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CHANNEL NEWS The Home Channel launched on Openview 113 on 16 May, as a re-packaged spin-off channel titled The Home Channel +.
Comments | 16 May 2022 11:42
CHANNEL NEWS Now we know why there's been a "gedoente" with eExtra being on-again/-off-again on DStv. KykNET & Kie's following in e's footsteps and doing their own Afrikaans dubbed Turkish telenovelas, starting in July. More to follow soon.
Comments | 12 May 2022 13:12
CHANNEL NEWS M-Net revives AfroCinema pop-up channel on 198 to commemorate Africa Day on 25 May. Features films from across the continent. Runs from Friday 20 May to Sunday 29 May on Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access. See comments for movies >>
1 Comment | 03 May 2022 17:49
CHANNEL NEWS Algoa FM now available on DStv's audio bouquet, on channel 837.
Comments | 28 Apr 2022 15:22
CHANNEL NEWS According to S3's channel head Pat van Heerden there's a Masked Singer SA and Wife Swap SA on the cards. Nothing confirmed yet but the channel wants to do both or either format. Part of the inspiration for Masked Singer is its concept of masks, which ties up with African culture.
Comments | 17 Apr 2022 13:45
CHANNEL NEWS New seasons of comedy-drama Makoti and sitcom Ses'Top La replace Season 1 of The Estate on SABC1 once it ends on Friday 8 April. Makoti airs Mondays to Wednesdays from 11 April and Ses'Top La on Thursdays and Fridays from 13 April. The Estate should have continued for Season 2 in a different time slot, out of respect for those who've committed to it for Season 1.
Comments | 05 Apr 2022 12:17
CHANNEL NEWS eExtra, eMovies, eToonz and eMovies Extra were supposed to exit DStv from 1 April and now it turns out they aren't going anywhere. They're remaining on DStv but only until further notice i.e. no-one knows for how long. They're remaining on Openview as previously stated.
1 Comment | 29 Mar 2022 16:33
CHANNEL NEWS BBC Lifestyle to premiere new local series Homegrown Tastes once Come Dine SA ends. Celebrity chef Lorna Maseko travels the country to explore our culinary landscape, from street food to haute cuisine. She travels with a different guest each week and they meet chefs from the area. Companions include street artist Karabo Poppy, Jo-Anne Strauss and Living Land presenter and poultry farmer Kamo Bohle.
Comments | 11 Mar 2022 13:12
CHANNEL NEWS DC Heroes Pop Up channel goes live on DStv channel 111 for 10 days, from Friday 25 March to Sunday 3 April. Movies include Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Joker and Green Lantern. Available on Premium.
1 Comment | 08 Mar 2022 17:01
CHANNEL NEWS Mzansi Wethu debuts new talk show Siza Mina (Help Me) on Sunday 13 March at 20h30, hosted by marketing manager Siyabonga Vithi who moonlights as a radio and TV presenter. Topics include romantic drama, family problems, unsettled debt and broken friendships. The channel's promise: "The show will take us back to the days of the exciting talk show: where people are unafraid to air their feelings and to confront their opponents."
Comments | 08 Mar 2022 16:47
CHANNEL NEWS 24-hour kids channel DreamWorks to launch on DStv channel 304 on Friday 18 March. Line-up features animated series including: All Hail King Julien, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, and Dragons: Race to the Edge. For two to five-year-olds: Postman Pat and Noddy Toyland Detective. Available on Compact to Premium. Will also be on Access and Family from 18 March to 18 April as a plug for the channel and Compact.
Comments | 07 Mar 2022 16:57
CHANNEL NEWS SABC1, 2 and 3 to be available in HD on OpenView from midnight on Monday 7 February.
1 Comment | 07 Feb 2022 10:42
CHANNEL NEWS M-Net acquires the rights to Janet Jackson's four-part documentary series, released in the US in January this year. Commemorates the 40th anniversary of her first album and follows her as she travels back to her hometown of Gary, Indiana. Includes her point of view on nipplegate and the controversy surrounding Michael. Premieres Thursday 17 February at 21h30.
