DStv adds two Discovery channels

2011-10-04 11:31
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Discovery's TLC and ID: Investigation Discovery channels both currently on On Digital Media's TopTV are being added to MultiChoice's DStv from Friday October 14.

TLC will be added on DStv's channel 186 and ID: Investigation Discovery will appear on DStv's channel 252.

MultiChoice and Discovery Networks CEEMEA will be launching the two new Discovery Network channels from Friday October 14, two weeks after the addition of DStv's Studio Universal movie channel.

TLC and ID: Investigation Discovery are two of the three Discovery channels already currently available on competitor TopTV.

TLC, which was born out of the retired Discovery Travel & Living brand, is a female-skewed lifestyle, reality and factual entertainment channel, whilst ID: Investigation Discovery offers viewers a line-up of world-class crime-related documentaries.

Continued investment

This major addition of two Discovery channels bring Discovery Networks' portfolio on DStv to a massive six TV channels including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery World and Discovery HD Showcase.

Besides TLC and ID: Investigation Discovery, TopTV only has the Discovery Science channel remaining on that platform. Both TLC and ID: Investigation Discovery will start to run commercials and sell commercial airtime from 2012.

"We have had an outstanding relationship with DStv over the last 15 years and are confident that with the addition of TLC and ID this will go from strength to strength," Phillip Luff, the country manager for emerging business for Discovery networks CEEMEA, told Channel24.

"TLC and ID have been hugely successful in markets all over the world and their addition to DStv's Premium and Compact bouquet forms part of our continued investment in Africa. We're sure that DStv's subscribers are going to love both channels," he added.

'We must evolve'

According to MultiChoice's general content manager Aletta Alberts, "The Discovery brands are world-famous for engaging audiences with a mix of entertainment and information, presented with emotion, spirit and style.

"They continue to be global television leaders with innovative programming ideas and concepts that resonate with viewers, succeeding time and again in capturing the imagination.

"DStv understands that as our audience grows and their viewing needs become more diverse, we must evolve. To do so with a partner like Discovery, who really are dedicated to the needs of our audiences, is a significant step forward in building our products."


  • Willie_G - 2011-10-04 11:43

    Some new HD channels would be nice.. Adding more standard channels isn't really incentive for buying HD PVR decoders..

      Burnicus - 2011-10-04 11:56

      I totally agree with you. There are already enough channels for crime and lifestyle. I would rather have another HD channel.

      whois - 2011-10-04 11:59

      I'd prefer a rethink of the whole bundle system. I can name the channels I watch frequently and infrequently and they still do not make up 20% of the total amount of channels.

      Tolerant - 2011-10-04 15:05

      I got my PVR to watch some movies (Box office), but the recording fascilities are great, especially with the RWC.

      czovczov - 2011-10-04 20:47

      Do we have to sacrifice our young democracy for the sake of not upsetting China? China which is alien to democratic principles? Join Facebook group THE SOUTH AFRICA I WANT. THE SOUTH AFRICA I DESERVE and lets talk about it in an organised adult manner.

  • Kevipedia - 2011-10-04 11:51

    Read here why DStv is rubbish: http://kevipedia.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/dstv-the-lesser-of-exactly-one-evil/

      Neles - 2011-10-04 15:49

      lol are you Mark Esterhuysen?

  • allows - 2011-10-04 11:56

    Let's now wait for ANOTHER price increase.....

  • whyrpplinpowerstupid - 2011-10-04 11:59

    Sound exciting, but will reserve judgement till I see it. Usually I like Discovery channels.

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-10-04 12:00

    Yay more reality crap! The one they should have added was Discovery Science, but noooo...

  • GeneralCS - 2011-10-04 12:18

    Dstv should add Discovery USA and more ESPN channels.

      raven.olwage@telkomsa.net@24.com - 2011-10-04 14:59

      No thanks, we already have enough American crap. All they can do is shout at the top of their voices and every second thing coming out of their mouths is : "Oh my G."

  • Wiki - 2011-10-04 12:46

    Get rid of those STUPID African channels, like Mzansi Magic and that crap! No one watches them!

      Neles - 2011-10-04 15:52

      wow - maybe you should prick that bubble you're in and research the most popular dstv channels - no, I'm no dstv subscriber, but I work with ratings daily.

      Neles - 2011-10-04 15:53

      added to that the job creation component of Mzanzi Magic in particular

      Neles - 2011-10-04 17:22

      source - http://dstvmediasales.com "“We are now the home of Bubblegum movies,” states Lebone Maema, Mzansi Magic’s Channel Manager. “We’ve also been actively commissioning, giving us a much bigger pool of these very popular movies to include in our schedule.” What’s more, Mzansi Magic has also made good on its launch promise to create work for the local television production industry: since last year, the channel has created around 350 jobs for local directors, writers, producers, editors, cast, sound crews and cameramen over the past year through an aggressive considered commissioning strategy." I guess the thumbs down are from those who hate to see jobs created... oh well, you can't please all the idiots all the time ...

  • Dee - 2011-10-04 12:46

    DSTV should add an Advert Channel - So we can have uninterrupted programming - I am tried of all the ad breaks

  • parkavenue - 2011-10-04 13:01

    They can actually remove the utter sh$t being flighted om channels 114 and 115.Talk about promoting gender violence!! and I could produce a better quality movie with a cell phone camera

  • AlphaOne - 2011-10-04 13:06

    Is it just me or is there simply nothing worth watching on DSTV? If it wasn't for the stuff on PVR, I wouldn't watch TV at all. Seems like a total waste of R600. The documentaries are really dull these days. Pleeeease give us a good SciFi channel at least.

      observer - 2011-10-04 13:18

      Where do you think the stuff on the PVR comes from???

  • Lezanne van Wyk - 2011-10-04 13:18

    Yeah to DSTV for adding more discovery channels, but how about adding the SyFy channel too? If they did some market research they'll realize that there are a lot of people out there that want them to add SyFy to the channel listings again because of shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost hunters International, Destination Truth, etc. Also, whats up with DSTV buying all these one hit wonder type of series that only last one season in America? Few examples: The chicago code, the protector, etc. Rather invest in good series that will keep viewers coming back season after season.

      Redwine - 2011-10-04 17:09

      Dallas maybe?

  • jaqkar - 2011-10-04 13:35

    Uncapped ADSL and RSS Torrents, download only what you want to watch and play through a media player. Oh did I mention no ads!

      Kenpachi - 2011-10-04 14:02

      I think DSTV subscribers are suckers for punishment. I'm going to cancel my subscription after the rugby world cup and only watch entertainment through my media player. I anyway have more up to date series than DSTV so what's the point. And the sport thingy,..BIG games you watch with friends anyway with a few beers,...

  • Boikanyo Alefeng - 2011-10-04 16:18

    DSTV needs to get channels people actually want to watch...

  • juzer.mohamedbhai - 2012-07-04 10:05

    Repeats repeats,!!!!!! How many times are we supposed to watch these programmes on bbc entertainment what a joke ..waste of $ 109

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