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MultiChoice Group Is Launching A New Model Of DStv HD Decoder 6

It replaces the previous model HD Decoder 5 currently in stores and has the same features and functionality our customers are used to. The new model hit the markets on 2 May 2019, retailing at R399 as a standalone product, and R599 with installation.

The new model has the same user-friendly functionalities as the HD Decoder 5-series. While DStv’s new decoder retained most of the features of its predecessor, there are a few differences.

Importantly, the slimmer and more compact model is made up of recyclable components. MultiChoice considers recycling as a pinnacle part of their business operations, and are constantly looking at improving how they make their devices more environmentally friendly.

This decoder has a micro-sim and is also XtraView compatible with all DStv Explora models in the market.

Through understanding customer preferences and ongoing commitment to innovation and technology advancement, MultiChoice delivers unrivalled access to content across multiple platforms and aims to continuously update its current technology.

All MultiChoice decoders are manufactured locally and through high-level manufacturing and assembly chains, we’ve stimulated the decoder manufacturing industry. This also benefits related businesses such as part suppliers, carton printers, distribution and logistics providers.

Customers who have an HD Decoder 4 or 5 will not need to replace or upgrade their existing decoder. The DStv HD Decoder 6-series will be available from various retailers, DStv Service Centres and agencies from 2 May 2019.

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Awards

MultiChoice Group Boasts Record Number Of SAFTA Nominations

MultiChoice Group, the largest investor in television and film production on the continent, has received a record number of nominations for the South African Film and Television Awards, outperforming all other content platforms in South Africa for the second year in a row.

The 13th annual SAFTA nominations were announced on February 8 in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The awards ceremony is set to take place on March 2 at Sun City.

Nomination highlights include 1Magic’s new highly popular telenovela The River with 17 nominations and Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya with nine, while Afrikaans channel kykNET’s programmes collectively received no fewer than 60 nominations. M-Net’s local reality shows Survivor SA, My Kitchen Rules SA and Dancing with the Stars also outperforms in the reality categories and MultiChoice Group’s Video on Demand service, Showmax, can be proud of its 7 nominations for Thali’s Wedding Diary (see full list of nominees attached). All these productions can be enjoyed on the DStv platforms.

Mzansi Magic and 1Magic dominate every category

In the telenovela category Mzansi and 1Magic shows dominate every category in particular The River, an extraordinary feat for a production in its first year. “Congratulations to all our producers and the talent that received nominations for this year’s awards,” said Yolisa Phahle, CEO General Entertainment for MultiChoice Group. “MultiChoice plays an important role in the African film and television production industry by investing heavily in local talent and production development. It is paying off. We are changing the dynamic from international content consumption to consistently bringing our audiences the best stories on all the DStv platforms.” said Phahle.

“We are also happy to see our people being recognised for their behind-the-scenes work in the technical categories, as well as in every single genre from reality, variety and drama to speciality shows and current affairs. “Not to mention the sought-after best actor and actress categories in the different genres in which our shows will also compete,” she continued.

MultiChoice Group is the leading producer of content in South Africa and Africa. The group is poised to become a significant competitor on the global stage with its content creation strategy aimed at adding value to Africa’s growing GDP and jobs environment. MultiChoice Group is also the single biggest supporter of media entrepreneurs through the awarding of production contracts to small and medium production companies and freelancers. It indirectly supports many industry jobs (in line with President Ramaphosa 5 critical points at SONA).

MultiChoice Group is a newly formed company due to list on the JSE this month and includes MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, Showmax Africa and Irdeto.

The South African Television and Film Awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Sun City Superbowl at 19:00 on March 2.

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Television

Canada’s LGBTQI+ TV Networking Coming To South Africa

A first in Africa, OUTtv South Africa – it’s Out-of-this-world
Canada’s LGBTQI+ TV Network coming to South Africa

OUTtv South Africa, in partnership with MultiChoice and Canada’s OUTtv Network, will broadcast as a pop-up channel on DStv channel 198 from 4 October until 4 November 2018.  The channel will introduce diversity and innovation into the South African entertainment landscape.  It will offer viewers premium programming aimed primarily at South Africa’s large and vibrant LGBTQI+ community and friends.

