Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 6 January 2016.

Ellen on M-Net (DStv 101) renewed until 2020.
Ellen DeGeneres' weekday talk show renewed.

Meanwhile The Meredith Vieira Show on SABC3 cancelled.
Will end after the current second season ends.

SuperSport pays £296 million to continue showing English Premier League (EPL).
- EPL will continue to be broadcast on SuperSport channels on MultiChoice's DStv in sub-Saharan Africa for the 2016-2019 seasons.
- Could lead to higher subscription costs for soccer lovers since the currencies of South Africa and Nigeria have depreciated between 25% to 35% percent in 2015.

The Royals renewed for a 3rd season.
Meanwhile Universal Networks International's E! Entertainment (DStv 124) on DStv in Africa doesn't have the show and South African viewers haven't even seen the first season yet on any channel.

Kirstie Alley is back with Cheers and Cliff and Norm.
They all pop back into the bar where "everybody knows your name" for Kirstie Alley's new Jenny Craig TV commercial.

Uh-oh. Reviews are bad for MTV's new fantasy drama series, The Shannara Chronicles.
I've asked Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) in 2015 several times whether South African viewers will get to see the drama series but got no response. I asked again yesterday when the show started overseas.
- Meanwhile The Shannara Chronicles reviews are not good. Its "central emptiness" also has bad special effects and bad acting and the cheerfully cheap series is pretty boring.

Netflix's 2016 agenda: Making more money through international expansion.
The global video streaming service will launch in South Africa in 2016.

After ESPN dumped South Africa and Africa in 2013 its image is now worsening in America.
The declining fortune and future of ESPN and some advice for ESPN on how to try and improve its bad image as a TV sports network.

How Discovery is trying to return to what made it great.
Inside Discovery Networks' plan to move from junk TV back to highbrow programming and documentaries.

Game of Thrones seen on M-Net toning it down a bit for the 6th season.
Creators toning the fantasy drama series' explicitness down a notch after the controversial sexual assault depicted in the 5th season that had viewers saying the show has finally gone too far.