OUTtv comes out on DStv
Features variety of programming that ranges from well-known to underground content, writes
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