DStv ending MK, Bloomberg TV channels

2013-06-19 10:41
Cape Town – MultiChoice is ending two TV channels on its bouquet, namely the business channel Bloomberg Television (DStv 411) and the MK music channel (DStv 324).

Both of these channels are being discontinued in their current form as separate TV channels on the DStv pay-TV platform in South Africa, with viewers still being able to see both Bloomberg Television content and MK content.

Bloomberg Television will continue on television in the form of programming blocks on Summit TV which has been renamed Business Day TV as of today; and MK will be streamed online as it relocates to primarily inhabit a cyber presence.

Bloomberg Television will be discontinued as a separate TV channel at the end of June.

Meanwhile MK will continue as an online channel at www.mktv.co.za where it will exist as a cyber platform streaming music videos and songs. MK will also live on as an audio channel on channel 886 on the DStv audio bouquet.

Bloomberg folding into Business Day TV

Besides South Africa, Bloomberg Television will remain available throughout the rest of Africa for 24 hours a day as the Bloomberg Television channel. Bloomberg Television content will continue to be available to viewers on Business Day Television to DStv Premium, DStv Compact and DStv Family subscribers for 10 hours per day from today.

Bloomberg Television content will be shown in programming blocks from 07:00 to 12:00, 16:00 to 18:00 and 23:00 to 03:00 on Business Day TV.

Of the new Business Day TV channel with Bloomberg Television content Collins Khumalo, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa says in a statement, "we are proud to be hosting this channel on DStv and believe it will complement and enhance our business news offering on our platform".

Business decision makers who watch Bloomberg Television will still be able to access the European markets opening and closing, the United States market opening and closing, and other feature programming such as Bloomberg West and Charlie Rose's talk show within these programming blocks.

Clients of Bloomberg Professional service can also watch Bloomberg Television on their terminals and the channel is streamed online at bloomberg.com.

MK moving online

Meanwhile MK will be discontinued as a TV channel on DStv from the end of July.

MK started in mid-2005 with big fanfare as MK89 as a music video channel aiming to serve the youth music market and was supplied to DStv by the pay-TV broadcaster M-Net. The channel later dropped the "89" from its moniker after a DStv channel number shuffle.

After 8 years MK which served as a driver of the local production of especially Afrikaans rock music videos, will now be transformed into South Africa's first online music video streaming channel.

"The MK audience is an online generation and in due course these free-spirited, on-the-go world citizens will be able to enjoy MK wherever and whenever they have internet access," says M-Net.

M-Net says "this move will open up countless exciting possibilities for both the brand and the music featured on MK".

"It's mindblowing to think that internet users across the globe would be able to enjoy MK's content and that you only need a smart phone, tablet or PC with an internet connection to be exposed to the great South African bands and musos that rock MK."

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