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TopTV: DSTV's competition is here

2010-03-23 13:58

On Digital Media's new pay TV service will offer pay-as-you-choose TV packages at very competitive rates of between R99 and R249, depending on your needs.

The question is however – do they offer anything you want to see? Top TV confirmed to TVSA that they will not be supplying all the same channels as DSTV, but the content will be similar.

The primary channel, included in all packages, will be Top One. This will be a 24-hour entertainment channel catering specifically to South African audiences. One source compared this channel to the current e.tv offering.

The details as to which channels will be grouped together have yet to be released.

Here's a list of the channels available.


Top One
24-hour entertainment.

Top Gospel
Christian lifestyle channel with talk shows, Christian music, faith-based movies with a local slant.

Global media ministry founded by South African couple, Rory & Wendy Alec.

Christian Channel
Details to be finalised.

Fastest growing international Christian network, servicing 118 countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Zee Cinema
Bollywood film channel.

Hi Nolly
Content from the Nigerian film industry, nicknamed “Nollywood”.

24-hour movie channel from Hollywood's famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library.

BBC World
24 hour news and information.

Fox News
one of the more controversial (reputedly right-wing) news channels in the United States, covering everything from politics to health and more.

Cable news channel in the United States giving the viewer informative and up-to-the-minute content.

Al Jazeera
English language news and current affairs channel with headquarters in the Middle East.

International current events with a French perspective and a strong emphasis on culture.

Current TV
Current TV features happenings and current affairs, with an emphasis on youth/Y-Generation perspectives.

Setanta Africa
Setanta Africa is a 24-hour sports channel which focuses on the 'beautiful game'. The sports channel covers Arsenal, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Tottenham in its weekly line up, as well as SPL, Russian and Dutch leagues.

Eurosport News
With news bulletins updated every 30 minutes giving you the latest from the world of sports and business.

Free-to-air South African broadcaster SABC1.

Free-to-air South African broadcaster SABC2.

Free-to-air South African broadcaster SABC3.

Free-to-air South African broadcaster e.tv.

Educational Channel
Details to be finalised.

General entertainment channel targeting Portuguese speaking communities worldwide.

Fashion TV
The famous FTV brings you all the latest, hottest and fiercest news and trends.

Fine Living Network
Lifestyle network.

Music Choice (audio service)
24 hour channel audio service featuring music of different genres.


Top Junior
High quality and creative entertainment for children and the entire family. Popular shows to look forward to include Maya the Bee, Bumba, Tabaluga and Heidi.

Jim Jam
Dedicated  to pre-school children aged between 1 - 6 years.

Baby TV
The world's first round-the-clock commercial-free channel for growing infants and toddlers, and their parents.

KidsCo is a global TV channel with something for the whole family. The channel targets different age groups through time scheduling. Signature shows include The Wiggles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Inspector Gadget, Sabrina, Dennis the Menace, New Adventures of Madeline and many more.

Afro Music
24-hour music channel featuring an eclectic mix of artists from across Africa.

New music and lifestyle channel with the main focus being on Nigerian arts.

24/7 extreme sports channel featuring base-jumping, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX and other death-defying sports.

24-hour music channel with a focus on urban and hip-hop music.

Kerrang! TV
24-hour music channel consisting of hard rock music videos.

24-hour music channel featuring indie bands and music.

Easy listening music videos from the 80s and 90s, with a large portion of daytime viewing dedicated to 'Today's Magic Hits'.

Smash Hits
Music channel dedicated to popular hits from artists like Madonna, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake.

C Music
24-hour classical, crossover, cinematic and chill-out music videos.

Premium channel devoted to classical music, opera, ballet and jazz as well as documentaries and interviews.
Entertainment channel covering Hollywood. 

Fox Entertainment
The best in TV series.

Fox Retro
Most popular series that defined the 70s, 80s and 90s.

24-hour high quality documentary channel.

African-American entertainers with series, talk-shows, sitcoms and interviews.

Top History
24-hour channel featuring the most memorable moments in history.

Discovery ID
New channel from Discovery featuring the stories behind crime forensics and criminal investigations.

Discovery Travel & Living
Explores fascinating and inspiring places.

Discovery Science
Documentary channel focusing on programmes dealing with scientific and technological issues.

Top Crime
24-hour entertainment channel with a focus on crime drama and suspense programmes.

Top Explore
24-hour channel which allows viewers the opportunity to explore the secrets and wonders of the world.

24-hour movie channel.

24-hour action channel with blockbuster titles covering action, horror and sci-fi.

Fox FX
Quality television for men.

Top Movies
A 24-hour premium movie channel with recently released blockbuster titles and other award-winning movies.

Top Movies 2
Top Movies time shifted by two hours. If you miss your favourite movie, catch it two hours later on Top Movies 2.

Top Movies 24

Top Movies time shifted by 24-hours. The channel gives the viewer the opportunity to catch up on Top Movies from the previous day.

Top Sport
Sports channel featuring sports preferred by SA audiences.

What do you think of these channels? Do they entice you to buy into Top TV? 

SA's new satellite television service, Top TV, arrives in May to finally offer some competition against DSTV. Let's see what they have scheduled.

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