DStv unveils new M-Net Series channels

2013-05-29 15:20
Thinus Ferreira
Durban - The long-gestating plan to turn the M-Net Series channel (DStv 114) into a high definition (HD) TV channel on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform and grow the brand into an expanded TV channel subset is finally happening.

M-Net Series will be split into M-Net Series Showcase, the only confirmed new HD channel, and M-Net Series Reality for premium subscribers and M-Net Series Zone available to Compact and Mobile subscribers.

MultiChoice made their plans official by revealing the major upgrade to its M-Net Series channel brand at M-Net's media roadshow at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort in Durban on Wednesday.

HD channel

The flagship M-Net Series channel will be rebranded as the HD M-Net Series Showcase and air on the new DStv channel number 113.

M-Net Series Reality will feature reality shows on channel 115 and M-Net Series Zone on channel 114 will be a rerun channel with previously aired seasons of shows.

M-Net Series has been under constant change since the channel started, first as The Series Channel which showed only old library titles of American shows similar to TopTV's Fox Retro channel.

'Plans began more than a year ago'

Plans began more than a year ago to upgrade M-Net Series to HD status and to add more M-Net Series channels onto the DStv bouquet, but were postponed in favour of relaunching DStv's movie channel offering.

Some of the shows that M-Net Series Showcase on channel 113 will feature include new action series Defiance and The Carrie Diaries.

Viewers can also look forward to these new seasons of returning series:True Blood VI, Castle V, Criminal Minds VIII,  Pretty Little Liars III, Mad Men VI, Army Wives VIII, Teen Wolf II, Grimm I and Supernatural VIII.

M-Net Series Reality will have "the best conversational reality series depicting real talent, real people and real stories on channel 115". Shows to be aired on this channel include Real Housewives of New York, Real Housewives of Orange County, Junior MasterChef II, Life After Top Chef, America's Got Talent, The Face I, Ready for Love I and Fashion Star.

The schedule for M-Net Series Zone (DStv 114) has not been locked down, however the channel on 114 will "offer the best in uninterrupted bundled episodes of series that viewers may have missed."

The Showcase and Reality channels will only be available to Premium subscribers, and Showcase in HD only to those with an HD PVR decoder. Zone will be available to Compact and Mobile subscribers.

The new channels will go live on 9 July.

* Channel24 and DStv are both owned by Naspers.

Comments

  • John J King - 2013-05-29 15:29

    AWESOME!

      Dennis Mennis - 2013-05-29 17:26

      One day there will be viable competition and DSTV will get their come-uppance! They have treated paying customers with contempt for far too long.

      Adrien McGuire - 2013-05-30 07:21

      As long as DSTV has a strangle hold on SA sport, there will never be viable competition. The Competition Commission should get involved in this and break the strangle hold !!

  • Storm Diaboli - 2013-05-29 15:36

    Happy that Teen Wolf Season 2 will be showing! Really excited for it! :D

  • Vicky Moolman - 2013-05-29 15:49

    When deciding to get DSTV compact one of the deciding factors was that series was part of the package in it's current format. Now I have the option of only watching old programs or upping my subscription to over R700 per month. Somehow I find that I am not as excited about this new change.

      Phillip Havenga - 2013-05-30 08:51

      Every time DSTV makes an improvement it's to force people to buy the premium package, why can't we just select the channels we want and pay a per channel fee as half of whats on DSTV is rubbish anyway.

  • Alistair Stuart - 2013-05-29 16:15

    What will happend to people with DStv Select 1?

  • zuko.mqolo - 2013-05-29 16:18

    Arg why I'm not surprised that the new mnet channels will be only available on premium package more repeats I'm not paying over R700 they must 4get it

  • Justine Thomas - 2013-05-29 17:02

    DSTV can adding more channels but they don't have enough shows/movies to broadcast on their channels!!! Everytime I switch to watch a movie all I ever see is behind the scences of some movie!!! Every freaken hour and a half they show some behind the scenes of some movie!!! As a premium subscriber it would actually be nice for a change to watch something decent on tv when I don't feel like going out to movies or go out at all!!! R700 is a lot of money so I think its only fair to all their subscribers that DSTV start delivering! And don't get me started on the box office!!! WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!! But let's ma see what this new channel will bring.....

  • Khomotso Makwela - 2013-05-29 17:13

    All this changes DSTV make only covers the premium folks. Mnet series is one of the chaNnels I like on compact. Might as well cancel or downgrade to the R20 one

  • Trenthodges - 2013-05-29 17:17

    Dstv has gotten better over the last 12 months, lucky I've Netflix and hulu plus to supplement where they lack;)

  • Bizarro Jerri - 2013-05-29 17:41

    What is this DSTV you speak of? said no Torrent user ever...