1 Comment | 03 Feb 2022 16:46
CHANNEL NEWS Betting, betting everywhere, and more on the way. New horse racing channel launches on DStv channel 240 on 19 January and a lot of thought went into the name: Racing 240. Who got paid for that?! Features coverage of high profile local and international race days, starting with the MET at Kenilworth on Saturday 29 January. "Initially" available to subscribers on all bouquets.
Comments | 19 Jan 2022 17:03
CHANNEL NEWS eExtra launches Skop, Skiet en Kuier programming block on Sundays at 19h30 featuring Afrikaans dubs of Turkish action novelas starting on 9 January with Impak: One car accident. Four lives. Impacted forever.
Comments | 07 Jan 2022 15:21
CHANNEL NEWS SABC1 launches new 13-part talker for school goers titled Breaking The Silence, hosted by Dineo Ranaka. Topics include gender-based violence, HIV, early unplanned pregnancy, drugs, and substance abuse. Premiered Monday 3 January at 16h30, with new episodes weekly.
Comments | 23 Dec 2021 15:50
CHANNEL NEWS New M-Net Movies pop-up channel Men of Action to launch on Premium, Compact Plus and Compact from 21 January to 6 February 2022. Features blockbusters and classics starring big names. Titles include American Gangster (Denzel Washington), The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds), Snakes on a Plane (Samuel L. Jackson), Pacific Rim (Idris Elba), A Man Apart (Vin Diesel) and 21 Bridges (Chadwick Boseman).
Comments | 21 Dec 2021 17:02
CHANNEL NEWS Twist of Fate returns to Zee World on 9 January 2022 at 21h00, for Season 7.
Comments | 13 Dec 2021 12:53
CHANNEL NEWS Mzansi Magic's Our Perfect Wedding begins a run on e.tv on Sunday 9 January at 18h00. Starts with Season 1.
Comments | 07 Dec 2021 12:28
CHANNEL NEWS M-Net acquires the rights to Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, set 200 years before GoT. It's based on George R.R. Martin's novel Fire & Blood and tells the story of the platinum heads in House Targaryen. Premieres in early 2022. See comments for a reload of the trailer >>
1 Comment | 29 Nov 2021 17:23
CHANNEL NEWS New thriller The Search for Frida replaces Loli's Luck! on Telemundo in the new year. Premieres Monday 10 January at 22h00 and follows the high-class Pons family whose perfect world is shattered when their 16-year-old daughter, Frida, suddenly disappears on the night of her father’s birthday. Yawnfully a rebroadcast of Christmas Miracles Season 1 airs in the timeslot between the end of Loli's Luck on 24 December and the Frida premiere.
Comments | 04 Nov 2021 18:05
CHANNEL NEWS New Me channel goes live on DStv 115 at 16h00 on Monday 1 November, with The Ellen Degeneres Show. Airs weekdays, bizarrely starting at 15h45 and 15h55 on some days. Keep a watch on the EPG.
Comments | 28 Oct 2021 11:51
CHANNEL NEWS Shahan Ramkissoon promoted to Prime Time news on eNCA after 17 years as a journalist. Took him long enough, jeez.
1 Comment | 18 Oct 2021 16:40
CHANNEL NEWS 2021 NBA season airs live with repeats on ESPN and ESPN2, starting with the first game on Wednesday, 20 October at 01h30 on ESPN, repeated at 08h00 on ESPN2. ESPN also premieres a weekday show on the same day at 21h00 to commemorate the NBA's 75th anniversary.
Comments | 18 Oct 2021 12:33
CHANNEL NEWS The blur disappears. Zee World goes HD in the rest of Africa on Thursday 14 October 2021. It happened in South Africa in November 2018 already.
Comments | 13 Oct 2021 11:09
CHANNEL NEWS The Ellen DeGeneres Show moves from Vuzu to new channel Me (115) in November, with episodes at 16h00 on weekdays.
Comments | 11 Oct 2021 12:30
CHANNEL NEWS Vuzu and M-Net City go dark at the end of October and merge into one channel in November, on 115. New channel name: Me. Question: "What you doing tonight?" Answer: "I'm watching Me." Mm.
