Wednesday, 19 April 2017

What Is Thought Of More New Shows, Less Repeats And Channel Arrangements On DStv With Recommendations

Since late 2014 till now DStv has found many alternatives of improving our viewing to offer the best entertainment with additional channels, extensions which results to minor losses.

-Launch of Lifetime, BET International, NickToons and Nick Jr. in 2015 later in 2015 BET International became BET 2 for lower packages while BET was for premium packages which later converted back into one BET channel.
-Launching of two premium channels M-Net Edge and Vuzu AMP.
-Launch of Eva, Itv Choice, Zee World, M-Net City and M-Net Family for the first part of 2015.
-The second part of 2015 BBC Entertainment and Knowledge were dumped and replaced by BBC Brit and Earth with an additional channel BBC First later it was announced that BBC World News and Cbeebies may not continue which would be available to stream on an app then an ongoing protest commenced to save them both.
-The launch of an Afrikaans lifestyle channel Via.

-People's Weather moved to a new channel number as well as TLC Entertainment.
-M-Net Movies Family, Romance and Comedy were dumped and replaced with M-Net Movies Smile.
-Fashion TV, Rhema TV, KykNet Musiek, Discovery ID, Discovery World and FOX Crime and Trace Sports Stars were dumped for Fashion One, TBN, KykNet Nou, ID Xtra, Discovery Family, FOX Life and Trace Africa.
-CBS Action, CBS Drama, AMC and True Movies 1 were dumped due to the underperformance and deduction of repeats.
-Eva+ and ROK were launched everywhere in Africa excluding South Africa till December were we saw the launch of ROK, Soundcity and Spice TV in South Africa.
-In 2017, we had the launch of CGTN News, Zee Bollymovies and GOD TV.
-The termination of M-Net Edge, M-Net Family and M-Net Movies Showcase.
-Mentions about Ginx tv Esports Channel and its programming will also be generated with Supersport.

It maybe a way to spice up our offering but this is too much, theres nothing wrong with the new but as time goes by you lately miss the old, I understand that you're trying to enhance our viewing but we need a bit of old back, try to adding more repeats for example:

General Entertainment
-M-Net Movies Action and All Stars they should consider adding more present movies like etv.
-Pop up channels, they aren't a bad idea but you could try and add content that haven't been seen on premium packages and first time for local packages.
-FOX Life has more local and reality shows it more international series and you could air older seasons of The Simpsons.
-Universal Channel has a lack of series to air weekdays at 6am CAT.
-Sony Channel and Sony Max need a little more programs. It usually feel like a rerun channel at this point at time. Sony Channel needs movies. It is better if you replace it with Adult Swim.
-Telemundo needs more action-packed series like Lord of the Skies(El Senor De Los Cielos), Darling of the Centaur(La Querida Del Centauro) and El Chema so far only Woman of Steel(Senora Acero) managed to arrive as well as movies that are Latin American.
-Lack of fashion channels like the discontinued Style Network.
-Instead of having an Eva+ you could have a Telemundo+ which airs the the telenovelas from below 2010 with telenovelas from above 2010.
-Since you dumped CBS Action, CBS Drama and AMC couldn't you have just try to make a general entertainment channel which supplied itself with programs and movies from these channels as well as CBS Reality.
-Isn't there a way to get WWE female targeted series on E! if you can't add Diva Universal.

-Cartoon Network needs to bring some of its old shows back from 2010 while Boomerang has to bring back the Flintstones, Yogi Bear and Animaniacs.
-Disney Channel when most of girl targeted series are finished can't you put them on Disney XD and Junior.
-Disney XD should be available 24/7 but it still not available 24/7 everywhere else.
-Most of the shows on NickToons are new (acquired) I can accept that but you could try and bring Sanjay and Craig,Breadwinners and Legend of Korra if you have the time because after all they haven't aired yet on the channel and not everyone with a Compact package has access to Nickelodeon.
-There is need for more kids channels especially with its programming because Teen Titans (Not GO!) didn't air on Cartoon Network thats why there is a need for Toonami even for Anime while Samurai Jack Season 5 and Robot Chicken is only available on Adult Swim. Boing is like Cartoon Network Too.
-TeenNick is needed not because we want it but because we have NickToons to watch all our animated Nick and other animated shows not live-action like True Jackson, Big Time Rush and All That.

