On Digital Media on Thursday unveiled its plans to enter SA’s pay-TV market in May, becoming the first company to compete with incumbent operator MultiChoice and its DStv service.
This is a full list of the channels the ODM service, known as TopTV, will offer at launch.
Top One is a 24-hour general entertainment channel, bringing drama series, children’s shows, movies and quality SA classics.
Top Gospel is a Christian lifestyle channel with talk shows, Christian music videos as well as faith-based movies. A lot of the content on Top Gospel will be local.
God TV is a global media ministry founded by SA couple Rory and Wendy Alec.
Details still to come.
Inspiration TV has become the fastest growing international Christian network in the world, servicing 118 countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
This channel will offer Bollywood content.
The Nigerian film industry is fast catching up to Hollywood and Bollywood, with its own particular genre of programming. Hi Nolly features some of the best movies and entertainment from this market.
MGM is a 24-hour movie channel offering the best from Hollywood’s famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library.
24-hour news channel from the BBC.
This is a US news network. Offers a conservative slant on the world.
US news network.
Al Jazeera English is the world’s first English language news and current affairs channel with headquarters in the Middle East.
France 24 covers international current events with a French perspective.
Current TV features happenings and current affairs, particularly from a youth perspective.
Setanta Africa is a 24-hour sports channel which focuses on soccer. The sports channel covers Arsenal, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Tottenham in its weekly line up, as well as SPL, Russian and Dutch leagues.
With news bulletins updated every 30 minutes, Eurosport News gives you the very latest from the world of sports and business.
SABC 1, 2 and 3
Free to air channels from the public broadcaster. ODM is required to carry these channels.
Another free to air channel
ODM is finalising discussions for the supply of an educational channel customised for the SA market. An announcement will be made when talks are concluded.
RTPi is a general entertainment channel targeting Portuguese-speaking communities worldwide.
Fashion TV (FTV) provides glamorous entertainment with emphasis on the latest trends, up and coming models, events, news and glamour.
Fine Living Network
FLN is TV’s fun lifestyle network with a fresh line-up of new relationship, wedding, cocktail and competition shows.
Music Choice (audio service)
Music Choice is a 24-hour channel audio service, offering a range of genres.
KIDS AND MUSIC
Top Junior provides high-quality and creative entertainment for children.
JimJam is a TV channel dedicated to pre-school children.
Baby TV is the world’s first round-the-clock commercial-free channel for growing infants and toddlers, and their parents.
This channel targets different age groups through time scheduling. Signature shows include The Wiggles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Inspector Gadget, Sabrina, Dennis the Menace, New Adventures of Madeline and many more.
Afro Music is a 24-hour music channel featuring an eclectic mix of artists from across Africa.
Nigezie Is a brand new music and lifestyle channel with the main focus being on Nigerian artists, music videos, fashion and entertainment.
Fuel TV is a 24/7 extreme sports channel featuring base-jumping, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX and other death-defying sports.
Kiss is a 24-hour music channel with a focus on urban and hip-hop music.
Kerrang! TV is a 24-hour music channel consisting of hard rock music videos.
Qtv is a 24-hour music channel featuring indie bands and music.
Magic TV features easy listening music videos from the 1980s and 1990s.
Smash Hits is a music channel dedicated to popular hits from artists like Madonna, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake.
C Music provides viewers with the world’s finest classical, crossover, cinematic and chill-out music videos 24 hours a day.
Classica is a premium television channel devoted to classical music, opera, ballet and jazz as well as documentaries and interviews.
FAMILY AND KNOWLEDGE
Star is an entertainment channel covering the glitz and glamour of Tinsel Town.
Fox Entertainment is dedicated to the best television series, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds and Boston Legal.
Fox Retro is an entertainment channel dedicated to the most popular series that defined the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, which helped shape the pop culture and trends of today.
Natura is a 24-hour high quality documentary channel featuring documentaries from the world’s best directors and producers.
Black Entertainment Television’ features the very best from African-American entertainers with series, talk-shows, sitcoms and interviews.
Top History is a 24-hour channel that offers the most memorable moments in history, with programming which includes SA and Africa.
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the brand new channel from Discovery featuring the stories behind crime forensics and criminal investigations.
Discovery Travel & Living
Discovery Travel & Living explores the most fascinating and inspiring places on earth. The channel takes viewers to exotic and far-flung destinations.
Discovery Science is a documentary channel focusing on programmes dealing with scientific and technological issues
Top Crime is a 24-hour entertainment channel with a focus on crime drama and suspense programmes.
Top Explore is a 24-hour channel which allows viewers the opportunity to explore the secrets and wonders of the world.
Silver is a 24-hour movie channel with movies sourced from independent suppliers in the US, Europe and other parts of the world.
Showtime is as 24-hour action channel with blockbuster titles covering action, horror and sci-fi.
Fox FX is quality television for men. With a mix of quality, character-driven and often unconventional drama and comedy, it has a strong resonance with male audiences.
Top Movies is one of Top TV’s flagship channels. A 24-hour premium movie channel with recently released blockbuster titles and other award-winning movies.
Top Movies 2
Top Movies 2 is Top Movies time shifted by 2 hours. If you miss your favourite movie catch it 2 hours later on Top Movies 2.
Top Movies 24
Top Movies 24 is time shifted by 24 hours. The channel gives the viewer the opportunity to catch up on Top Movies from the previous day.
Top Sport is a premium sports channel featuring sports preferred by SA audiences.
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