M-Net To Launch Two More Channels

Pay-television content provider M-Net is reporting that it will be launching two diverse new cutting-edge general entertainment channels in October to form part of its varied family of premium channels on DStv. For some reason, I am not excited about the news. Too many channels at the expense of new content will not do much for the service. 

The channel names, as well as the detailed schedules are still under wraps, M-Net has confirmed that these two channels will be aimed at distinct audiences. I can tell you that the channels will be called Vuzu Amp and M-Net Attlentic and both channels will be in HD.

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 one can indulge in these iconic stories the way one would have done with a box set. 
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 one’s “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’s CEO for South Africa, Yolisa Phahle, says that this is an exciting, progressive move on the pay-television front: 
“Across the globe, television and other entertainment platforms are evolving at breakneck speed as a result of new technology and changing consumer preferences. As a company, M-Net has its finger on the pulse of these developments and we will continue to evaluate, adjust and reshuffle our channel offering accordingly for the benefit of the viewer.” 
“The recent Express from the US content delivery and these new channels are testament of our commitment to remain leaders in the game.” 
To be able to create these two unprecedented channels, the current M-Net Series Showcase and M-Net Series Reality channels on DStv Premium will discontinue as of October. Instead, the content from these channels will in future be on either of the M-Net or VUZU general entertainment channels. 
According to Phahle, series lovers shouldn’t fear that their favourite shows will 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.
More information about the new channels and their specific content will be released in due course.
“But you can rest assured – it will take our M-Net offering on DStv Premium to the next level,” says Phahle.
Honestly, I do not think DSTV needs more channels if the channels just offer the same shows or content that could be put on the alredy existing channels. With all the repeats on the platform, I think the viewers would much rather have less of that than more channels with only 4 hours a day of new content. 

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