Pay-television content provider M-Net will launch two new general entertainment channels in October 2014 which will form part of its varied family of premium channels on DStv, the company said in a press release on Tuesday, 5 August 2014.
M-net didn’t reveal channel names or schedules. It said: “these two channels will be aimed at distinct audiences and will allow for even more top-notch content at top-of-mind, easy-to-find channel destinations.”
Both channels will also be broadcast in high definition, M-net said.
While M-net kept the channel details under wraps, it did provide descriptions of the type of content the channels would screen:
An M-net-like channel
The first of the two new general entertainment channels will be the bold, irreverent sibling of the ever-popular M-Net channel 101, renowned for its blockbuster, fresh content from around the globe.
This channel will be an unlimited playground for those who are avid followers of highly-acclaimed and award-winning, but often eyebrow-raising and thought-provoking, edgy content – in the vein of Game of Thrones, House of Cards, True Detective, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and Nurse Jackie.
In addition to fresh seasons of this type of content from the US, the channel will be the home of cult fare such as Sopranos and Six Feet Under – screened every day of the week. This means that you can indulge in these iconic stories the way you would have done with a box set.
A Vuzu-linked channel
The second planned channel will be linked to the popular VUZU brand, curating some of the best global and local entertainment. In short, it will be your “out of this world entertainment”: trendy, current, urban, and an extension of the VUZU vibe.
The channel will include brand new local reality shows, glitzy local celeb-watching, and new seasons of hot international shows such as The Fixer as well as Lala’s Full Court Life and Vampire Diaries.
M-net said that to be able to create these two new channels, it had decided to discontinue its current M-Net Series Showcase, and M-Net Series Reality channels on DStv Premium from October 2014.
“Instead, the content from these channels will in future be on either of the M-Net or VUZU general entertainment channels,” M-net said.
M-Net’s CEO for South Africa Yolisa Phahle said series lovers shouldn’t fear that their favourite shows would disappear as a result of these changes.
“On the contrary; this only allows us to curate the greatest content available in an even better way,” Phahle said.