Earlier this month, M-Net revealed its exciting plans for the expansion of the popular Africa Magic Channels on DStv and now more details on the channels are being released. For subscribers in East, West and Central Africa, the five channels they will see from April 16 include the flagship Africa Magic channel, now focused into a family themed channel, along with the dedicated Africa Magic Movies channel,which was formerly known as Africa Magic Plus. In addition, viewers will see the new Africa Magic Movies 1 channel and the existing Magic World channel is also going to be rebranded into Africa Magic World.
Rounding off the changes is a brand new channel Africa Magic Entertainment which will serve as the home for all M-Net’s glittering and original African productions from East, West and Central Africa. The Africa Magic channels therefore become the home to a wide range of African content while the M-Net channel (Channel 101/102) will focus on international movies and series.
Summing up the new channels simply, Abiola Alabi (M-Net Africa MD) said “It makes business sense to listen to your consumers when they express their needs and this is what we’ve done. 2012 is going to be a flagship year for Africa Magic. We want it to be remembered as the year African viewers pushed forward a revolution in television, making African content the star of African screens!”
Read on for details on what to expect from the 5 Channels;
Africa Magic World
A channel created to introduce new Africa Magic viewers to a variety of African programming. Formerly known as the Magic World Channel, this general entertainment channel offers a wide range of African programming to audiences including re-screenings of series and movies that they may not have had the opportunity to view previously. Available to all DStv Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium packages (Channel 112). Also available on GOtv in relevant regions.
Africa Magic Family
A “Family Friendly” African entertainment channel with programming that can be watched and enjoyed by everyone inyour home. Africa Magic will feature family focused movies, series, sitcoms and documentaries that you can watch with your parents or your children. This will ensure that no-one in your home will miss out on great African entertainment. Africa Magic Family is available on DStv Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium (Channel 114).
Africa Magic Movies
A channel for movie audiences who want to celebrate the vibrant legacies and traditions of Africa. From African heritage to village life, this 24-hour dedicated movie channel tells stories that relate to Africa’s rich history and cultural legacy from traditional practices to rural society. Look out for familiar faces from Nollywood and established African film icons. Africa Magic Movies is available on DStvFamily, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium packages (Channel 115, Formerly Africa Magic Plus). Also available on GOtv in relevant regions.
Africa Magic Entertainment
A brand new, stylish African entertainment channel for the bold viewer who wants to watch the best African TV programming available. This 24-hour channel is dedicated to glossy soaps, glam drama series, glitzy lifestyle shows, great comedy, grade-A movies, gorgeous talk-show queens and gripping reality TV – all made in Africa for Africa. The channel is home to some of Africa’s biggest and most popular productions including Tinsel, Jacob’s Cross, Big Brother Africa, Changes, Mashariki Mix, 53 Extra, Jara, Moments with Mo, The Patricia Show and Comedy Club. Africa Magic Entertainment is available on DStv Premium(Channel 128).
Africa Magic Movies 1
This is a channel for the movie fan who wants to see Africa’s hottest stars in the latest contemporary African movies. Africa’s bustling and growing cities provide the busy urban backdrop for the dynamic stories of modern life and love showcased on this 24-hour dedicated movie channel. From dramas to comedies, from action to romance, it’s non-stop African movie entertainment. Africa Magic Movies 1 is available on DStvCompact, Compact Plus and Premium (Channel 145).
In addition to its five English language Africa Magic Channels, Africa Magic Hausa, Swahili and Yoruba will continue to be screened in the different regions as it is currently.