OUTtv comes out on DStv

Fea­tures va­ri­ety of pro­gram­ming that ranges from well-known to un­der­ground con­tent, writes

Pretoria News - - Good Life -

WHEN it was an­nounced that OUTtv would be launched this month on DStv as a pop-up chan­nel – co­in­cid­ing with Na­tional Pride month in Jozi – I had two ques­tions.

First, what took so long? And sec­ond, why only a pop-up?

For the lat­ter an­swer, I can haz­ard a guess that Mul­tiChoice – in part­ner­ship here with Canada’s OUTtv Net­work – will be watch­ing to see how suc­cess­ful it is.

You’ll find OUTtv SA on chan­nel 198 (Pre­mium and Com­pact Plus) un­til Novem­ber 4, with a wide va­ri­ety of pro­gram­ming which ranges from the well-known to dis­tinctly more un­der­ground con­tent. About 80% – has never been broad­cast in South Africa, and there are lots of lo­cal fillers, pro­duced for the chan­nel in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jo­han­nes­burg Pride. These fea­ture prom­i­nent LGBTQI+ com­mu­nity pi­o­neers and al­lies – such as Nomzamo Mbatha and Vic Naidoo – and pro­vide a plat­form to share their sto­ries.

When I first tuned in, de­cath­lete, wed­ding plan­ner, and Sur­vivor SA con­tes­tant Zavion Kotze was talk­ing about how he came out of the closet when his dad was di­ag­nosed with can­cer, and how he dealt with be­ing gay in the world of sport and ath­let­ics – while also be­ing a star at flower ar­rang­ing.

For ex­am­ple, Colin and Justin’s Home Heist in which Scot­tish in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tors Colin Lewis McAl­lis­ter and Justin Pa­trick Ryan take over bad or sad homes and trans­form them in style.

RuPaul An­dre Charles is no stranger to main­stream tele­vi­sion, and on OUTtv you can watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, a spinoff of RuPaul’s Drag Race which pits queens from pre­vi­ous sea­sons in a wig-to-wig drag bat­tle royale.

Project Run­way is an­other se­ries we’re fa­mil­iar with, and there are some clas­sics like Queer As Folk (the orig­i­nal UK ver­sion, later re­made for the US).

Old too – 2012 – is Hit & Miss, star­ring Chloë Se­vi­gny (Big Love) a trans­gen­der con­tract killer who dis­cov­ers she has a child with her former lover. She strug­gles be­tween car­ing for her new­found fam­ily and main­tain­ing her job as an as­sas­sin.

Sure, there will be shows I don’t like – Cana­dian and Aus­tralian se­ries just never do it for me – so they can keep De­grassi Next Gen­er­a­tion, and I’ve never watched Went­worth, the Aus­tralian women’s prison drama. Sea­son one is on OUTtv, and sea­son three is on Show­max. Big Free­dia Queen Of Bounce: a re­al­ity show that charts the life of New Or­leans mu­sic fig­ure Big Free­dia, a prac­ti­tioner of “bounce” – a mu­sic genre that bridges en­er­getic dance

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