Sunday, June 29, 2014

SABC entertainment TV channel on MultiChoice's DStv platform will launch before the end of 2014, says the SABC.

The SABC says its SABC entertainment channel will launch on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform before the end of this year.

The SABC says partnerships between itself as a public broadcaster and private companies to provide TV channels to them, will be come increasingly important and is an important focus of the SABC.

The SABC entertainment TV channel should have launched in November 2013 on DStv - one of two SABC channels supplied by the South African public broadcaster to MultiChoice - the other being the SABC News (DStv 404) 24-hour TV news channel.

The SABC entertainment TV channel will be using archive material from the SABC's TV library to compile the schedule.

"In our partnership that we currently have with DStv, we currently provide the 24-hour TV news channel, SABC News to DStv".

"We should be launching another channel with DStv before this year is over which is a general entertainment channel," Leo Manne, the general manager for TV channels at the SABC, told TV critics, journalists and advertisers at the SABC's Post 2014 World Cup programming Upfront.

TV with Thinus asked MultiChoice in the week about what the SABC said and what MultiChoice wants to share or say about the channel.

MultiChoice says "the launch and details of the SABC entertainment channel will be announced when we are ready to communicate".

"It is important speaking to an audience like this, in terms of digital terrestrial television (DTT), but also in terms of creating TV channels outside of DTT with some of our telecommunications partners, partnerships - public-private partnerships - in creating channel opportunities are very important and will be very important for us going forward," said Leo Manne.

"There are some TV channels that we will capacitate ourselves and build ourselves to meet our mandate [for DTT], but there's some entertainment TV channels - some specific niche entertainment TV channels - that we will go into partnerships with others and other public partners to ensure that we create entertainment that speaks to all South Africans," said Leo Manne.