M-Net Edge is a South African digital satellite television channel produced by M-Net for pay television platform DStv which features the most critically acclaimed cult-craze series from Hollywood – the kind of risqué shows you would prefer not to watch with the entire family - as well as some iconic classics.
It is a sister channel to M-Net, which carries more family-friendly programming.
DStv: Channel 102
1080i (HDTV, 16:9)
"The edge of entertainment" - launch slogan, 2014
M-Net Edge was born in October 2014 along with fellow M-Net channel Vuzu AMP, with both targeting an exclusive viewership on the Premium package on DStv. They replaced the now-defunct channels M-Net Series Showcase and M-Net Series Reality.
The M-Net Edge line-up features the most critically acclaimed cult-craze series from Hollywood – the kind of risqué shows you would prefer not to watch with the entire family. It is a first-run channel for DStv Premium in HD.
On the channel's first line-up, for example, was the Emmy award-winning comedy-drama Orange is the New Black. Among the other big attractions to launch the channel were new series Masters of Sex and Satisfaction, as well as new seasons of The Americans, Defiance and American Horror Story.
The channel is also the home of HBO in Africa, having exclusive first-run rights to HBO series, as well its iconic library material. When M-Net Edge launched on DStv, the HBO classic The Sopranos was a fixture on the schedule on weekdays at 22h00, while viewers could also enjoy the fifth and final season of the highly acclaimed Boardwalk Empire, the period drama starring Steve Buscemi.
Among the other HBO shows on M-Net Edge include new seasons of The Newsroom, Veep, Girls, Silicon Valley, The Leftovers and Looking. There are also hard-hitting masterpieces like Rome, Banshee (which aired on HBO sister channel Cinemax) and The Wire.
M-Net Edge viewers can also indulge in iconic series every day of the week and there are also binge viewing opportunities on weekends and early evening double bills, where the previously screened episode of a series leads into a new episode. On weekends, series are screened back-to-back, allowing viewers to watch episodes the way you would a DVD box-set.
The double-headers feature the previous week's episode broadcast in the slot before the new episode premieres. For example, if you missed the previous episode of the weekday premiere episode at 19h00, you can watch the previous week's instalment at 18h00.
The majority of shows are available on DStv Catch-Up. At launch, these included The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Reckless, Nurse Jackie, Boardwalk Empire, Criminal Minds, Stalker, Masters of Sex, Sleepy Hollow, Orange is the New Black, The Americans, Satisfaction, Outlander, Graceland, Silicon Valley, Major Crimes and Defiance.
M-Net Edge runs for 11 hours per day – from 18h00 until 05h00 - due to the age-restricted content.