what makes him the star we all know and love.
Stream live on Mzansi Magic (161) on DStv Now at 20:00

Thursday 13 April

The Originals S4

When their immortal lives are threatened, The Mikaelson family must stand together to face their greatest challenge yet.
Stream live on Vuzu Amp (103) on DStv Now at 21:30

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently only available to DStv Premium customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.

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M-Net Movies Revs Up WIth Fast & Furious Pop-up Channel on DStv

Buckle up – all the mean supercar machines of the world’s most adrenaline-fueled film franchise are bolting down the road at breakneck speed! From Saturday 1 April to Sunday 9, April M-Net and MultiChoice are putting the pedal to the metal with a special M-Net Movies Fast & Furious pop-up channel featuring all seven of the high-octane movies built on non-stop action, heart-stopping stunts, heart-pumping chases and superstar cast.

The M-Net Movies Fast & Furious Pop-up channel is a special treat for MultiChoice’s DStv Premium customers, arriving just days before the much-anticipated film premiere of the eighth instalment in the franchise, Fast & Furious 8, starring an all-star cast including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell and South Africa’s very own Charlize Theron which will be released in cinemas worldwide. Petrol-heads, Fast fans and everyone who loves great action can race off to Channel 109. The channel will also be streamed on DStv Now and all seven films will be available on the M-Net Movies Collection on Catch Up Plus, which can be accessed via the DStv Wifi Connector.

“We promised to bring viewers unmissable curated movie themed channels in 2017 and are excited to rev it up after the massive success of pop-ups such as the recent James Bond extravaganza and M-Net Inspire,” says M-Net’s Director of Channels, Jan du Plessis. “The M-Net Movies Fast & Furious pop-up has been timed to feed into the frenzy around the latest edition in the franchise. It also coincides with exciting changes on the M-Net channels. April is indeed going to be a super-sized month on the M-Net front.”

The M-Net Movies Fast & Furious channel will run daily from 10:00 with back-to-back Fast films until around 22:30. Do note however, that the channel will conclude on 9 April with a binge-viewing session, with all seven films running in chronological order. For the full schedules, please consult the EPG Guide or go to mnet.tv.

To join the conversation while the Fast & Furious speedsters are burning rubber, the social media pitstops m-net.dstv.com/page/pop-up; @mnetmovies; www.mnet.tv; or by using #ff109.

Full summaries of the movies:

The Fast and The Furious

Year: 2001
Cast: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Director: Rob Cohen
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 16VL

A pulsating high-speed action drama that launched the popular film franchise. It was a runaway success at the box office and attracted praise from many top American critics.

Brian O’Conner is an undercover cop on a dangerous mission: He must capture Dominic Toretto, an elusive street racer and truck hijacker on a mission to steal electronic equipment worth millions of dollars. Toretto is fearless and violence is his first resort.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Year: 2003
Cast: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser
Director: John Singleton
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Rating: 13VL

Crime and speed are again the main ingredients in the second instalment of this hugely successful action drama film series. One might even say the modified Nissan Skyline GT-R and Honda RS200 deserved top billing alongside the actors in the leading roles!

A street racer finds himself behind bars after competing in a dangerous and illegal race. Then, to his surprise, an FBI agent makes him an irresistible offer: his freedom in exchange for help in bringing down an elusive crime kingpin.

The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift

Year: 2006
Cast: Lucas Black, Bow Wow
Director: Justin Lin
Genres: Action, Drama.
Rating: 13VL

Neither speed nor fury has flagged in this thrilling action film franchise. In the series timeline, Tokyo Drift slots in between the sixth and seventh movies.

An American teenager who causes an accident during an illegal street race is sent to live with his father in Japan to avoid a prison sentence. In Tokyo, he learns an exhilarating style of street racing that is much wilder and more dangerous than the street racing found in Los Angeles.

Fast & Furious (Fast & Furious 4)

Year: 2009
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 13VL

The action heats up in the fourth instalment of a film franchise that has become the favourite of speed freaks around the world. With car chases like you’ve never seen before, deadly crashes are a single error of judgment away.

The FBI has recruited Brian O’Conner for a second stint as law enforcer, mainly for his in-depth understanding of the underworld. He teams up with Dominic Toretto to infiltrate and destroy a ruthless drug ring.

Fast Five

Year: 2009
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster
Director: Justin Lin
Genres: Action, Crime.
Rating: 13VNL

The fifth instalment steered the Fast and Furious film franchise in a new direction with fewer car races and more expansive action scenes. It has become one of the most successful action series of all time.

Street racing made his name, but Dominic Toretto now sets his sights on a much bigger prize: a cash heist that will buy his and the crew’s freedom. He teams up with former cop Brian O’Conner to confront the shady businessman who is after their blood.

