GOtv launched in SA

M-Net has just unveiled its new digital terrestrial television service for South Africa, called GOtv. GOtv will use digital network towers throughout South Africa, much like cellphone companies are currently doing. Customers will need to check if they fall within the coverage areas and will also...

3 Feb 2016

Glow TV available through new satellite channel

The eastern-inspired programme, Glow TV, will be available via an additional satellite bouquet, StarSat (on channel 570). It is already available via MultiChoice's DStv platform (channel 167) and OpenView HD (channel 108). Urban Brew Studios manage Glow TV. Channel manager, Naz Khan says, "We're...

12 Jan 2016

kykNET, ShowMax expand footprint to five new countries on three continents

South Africans living abroad have a new way to get a taste of home as kykNET expands its footprint, using the ShowMax video on demand platform to supply content to Afrikaans speakers in selected countries in UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand via the ShowMax platform. With around 13,000...

14 Dec 2015

DStv opens micro agency in Alexandra Township

DStv has opened a micro agency in Alexandra Township, owned and operated by a member of the community, Zacharia Makhwedzha of Makhwedzha Satellite Solution. The Alexandra agency will benefit customers and manage everything from installations, processing payments, upgrades, repairs and decoder sales...

7 Dec 2015

New TVC for Carling Black Label

The latest television commercial from Carling Black Label celebrates the champion men who take action rather than sitting on the sidelines. Shot in September 2015, with Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town and Velocity Films and directed by Keith Rose, this TVC shows the story of a man taking immediate action...

26 Nov 2015

Herbert Hadebe selected as international Emmy Awards juror

Herbert Hadebe, drama director at Urban Brew Studios has been selected as an international Emmy Awards juror. He will be judging the 'Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama', as part of the prestigious television awards. With over 15 years' experience in the film and television industry, Hadebe...

24 Nov 2015

21 Icons Season III repeats on Mondays

The show, 21 Icons Season III, which premiered on Sunday 5 September 2015 at 7.27pm, with three-minute short films featured each week, will now be repeated on Mondays at 5.57pm on SABC 3. This is due to popular demand from viewers and part of the SABC's programming mandate to provide quality...

2 Nov 2015

New business empowerment series from [ED]

A new show, 'Turning Point' on [ED] (DStv Channel 190 and GOtv channel 65) will be on every Wednesday night at 6.25pm, starting on 21 October 2015. Hosted by actress and entrepreneur, Nthabiseng More, each week the show will feature success stories from influential business people, prominent public...

15 Oct 2015

No joke: DStv viewership record broken by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

According to MyBroadband, the start of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central (DStv 122) last week pulled in 352,855 DStv viewers. That's "the highest viewership ever achieved by Comedy Central in South Africa since the channel launched in Africa". It's been a long-anticipated...

6 Oct 2015

Vubiquity adds BBC to VOD

Vubiquity and BBC Worldwide have signed a deal to deliver original television content to South African video-on-demand (VOD) service, MTN FrontRow. The new shows include the BAFTA award-winning Sherlock series, David Attenborough's Planet Earth, Golden Globe-winning crime drama Luther and popular...

25 Sep 2015

Four radio stations offer live coverage of Netball World Cup

This year's Netball World Cup, starting on 7 August in Sydney, Australia will be broadcast on Radio 2000, Lesedi FM, Umhlobo Wenene and Ikwekwezi FM with live commentary and RSG and SAFM will cover the matches by way of reports. Bessie Tugwana, the SABC's Group Executive: Sport stated, "As a...

7 Aug 2015

Grant's Whisky launch #IOU campaign

Grant's Whisky launched a new TV campaign entitled '#IOU Africa'. Aligned with the Grant's #IOU campaign, the TV spot challenges the notion of individual success and reflects the reality that none of us have made it this far in life on our own but sometimes we find it hard to express gratitude to...

26 Jun 2015

Licence fee forecasts requested by ICASA by 30 April

All broadcasting and electronic communications and network services licensees are requested by ICASA to submit annual forecast of licence fees and the Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF) contributions. They are further required to submit a trial balance, detailed management accounts and...

29 Apr 2015

Journalists, activists face mounting harassment in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI: As tensions mount in the central African nation of Burundi ahead of presidential elections, journalists and activists say they are paying an increasingly heavy price as standard bearers for free speech, reports BD Live. Civil rights in the small Great Lakes nation, they say,...

27 Mar 2015

Promoting happy pets in Montego's new TV ad

Family, love, quality and happy pets are all very important values of the Montego Pet Nutrition brand and their exciting new TV advert celebrates each of those facets with the help of an irresistible, smiling Border collie named Epic. Filmed in the heart of the Karoo at the Montego Pet Nutrition...

