Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New upcoming 6th season of HBO's Game of Thrones on M-Net Edge will again be simulcast in South Africa on DStv at the same time as in America.

Great news for South Africans and DStv Premium subscribers is that the upcoming new 6th season of Game of Thrones will once again be seen on M-Net Edge (DStv 102) at the exact same time as it starts in the United States on HBO - meaning the first episode will be shown in the very early hours of Monday morning 25 April.

With HBO confirming a starting date of Sunday 24 April in America for the highly anticipated new 6th season of the fantasy drama series set in the land of Westeros, I asked M-Net whether Game of Thrones would again be, and continue to be, an "Express from the US" title, and if it would be shown simultaneously in South Africa again.

M-Net tells me that Game of Thrones' upcoming 6th season will be broadcast "as per last year" and that Game of Thrones episodes "will be simulcast".

What is means is thus: DStv Premium subscribers who simply cannot wait, can stay up with their dragons and watch the 6th season premiere of Game of Thrones on M-Net Edge (DStv 102) on Monday morning at 04:00 (South African time).

Those who can't stay awake, can set a recording, or just leave it - the current ongoing problems with the DStv Catch Up service will likely be sorted out in another two and a half months' time and Game of Thrones first episode should be available on DStv Explora and PVR decoders automatically.

What's not clear is on what day of the week Game of Thrones will be broadcast on the linear M-Net Edge channel in prime time; viewers will find out closer to the time.

Last year, with the 5th season of Game of Thrones, M-Net showed episodes early on Monday mornings at the same time as the Sunday nights in the United States on M-Net Edge, and then showed them on the channel on Thursdays at 21:00.