After crit­i­cism, DStv re­places re­peats with new shows

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In a bat­tle for view­er­ship with its ri­vals, Mul­tiChoice and DStv this week re­leased a new line-up of shows aimed at re­duc­ing the re­peats that have at­tracted crit­i­cism from view­ers. The team used the mag­nif­i­cent five-star African Pride Mount Grace Coun­try House & Spa in Ma­galies­burg, Gaut­eng, to show­case its newly re­cruited pre­sen­ters and ac­tors, who it hopes will wres­tle view­ers away from e.tv and the strug­gling SABC. Jour­nal­ists went straight to the busi­ness of the day, which was to re­view new shows and those com­ing back for a sec­ond sea­son.

If you had writ­ten off Papa Penny, think again – the flam­boy­ant mu­si­cian seems to have rein­vented him­self and has brushed up on his stage per­for­mances. With his re­al­ity show rat­ings seem­ingly grow­ing and TV view­ers show­ing him some love, he went out of his way to in­ject some en­ergy into his mu­sic. He gave his best when he sang his hit song Ahee.

Mul­tiChoice’s gen­eral man­ager of con­tent, Aletta Al­berts, ad­dressed the com­plaints re­ceived from DStv users, say­ing these had de­creased by 12%, which was an in­di­ca­tion that they were lis­ten­ing and re­spond­ing to their cus­tomers by find­ing ways to im­prove the qual­ity of the shows.

The M-Net team has de­clared March 31 as Na­tional Movie Day, which will mark South Africa’s first out­door movie ex­trav­a­ganza.

How­ever, you’ll have to watch the head­lines and ad­verts to find out the de­tails be­cause they were with­held to keep the pub­lic guess­ing and sali­vat­ing.

The theme of the event was “su­per­sized”, and the #dstv2017 tag on Twit­ter ended up trend­ing for the whole day.

Su­per­sized DStv shows in­clude Big Lit­tle Lies, which stars Ni­cole Kid­man and Reese Wither­spoon; Pow­er­less; Taken, which is a se­ries based on the film tril­ogy; and Train­ing Day.

Later, jour­nal­ists and guests were treated to a home-grown movie that show­cased this coun­try’s film pro­duc­tion.

JUST HANGIN’ Papa Penny and for­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tor Sipho Ng­wenya

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