OUTtv SA, together with leading global brand and the world’s first LGBTQI+ broadcaster, OUTtv, will offer a fun and passionate mix of movies, drama, lifestyle, comedy, reality, music and travel shows that appeal to the LGBTQI+ community, as well as a broader progressive audience.

More than 80% of the content on this channel has never been seen in South Africa before, so DStv Premium and Compact Plus customers can look forward to a fresh and amazing viewing experience. The channel will include a diverse mix of programming including RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Big Freedia Queen of Bounce, Deep Water, Wentworth, Degrassi: Next Generation and Hey Qween! as well as OUTtv original series Knock Knock Ghost, Sex & Violence, Shadowlands, The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula and Don’t Quit Your Gay Job.

A selection of the shows will also be available to these customers on DStv Catch Up on their decoders, and on DStv Now online and on the app. Customers with a connected Explora will also be able to stream or download the content, and the channel will be streaming on DStv Now.

Warren-Lee Whitcher, Managing Director of OUTtv SA said, “It is with a sense of great pride that we find ourselves, after a journey of 5 years, at the point of being able to bring a world-class entertainment product to South Africans. And also  meaningfully drive and promote inclusion and the celebration of diversity within the countries television landscape. The OUTtv SA TV channel is the perfect 1st step on our mission of bringing our great quality and diverse content to SA audiences.”

Yolisa Phahle, CEO for General Entertainment for MultiChoice believes this channel will add to the diversity of voices on DStv: “At Multichoice we celebrate diversity and are committed to providing a platform that allows multiple voices to be heard.  We look forward to offering this pop-up to our customers in South Africa.”

Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv Network said, “We are delighted to introduce OUTtv to South Africa and to share our original programming with a bigger audience.  We also look forward to continuing OUTtv’ s international expansion and welcome the opportunity to forge new partnerships to build on our efforts in South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

About OUTtv South Africa

A fully empowered South African broadcast and media group founded by seasoned industry executives with strong entrepreneurial credentials.  OUTtv SA has established global relationships across the broadcasting and integrated media value-chain to ensure the delivery of industry-leading services within its operational markets. www.outtv.za.com

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MultiChoice Brings DStv Celebs To Eastgate Mall

This weekend the interactive, immersive MultiChoice experience, called #MultiChoiceLive, will be at Eastgate Shopping Centre. DStv stars are getting ready to have fun with you.

#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. Visitors can learn more about the company’s content, history, innovative products and contribution to the film and TV industry.

From 24 to 26 November, Eastgate Shopping Centre will be buzzing and visitors can look forward to rubbing shoulders with TV stars such as Somizi, SuzelleDIY, SyaBee, Nomzamo Mbatha and SK from The Queen will be the host. Here is the programme for the weekend:

On Friday, 24 November from 1 to 4pm visitors can meet and mingle with Somizi SomGAGA, the flamboyant Idols SA Judge and Lady Zamar, the new queen of pop music. Visitors can also show off their moves for the dance competition, and there will be a quiz and other fun activities for the kids.

On Saturday, 25 November from 11:00am to 4pm, visitors can see Somizi, take a Suzelfy with SuzelleDIY and get red carpet tips from the MTV Awards from Nomzamo Mbatha. The kids can enjoy a quiz and fun activities, and Sjava will perform his popular tracks!

The fun doesn’t stop on Sunday, 26 November from 12 to 4pm, as Thami Shobede will showcase his first studio album, Nomzamo Mbatha will wow visitors again, and the kids will be thoroughly entertained.

#MultiChoiceLive will still visit: East London, the Rand Easter Show and Cape Town in the near future. Go to multichoice.co.za for more info

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MultiChoice Tanzania Celebrates 20 Years Of Changing Lives

The celebration will involve a two days special exhibition set to take place at the Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam

MultiChoice Tanzania (MCT) (www.DStv.com) the country’s first Pay TV Company has reached an exiting milestone as the company celebrates 20 years of changing lives through innovative delivery of ground-breaking content. The celebration will involve a two days special exhibition set to take place at the Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam where the public will get to witness first-hand MultiChoice Tanzania’s journey.

