Stopping DStv repeats

In recent months, DStv has focused on reducing the number of repeats across its channels, said MultiChoice SA CEO Mark Rayner.

This has included the cancellation of channels which mainly broadcast repeated content.

The first of these cancellations saw CBS Action and CBS Drama going off air on 10 October 2016.

While certain channels were cancelled, others were merged – such as M-Net Edge into the main M-Net channel.

M-Net in particular announced several changes earlier this year in an effort to have zero repeats during prime-time viewing hours.

M-Net said even when there are production breaks in shows screened during prime time, it will not schedule repeats in that time slot.

Rayner said the reduction of repeats increased M-Net’s ratings.

MultiChoice previously stated that to compensate for channels subscribers on cheaper packages lose, more DStv channels are being made available to them.

Third-party channels

The company has also tackled third-party channels which repeat content too often – even if it rates well.

“I pity the channels that get a call from Aletta [Alberts] and her content team,” said Rayner.

Alberts, head of content at MultiChoice, has argued vehemently with the BBC over repeats of old Top Gear episodes in particular.

The channel would often show multiple back-to-back episodes of older seasons.

Such discussions are ongoing with channels and reducing repeats continues to be a huge focus for DStv, said Rayner.

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