M-net announced in a press release recently that it would start airing episodes of popular TV shows within 24 hours of their US broadcast.
Calling it their “Express from the US” viewing experience, M-net said that the first “must-see” series to benefit from the new deal will be the second seasons of Ray Donovan.
The first episode of Ray Donovan will hit US screens on the Showtime channel in their prime time slot on Sunday, 13 July 2013 (US time).
An hour after the US debut, the episode will screen on M-Net (DStv channel 101).
It will also be available in the DStv Explora Catch Up menu directly after it has aired on M-Net.
That means that owners of Explora decoders will be able to watch the episode before its dedicated prime-time evening time-slot on the M-Net schedule, which for Ray Donovan is Tuesday, 15 July at 21:30.
In brief, M-Net’s “Express from the US” initiative now lets DStv Premium subscribers catch Ray Donovan in the following ways:
- At 04:00 in the morning on Mondays (South African Standard Time), an hour after its world premiere.
- On DStv Catch Up using the DStv Explora immediately after the Monday morning broadcast.
- In its regular Tuesday night slot at 21:30 on the M-Net 101 schedule.
- On DStv Catch Up (available on SD/HD decoders as well as iPad, iPhone, and online) directly afterwards.
Because of the fast turn-around time, the express episode will unfortunately not have a family track or hearing impaired titles, M-net said.
Broadcasting times will be different on the M-Net East and West Africa feeds, M-Net noted. There the new Ray Donovan express episode will land at 03:00 on a Tuesday morning, with the prime-time evening slot at 22:30 on a Tuesday evening.
“This is fantastic news and a win-win for all our M-Net viewers,” said Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity.
“In the past we’ve been able to simulcast or have delayed broadcasts of special events, but having an international series within 24 hours is a first, and something we’re very proud of,” Lombard said.
She also hinted that the availability of series through illegal channels shortly after their US debut was a motivator for M-Net to secure an express broadcast of new series:
“Yet again, it shows that M-Net is always moving with the times in the world of entertainment, where, these days content can be delivered at breakneck speed,” Lombard said.