-Lack of genres such as Pop, Rock and Electronic.
-Too much local music.
-Theres tracks that launched with music videos for certain artists and bands such as Keke Palmer, Skillet, Bridgit Mendler and Red that haven't shown on Trace Urban, MTV Base, Channel O and Soundcity.
-Most of the music channels air the same type of music.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

From The Creator Of The Popular Nicktoons Series The Fairly OddParents Comes Bunsen Is A Beast Premiering Monday 5 June At 15:10 CAT Along With The First Season Of ALVINNN!!! And The Chipmunks, More Loud House And Hunter Street In June 2017 On Nickelodeon Africa

Changes will occur from Monday 5 June 2017:

05:00  Henry Danger
05:30  Henry Danger
06:00  The Loud House
06:25  The Loud House
06:50  Bunsen is a Beast
07:15  The Thundermans
07:45  The Thundermans
08:10  Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
08:35  Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
09:00  Game Shakers
09:30  Hunter Street
09:55  The Loud House
10:20  The Loud House
10:50  Bunsen is a Beast
11:15  The Thundermans
11:45  The Thundermans
12:10  Henry Danger
12:35  Henry Danger
13:00  Game Shakers
13:25  Hunter Street
13:50  SpongeBob SquarePants
14:15  SpongeBob SquarePants
14:45  ALVINNN!!! And The Chipmunks
15:10  Bunsen is a Beast
15:40  The Loud House
16:15  The Loud House
16:45  The Thundermans
17:10  The Thundermans
17:35  Hunter Street
18:00  Game Shakers
18:30  Henry Danger
19:00  Henry Danger
19:25  Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
19:50  Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
20:15  Hunter Street
20:40  Game Shakers
21:05  Sam & Cat
21:30  Every Witch Way
21:55  Bunsen is a Beast
22:20  The Loud House
22:45  Henry Danger
23:10  Henry Danger
23:35  The Thundermans
00:00  The Thundermans
00:25  SpongeBob SquarePants
00:50  SpongeBob SquarePants
01:20  Pig Goat Banana Cricket
01:50  Sanjay & Craig
02:20  Rabbids: Invasion
02:50  Rabbids: Invasion
03:20  Pop Pixie
03:45  Make It Pop
04:10  TMNT/SpongeBob SquarePants
04:35  Every Witch Way

ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks S1
New Series (101-126)
Weekdays at 14:55 CAT.

Hunter Street
New Episodes (101-120)
Weekdays at 17:35 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 at 08:10 CAT and 12:55 CAT respectively.

Bunsen is a Beast
New Series (101-110)
Premieres Monday 5 June at 15:10 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June at 08:10 CAT and 12:55 CAT respectively.

Spongebob SquarePants Marathon
Saturday 10 June at 12:55 CAT.

The Loud House
New Episodes (208-214)
Premieres Monday 12 June at 15:10 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June at 08:10 CAT and 12:55 CAT respectively.

The Thundermans Marathon
Saturday 17 June at  12:55 CAT.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Marathon
Saturday 24 June at 12:55 CAT.

Game Shakers Marathon
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July at 08:10 CAT and 12:55 CAT respectively.

11 June at 08:10 CAT
Nicky Deuce
18 June at 08:10 CAT
Monster High: Great Scarier Reef
25 June at 08:10 CAT
Monster High: Frights Camera Action
2 July at 08:10 CAT

In June 2017 We've Got Brand New Episodes Of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, My Life As A Teenage Robot, The Fairly OddParents And Rabbids: Invasion With The Return Of As Told By Ginger Weekdays At 06:00 CAT On NickToons Africa

Changes will occur from Monday 5 June 2017:
6:00  As Told By Ginger
6:25  Littlest Pet Shop
6:50  Peppa Pig
7:15  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
7:40  Regal Academy
8:05  ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
8:30  Rabbids: Invasion
8:55  My Life as a Teenage Robot
9:20  Littlest Pet Shop
9:45  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
10:10  Peppa Pig
10:35  Harvey Beaks
11:00  Inazuma Eleven
11:25  Totally Spies!
11:50  Totally Spies!
12:15  Winx Club
12:40  Regal Academy
13:05  Peppa Pig
13:30  Littlest Pet Shop
13:55  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
14:20  ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
14:45  The Fairly OddParents
15:10  Inazuma Eleven
15:35  The Penguins of Madagascar
16:00  Harvey Beaks
16:25  Peppa Pig
16:50  Rabbids: Invasion
17:15  Littlest Pet Shop
17:40  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
18:05  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
18:30  Regal Academy
18:55  Winx Club
19:20  Totally Spies!
19:45  Totally Spies!
20:10  ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
20:35  The Fairly OddParents
21:00  Harvey Beaks
21:25  Inazuma Eleven
21:50  Regal Academy
22:15  ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
22:40  Rabbids: Invasion
23:05  The Fairly OddParents
23:30  The Penguins of Madagascar
23:55  T.U.F.F. Puppy
0:20  The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
0:45  Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
1:10  Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
1:35  The Penguins of Madagascar
2:00  The Penguins of Madagascar
2:25  Avatar: The Last Airbender
2:50  Avatar: The Last Airbender
3:15  Totally Spies!
3:40  Totally Spies!
4:05  Fanboy and Chum Chum
4:30  Hey Arnold!/Rugrats
4:55  Winx Club
5:20  Winx Club
5:45  ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks

