MultiChoice’s DStv and eMedia’s Openview have announced the launches of “anti-load-shedding” channels that will let viewers watch shows they may have missed during a power cut.
The South African broadcasters indicated that the channels — DStv’s SWITCH’D ON and Openview’s Power-UP! — will broadcast select shows on loops, giving viewers multiple opportunities to view primetime shows.
MultiChoice said DStv’s SWITCH’D ON channel will be available from Tuesday, 24 January 2023, and will air primetime content from Mzansi Magic, Mzansi Wethu, and Kyknet & Kie.
In a statement, the payTV operator said, “MultiChoice is proud to announce the launch of DStv SWITCH’D ON, an intervention to lessen the frustration of DStv viewers due to the impact of the ongoing load-shedding.”
“This intervention will give viewers up to five times to watch their favourite primetime shows when the lights come back on,” MultiChoice said.
The channel will be open to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Access, and Family subscribers. However, the channel will open an hour and a half later for Access and Family customers.
Openview’s Power-ON! pop-up channel launched earlier with a similar premise — providing viewers multiple opportunities to watch their shows daily.
eMedia said, “Power-UP! is the new pop-up channel that ensures viewers never miss a show again — no matter how your load-shedding schedule changes.”