Fast & Furious 6

Year: 2013
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Director: Justin Lin
Rating: 13VL
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

The first film in the Fast & Furious franchise that moves away from the underground racing scene became a monster hit, raking in $788.7 million in the worldwide box office.

Dominic is on a mission to halt a band of mercenaries with havoc on their minds when he is confronted by a more dangerous enemy: his own dark side, which is triggered by the sudden reappearance of a former girlfriend who was presumed to be dead.

Read the SAMDB review of Fast & Furious 6

Furious 7

Year: 2016
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Director: James Wan
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 13VL

The Fast and Furious movies make up one of the most successful film franchises in the world. This seventh instalment features an impressive cast including regulars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and this time, they’re joined by Jason Statham as a very angry assassin.

Dom Toretto and the guys have come back home to America, determined to live normal lives free of crime. But the events of the past catch up with them as an old enemy’s brother schemes to send Dom to the grave.

Read the SAMDB review of Furious 7

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#MultiChoiceLive brings DStv Celebs To Menlyn Park Shopping Centre In Pretoria

This weekend the interactive, immersive MultiChoice experience, called #MultiChoiceLive, will make its last stop in Menlyn ko Pretoria. And a host of DStv stars are getting ready to light up your weekend!

#MultiChoiceLive is a travelling pop-up exhibition which leads visitors through an immersive journey, revealing behind-the-scenes info on the company’s much-loved brands like DStv, M-Net and SuperSport. Learn more about the company’s content, history, innovative products and contribution to the film and TV industry.

For this weekend, 24 – 26 March, visitors to Menlyn Park Shopping Centre can look forward to rubbing shoulders with some great TV stars, hosted by SK from The Queen and Siya from Saints and Sinners:

On Friday, 24 March from 12pm to 4pm:

  •  Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana from the Food Network cooks up a storm
  • Dance competition – win hampers
  • Proverb and Somizi SomGAGA, a flamboyant Idols SA Judge to run a mini Idols competition
  • Main performance by Thami from Idols

On Saturday, 25 March from 11:00am to 4pm:

  • SK and Siya to MC the event and mingle with fans
  • Somizi SomGAGA, a flamboyant Idols SA Judge to run a mini Idols competition
  • Celebrity Chef Siba to do the seconds and tease your palate with her finger food demonstration
  • Mafikizolo – to take it to the stage with Emlanjeni to their new single Kucheza
  • Plus, plenty of fun activities for the kids

On Sunday, 26 March from 12pm to 4pm:

  • Last charm from SK and Siya
  • And the kids’ entertainment is off the hook!
  • A Quiz and fun activities
  • Get the chance to Spin The Wheel and win!
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DStv’s M-Net Channels Get A Refresh

DStv customers have spoken… and MultiChoice and M-Net took note. DStv Premium customers can soon look forward to more fresh series with fewer movies and series repeats from M-Net.

MultiChoice and M-Net will be making key changes to some of the M-Net channels to improve DStv customers’ viewing experience.

Supersized M-Net 101

The ever-popular M-Net Edge (channel 102) will be integrated into M-Net 101 from 1 April 2017. This will give customers a supersized channel with bumper-to-bumper entertainment ranging from the latest shows from M-Net 101 to the edgier entertainment previously on M-Net Edge. Customers can look forward to an extended prime time on M-Net 101 from 18:00 to midnight every day. This means fewer repeats on M-Net, which will now be the one destination for the best and newest shows from the US, alongside some great local shows.

Customers can tune in to sitcom fun at 18:00, followed by the latest blockbuster international reality shows at 18:30 and top-notch drama, crime, comedy or action series from 19:30 onwards. Once the kids are safely in bed – between 21:30 and midnight – customers can enjoy critically acclaimed edgier entertainment like Billions season 2, Magicians season 2; The Leftovers season 3, Bates Motel season 5, Broadchurch season 3, Mad Dogs season 1, Detour season 2 and more.

To top it off, M-Net will pull out all the stops to give our customers great entertainment on Saturdays. The reality show repeats will be dropped on Saturdays and Sundays, in favour of fresh sitcoms and dramas which will air on Saturdays from 18:00. Brand new series like cutting-edge medical drama Pure Genius(Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, and Odette Annable), dark comedy Imposters (Inbar Lavi, Parker Young and Stephen Bishop) and the epic event limited series When We Rise (Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker and Rachel Griffiths) can be seen during prime time on Saturdays.

“The entertainment landscape is changing faster than ever – we’ve made these changes based on what our customers have told us. We know they want to see the best new and returning series, and that is exactly what they will get,” says Group General Manager for M-Net SA, Nkateko Mabaso.

More fresh movies more often

M-Net want to show fewer older movies and repeats so DStv customers can enjoy more fresh and newer movies more often. This is why M-Net Movies Showcase (channel 107) will be dropped in favour of more themed movie pop-up channels and movie festivals on existing M-Net movie channels.