My Life as a Teenage Robot
New Episodes (21-30)
Monday 5 June at 08:55 CAT.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
New Episodes (414-426)
Premieres Monday 5 June at 13:55 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June at 08:05 CAT and 13:30 CAT respectively.

The Fairly OddParents
New Episodes (126-137)
Monday 5 June at 14:45 CAT. New episodes on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June at 08:05 CAT and 13:30 CAT respectively.

Rabbids: Invasion
Premieres Monday 12 June at 16:50 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June at 08:05 CAT and 13:30 CAT respectively.

Harvey Beaks Marathon
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July at 08:05 CAT.

Nella The Princess Knight Premieres Monday 26 June At 07:50 CAT On Nick Jr Africa Along With Brand New Episodes Of Shimmer And Shine

Changes will occur from Monday 5 June 2017:

06:00  Zack & Quack
06:20  Dora the Explorer
06:45  Blaze and the Monster Machines
07:05  Paw Patrol
07:30  Shimmer and Shine
07:50  Nella the Princess Knight
08:15  The Day Henry Met
08:20  Paw Patrol
08:45  Rusty Rivets
08:55  Bubble Guppies
09:20  Fresh Beat Band of Spies
09:40  Zack & Quack
09:50  Team Umizoomiz
10:15  Shimmer and Shine
10:35  Shimmer and Shine
11:00  Max & Ruby
11:25  Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
11:45  The Day Henry Met
11:55  Blaze and the Monster Machines
12:20  Blaze and the Monster Machines
12:40  Zack & Quack
13:00  Team Umizoomiz
13:25  Olive the Ostrich
13:35  Paw Patrol
13:55  Little Charmers
14:10  Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
14:20  Dora the Explorer
14:45  Max & Ruby
15:05  Nella the Princess Knight
15:30  Shimmer and Shine
15:55  Dora and Friends
16:15  Zack & Quack
16:30  The Day Henry Met
16:36  Blaze and the Monster Machines
17:00  Rusty Rivets
17:10  Paw Patrol
17:35  Dora the Explorer
18:00  Zack & Quack
18:20  Dora the Explorer
18:45  Blaze and the Monster Machines
19:05  Paw Patrol
19:30  Shimmer and Shine
19:50  Nella the Princess Knight
20:15  The Day Henry Met
20:20  Paw Patrol
20:45  Rusty Rivets
20:55  Bubble Guppies
21:20  Fresh Beat Band of Spies
21:40  Zack & Quack
21:50  Team Umizoomiz
22:15  Shimmer and Shine
22:35  Shimmer and Shine
23:00  Max & Ruby
23:25  Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
23:45  The Day Henry Met
23:55  Blaze and the Monster Machines
00:20  Blaze and the Monster Machines
00:40  Zack & Quack
01:00  Team Umizoomiz
01:25  Olive the Ostrich
01:35  Paw Patrol
01:55  Little Charmers
02:10  Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
02:20  Dora the Explorer
02:45  Max & Ruby
03:30  Shimmer and Shine
03:55  Dora and Friends
04:15  Zack & Quack
04:30  The Day Henry Met
04:36  Blaze and the Monster Machines
05:00  Rusty Rivets
05:10  Paw Patrol
05:35  Dora the Explorer

Shimmer and Shine
New Episodes (230, 216-220)
Premieres Monday 5 June at 07:30 CAT.

Nella the Princess Knight
New Series (101, 102, 104, 105, 107)
Premieres Monday 26 June at 07:50 CAT.

