Thursday, August 18, 2016

For Discovery Channel's Shark Week for 2016, DStv subscribers will for the first time be able to take a bite out of additional shark content on DStv Catch Up.

After a failed and disappointing Shark Week in late-June on Discovery in America, Shark Week is coming to Discovery Channel (DStv 121) in South Africa and across Africa from Monday 29 August.

This year additional shark-related content that will be available on MultiChoice's DStv Catch Up service for Discovery Channel viewers.

The past few years Discovery Networks experimented with establishing and growing a similar "Shark"-themed programming strand for South Africa and Africa on the Discovery Channel, starting with Shark months and now aligning ever closer and closer to America's version of Shark Week.

This year however, where Discovery usually has its Shark Week in late-July and early-August, executives moved Shark Week earlier to be out of the way of the Olympic Games - but ratings were down because of the move and Shark Week largely flopped.

As a result, in 2017, Discovery is moving Shark Week back to its "original" position.

With Discovery finally doing a proper Shark Week for its South African channel, it means that next year will see the closest-aligned Shark Week yet between South Africa and the United States versions.

Back to this year, Shark Week will kick of on 29 August for Africa's DStv subscribers watching the Discovery Channel, with the programming strand bringing viewers compelling shark stories about these ocean predators on a daily basis at 21:00 and 22:00.

Here's the Discovery Channel Shark Week programming:

Monday 29 August
Sharks Among Us 21:00
Dr. Craig O'Connell showcases a system that will prove that sharks and people can peacefully co-exist.

Shallow Water Invasion 22:00
Marine biologist Mauricio Hoyos and Grant Johnson discover great whites moving into the shallow waters of Guadalupe Island at night. This is an increasing trend, which would account for some of the shark attacks and encounters happening with greater frequency along coastlines.

Tuesday 30 August
Isle of Jaws 21:00
Andy Casagrande discovered that great white sharks had strangely and completely disappeared from the Neptune Islands off South Australia. Searching west along the known great white migration route, he stumbles upon an incredible discovery - a concentration of all make great white sharks off an unchartered island.

Sharks vs Dolphins: Face Off 22:00
Delve into the true nature of the relationship between these two masters of the sea. Dr. Mike Heithaus and his team bring new research that may solve why sharks attack dolphins far more than we ever knew.

Wednesday 31 August
Air Jaws: Night Stalker 21:00
Chris Fallows embarks on his 8th Air Jaws adventure. With shark expert Jeff Kurr and shark biologist Neil Hammerschlag, they discover how great white sharks hunt in total darkness.

Killing Games 22:00
Dr. Jonathan Werry and filmmaker Andy Casagrande travel to a special location in South Australia to research a new great white hunting strategy where they no longer wait for seals to enter the ocean - they come out of the water and snatch them from the shore.

Thursday 1 September
Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer 21:00
A newcomer has taken residence in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Shark expert Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillian seek answers as to why great white sharks are travelling so far north.

Return of the Monster Mako 22:00
Professional shark tagger Keith Poe and marine biologists Greg Stuntz, Matt Ajemain and their team use state-of-the-art technology to try and document a live attack of a mako shark.

Friday 2 September
Jaws of the Deep 21:00
Greg Skomal and the SharkCam team return to Guadalupe to find the world's largest great white shark, Deep Blue. They uncover the hunting techniques and strategies great whites use to ambush their prey.

Sharksanity 22:00
Experts search the seas to bring you the greatest moments from Shark Week 2016 with closest calls, biggest bites and greatest gadgets.