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Samsung takes Demand Africa to Lat Am

Streamer Samsung TV Plus is adding free, ad-supported streaming TV channel Demand Africa, which offers content for the global African diaspora, to its service in Brazil and Mexico.

Dean Cates

Demand Africa’s catalogue includes scripted series such as family drama Battleground and romantic series Flower Girl, along with unscripted content like travel series World Wide Nate and cooking show May’s Kitchen.

Dean Cates, VP of strategy at Demand Africa, said: “Demand Africa is delighted to partner with Samsung TV Plus to pursue our mission of presenting contemporary Africa to global audiences, highlighting the diversity of the diaspora and connecting viewers from around the world with the continent.

“This partnership speaks to Samsung’s commitment to inclusivity, which is especially significant considering the current push to raise the visibility of black voices and narratives across the globe.”

Aline Jabbour, business development director at Samsung Latin America, said: “There is a significant black audience in Brazil and it’s important that they see themselves represented. But that’s just the beginning of why we are doing this. Africa is a wellspring of creativity and offers a wealth of amazing content. Adding Demand Africa to our more than 160 channels is part of our overall mission to give Samsung customers even more to discover.”

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MultiChoice rolls out novela channel


African pay TV giant MultiChoice Group and its flagship channel M-Net are set to launch a new telenovela channel called Novela Magic on the DStv platform.

Set to debut on November 27 at 18.00, the channel will provide African telenovelas and also honour the vast range of cultures and languages on the continent through a diversity of original home-grown stories and local creative talent.

Nkateko Mabaso

Novela Magic will launch in phases, starting with the Southern African region for subscribers to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family packages. Titles in the telenovela collection include Nigerian series Unbroken (260×30’), Battleground (410×30’) and Forbidden (260×30’), and Zambian soap Zuba (180×30’), all from MultiChoice Studios.

According to MultiChoice programming executive Nkateko Mabaso, it is the growth and success of local storytelling that has compelled the business to launch an African telenovela channel.

“For over 30 years M-Net has been bringing to audiences across the African continent compelling stories that harness the imagination of our viewers while also showcasing the vast talent that is harboured on the continent,” said Mabaso.

“We want to continue this legacy of showcasing the best African stories with themes that resonate and engage our viewers, hence the launch of this new channel Novela Magic.

“West Africa and Southern Africa are synonymous with telenovela storytelling and these regions will now be able to share their wonderful crafts with other African regions on one channel and stories created in the language of the country of origin will be dubbed into English.”

Novela Magic will air on DStv channel 165.

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