Bubble Guppies: Bubble Puppy's Fin-tastic Fairytale
Premieres Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June at 19:10 CAT and 07:10 CAT respectively.

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Big Birthday Adventure
Premieres Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June at 19:10 CAT and 07:10 CAT respectively.

Shimmer and Shine: The First Wish
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June at 19:10 CAT and 07:10 CAT respectively.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Studio Universal Offerings In May 2017 Is Superstar Horror Week, Tuesday's Hollywood Hits, Master Of Action, And Friday's Comedy Night


1st May at 21:55
From Buffy mastermind Joss Whedon and Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard comes a horror film with a difference. Like so many idiotic teenagers before them, five friends head out to a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend when they discover a basement filled with mysterious relics - and all hell breaks loose. With a stellar cast including Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, this is an all-in-one critique, celebration and deconstruction of horror movies. Surprising, delightful and terrifying at every turn, it’s a total scream.

7th May at 22:00
When a deadly virus strikes, turning people into cannibalistic zombies, Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) infected and quarantined. Bringing her home for her remaining days, Wade stays by Maggie’s side, watching her slowly transform from his beloved chid to a savage creature, while painfully aware that her time is running out. A dramatic departure from Arnie’s usual roles, this post- apocalyptic thriller is a moving portrayal of a father trying to save his daughter from one thing he can’t destroy – herself.

Jennifer Lawrence shines in this psychological horror as Elissa, who moves to a small town with her newly-divorced mother, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue), in search of a new beginning. However, they soon discover that their new home lies in the shadow of a chilling secret, as a nearby house was the site of a gruesome double murder where a crazed girl bludgeoned her parents to death before disappearing. As Elissa befriends the sole survivor of the crime and brother of the missing girl, Ryan (Max Thieriot), she finds herself drawn into a dangerous world where nothing is quite what it seems.

2nd May at 22:00
In this spoof of 'found footage' horror films, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) move into their dream house only to discover that they’re not alone. While watching a sex tape they filmed in their new home, the couple are shocked to discover strange paranormal phenomena caught on camera. However, it’s not just the house that’s haunted! When Kisha appears to be possessed by a demon, Malcolm pulls all stops and hires everyone from a priest and a psychic to a team of modern-day ghost-busters to evict the pesky intruder – and get his sex life back on track.


23rd May at 20:00
Tom Hanks stars in this big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s international bestseller. When a curator at the Louvre is found murdered, it’s up to Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to follow the clues hidden in Da Vinci paintings to a secret society that’s been covering up a religious mystery since the days of Christ – and which could shake the very foundations of Christianity.

30th May at 20:00
Everyone’s favourite symbologist returns in this highly antici- pated sequel to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Robert Langdon, who is called to the Vatican to decode a mysterious symbol found on the skin of a murdered priest, leading to a race against time to track down another secret organisation and stop a terrorist plot.

“Dolph Lundgren”

1st May at 20:05
Honest cop Frank Gannon finds himself framed by his fellow LAPD officers after he exposes corruption in his department. With 24 hours left to prove his innocence and his former boss out to kill him, will Gannon make it through the toughest day of his career? Crime thriller starring Dolph Lundgren and Polly Shannon.

8th May at 20:00
After a mysterious epidemic of shark attacks at the quiet town of Lake Tahoe, a persistent cop and her biologist beau are forced to team up with an unlikely hero to stop these dangerous predators before the body count rises even higher! Thriller starring Dolph Lundgren, Sara Lane and Lily Brooks O’Briant.

15th May at 20:00
When Warchild (Dolph Lundgren) is sent by the greedy General Ruechang to capture a runaway princess so he can marry her and ascend to power, the mercenary finds his loyalties tested when he finds himself falling in love with her. Action romance also starring Valerie Chow and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.


12th May at 20:00
Ever wonder why you’re friends with someone you just can’t stand? That’s a problem childhood friends Desmond, Rafe and Kurt are looking desperately to solve! Deciding that the only way to ‘fix’ their socially inappropriate friend Barry is to find him a wife, they set out to look for someone to temper his insufferable personality. However, their perfect plan starts to go off the rails when the girl they pick for Barry turns out to be just as obnoxious as he is. Hilarious romantic comedy starring Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans Jr and Lucy Punch.

