Following a lot more than two decades M-Net (DStv 101) is returning Open Time on Sunday evening when the channel will be opening the channel on 27 October for a lot more than just DStv Premium subscribers to allow sampling of its new drama series, Trackers, to a larger audience.
On Sunday M-Net – with the premium channel inhabiting the pole channel quantity position of 101 on DStv decoders and only obtainable on MultiChoice’s most costly subscription tier – will do an Open Time block and be created obtainable to DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and DStv Family members subscribers as nicely involving 18:00 and 22:10.
M-Net hasn’t accomplished Open Time considering the fact that April 2007 when it ended its lengthy-operating, day-to-day two-hour open window advertising and marketing initiative that was made use of to showcase its premium content material to potential spend-Television subscribers.
Tonight DStv subscribers on decrease-tiered packages will get to watch M-Net’s regional dating reality show, Getting the A single at 18:00, its revitalised weekly investigative and existing affairs magazine show Carte Blanche at 19:00, followed by the debut of its new five-episode regional drama series, Trackers at 20:00, for four hours of availability to millions a lot more DStv subscribers.
For the very first time in more than 30 years M-Net is also upending its Sunday evening schedule – swopping its Sunday 20:00-timeslot devoted to a new film premiere for the drama series primarily based on the Deon Meyer novel.
“A single of the most significant shifts and adjustments on the M-Net schedule in terms of regional content material is with Trackers. Due to the fact we think so significantly in this show we decided to give it the very best probable slot on the M-Net schedule which is 8pm on a Sunday evening,” says Kaye-Ann Williams, the head of regional content material and independent films for M-Net channels.
“The very first episode of Trackers is fundamentally function-length and will be about 90 minutes lengthy and thereafter we will have four a lot more episodes. Trackers is incredibly action-driven, the plot’s twists and turns are remarkable and we have a fantastic cast as aspect of Trackers as nicely.”
Even though M-Net will show Trackers as an international co-production in South Africa and across sub-Saharan African on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite spend-Television service, ZDF will show it in Germany whilst Cinemax gets the remaining worldwide rights for the United States and regions beyond Africa and Germany.
Trackers, developed by 3 River Studios in the United Kingdom and Studio 23, will also be obtainable on MultiChoice’s subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, Showmax.
The rest of the 4 episodes will have an hourlong duration with the Sunday films beginning at 21:00.
“Trackers shines the spotlight on the outstanding talent operating in
the African film and tv business,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO
of common entertainment.
“We are immensely proud of this milestone production.
It is one particular of the most significant ventures in the history of M-Net and we trust that it
will be the very first of a lot of enticing and genuine stories from our continent to
attain worldwide audiences.”
“Tonight is a major evening for MultiChoice and we would
like to share the pilot episode, which has the really feel of a film, with a lot more of our
Trackers, set against Southern African landscapes – from the Karoo to Khayelitsha and Limpopo to the Bo-Kaap – spins a net of intrigue that entails
conspiracy, terrorism, corruption, diamonds, rhinos and smugglers with a cast that consists of James Gracie, Sandi Schultz,Rolanda Marais, Thapelo Mokoena, Brendan
Daniels, Sisanda Henna, Jill Middelkop, Trix
Vivier, Jerry Mofokeng, Grace Olifant, Albert Maritz and Ed Stoppard.