  • David Adamson - 2013-05-29 19:03

    NETFLIX

      Derrick van Niekerk - 2013-05-29 20:02

      For $15.98 you get unlimited DVDs, one at a time for the month AND including unlimited streaming of movies and shows online. That's R160 per month even where the ZAR is at, how can we pay R700 for what is offered, and then have to watch what's showing when it's showing, and PAY if you want to watch a "streamed" movie of choice ...

  • Nwanawavhathu Jaycksen - 2013-05-29 19:14

    Wats next, kids co HD?

  • Trenthodges - 2013-05-29 19:30

    Adrian its $7.99 per month, there are loop holes to get it, look at uno telly its a service that you pay an additional $5 monthly, and it tricks the server in thinking you are in the US. I use Apple TV, but you can use an xbox or any other streaming device- I recommend uncapped Internet, and apparently works on a 1mb line(I have a 4mb) without issues on buffering. Netflix you can pretty much stream any movie and some of the "older" tv series, if you into tv series then I would look at Hulu Plus, another $7.99 per month, new tv as it appears on us tv, but movie selection is poor.

  • Didi Schoeman - 2013-05-29 20:32

    DSTV is just one big repeat, and as their commercial states, if you miss a show on Monday you can always catch it again on Tuesday, (in fact it works so well you can watch it on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and for the next two years!) For R700 a month... No thanks! For $8 a month I get Netflix on my Apple TV with more movies and series than I could ever watch and guess what... No repeats! I cancelled Hulu, also $8 a month as Netflix was more than enough. Before long Hulu and Netflix will launch in SA as well and DSTV will get what's coming to them... Rightfully so I might add.

      Dominique Deligiannidis - 2013-05-30 03:03

      Good for you, get on with it then!!

  • Leon van der Linde - 2013-05-29 21:14

    And you can still not choose which channels you want in your package. Give me the choice and I will be interested. Otherwise, I hope the guy from West africa closes DSTV down.

      Dominique Deligiannidis - 2013-05-30 03:05

      shame and then what will you watch SABC 1, 2 & 3 (good choice hey)!

      Grant Logan - 2013-05-30 09:19

      Shame Dominique. You must be stuck in the 90's if you believe DSTV and SABC are you're only options.

  • Deon Pretorius - 2013-05-29 21:34

    I've watched most of those so called upcoming new & showcase series already. Get a decent high speed uncapped internet connection (much cheaper and much more content) and DSTV becomes obsolete very quickly.

  • Dominique Deligiannidis - 2013-05-30 03:09

    If you are a subscriber and don't like what they have to offer then cancel. get on with it and stop complaining, I am so sick and tired of the same stupid comments!! Go get TOP TV or watch the SABC channels (enjoy your viewing)!!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-30 08:45

      Dominique. Stop being childish. People can complain as much as they like. The only thing you should get sick and tired of is your rudeness to people you don't even know. Grow up.

      Klipkop de Groote - 2013-05-30 09:57

      Yes moneybags we hear you, but like most people I just want value for money and DSTV is still a big rip-off. Especially if you are a Compact subscriber! Dont read the comments next time okay.

      Dominique Deligiannidis - 2013-05-30 09:59

      @Jacqui - I'm not being childish or rude as you say. Since when did you become the authority on how I should speak? Like I said if people are not happy then they should cancel their subscription and watch all the other awesome channels that SABC has to offer!

  • Grant Henry - 2013-05-30 04:48

    @dominique shut up. Dstv sucks netflex rules

      Dominique Deligiannidis - 2013-05-30 07:00

      You shut up, that's your opinion. I am entitled to my opinion, as I said if people are not happy with DSTV then they should cancel and watch SABC and TOP TV for great viewing pleasure!!!

      Grant Henry - 2013-06-08 16:25

      @ dominique you shut up you idiot.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-30 08:37

    You can change the flavour, but the pudding stays the same.

  • Grant Logan - 2013-05-30 09:22

    They can ad as many repeats channels as they wish but as long as their subs stay the same they will never other offerings where you can simply download what you want instead of subsidising channels you have no interest in

  • Quintin Bezuidenhout - 2013-05-30 12:57

    Strange how Sky can offer 394 TV Channels, 38Mbps dsl line with unshape & uncapped speed and unlimited phone calls anytime night or day all for 69 pounds and dstv almost asks that for movies they repeat everyday. Pathetic. I guess some minister got a share in the pie at mutichoice so all competition is kept out!!!!

  • Carol Haswell - 2013-06-30 09:15

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you don't like someone's opinion, don't read it. I'm surprised that some of you can actually read as you post like Nursery School kids and should be commenting on the Boomerang or Cartoon Network schedule instead.

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