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M-Net “prunes” its DStv movie channels

June 13, 2016

By Chris Forrester

This July will see a rearrangement of M-Net movie channels over South Africa. Described locally as a “pruning” of the wide number of channels available, and a re-ordering of the EPG.

The rationale is that over the years as new channels have come along their numbering has not always followed a logical pattern.

This will change in July. Out go movie channels M-Net Comedy, Family and Romance which will combine to become M-Net Movies Smile (and positioned at DStv 105) as part of a re-numbering of the movie channels which will now run from 104 to 111. M-Net City and M-Net Movies Action will also add HDTV transmissions from July.

M-Net have stressed that the number of screened movies will not change, and this suggests that the rotation and repeats of movies will fall.

“M-Net’s slate of up-to-date series from Hollywood has been spread across M-Net, M-Net Edge and Vuzu AMP on DStv Premium for a while and it makes perfect sense to present these three channels to our viewers as a cluster in this new sequence,” says Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO.

“We will also work harder to make sure that viewers know which channel a series will be broadcast on – some of our viewers have indicated that they don’t always know whether series will be on M-Net or Vuzu AMP. We would like to fix that”.

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