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DStv’s M-Net channels get a refresh

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Fresh new schedules on M-Net channels to improve DStv customers viewing will see the end of specialist channels including M-Net Edge, M-Net Family and M-Net Movies Showcase as content moves to other M-Net channels.

From 1 April 2017, DStv Premium customers can look forward to a fresh new scheduling approach on M-Net which will result in fewer repeats of movies and series.

The content on M-Net Edge will be integrated into M-Net 101 (East and West). This will give customers a supersized channel with bumper-to-bumper entertainment ranging from the latest shows to the edgier entertainment previously on M-Net Edge.  Extended prime time on M-Net 101 will be from 18:00 CAT to midnight every day. This means fewer repeats on M-Net.

DStv customers can tune in to sitcom fun at 18:00 CAT, followed by the latest blockbuster international reality shows at 18:30 and top-notch drama, crime, comedy or action series from 19:30 CAT onwards. Once the kids are safely in bed – between 21:30 CAT and midnight – customers can enjoy critically acclaimed edgier entertainment like Billions season 2, Magicians season 2; The Leftovers season 3, Bates Motel season 5, Broadchurch season 3, Mad Dogs season 1, Detour season 2 and more.

To top it off, M-Net will pull out all the stops to give DStv customers great entertainment on Saturdays. The reality show repeats will be dropped on Saturdays and Sundays, in favor of fresh sitcoms and dramas which will air on Saturdays from 18:00. Brand new series like cutting-edge medical drama Pure Genius (Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, and Odette Annable), dark comedy Imposters (Inbar Lavi, Parker Young and Stephen Bishop) and the return of Wentworth Miller in firm favorite, Prison Break will start from 19:30.

“We value our customers, and their feedback on the entertainment that we provide for them is very important to us. The entertainment landscape is changing faster than ever so we’ve made these changes based on what our viewers have told us. We will keep reviewing our program offering and ensuring that we put our customers’ needs at the forefront of all our operations,” says Charles Hamya, General Manager MultiChoice Uganda.

Our plan is to schedule fresh movies more often, so M-Net Movies Showcase (channel 107) will be dropped in favor of more themed pop-up channels which have been very well received.

“Our pop-up channels are extremely popular,” added Hamya. “Viewers love the fact that they can easily find a collection of their favorite movies packaged under a specific theme on one channel. They enjoyed the Star Wars and Harry Potter pop-up channels, with James Bond having launched the last Wednesday, 22 February  – and we’re planning several more throughout the year.”

The recently launched M-Net Movies Collection also adds to the breadth of M-Net’s movie offering. The M-Net Movies Collection comprise more than 1000 movies and is available on DStv Catch Up Plus, accessible to customers when they connect their DStv Explora to the internet. The collection is also accessible on the Catch Up section on DStv Now online and on the app. DStv Premium customers can choose what movie they would like to watch, when it suits them best.

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NTV The Beat Revamp Soaring

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With popular city emcee Dagy Nyce settling in superbly well with Sheila Gashumba and Tracy Kababito, the trio has with no doubt beaten all odds to put on a great TV show for NTV The Beat fans.

Those that thought otherwise in terms of managing the show after the departure of the long serving host Douglas Lwanga from the show have also noticed the growth.

Many thought that the management could fail to replace the gap left behind when Lwanga left. But, hey looks like they finally managed to pull it off.

It’s literally 60 days down the road, and the story seems to be changing every other day from “They cannot” to “May be they can” and now to “Yes they can”.

Tracy has been learning and coping really quickly with her amaizing deep voice, while Gashumba carries on with her experience and touch of how the industry works. Nyce on the other hand strikes the perfect balance between holding the show together with his adverse knowledge of the game, having been doing this for close to a decade now.

If Daggy is not cracking jokes, he is dancing and as always very playful on set with the gals. He also puts up small sweet fights with the Deejay Brian and Dash on set to make a great show.

We must admit that the BEAT has finally risen to the occassion. Credit to NTV for showing such stamina again everytime it looses its fine products to other rival stations.

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Netflix announces multi-year production deal with the Obamas

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Barack and Michelle Obama will work both in front of and behind the camera in a multi-year production deal with Netflix.

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The unique pact was announced on Monday. The first content from the Obamas will appear in 2019 at the earliest, according to a person involved in the deal.

Netflix did not specify a timeline. But the company’s announcement of the deal said “the Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.”

Sometimes the former president and first lady will be on camera as hosts or moderators, the source said on condition of anonymity. In other cases they will stay behind the scenes as producers.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The Obamas are giving Netflix valuable content that many of the streaming service’s 125 million members may want to watch. And Netflix is giving the Obamas a valuable platform to stay visible in their post-White House years.

The Obamas said Monday that they want to harness “the power of storytelling” to promote common values.

“We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” Barack Obama said in a statement.

“Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership,” Michelle Obama added.

The Obamas now need to hire a team of producers. They have set up a company called Higher Ground Productions “as the entity under which they will produce content for Netflix,” Netflix said.

These types of exclusive production partnerships are common in Hollywood — in fact, Netflix has been attracting a bevy of A-listers, including Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

But this is a first-of-its-kind deal for a former U.S. president.

The talks with Netflix were first reported back in March.

Back then, The New York Times described two potential shows. In one, “Mr. Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency.” Another show “could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House.”

In the final days of the Obama administration, it was reported that Obama was interested in pursuing digital media ventures after he left office.

Jen Psaki, the White House communications director at the time, told CNN that “he is very interested in how people consume information and the changing trends,” citing online and mobile news consumption.

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Anitah Fabiola back from France, says it was not photoshop

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Beauty queen and TV host, Anitah Fabiola real names Anitah Kyalimpa is back from France where she had gone for the Cannes Film Festival.

Fabie who had a good time in France and let her fans know all about it on her Instagram is back and happy to be in Uganda.

Fabiola who is looking fresh from France has this to say.

‘I was in Cannes which is South of France for a whole two weeks. Every night was a different screening for a movie. I was at 4 different carpets and it was all great. Haters say it was Photoshop but it wasn’t. I had an amazing time there. The thing is that cameras and phones are not allowed on the carpet. This is the most organised red carpet event in the whole world. I had a lot of fan.’

Anitah Fabiola is now back on NBS Katch Up for her fans who have been missing her.

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