Thursday, October 15, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 15 October 2015

■ Complete news round-up of the SABC's ongoing Hlaudi Motsoeneng court circus.
From Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyer accusing the judge of racism, to Hlaudi Motsoeneng wanting his disciplinary hearing broadcast on live television in South Africa, to the court hearing the SABC thinks Hlaudi Motsoeneng is "the best thing since sliced bread".

■ MultiChoice's DStv commercial with Suits' Gabriel Macht on M-Net is a failure.
Why did DStv bastardise Harvey Specter? As the DStv brand ambassador the DStv advert leaves viewers "unwowed and unmoved" and the DStv ad's copy is "stiff and pedestrian", awkwardly overstyled as DStv failed and took Gabriel Macht as a favourite TV star and turned him into an advertising puppet.

■ MultiChoice Africa fires DStv marketing and sales executives over theft.
In Uganda, DStv's marketing manager Brian Muwonge and sales manager Jude Kalema have been fired over misappropriation and stealing money using it for private business and sex.

■ ITV's new Jekyll and Hyde will be Downton Abbey with monsters.
The new British drama series of course grabbed quickly by ShowMax for South African viewers.

■ DStv iRock Festival in Polokwane apparently a disaster for the press
Almost none of the journalists who went wrote anything; now this shocking report weeks later about leaving late, an extremely boring pre-party like "a shebeen in Hillbrow", having to leave one hotel for a "horrible, horrible, horrible" other hotel.
Then there was the bad food problems; and those big green flies...

■ The new Victoria's Secret Fashion Show coming to
Will be broadcast on 19 December and this year Rihanna, The Weeknd and Selena Gomez are performing.

Video-on-demand (VOD) service VIDI is struggling
VIDI suffering from poor South African uptake and VIDI is struggling to gain traction in the market, and now investment partner Tiso Blackstar is dumping the unsuccessful VIDI which will try to re-engineer the business.

■ South Africa's digital terrestrial television (DTT) encryption battle is about to get even nastier.
The "fight of the decade" is on in the battle over South Africa's DTT.

■ Comatosed Lamar Odom who's organs are shutting down in hospital is not being filmed.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians cameras are not rolling for E! Entertainment (DStv 124) at Sunrise Hospital because the reality family now wants privacy. They did film the drama as they all prepared and got ready to go to hospital.

■ America's Next Top Model cancelled after 12 years.
The Tyra Banks show failed after it went from industry competition to branding pageant.