4 Comments | 01 Oct 2021 14:58
CHANNEL NEWS Channel O orders another YouTube podcast to TV: The POPcast, by hip hopper Scoop Makhathini, DJ Ms Cosmo and digital creator Sipho Snaps. Four episode special premieres Tuesday 5 October at 21h30. Interviewees include DJ Sabby, Ayanda MVP, Smash Afrika and Loot.
1 Comment | 29 Sep 2021 17:10
CHANNEL NEWS Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novela Dokter Ali to air on eExtra once Stiletto Vendetta 2 ends in October. The whole of Season 1 has loaded on eVOD and now it's starting a run on eExtra. When eVOD launched, eMedia told us the eVOD novelas would only reach TV after a year or so. Clearly that's changed.
Comments | 21 Sep 2021 12:11
CHANNEL NEWS SABC Education (on DTT and TelkomONE) revises channel schedule with new curriculum-support and children’s programming from 14h00 to 18h00, Mondays to Sundays. Catch up episodes of Skeem Saam and Daily Thetha air at 18h00 and 18h30. Evenings feature themed programming from 19h30.
1 Comment | 06 Sep 2021 15:49
CHANNEL NEWS Two new M-Net Movie channels launch on Friday 24 September: Hollywood's Sexiest (on 111) on Premium; and Lethal Legends (113) on Compact, Compact Plus and Premium. Hollywood's Sexiest features hot Hollywood stars and runs from 16h00 to 24h00, until 10 October. Lethal Legends celebrates action stars of the 80s and 90s, with screenings from 10h00 to 24h00, until 3 October. Movies will also be on Catch-Up until early November.
Comments | 31 Aug 2021 11:59
CHANNEL NEWS FOX canned on DStv and StarSat. Shut down by parent company Disney who are increasingly turning their attentions to streaming. Channel goes dark from 1 October 2021. The result: the eleventh and final season of The Walking Dead isn't airing on it.
2 Comments | 24 Aug 2021 16:02
CHANNEL NEWS Channel O picks up MacG's Podcast and Chill for TV. Sol Phenduka and Ghost Lady join MacG in the same set-up as the YouTube channel feat. convos with celebrity guests including Zahara and Bouga Luv. Premieres 1 September at 21h30.
Comments | 23 Aug 2021 17:20
CHANNEL NEWS National Geographic to debut documentary series 9/11: One Day In America from Sunday 29 August to Wednesday 1 September at 21h00. Chronicles events of that day through interviews with first responders and survivors. Includes footage of the towers from apartments and streets nearby just after the planes hit.
Comments | 11 Aug 2021 15:05
CHANNEL NEWS New series Emperor Ashoka replaces Love or Poison? on Glow TV from Monday 19 July at 19h00. Ashoka, the son of Emperor Bindusara, is trained to become an impartial ruler of Magadha. Meanwhile, Bindusara's wives plot to overthrow him and steal the empire.
Comments | 19 Jul 2021 16:39
CHANNEL NEWS SuperSport to feature eight Olympics channels when the Games begin on 23 July. The news and highlights channel will be available on Access and above. Family will have four channels in total. Compact: six. Compact Plus and Premium: all eight.
Comments | 14 Jul 2021 17:43
CHANNEL NEWS DStv launches Moja Love repeats channel Moja 9.9 on Channel 158 for Access viewers. Available from 16 June. New debate show Start Somewhere debuts on the same day, on both channels.
Comments | 11 Jun 2021 12:54
CHANNEL NEWS Vuyo Mvoko anchors new accountability show The Watchdog on SABC News aimed at "demanding productive answers from those responsible for managing public affairs." Airs weeknights from 20h00 to 21h00. Will it ask the hard questions? If so, how long will it be allowed to last?
Comments | 08 Jun 2021 10:15
CHANNEL NEWS eReality launches a weekend programming block on Saturday 10 July called eKasi, between 19h00 and 20h00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Titles still to be confirmed. We'll keep you looped.
