BET and 2 kids channels coming to DStv

2014-09-24 10:04

Three new channels will soon be added to DStv, boosting its children and entertainment offering to satellite TV subscribers.

Nicktoons, Nick Jr and BET will be added to DStv from September 30.

All three TV channels are supplied by Viacom International Media Networks Africa as part of new carriage agreements with MultiChoice.

Viacom Africa already supplies channels like MTV, MTV Base, Nickelodeon, VH1 Classic and Comedy Central Africa to MultiChoice’s DStv.

BET’s spin-off channel BET on Jazz was available on DStv in South Africa in the past but was discontinued.

BET has been available on On Digital Media’s StarSat satellite pay-TV platform for the past four years and will remain available as a channel on this platform.

In 2010 MultiChoice said BET didn’t test very well with South African viewers, but in 2013 it tested it again.

BET’s new home will be on channel 135. It will be available on DStv Premium, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Extra and will broadcast programmes such as talk show The Wendy Williams Show, reality TV such as Real Husbands of Hollywood and dramas such as Being Mary Jane, and music video show 106 and Park.

Nicktoons is aimed at children between four and nine. It will broadcast on DStv channel 308 and will be available on DStv Premium, DStv Compact and DStv Extra.

Nicktoons programming includes The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Tuff Puppy, Back to the Barnyard, Avatar and Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys.

Nick Jr, on DStv channel 307, will only be available to DStv Premium subscribers. It targets preschool viewers between the ages of three to five, and will feature programmes such as Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies and Paw Patrol.

New programming will start in 2015 on Nick Jr, and will include Dora and Friends, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Shimmer and Shine.

“We are delighted to partner with MultiChoice to strengthen our kids and family, and general entertainment offering in Africa,” says Alex Okosi, the senior vice president and managing director for Viacom Africa.

“Our DStv customers will no doubt be delighted that BET is finally available on their screens,” says Aletta Alberts, MultiChoice’s general manager for content.

“Children will be entertained for hours with the great shows on Nick Jr and Nicktoons. We want to add channels that fill a gap in our entertainment offering”.

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