M-Net gets a pop-up channel for its 30th birthday

2016-09-09 20:00

Cape Town - M-Net will mark its 30th anniversary in October with a month-long comedy pop-up channel, M-Net Movies BlockParty, on DStv, as well as a newly produced TV special looking back at its three decades as a pay-TV broadcaster.

The M-Net Movies BlockParty channel will run for the month of October on MultiChoice's DStv platform on channel 109 for DStv Premium subscribers to celebrate M-Net's 30th birthday.

Besides the M-Net Movies BlockParty channel, M-Net is also producing a TV special that will look back and forward at where it started and where it's going, and that will be shown across M-Net's various channels on DStv in early November.

M-Net is now in almost 50 African countries and has grown from a single encoded analogue channel into more than 40 channels ranging from M-Net Edge, kykNET and Mzansi Magic to VUZU AMP, Channel O and the Africa Magic channels, producing channels in 10 different languages.

The M-Net Movies BlockParty channel on DStv will be accessible to DStv Premium subscrribers on DStv channel 109 for M-Net's birthday month of October, and will feature comedy movie hits as well as comedy shows and stand-up performance specials.

Marquee comedy names that will be seen on M-Net Movies BlockParty include Seth Rogen, Eddie Murphy, Amy Schumer, Jim Carrey, Leon Schuster, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Lawrence and others.

The M-Net Movies BlockParty channel will run for 24 hours per day, for 30 days. M-Net Movies BlockParty will show a "seriously funny" classic series every weeknight from 19:30, a movie at 20:30 and stand-up comedy shows from 22:00.

"M-Net Movies BlockParty will have something for everyone and provide shows for the whole family to enjoy together," says Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO.

"Comedy is always popular and we would like our viewers to have some fun, so we look forward to celebrating our big birthday with as many people as possible".

TV special

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, M-Net that has morphed into a pan-African broadcasting giant over the past 3 decades is producing a nostalgic looking-back, looking-forward TV special.

It will be shown across several of the M-Net packaged and provided channels across DStv during early November. 

The exclusive and as yet untitled M-Net TV special will revolve around and include a look back at the history and the ongoing evolution of M-Net.

The TV special will also include a look at the way in which M-Net has developed the African film and television industry and positively changed the lives of many people across the entire continent.

It will also give viewers the change to hear from M-Net's biggest stars.

"M-Net would not have been where it is today without the loyal support of our viewers," says Yolisa Phahle.

New M-Net channels programming in October

The new reality show Shark Tank South Africa in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas will start on M-Net (DStv 101) on Sunday 2 October at 18:00

The new American science fiction and forensic crime solving drama series Frequency will start on Thursday 6 October at 20:30 on M-Net (DStv 101). 

The new science fiction drama series Westworld with Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins, based on the film and book of Michael Crichton about robots who go rogue at a futuristic themepark will start on M-Net Edge (DStv 102) on Monday 3 October at 21:00.

The new dramedy Divorce with Sarah Jessica Parker whose character is contemplating separating from her husband and starting over, will start on M-Net Edge (DStv 102) on Friday 14 October at 21:00.

A new season of singing talk show Die Republiek van Zoid Afrika with Karen Zoid starts on kykNET (DStv 114) on Tuesday 11 October at 20:30.

A new season of the cooking travelogue show Edik van Nantes with Nataniel starts on kykNET (DStv 144) on 11 October at 20:00.

A new season of the reality dating show Boer Soek 'n Vrou starts on kykNET (DStv 144) on Thursday 20 October at 20:30 with new presenter Minki van der Westhuizen.

The new advertiser-funded game show PowerPlay Coalition starts on VUZU AMP (DStv 103) on Saturday 15 October at 18:00 in which creatives showcase their work to expert event promotors.

A new season of the coming-of-age drama It's Complicated with Atandwa Kani and Fikile Mthwalo starts on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Sunday 9 October at 21:00.

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