Comments | 04 Jun 2021 11:36
CHANNEL NEWS The River starts a run from Season 1 on Mzansi Wethu in June, starting Monday 28th at 20h00.
Comments | 27 May 2021 16:42
CHANNEL NEWS SABC1 premieres new Sunday night drama on 6 June at 19h30: Judas Kiss. About limelight-loving Judas, who turns his construction company into a reality show and betrays his bright architect wife Nandi. Stars Marcus Mabusela, Angela Sithole, Cedric Fourie, Kabelo Moalusi, Hastings Muravha, Andile Masia, Mbalenhle Mavimbela and Hayley Owen Watters.
Comments | 25 May 2021 16:39
CHANNEL NEWS Supernatural novela A Magical Love Story premieres on Star Life on 3 July at 22h00, once The Evil Eye 2 ends. A rich magician's life takes a romantic turn when he falls in love. But it’s not a bed of roses obviously or there would be no series. Things take a turn when a powerful genie becomes a thorn on his side.
Comments | 24 May 2021 15:13
CHANNEL NEWS SABC1 continues its run of Mzansi Magic's The Ranakas with Season 1 running into Season 2 from Saturday 29 May at 18h30. New episodes air weekly at 18h00 and 18h30.
Comments | 20 May 2021 13:41
CHANNEL NEWS Fast & Furious pop-up channel returns to DStv from 21 to 30 May, as a lead in to the release of Fast & Furious 9 at cinemas in June. Will feature the eight original Fast & Furious fliks, and franchise spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. In a major twist of generosity instead of the usual stinginess, the channel will be available to Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Access and Family viewers. On 111. Also on Catch Up, from 21 May to 30 June.
Comments | 05 May 2021 15:33
CHANNEL NEWS NickToons premieres new local music show NickMusic on Monday 17 May at 16h25, hosted by TV newcomer Lerai Rakoditsoe. Features a playlist of African and international tunes that kids and parents can enjoy together. Airs Mondays to Thursdays.
Comments | 28 Apr 2021 15:48
CHANNEL NEWS Comedy Central actually tries to do something innovative for once! Introduces a "New at Nine" daily timeslot from Monday 29 March. Not that the first featured series is new but it hasn't been seen in South Africa before. Schitt's Creek starts a full series run of all six seasons. Tells the tale of the once wealthy Roses who must confront their new-found poverty and discover what it means to be a family.
Comments | 24 Mar 2021 13:18
CHANNEL NEWS SABC3 premieres a third telenovela in April titled The Red Room (Kirmizi Oda), from Thursday 8 April at 18h30 with new episodes Thursdays and Fridays. It alternates with the channel's other foreign novela Orphans of a Nation which will air Mondays to Wednesdays. Both lead into the new local novela The Estate at 19h00.
Comments | 15 Mar 2021 15:31
CHANNEL NEWS New episodes of The Tom and Jerry Show started on Boomerang at 08h05 on Monday 8 March in the wake of the Tom and Jerry movie launch at cinemas on Friday. The film opened at No. 1 at the weekend Box Office and new episodes of Season 5 air Mondays to Fridays.
1 Comment | 08 Mar 2021 14:59
CHANNEL NEWS Shocker! NOT. Eva to go dark on DStv on Monday 22 March after months of re-runs hiding behind by one new episode of Bold and the Beautiful a day.
1 Comment | 22 Feb 2021 13:07
CHANNEL NEWS M-Net picks up muscle-top series The Man Cave while previous broadcaster SABC3 cries in a corner. NOT. Six seasons was enough already - they should have stayed in their caves! Clearly M-Net disagrees. They've ordered a 10-episode Season 7 to premiere on Saturday 20 February at 21h30, still produced by Cheeky Media. Siv Ngesi, Jason Goliath and DJ Warras return, joined by newcomer Jonathan Boyton-Lee. Janez Vermeiren and Lunga Shabalala are gone but Lunga will be seen in another M-Net show soon: Legacy.
Comments | 18 Feb 2021 14:48

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