MultiChoice recognised the need for multi content for varied consumer needs when it commenced its operations in Dar es Salaam in July 1997 providing Tanzanians the Pay TV service, DStv, at a time when conventional TV services was a novel.

The company’s spirit to deliver revolutionary content in entertainment and education remain the same to date when it has grown considerably with 5 regional offices across the country with significant investment in infrastructure, technology and human resource.

Initially DStv started with only 3 channels being SuperSport, M-Net and Movie Magic and today DStv boasts of over 100 TV and radio channels in various packages (DStv Premium, Compact, Compact Plus, Family and Bomba) allowing customers flexibility in pricing and choice.

Multichoice Tanzania Shareholder and Board Chair Ambassador Ami Mpungwe reflected on the company’s 20th anniversary by saying “MultiChoice Tanzania has been a champion in offering world-class entertainment to Tanzanians. We started our services in this market when the TV business was at its infantry and has through the years become a part and parcel of the vast transformation in the TV industry in the country”.

“We pride ourselves for being a part of the lives of Tanzanians, assuring not only quality services but offering reasons for families and friends to come together, share dear moments and creating cherished memoirs” said Ambassador Mpungwe.

While marking its 20th Anniversary, MultiChoice Tanzania has impacted the lives of millions of Tanzanians creating employment for over 100 staff working directly at the company, over 1,000 independent DStv installers and over 500 Direct Sales (alias foot-solders) across the country creating wellbeing for themselves and their families.

“Thanks to our dedicated leadership team, employees and partners, we have experienced a steady growth and continue to thrive” further stated Ambassador Mpungwe. “Of recent we have been recording remarkable growth in subscriber base despite increasing competition. This shows how the team is well geared to innovatively compete in this stiff market” affirmed the Ambassador.

MultiChoice Tanzania has enjoyed being a good corporate citizen through social investments in sports sponsorships; like the recent gold medal win by DStv Ambassador Alphonce Simbu during the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon earlier this year and again the Bronze Medal later in the year at the World Championships. Orphanages support: centres like Al Madinnah in the outskirt of Dar es Salaam have benefitted from over 5 years of support including the recent launch of a tailoring project that will enable the centre to generate income sustainably.

As a leading entertainment brand, MultiChoice Tanzania continues to put customers first by listening and responding to evolving needs. The introduction of a tailor-made Tanzanian Channel – Maisha Magic Bongo (MMB) has significantly aided in recruiting a huge number of new customers making MMB the leading channel in Tanzania and the most preferred channel of many across the country.

Through MMB, dozens of local studios, film directors, producers and hundreds of actors and actresses are benefiting by the airing of their productions. A significant amount of money continues to be invested in local productions, giving the local film industry the biggest boost since time immemorial.

MultiChoice Tanzania’s 20th Anniversary marks a time of change for the organisation as it reshapes the business to stay ahead of the curve in delivering latest and greatest local and international content. “I am delighted to report that our business is solid and that we are looking forward to an even brighter future as we remain motivated to shape the next 20 years of content delivery through innovative and cutting edge technology that lets you watch whatever, whenever, wherever!” Concluded Ambassador Mpungwe.

For more information, please visit www.DStv.com or follow the hashtag on social media #20YearsOfAwesomeness.

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M-Net And MultiChoice Create Movie Experience Of A Lifetime With Unique Pop-up Channel

M-Net and MultiChoice create the movie experience of a lifetime:

Count down 100 movies to see before you die with the M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel

What is your absolute favourite film of all time? The one that opened your eyes, tugged at your heartstrings and made your soul leap with joy? Were you were born in the golden age of cinema? Is there a stack of fantastic features your like-minded friends and family have been raving about, which you’re sad to admit you haven’t seen YET?  You now have the opportunity to tick off all the films you still need to watch  – or enjoy again – before it’s time to kick the bucket!

M-Net and MultiChoice have created yet another exciting movies pop-up channel as a special treat to DStv Premium customers. Between Monday, 30 October and 2 December the M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel will count down 100 popular and iconic Hollywood movies to see before you die.

This selection of fine films and all-time favourites will be showcased on DStv’s channel 109 with the first of the 100 movies scheduled for just after 18:00 on Monday, 30 October. Thereafter, the countdown will continue all the way to the number 1 main attraction on Saturday, 2 December at 20:30. Depending on the duration and age-restrictions of these films, the daily countdown will kick off on weekdays at approximately 18:00 and on weekends just before or after 16:00.