26th May at 20:00
Katie Holmes stars as the lovely Miss Meadows, a prim, well-mannered primary school teacher with a penchant for tap dancing and long walks. Beneath her old-fashioned and candy-sweet exterior, however, lies a ruthless, gun-toting crimefighter who rids the streets of corruption at night! Things get complicated when Miss Meadows falls for the local sheriff (James Badge Dale), who is on the lookout for the suburban vigilante, and finds herself stalked by an ex-convict (Callan Mulvey) who threatens to put her students in danger.

19th May at 20:00
Down-on-his-luck luck limo driver Kevin aka ‘Stretch’ (Patrick Wilson) is struggling to pay off his gambling debts, when life suddenly hands him a way out – a client who agrees to pay him an exorbitant fee in exchange for taking him wherever he wants that night, from exclusive nightclubs to seedy hotspots. Stretch’s generous new passenger, however, is Roger Karos (Chris Pine), an eccentric and hedonistic playboy in posses- sion of a sought-after ledger that implicates a handful of very dangerous criminals who will go to any lengths to get it back!

5th May at 22:00
An upbeat employee at a bathtub factory, Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is seemingly normal – apart from the fact that he has conver- sations with his talking pets. When Jerry musters the courage to ask his crush Fiona (Gemma Arterton) out on a date, things go terribly – and fatally – wrong, leaving Jerry to turn to his evil cat Mr Whiskers and good-natured dog Bosco for help. As he struggles to make the best of a bad situation, things spiral murderously out of control. Reynolds is brilliant in this improb- ably layered film that veers from gory horror to humour.

Bosch Returns For A Third Season Along With Cold Case On Its Seventh Season On Universal Channel Africa In May 2017 Plus Law And Order: Criminal Intent And Rosewood

Sundays at 20:00 from May 21st
Titus Welliver returns as tough Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch as season three of the hit drama series explodes onto Universal Channel. Adapted from Michael Connelly’s acclaimed novels ‘The Black Echo’ and ‘A Darkness More Than Night’, the intense new series sees the jazz-loving cop struggling to find integrity within a justice system seemingly riddled with loopholes and corruption ashe investigates the murder of a homeless war veteran and the suicide of a suspected serial killer, as well as being caught up in the high-profile murder trial of a Hollywood director. Lance Reddick, Jamie Hector and Amy Aquino also star.

Mondays at 20:50. Season finale on May 15th
Miami’s top private pathologist Dr Beaumont ‘Rosie’ Rosewood returns as season two of the American crime drama concludes this month on Universal Channel. Morris Chestnut stars as the daring and dynamic doctor, who utilises his high-tech lab and his awesome powers of deduction to help out those who are not satisfied with standard criminal investigations, with a little help from his allies in the Miami police department, including Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and Captain Ryan Slade (Eddie Cibrian).

Sundays at 20:50 from May 21st
In New York City’s war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad – these are their stories. The show takes the viewers into the minds of criminals while following the psychological approaches the squad uses to solve the crimes. In true Sherlock Holmes fashion, Detective Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) is an exceptionally bright homicide investigator with well-honed instincts. Likewise, his partner Detective Eames (Kathryn Erbe) brings her intuition into play when solving a case. In the opening episode, an old partner of Eames’ husband is killed and the investigation sheds new light onher husband’s murder. Then, an obstetrician is found dead in a seemingly ritualistic pose.

Monday to Friday at 17:30, starting from Tuesday May 30th
The final season of the American crime drama premieres this month on Universal Channel. Following the dramatic end to the sixth season, Lilly returns to work and is soon back in the thick of the action, helping to solve the disappearance of a young woman on an ocean liner in 1966. The team then reopens the investigation into the murder of a jazz musician who kept his hard-partying lifestyle a secret from his religious father. Later, they blow dust off the case of an ice hockey player murdered on the team’s Philly icerink the same night as their defeat to the Soviet Union. Plus, when a Green Beret provides an alibi for a man who was killed for stolen jewellery, the team decides to revisit the murder case concerning his recruiter.

Saturdays at 20:00
This month Universal Channel brings you three hilarious comedy premieres, starting with Who Gets The Dog? on May 6th, starring Alicia Silverstone and Ryan Kwanten as a couple on the brink of divorce who can’t decide who gets custody of their beloved canine, so they both resort to underhand tactics to keep it. In 27 Dresses(May 13th) Katherine Heigl plays a woman who has been a bridesmaid 27 times struggling to cope when her sister falls for the man she is secretly in love with. Young journalism graduate Anne Hathaway lands a plum job as assistant to the ruthless and powerful editor of a renowned New York fashion magazine in The Devil Wears Prada(May 27th). Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt co-star.