“Our pop-up channels are extremely popular,” says Mabaso. “Viewers love the fact that they can easily find a collection of their favourite movies packaged under a specific theme on one channel. They enjoyed the Star Wars and Harry Potter pop-up channels – and we’re planning several more throughout the year.”

The recently launched M-Net Movies Collection also adds to the breadth of M-Net’s movie offering. The M-Net Movies Collection comprise more than 1000 movies and is available on DStv Catch Up Plus, accessible to customers when they connect their DStv Explora to the internet. The collection is also accessible on the Catch Up section on DStv Now online and on the app. DStv Premium customers can choose what movie they would like to watch, when it suits them best.

DStv Family customers gets VUZU

There is also good news about fewer repeats for DStv Family customers. From April, VUZU (channel 116) will move into their family of channels. VUZU will replace M-Net Family (channel 162) which has not performed as well as expected. VUZU carries many of the popular family and celebrity reality shows that our DStv Family customers enjoy.

Reset your recordings

Leading up to the integration of M-Net Edge and M-Net 101, DStv Premium customers can enjoy two, three or four back-to-back episodes of their favourite shows in the next couple of weeks.

Customers with Exploras and PVRs are reminded to reset their recordings as their favourite shows find their new home on M-Net 101. These shows include Elementary, Major Crimes and Grimm, as well as Express from the US shows Crashing, Girls, Homeland, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Lucifer.Remember to also keep an eye on the Catch Up calendar available on DStv.com.

For the latest information regarding these changes please consult your on-screen TV guide, find the online schedules at MNet.tv or DStv.com, or the TV Guide on the DStv Now app.

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DStv Brings Hot New Series Premieres To The Streaming Space, For All!

DStv is bringing the premiere episodes of two of the hottest new shows on television to the streaming space for everyone to enjoy, hot on the heels of their debuts on M-Net and M-Net Edge.

The first episodes of Big Little Lies, starring Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon and produced by Ally McBeal’s David E. Kelley and Crashing, produced by Girls Helmer Judd Apatow, will be available for streaming, for all users on DStv.com.

There is no need to subscribe, or log in to watch the premiere episodes – simply click through to DStv.com to start streaming episode one of Big Little Lies and Crashing from today.

“We continue to explore new ways for our users to experience DStv’s fantastic offering of global content,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “Making the premiere episodes of shows like Big Little Lies and Crashing available for streaming to all on DStv.com, just 24-hours after they become available on DStv, is another evolutionary step for us in providing different viewing opportunities for our audience”.

DStv customers can continue to watch the full seasons of Big Little Lies on M-Net on Wednesdays at 20:30 and Crashing on M-Net Edge on Tuesdays at 00:30 Express from the U.S., or Fridays at 21:40 prime time. DStv Premium customers can also watch the entire seasons of both shows on DStv Now.

A subversive, seven-episode miniseries with an ensemble cast that includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies is a dark comedy drama exploring a tale of murder and mischief – while unravelling society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath the idealised pretence of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. The stellar, ensemble cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgård.

In Crashing, Pete is a sheltered suburbanite who is married to his childhood sweetheart and dreams of making it as a stand-up comedian. But when he finds out his wife is cheating on him, Pete’s world unravels, forcing him to re-evaluate his priorities. Created by and starring comedian Pete Holmes and featuring a host of comedians playing themselves, Crashing is produced by Girls and Bridesmaids’ Judd Apatow.

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers.

Live streaming channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently available to all DStv Premium customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.

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TV On-the-Go For All DStv Premium Customers

MultiChoice is extending access to its on-the-go DStv Now service to all its DStv Premium customers. This means all Premium customers can now enjoy more than 60 live DStv channels and access to the world’s hottest TV shows and movies on Catch Up. Previously, the full DStv Now service was only available to DStv Premium customers with an active PVR.

The Catch Up library on the DStv Now app turns a customer’s smartphone or tablet into a decoder in your pocket, as series and movies can be downloaded to watch later. Now it’s easy to enjoy DStv originals like The Voice SA and Ons Sprokiesbruilof.

This library also includes the M-Net Movie Collection which offers a 1000 movies that are updated weekly. There’s also a DStv Kids section on the app, specifically designed to keep the little ones entertained when you’re away from home, with a handy parental control feature to ensure the kids watch what’s right for them.

Premium customers can now stream sport live from the SuperSport channels; perfect for keeping up with live action like the Super Rugby and the Proteas versus New Zealand. DStv Now can also be used to access Express from the US shows on M-Net and M-Net – shows like Suits, Quantico, Homeland, Madam Secretary and Vikings which are available within hours of their US broadcast.

Other things you can do with the DStv Now app: use the TV Guide to search for your favourite show, set remote recordings to your internet connected Explora, view your DStv statements and balance, or clear errors on your decoder.

DStv Now is an app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and is also available online at DStv.com. To use the app, you would need to register once off for a Connect ID on DStv.com.