MultiChoice to add five channels
African pay TV company MultiChoice is launching five new channels alongside releasing a pair of new decoders.
The Naspers-owned firm’s new channels focus on a range of genres, from telenovelas and kids’ entertainment to action programming and Korean dramas.
Tlnovelas will present an array of English-dubbed Mexican telenovelas from Latin America’s second largest producer and the channel’s owner, Televisa. It will run from September on DStv channel 133.
ZooMoo, a Canadian kids’ preschool channel from Blue Ant Media and aimed at 2-7s, will launch as a pop-up channel from October 1 to March 31 on DStv channel 314.
Kix is a Sony Pictures Television channel dedicated to action, martial arts and thriller movies. It will launch on October 1 on DStv channel 114.
Timeless Drama is a Turkish telenovela channel from SPI/Filmbox. It will launch in November on DStv channel 123.
Finally, TVN is a South Korean drama channel from CJ ENM. It will launch in November on DStv channel 134.
As well as the new channels, MultiChoice has unveiled two new decoders. The DStv Explora Ultra looks like a bigger set-top box and will carry third-party video streaming services in 4K, while the Streama decoder comes with a small remote control featuring YouTube and Showmax buttons, allowing subscribers to stream content from DStv, Showmax, YouTube and also stream music via the Joox app.
“Our DStv Explora Ultra brings the best of two worlds together by introducing streaming apps, adding depth to the entertainment offering available,” said MultiChoice in a statement. “It also sees the addition of built-in WiFi, making it easier to connect to the internet. It includes features previously available to PVR users, including Catch Up, Box Office and Showmax.”
MultiChoice hasn’t disclosed when consumers will be able to purchase the decoders.
MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela said: “If you look at video entertainment in Africa, it’s still at its infancy stage. In the past three years, we have grown over one million subscribers each year. It has shown time and time again that Africans watch more TV than any other place in the world.
“This is the basis upon which we have built this company. We believe there is still opportunity for us to grow over 40 million subscribers across the whole continent. We want to be a one-stop-shop platform for video entertainment in the country.”
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