Friday, 24 March 2017

New 24/7 Esports Channel, Coming This May On DStv

In a first for South Africa, DStv and the UK-based will be launching a full 24/7 Esports and Gaming network, to be available over DStv Now and SuperSport website from 1st May 2017, with SuperSport also set to simulcast games over their DStv channels. It was revealed that SuperSport and DStv, and new partners, were working on some sort of Esports channel.

Now there's further details of the channel as well as when it will be available to the nation. In a email conversation with Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, Khobane spoke of the benefits of the the new partnership saying: “The deal with GINX is a massive leap forward and signals our intention to embrace the newest sport out there. There is a real buzz around eSports and we want to be part of that.” With Esports continuing to grow at such a rapid rate worldwide, news of this kind of exposure on a local front is extremely exciting and should assist in further fueling the growth of the sector as the extra exposure will surely please potential sponsors, who will be more inclined to inject even more money into the industry, resulting in more tournaments, more incentive to grow talent pools and thus feeding back into the entire ecosystem.

Telkom Gaming reached out to CEO Michiel Bakker for more information on the channel, which is set to be available from 1 May 2017:

Telkom Gaming (TG): What titles and games do DStv and GINX (you) plan to broadcast?

Michiel Bakker: “One of our earliest mantras at GINX esports TV was “All the games, All the time”! It really is still at the heart of who we are and everything we do. We aim to be a broad church for our esports audience and we focus on the current games at the centre of the biggest esport events as well as those nibbling on the edges. Right now we are covering Activision’s Call Of Duty World League (CWL) as well as Blizzard’s APEX Overwatch tournament from Korea and gearing up for Valve’s DOTA 2 Kiev Major.

GINX esports TV has recently covered CS:GO, Overwatch, League of Legends,
World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, FIFA and Street Fighter V as well as titles such as SMITE, Paladins, Rocket League, Smash Bros., Heroes of the Storm and Vainglory. So our collective mission is to continue to walk that talk.” An extremely impressive amount of titles to be covered, even if I am a predominantly CS:GO fan, and this is still a giant leap forward for our local gamers and fans. Being able to watch esports on TV will not only increase viewers, but will also promote growth in our own South African competitive scene.

TG: Are there any South African or African matches you are going to cover?

Bakker: “As a consequence of our launch in Africa, we’d love to get more involved in the local African esports world. We haven’t covered South African matches so far, but we’d love to consider the option if given appropriate access and opportunity. It is very much in our DNA to cover global as well as local events and showcase local events on our international feeds. We are just as interested in grassroots esports events as we are in covering the Majors.”

TG: What is the initial plan or schedule for broadcasting? Will it be game highlights or live services?

Bakker: “Our initial agreement with DStv involves the delivery of our channel as a linear 24/7 service. Our channel includes live tournament coverage and tournament highlight programming from events such as the Call of Duty World League, ELEAGUE and Dota 2 Majors for example. We also produce many hours of esports entertainment programming such as The First Hour twice weekly live studio show ‘The Bridge’. Our agreement also includes a provision for some of our content to be showcased on one of the Supersport channels.”This would not be the first time SuperSport has tried their hand at Esports, having broadcast highlights from last year’s IEM Katowice CS:GO event on the channel last year, though this only left true fans begging for more. This time, it seems, we will be getting the full coverage we hoped and dreamed about.

TG: Will there be a whole separate channel dedicated to esports?

Bakker: “Yes! GINX esports TV is a 7-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day TV channel dedicated to esports, coming to DSTV! I don’t think we have been allocated an EPG number (Electronic Programing Guide) yet, but news on that will follow shortly. Right now we are making the necessary technical preparations to deliver the channel to DSTV’s uplink in SA.”

TG: Are you working with any other African brands to promote esports?

Bakker: “It is early days, but we are really keen to explore local collaborations. We’d love to work with African as well as with international brands to promote esports locally as well as around the world. On top of our new DSTV households in Africa, GINX esports TV reaches over 36 million homes worldwide, so we are hopeful there will be many opportunities to work with local partners to grow the esports ecosystem. We are open to explore cross-media partnerships with African online esports media, hopefully including your good selves. Being on TV brings a different, more mainstream, audience into esports, which should be complementary to existing media.”

GINX eSports TV will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers, as well as to Compact, Extra and Premium customers on the DStv Now service online and on the application.