M-Net, Vuzu spin-offs to replace M-Net Series Reality, Showcase

Written by TVSA Team from the blog M-Net on 05 Aug 2014
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M-Net and DStv raise the bar even higher with two new premium channels
Pay-television content provider M-Net will be launching two diverse new cutting-edge general entertainment channels in October 2014 to form part of its varied family of premium channels on DStv.
While the channel names, as well as the detailed schedules are still under wraps, M-Net has confirmed that these two channels will be aimed at distinct audiences and will allow for even more top-notch content at top-of-mind, easy-to-find channel destinations. Both channels will also be in HD.
The first of the two new general entertainment channels will be the bold, irreverent sibling of the ever-popular M-Net channel 101, renowned for its blockbuster, fresh content from around the globe.  This channel will be an  unlimited playground for those who are avid followers of highly-acclaimed and award-winning, but often eyebrow-raising and thought-provoking, edgy content -  in the vein of Game of Thrones, House of Cards, True Detective, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and Nurse Jackie.  In addition to fresh seasons of this type of content from the US, the channel will be the home of cult fare such as Sopranos and Six Feet Under – screened every day of the week. This means that you can indulge in these iconic stories the way you would have done with a box set.
The second planned channel will be linked to the popular VUZU brand, curating some of the best global and local entertainment. In short, it will be your “out of this world entertainment”: trendy, current, urban, and an extension of the VUZU vibe. The channel will include brand new local reality shows, glitzy local celeb-watching and new seasons of hot international shows such as The Fixer as well as Lala’s Full Court Life and Vampire Diaries.
M-Net’s CEO for South Africa, Yolisa Phahle, says that this is an exciting, progressive move on the pay-television front: “Across the globe, television and other entertainment platforms are evolving at breakneck speed as a result of new technology and changing consumer preferences. As a company, M-Net has its finger on the pulse of these developments and we will continue to evaluate, adjust and reshuffle our channel offering accordingly for the benefit of the viewer.
“The recent Express from the US content delivery and these new channels are testament of our commitment to remain leaders in the game.”
To be able to create these two unprecedented channels, the current M-Net Series Showcase and M-Net Series Reality channels on DStv Premium will discontinue as of October. Instead, the content from these channels will in future be on either of the M-Net or VUZU general entertainment channels.
According to Phahle, series lovers shouldn’t fear that their favourite shows will disappear as a result of these changes. “On the contrary; this only allows us to curate the greatest content available in an even better way.”
More information about the new channels and their specific content will be released in due course.
“But you can rest assured – it will take our M-Net offering on DStv Premium to the next level.” says Phahle.


05 Aug 2014 17:14

Definitely proof that the M-Net Series channels are a mess. No word on what's happening with M-Net Series Zone so assuming it's obviously staying the same.

05 Aug 2014 23:04

They should really do something for the Compact subscribers. They have yet to rectify the Series Zone mess.

06 Aug 2014 09:22

I would say it's really just Series Zone that's a mess.  Series Showcase was fine apart from them changing shows starting on the half-hour to starting on the hour, putting it out of sync with M-Net and leading to more clashes between shows on the two channels.

06 Aug 2014 14:36

So it's a mess too then.

I find the second M-Net channel interesting - sounds like they're going for an HBO/Showtime feel with it. It makes sense that the edgy shows should be on their own channel - shows like Dexter, Californication, Hannibal etc have never suited shows like Glee, Grey's and so on.

06 Aug 2014 18:20

Claiming they support local but about 98% of their content is international. look at vuzu

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