By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: Digital Satellite Television giant (DStv) customers, its high time you warm up for some thrilling entertainment as Televisa Networks and Multichoice Group team up to announce the launch of a new channel tlnovelas. The DStv channel will be available from Monday, 14 September till August 2021 on DStv Channel 133.
Tlnovelas is an exclusive channel with a host of the most successful telenovelas within the Televisa Group of over 800 titles. The channel aims to delight customers with stories that will captivate them through compelling plots that will certainly drive unique emotional connections with viewers. From young adults, women, men and even children, there is a story for everyone to enjoy.
The channel explores various genres, from romantic comedies, epic dramas and binge-worthy stories for the young and old. Programming of tlnovelas include great stories such as “Teresa”, “My Heart is Yours” (Mi Corazón es Tuyo), “Passion and Power” (Pasión y Poder) and “Fooled into Love” (Amores con Trampa), not forgetting the flagship show “Love Spell” (Sortilegio) which will premiere on the day of launch.
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“As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that we continue to find the best available content and stories to delight our customers, both now and into the future. We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment,” says Colin Asiimwe, MultiChoice Uganda Head of Marketing.
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This channel launch showcases the growing value of tlnovelas brand worldwide, with the English version of tlnovelas, Televisa continues its position as a leader in the Pay-TV market by offering content with the best quality” said Fernando Muñiz, General Director of Televisa Networks and Televisa International. And added: “We continue to experience rapid growth all over the world due to partnerships with outstanding media players, such as Multichoice, and we are excited to take the next step of this expansion around the world.”
What is DStv?
DStv (Digital Satellite Television) is a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice. The service launched in 2014 by Owen Martin and provides multiple channels and services to their subscribers, which currently number around 18.9 million.
The majority of subscribers are in South Africa and Nigeria, with Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Lesotho, Ethiopia, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Swaziland and Botswana additionally served by the company.
In 1986 pay-television came to South Africa when an analogue, single-channel service, M-Net, was launched by Naspers. For almost seven years, all of M-Net’s operations were handled by a single company until 1993 when a second subsidiary company, Multichoice, was created by Naspers. The decoder sales, subscriber services, account management and other business related matters were handled by Multichoice.
In 1995 a new digital satellite service in South Africa was announced by Multichoice and on 6 October 1995 DStv was officially activated to subscribers. The original selection of channels included M-Net, MGM, TNT, Sci-Fi Universal, SuperSport, ESPN, Cartoon Network, BBC World News, CNN International and Sky News amongst others.
This was followed by the launch of new services including: W4 Eutelsat satellite with Ku-band services to sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands in 2000, Interactive Television in 2002, Dual View decoder in 2003, and the DStv PVR decoder and DStv Compact in 2005.
DStv’s own high definition broadcasts, viewed via the HD PVR decoder were launched in 2008. This year also saw the introduction of the XtraView Decoder and the M-NET HD channel.