Wednesday, August 10, 2016
FOX's FOX Crime channel on DStv and StarSat that was introduced in 2013, to change to the FOX Life channel from September - report.
After running for just 3 years for South African viewers, the FOX Crime channel from FOX Networks Group running on DStv and StarSat is set to be replaced with the FOX Life channel from September.
The FOX Crime (DStv 126 / StarSat 132) channel, showing crime and investigative programming, is set to make way for the drama and sitcom channel FOX Life, a "lighter" version of FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131) channel filled with mostly library titles and older series as a non-premium TV channel.
TVSA reports that FOX Crime will switch and be replaced from September.
FOX Crime was added by MultiChoice to DStv from July 2013 and was added by StarTimes Media SA and On Digital Media ()DM) to StarSat from November 2013.
FOX Crime has been utterly mangled on the StarSat platform where it's frequently been a channel that got "stuck" over the past two years, with bad signal quality leading to "jumping" video, bad and gone audio and multiple FOX Crime channel blackouts without any explanations from StarSat.
TVwithThinus asked MultiChoice about the reported switch of FOX Crime to FOX Life.
MultiChoice said: "When we are in a position to talk about any changes to the DStv service, we'll make the necessary announcements starting with our partners in the media such as yourself".
TVwithThinus asked FOX Africa, involved with the running of the set of FOX channels like FOX Crime, why FOX Crime is going to change to FOX Life, what is going to happen to series that haven't concluded on FOX Crime by the time of the switch, what the FOX Life channel is about and for a FOX Life channel logo.
No FOX Life channel logo was supplied.
FOX Africa only responded after days and several enquiries (and a day after MultiChoice) with the exact same sentence as MultiChoice - and with an apparently missing word during a badly edited replace change.
"When we are in a position to talk about any changes FOX , we'll make the necessary announcements starting with our partners in the media such as yourself".