Tuesday, May 2, 2017
History on DStv again doing an on-air refresh on 11 May; channel opened up to DStv Compact subscribers for almost a month from 29 May.
History (DStv 186) is again changing its on-air look this year with the channel that will get another complete refresh from 11 May and become accessible to DStv Compact subscribers for almost a month.
The channel, supplied by A+E Networks UK to MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and Africa, had its last on-air refresh happening just last year in March 2016.
To co-incide with the latest on-air imaging change, History will be opened to DStv Compact subscribers for an open-window period on DStv from 29 May until 23 June.
"The 'H' in History will be more prominent and becomes the hero during this exciting phase - it's not just about clinically relating heroic tales but it's taking it a step further and telling a story loaded with emotion and depth," says Naz Khan, A+E Networks Africa marketing manager.
"A connection is made with the viewer when the story resonates with their own life experiences. It's the humanity and history behind these stories that is the golden common thread."
The on-air imaging refresh of History comes two months after Crime+Investigation, one of A+E Networks UK's other channels, introduced its new on-air facelift.
Here's History's new programming in May and June:
The series chronicles recent US special operations forces missions in the global war on terrorism and gives viewers an inside and candid look at the realities of war. The show is largely made by war veterans with over 90 of them participating in the production.
The third season starts on 10 May and follow the self-documented day-to-day lives of 10 individuals as they attempt to survive in the wilderness for as long as possible. The participants are isolated from each other and all human contact with the one who lasts longest winning a cash prize.
A once-off documentary that tells the story of a Romanian monarch, King Michael, who stood against Hitler and decided to join the Allied forces. But there's a twist - he was forced into exile although his battle against both Hitler and Stalin brought about a key turning point in the Second World War.
Continuing on Sundays at 20:15 in May and June is this series that profiles the great icons - from industrialists to adventurers and from politicians to entertainers who shaped the 20th century.
The former CIA agent Bob Baer launches a global investigation into the assassination of America's president John F Kennedy and tracks the movements of Kee Harvey Oswald. Baer discovers a CIA document revealing that Oswald met with Soviet officials in Mexico City.
The 4th season of this competition series kicks off in which bladed weapon-makers go head-to-head building everything from Viking battle axes to Samurai swords to Indian claw daggers.
Every challenge centres around crafting a component of the overall weapon and the race to create the episode's weapon of choice.
The Greeks established democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays, explored the soul and captured the physical human form in athletics and art. This show features historians and archaeologists, actors and athletes, scientists and artists who launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient Greeks' journey - not just to better understand their past, but to discover how their legacy illuminates our present and will shape our future.
The moving account of Jewish Holocaust survivors in a concentration camp near Munich and the Allied troops that saved their lives.
On 29 April, 1945 the prisoners of Dachau were liberated and History shows viewers first-hand accounts of a survivor meeting the US soldiers who rescued him.