DStv adds new channels, renames bouquet

2013-04-19 15:16
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – MultiChoice is renaming its cheaper DStv Lite bouquet of R99 per month to DStv Access and is adding two new TV channels from 7 May, namely Mzansi Wethu and M-Net Movies Zone provided by M-Net.

Mzansi Wethu is a general entertainment channel with indigenous African languages which will be added to channel 163 and M-Net Movies Zone is another extension of the existing M-Net Movies movie channels subset brand on DStv which will run library titles of movies aimed at a black audience.

Mzansi Wethu will be made up largely of local library content which was already broadcast on M-Net channels such as iNkaba, Top Shayela, Nonhle Goes to Hollywood and Running with the Reps.

Similar to the recently launched kykNET & kie which is a "cheaper" version of the premium kykNET channel but with older content, Mzansi Wethu will give DStv Access viewers access to more programming they couldn't see before although it won't be new.

'Great local content'

Mzansi Wethu will however also add a new local black soap on weekdays entitled Zabalaza which will also be broadcast on sister channel Mzansi Magic. The channel will also have My Perfect Wedding presented by Thuli Thabethe, a wedding reality show following 12 couples across South Africa trying to create the perfect wedding.

Both channels will be available on the DStv Family, DStv Compact and DStv Premium bouquets.

"We are committed to bring great and relevant entertainment on our different packages to our customers," said Collins Khumalo, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa in a statement.

"For the first time, customers on our lower packages will be able to watch not only movies without ad breaks, but also great local content that reflects South Africa today."

Reflects day-to-day reality

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net's director for local interest channels said in another statement that M-net is "proud to introduce Mzansi Wethu to the pay-TV scene and we are delighted that it is available on an affordable package.

"Mzansi Wethu authentically reflects the day-to-day reality of many South Africans and we trust that viewers will love all the new vernacular programming and other not-to-be-missed shows. Our content can now reach a much wider audience and this can only be good for the local television industry."

M-Net Movies Zone will start on Thursday, 7 May at 13:00 and Mzansi Wethu will start on the same day at 18:00.


  • André Van Wyk - 2013-04-19 15:30

    I am starting to reconsider my dstv subscription.......R740 per month to watch sport and the odd good series.

      Niels Nilsson - 2013-04-19 17:45

      I gave DSTV the finger and upgraded my ADSL and no stream the sport live from the web

      Freddy Schwarz - 2013-04-19 18:44

      canceld it already!! They are krux!!

      Corrie Marell - 2013-04-19 23:26

      The problem is when you live in the rural areas and don't have access to broadband like in the cities it becomes difficult to use the internet which i would love to do if it what affordable. We are being held by the short and curlies but big time. City folk still have options but in the rural areas the options are really ZERO (or tiny)

  • PeterJJhb - 2013-04-19 15:32

    I agree. But the alternative is SABC and E....

      Bayete Nkosi - 2013-04-19 17:43

      I will rather start reading book s again....

      Niels Nilsson - 2013-04-19 17:46

      Or the web

  • Tebogo Nke - 2013-04-19 15:46

    what's the use, only premium subscribers benefits from them

      Corrie Marell - 2013-04-19 23:22

      Not evwen Premium subscribers. They are just screwing everybody and it just the same as always. The big corporations are just in it for the moeny and screw the subscriber. You are just another money cow ready for milking !!

  • Hugo Blaauw - 2013-04-19 16:02

    I rather subscribe to Netflix. With UnoDNS ate least we can watch it here.

  • Matthew Tuffney - 2013-04-19 16:21

    Cancelled my sub a year ago sorry for u dstv,17 mins old hold to get an operator at the call center not customer service,

  • Debby Timm - 2013-04-19 16:56

    DSTV is going to start loosing a lot of subscribers SOON. They should have a base selection (ie M-net, Movie 1, Supersport 1 for example) and then allow you to choose your other channels from there at a cost per channel. There are sooooooooo many channels that I do not watch nor ever will!!!!!!

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-04-19 18:22

      Debby I went into multichoice at N1city in Cape Town to exchange our old 2 channel decoder for a new one. I asked a similar question. The reply I got was that the way they bill customers does not allow them to do this

  • Robbies - 2013-04-19 17:21

    I agree, time to make touch decisions and change your life style because to pay over R600.00 for 90% of the channels that one does not want or needed is cracy.. I have said in the past and will repeat again. Multichoice got us by the short and cruly. If you do a PROPER survey what the subscribers want will you see that out of all the channels that there are only a third of subs that will like to see the most common channels, sport 1-3, movie channels, kyknet and my be news channels. Why is it that FTV, Soweto, Homechannel etc is included and all those music channels that no body is listing to.

  • bearpup - 2013-04-19 17:25

    I'm ending mine this month...it's pointless. How many times do i have to see someone making the same damn cake everyday!

  • Francis Etuk - 2013-04-19 17:36

    even the so called Gotv is equally another rubbish! repeat repeat all over..

  • Simon Morgan - 2013-04-19 17:48

    new names, same crappy and overpriced content

  • Jacques H. Kirchner - 2013-04-19 18:36

    Us Premium Bouquet subscribers subsidise the crap like Soweto TV, Supersport 5 and 6, Africa Magic and a host of other idiotic channels! They will never introduce the pay-per-view system here...Personally, I would probably save more than half of what I am paying now!

  • Bongani BraVida Gwej Ngwenya - 2013-04-19 18:43

    dstv compact is becoming more and more crappy by the day and repeating movies daily in the same time slots,,,,smh

  • Robert Keene - 2013-04-19 19:12

    Trailers, behind the scenes fillers and Hollywood rubbish, History Channel without history, added to unbalanced sound levels - its really got crappy - wake up DSTV or were are gone!

  • TinavoMagaisa - 2013-04-22 11:06

    a "black soap?" isnt it supposed to be a Zulu soap? Never heard of a "white" soap

  • Ronald Scharneck - 2013-05-15 16:08

    Bbbbbbby by dstv.....really rubbish.....don't even know what HISTORY means.....LOL.....

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