20 Mar 2015

Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 deadline for entries extended

The deadline for entries for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 has been extended from Wednesday 18 March, to 1400 on Friday 20 March. The Awards, sponsored by Standard Bank, are open to all South African daily and weekly newspapers and online publications. This year the Awards...

17 Mar 2015

New TVC for Old Mutual underlines responsible business philosophy

FCB Johannesburg has created a new 90-second TVC for Old Mutual that underlines the group's responsible business philosophy. The agency's response to the brief was to tell a story of how four different stakeholders represented by an employee, community leader, and two customers are motivated by the...

24 Feb 2015

DStv Premium channel Lifetime offers open viewing

For one weekend, 20 - 23 February 2015, all DStv subscribers will be able to access the DStv Premium channel Lifetime (channel 131). The entertainment will include 'Whitney', a biographical movie based on the life of iconic singer, Whitney Houston. Angela Basset, famous for her portrayal of Tina...

6 Feb 2015

VIDI to offer local content

VIDI has signed deals with the SABC and local producers to provide award-winning content. Available from SABC from the beginning of February is the drama 'High Rollers', the sitcom 'My Perfect Family, the children's series URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika and African Sky Stories. The video on...

30 Jan 2015

StarSat to broadcast World Rally Championships for next two years

StarSat launched its two-year exclusive contract to broadcast the World Rally Championships by broadcasting the legendary Monte Carlo Rally live from today, 23 January until Sunday 25 January 2015. The World Rally Championships exclusive deal delivers:• 90 hours a season of WRC content in...

23 Jan 2015

StarSat to broadcast Turkish Airlines Friendship Cup live

StarSat has obtained exclusive production and broadcasting rights for the Turkish Airlines Friendship Cup between German Bundesliga giants VfL Wolfsburg and local club Ajax Cape Town on 14 January 2015, live from Cape Town Stadium at 7pm on StarTimes Sport 2, channel 241. StarSat will be the...

9 Jan 2015

VIDI extends to all services

View VIDI, which was launched in September 2014 offering a monthly subscription option to a library of movies and award-winning TV series, can now be viewed on any device, including tablets and smartphones without an app. However, if subscribers prefer going via the app route, that option is now...

17 Dec 2014

StarSat subscribers can enjoy two new music channels

StarSat has added StarTimes SA Music on channel 321 and StarTimes Soul on channel 322 for Smart Package subscribers. Star Times SA Music features popular and rising South African artists and StarTimes Soul channel will include a mix of international and local soul music.

8 Dec 2014

MGM channel rebrands to AMC today

Today, 1 December 2014, the StarSat channel MGM rebrands to AMC and becomes part of AMC Networks, which acquired MGM. Not to be confused with Africa Movie Channel (AMC) on channel 185, it remains on channel 115. AMC will debut two new original series, Game of Arms and The Divide, in Africa in the...

1 Dec 2014

CNN Marketplace Africa raises a glass

On Friday 28 November at 11.45pm, 'CNN Marketplace Africa' visits the grain-rich Western Cape and takes a closer look at the South African spirits industry. It meets some of the producers of premium alcohol in South Africa and takes a closer look at the intricacies of producing world-class products....

28 Nov 2014

Two new channels for StarSat

StarSat has announced two new channels to its bouquet. These are the Da Vinci Learning (channel 308), an edutainment rich channel that includes award winning educational series and documentaries. The other is a 24-hour kids' channel, targeted at boys and girls aged 4 to 9. Pop (channel 302) has a...

17 Nov 2014

MGM channel rebrands to AMC across sub-Saharan Africa

From 1 December 2014, the MGM channel will be rebranded as the AMC channel across sub-Saharan Africa as part of a global rollout of AMC, one of the most popular and award winning brands in television. Alongside the English language linear TV channel, it will offer AMC VOD, and "TV Everywhere"...

6 Nov 2014

Glow TV launches on DStv

Glow TV, South Africa's first free to air channel to offer eastern-inspired content launched by Kagiso Media a year ago, will now appear on DStv channel 167. The channel will be available on the DStv Family, Compact, Extra and Premium packages. In keeping with the wide variety on offer, Glow TV...

29 Oct 2014

Mediamark increases TV portfolio

Mediamark, one of South Africa's leading media sales houses, has built up its TV portfolio significantly over the past few months and now has seven television stations in its portfolio, including one channel on OpenView HD, four channels on the DStv bouquet and two community TV stations. The DStv...

23 Oct 2014

Nataniƫl, Mandoza do #SizzleSizzle for new TVC

A new TVC for Checkers and Shoprite 2014 Championship Boerewors features Afrikaans performer and food celebrity Nataniƫl and kwaito music star Mandoza. The brainchild of Cape creative shop, Mad Advertising, which has been agency custodians of the Championship Boerewors brand since 2001, the...

21 Oct 2014

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