Tuesday, May 31, 2022
'JASON's INPUT'. Disney+ went down in South Africa on Tuesday afternoon displaying 'error json input'.
MultiChoice and M-Net's unsustainable Afrikaans film channel fliekNET goes back to being a DStv pop-up channel from mid-July 2022.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
African content creators should be empowered with skills to tell African stories, says MultiChoice content strategy boss Georginah Machiridza.
'This is not the digital review screener you've been looking for': Disney+ not making Obi-Wan Kenobi available to media for review purposes before its launch.
Disney PR and marketing is not making the new Lucasfilm miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi available to media for review purposes before it launches with a double episode on Friday 27 May - at least not for South Africa's "regional" press where Disney+ just launched last week.
New star-studded 13th season of Talakani Sesame on SABC2 from 6 June will help kids and parents to understand and talk about different feelings.
Mari Payne, Sesame Workshop South Africa director of education and outreach, says "Recent developments have proved to us the importance of building resilience and overcoming trauma by developing critical social-emotional skills".
"By helping children build social-emotional skills, we're giving them the tools they need to thrive both in school and in life."
Danie Swart, SABC head of education, says "SABC2 and SABC Education have been long-standing champions of edutainment as part of our drive to entertain and inform our viewers and we are so happy to see a diverse contingent of South African celebrities joining a well-loved, proudly local show".
Another former MultiChoicer is now at Netflix with Efosa Aiyevbomwan heading up Netflix PR and publicity for sub-Saharan Africa.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
After 4 years, filming finally starts on M-Net's Shaka Ilembe drama series from MultiChoice and Bomb Productions, Lemogang Tsipa to portray adult Zulu king.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Monday, May 23, 2022
The multi award-winning South African stage and TV actor Jamie Bartlett also known as James Bartlett, most well-known for his role of TV villains Mike O'Reilly in Isidingo on SABC3, David Genaro in Rhythm City on e.tv, and as a judge on SA's Got Talent on e.tv has died from cardiac arrest. He was 55.
Jamie Bartlett's death was confirmed to eNCA (DStv 403) who spoke to a family member.
Jamie Bartlett was born in 1966 to his South African mother
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
While some new Disney+ SA consumers logged in only to find the personal profiles and things like email addresses and cellphone numbers of other people, many potential subscribers complained that they didn't get the link or code that Disney+ promised to email or send if they registered beforehand for the once-off R950 special sign-up offer.
Moms who wanted to surprise their kids when they come home Wednesday afternoon with Disney+ were exasperated trying to sign up through the buggy Disney+ SA app, while others said they're angry and disappointed that they haven't received the link to the R950 offer by noon.
"What do you tell a 9-year old who has been looking forward to getting Disney+ today? Who is using his own pocket-money to pay for Disney+ and who has been so excited and looking forward to watching Disney+ today? He's coming home this afternoon with so much anticipation and we didn't get any link yet. It feels as if Disney wants to force us to pay the R1190 and to forget about the promise of giving it for R950 if you registered you're interest," an angry mom told Channel24 on Thursday.
Other users said they were told by Disney+ technical support to sign up and get billed for the R1190 and to claw back the promised discount later.
Other said they struggled to sign up for Disney+, and several explained how, when they logged in, were suddenly linked to other people's personal profiles with access to their accounts and saw other people's email addresses, cellphone numbers and personal details.
The technical launch side of Disney+ SA is handled by Disney Hotstar in India.
In an interview on Tuesday the day before Disney+'s South African launch, Christine Service, The Walt Disney Company Africa senior vice president and general manager, said "We've worked really hard to make sure that the sign-up is seamless and we've done a huge amount of testing, but absolutely if something goes wrong for a customer you can go to the platform and either deal with any queries through a chat; you can ask for a callback from our call centre, or if you're accessing it from mobile phone you can actually click straight through and have a voice chat with the call centre as well".
MultiChoice gives some DStv subscribers a R49 discount if they add Disney+ at R119 but a R110 DStv Access Fee is also required.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
TV RATINGS April 2022: e.tv loses a million viewers as its audience shut their eyes for The Black Door, revived Big Brother Mzansi ends as DStv's 9th most-watched.
Monday, May 16, 2022
eMedia's Openview adds The Home Channel+ from Arena Holdings as a spinoff home programming TV channel.