Tuesday, August 31, 2021
REVIEW. The drama series Nêrens, Noord-Kaap on kykNET tells a full-bodied story of emptiness as damaged characters search to fill their empty lives.
MultiChoice and M-Net Movies add Lethal Legends and Hollywood's Sexiest as 2 new DStv pop-up channels from 24 September.
Monday, August 30, 2021
Online petition started as Africa's pay-TV viewers implore Disney to keep the FOX channel on MultiChoice's DStv, StarTimes and StarSat across the continent.
TV CRITIC's NOTEBOOK: The SABC is giving me just 5 days to pay for the renewal of my SABC TV Licence, says it doesn't have to give consumers 30 days notice.
SABC1 tries to save S3's The Estate with a bizarre primetime rerun from 6 September at 7pm with the local telenovela that will now be shown back-to-back on two SABC channels nightly.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
MultiChoice Nigeria settles with the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN), pay-TV operator will now pay royalties and made back-payment as artists now demand their share from MCSN.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
BREAKING. Netflix saves Manifest, picks up mystery drama series for a 20-episode final 4th season that will move from DStv and M-Net to the video streamer.
Friday, August 27, 2021
'I won't pay twice': Shocked and angry Openview viewers furious over 'Pay Once, Enjoy Forever' lie after their old decoders are cut off and they're told to buy a new one.
We have sent communication to customers affected via bmail which is a message sent directly to the decoder advising them that the service will eventually switch".
The message that is sent to Openview set-top boxes is:
“Dear Viewer, due to the rapid pace of technology, the decoder you are using can no longer be supported in terms of software upgrades that are required. To enjoy uninterrupted viewing, ongoing technical support, PVR compatibility and access to the world of streaming through Openview Connect you will need to purchase the latest Openview decoder from a leading retailer.”
eMedia says that simply trying to reset the decoder will not solve this. Customers will have to go to their nearest store to upgrade and to buy a whole new decoder that will again cost several hundreds of rand.
eMedia didn't answer the question.
SABC suspends Media & Society anchor Rams Mabote on SABC News after female production member lodges complaint over alleged inappropriate touching, fill-in presenter to be used on Sunday.
SABC warns about 'acting training boot camp' scam while SABC2's Muvhango warns about fake auditions in Thohoyandou trying to lure victims to a hotel.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Vox launches an online weather channel, snaps up meteorologist Annette Botha after eNCA and eNuus dumped its weather presenters and dumbed down its weather segments.
The telecommunications and IT services provider Vox has launched a brand-new online weather channel with the former eNCA meteorologist Annette Botha, now bringing viewers the personalised weather forecasts that pay-TV news like eMedia Holdings' eNCA (DStv 403) and eNuus on kykNET (DStv 144) abruptly canned earlier this year for DStv subscribers.
Vox says it has launched its state-of-the-art and technology-driven weather channel, following "research that found that there is a need for more credible, trustworthy and science-backed initiatives to educate and trigger important conversations and behaviour change" around the climate and weather.
"Understanding the weather goes beyond knowing whether to pack an umbrella," says Jacques du Toit, Vox CEO, in a statement.
He says that weather broadcasts on television - even for pay-TV subscribers who are supposed to get more, better and more personalised weather forecasting - have regressed to static representations that add very little value and that leaves South African viewers in a "meteorological drought".
"It is vitally important for people, both young and old, to develop a holistic understanding of broader trends and how our actions are affecting the health of our planet."
"Our research has indicated a pressing need for informative, educational and credible weather analysis, and we believe that by providing this to South Africans we can drive broader understanding and acknowledgement of climate change and how it affects every one of us."
Annette Botha has an honours degree in meteorology and is one of the former TV meteorologists and presenters who were cast aside by eNCA as part of bizarre cost-cutting when it suddenly switched to static weather presentations with dull voice-overs in mid-April this year.
DStv subscribers have been complaining about the quality of kykNET's eNuus supplied by eNCA, with bulletins that are mostly interviews in English taken directly from eNCA just with short Afrikaans intros, a lack of international news and a perceived lack of coverage from all South African provinces, as well as the dumbing down of the end-run weather segments.
"If we can inspire young people to take an active interest in our regional weather and the forces shaping these changes, we would have gone a long way towards arresting the damage we are inflicting on our only planet," says Annette Botha about the new Vox weather channel.