To receive the nod for the coveted M-Net Movies Bucket List, compiled by an expert team of film fanatics, a movie had to be entrenched in popular culture, define an era, shift mediums, uproot the status quo, delight a variety of audiences, impress critics worldwide and be able to reignite your love for movies.

“Our themed pop-up channels such as the Star Wars, Harry Potter, BlackOut, Fast and Furious and James Bond channels have been huge hits and we promised to continue curating unique experiences for our M-Net Movies audiences,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “With the M-Net Movie Bucket List we’re taking the pop-up concept to the next level. Never before have viewers been able to see so many magnificent game-changing movies in one place over such a short time.”

While M-Net Movies will share the titles from #100 to #11 on its programming schedules, the Top 10 films on the list will remain top secret. This means that the final films on the M-Net Movies Bucket List will only be revealed to DStv customers on the day of the screening, so you will have to be sure to tune in to channel 109 on the day that they air.

“Keeping hush about these titles just adds to the excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime movie compilation,” Du Plessis says. “We all have our own bucket lists based on our own taste and we believe it will be great fun for movie fans to compare notes and see whether their favourites have made it onto the pop-up channel.”

On top of the 100 must-see-movies-before-you-die-modern-day motion pictures, M-Net Movies will also fuel film fandom with the M-Net Movies Bucket List Bonus Features, as well as a fabulous viewers competition. To win big in the M-Net Bucket List viewer’s competition you have to curate your own the Top 10 movie list at mnet.tv/bucketlist. The competition closes on 30 November before the Top 10 hits your screens.

The M-Net Movies Bucket List Bonus Features will comprise additional classics which can’t be ignored but which will appeal to niche audiences. Among these titles are vintage silver screen darlings that were ground-breaking at their time, like Mary Poppins, Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The M-Net Movies Bucket List schedule (prior to the Top 10) will be published at www.mnet.tv you can also consult the EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) or catch up on the films you’ve missed on DStv Catch Up Plus.

If the day’s countdown doesn’t start at exactly 18:00 or 16:00, M-Net will communicate start times on social media www.facebook.com/MNet

So which of your films will be on the M-Net Movies Bucket List? Start guessing and sharing your thoughts. Join us on @MNet on Twitter with the hashtag #MMBucketList and Facebook www.facebook.com/MNet

M-Net Movies is Little Obsessed.

 

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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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Television

Multichoice Honours Ahmed Kathrada

In death, you once more challenge people from every strata, religion, and position to think about how their own actions do and can change the world for better or worse.” Ahmed Kathrada

The leadership and employees of the MultiChoice Group are saddened by the passing of Ahmed Kathrada. To honour his memory, several channels on the DStv platform will be paying tribute to this great leader over the coming days.

“Ahmed Kathrada was undoubtedly one of our most respected struggle heroes – a man of honesty and unquestionable integrity. He leaves an extraordinary legacy and we’re humbled to play a small part in honouring him,” said Imtiaz Patel, CEO for Video Entertainment, Naspers.

DStv customers can find tributes on the following channels:

  • SuperSport Blitz is running an obituary throughout the day – DStv channel 200, available to all DStv customers
  • kykNET and kykNET & kie will run an obituary in eNuus this evening at 7pm – DStv channel 144, available to DStv Premium and Extra customers and channel 145, available to DStv Premium, Extra, Compact and Family customers
  • kykNET will have a special insert in kykNET Verslag tonight at 9:30pm – DStv channel 144
  • kykNET will also air the episode of Sandra op ‘n Drafstap with a dedicated interview with Ahmed Kathrada, on Sunday 2 April at 8pm – DStv channel 144
  • Mzansi Magic will air the documentary Ahmed Kathrada: A man for all seasons at 9:30pm tonight – DStv channel 161, available to DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers
  • M-Net will air Carte Blanche which will commemorate his life on Sunday, 2 April at 7pm – DStv channel 101 and 901 an hour later, available to all DStv Premium and M-Net analogue customers
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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.

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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.

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