M-Net ditches Vuzu Amp for 1Magic

Written by TVSA Team from the blog DStv on 11 Dec 2017
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Hang onto your nerves TV lovers... M-Net is at it again with more channel name changes and reinventions.

This time it's happening to three-year-old Vuzu Amp, which has been chucked out like an old takkie on a soggy foot.

On Monday 29 January, Vuzu Amp changes name to 1Magic i.e. the No.1 version of Mzansi Magic because it's on the Premium bouquet.

M-Net hasn't said this is so many words but we assume this is what it's intended to reflect because what else could it mean?

According to Nkateko Mabaso, GM for M-Net in South Africa, the reason for the introduction of 1Magic is because "M-Net has identified a need to invest in more local entertainment for our viewers, in the premium segment."

We know that Vuzu Amp has been home to the A-list celeb reality shows this year with Bonang and Minnie Dlamini headlining the reality genre while B-listers Papa Penny and the Ranakas headlined the genre on Mzansi Magic.

Now the channel's extending this concept to the drama and telenovela genre with new local series starring high profile South African names.

Two series debut when the channel changes name: a telenovela called The River and a drama titled Unmarried.

The River provides an aha! moment on why Sindi Dlathu left Muvhango...yip, she's starring, along with Hlomla Dandala and Moshidi Motshegwa. They're joined by newcomer Larona Moagi.

The series tells the story of the deadly result that comes about when the greedy world of society’s upper crust collides with the world of ordinary folk. Themes include love across social classes, greed and a community fighting to survive.

The drama series Unmarried also deals with love and explores the daily challenges faced by young urban couples trying to juggle their lives and aspirations.

Stars include Fezile Makhanya, Thembisa Mdoda and Renate Stuurman.

The channel will continue to air international shows and will be home to The Fixer, How To Get Away With Murder, The Real Housewives, Power, Ballers, Queen Sugar and Insecure amongst others.

It remains on channel 103.

Channels in this post: Vuzu Amp, 1Magic


11 Dec 2017 12:35

I hate this channel shem ,now we cannot watch The River because we are on compact .i wonder if Hlomla will leave Scandal because of this new show. From the creator Phathu Makwarela it seems shooting for the show is quite hectic

11 Dec 2017 12:37

They must have offerd Sindi Dlathu good money to leave her job at Muvhango

11 Dec 2017 12:40

myb im cruel bt hope it flops in terms of viewership numbers.

11 Dec 2017 12:45

LORDT I almost had a heart attack! As long as they don't fvck with my American series and my Real Housewives. I'm not checking for their telenovelas.

11 Dec 2017 16:43

Argh I'm pissed all over again. These people dont learn! Can DSTv just do away with this premium/compact subscriptions. Alot of these shows intended market are on Compact(Im making assumptions here so I stand to be corrected). They keep shooting themselves in the foot and not doing any favours to the talent

11 Dec 2017 18:19

I'm also on Compact Plus +, I literally have to wait for my fave shows to trickle down from Vuzu Amp. But at least I get to watch them eventually.

13 Dec 2017 13:29

Unmarried sounds interesting.  Can't wait to see the glowed-up Fezile Makhanya

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