Confirmed: the new channel taking over from channel GO on DStv will be called Vuzu. No kidding. There's no news as to what the name means - apparently it'll be revealed sometime in the future.
As previously reported on TVSA, GO is being reinvented, along with K All-Day, which has already been replaced with Koowee
that debuted on 6 April.
Koowee is an Afrikaans (and Zulu in the future) channel for children aged between 1 to 6 and Vuzu will be for the same age group, if the name's anything to go by.
Is it just me or does it seriously
suck? I've sat here looking at it, thinking "Am I missing something? Am I in the twilight zone thinking that it doesn't capture anything?" Even if it does have some kind of meaning - does it sound like a pre-school channel or is it as hip as it's obviously supposed to sound?
It's aimed at 18 to 24-year olds, as GO has been and the signature international shows on it will remain the same: Gossip Girl, Kyle XY and Entourage.
The Simpsons and South Park, which have also been on M-Net, will be regulars on the channel too.
There's also going to be a focus on local shows, including: The Verge - a tech show that's currently on GO about gaming and gadgets; V Entertainment - a round-up of celeb gossip and news, Scar Tissue - a stunt show (sort of like Jackass I imagine) and Street Cam - also a new show featuring single women interviewed in vox pop. (SO much to say about this - at another time).
The channel's going to be integrated with an online social network and mobile (in the future) so that viewers can interact with the channel on TV through the web. There's also going to be in-studio TV-J's (TV DJ's) in between shows who'll DJ news and interactions with viewers etc.
that Elana Afrika would be one since she's been so involved with GO but now that she's doing I Wanna Be
and with the name of the channel it doesn't seem likely she's Vuzu-ey (WTF?) enough for it.
If you can lift the twlight zone on the name - please do!
PS: Been browsing and I see there's an iphone YouTube type site called Vuzu where you can upload videos from a phone. I'm thinking an explanation could be that the channel and iphone are planning on doing the mobile stuff together.