Thu 24 Mar 2016, 10:00
- Discovery Family launches on 31 March and replaces Discovery World.
- TLC Entertainment, currently on channel 172, will be available on channel 135 from 31 March.
Discovery Networks has announced the launch of a brand-new channel exclusively on DStv. Discovery Family is the all-new channel showcasing the best in fun, edutainment programming for the whole family. The channel will launch on channel 136 in South Africa on Thursday 31 March 2016, replacing Discovery World (187) which will no longer air on DStv from 30 March 2016.
The launch of Discovery Family also coincides with the move of TLC Entertainment, Discovery’s flagship female brand and the number one international lifestyle/entertainment channel in South Africa, into DStv’s entertainment channel segment. From Thursday 31 March, TLC Entertainment, currently on channel 172, will be available on channel 135 and will sit alongside Discovery Family (136). The move follows a period of tremendous success for TLC, which last year saw the launch of its first local series, Top 10 TLC, featuring its first African presenter, Namibia’s David Mbeha.
“As a leader in global factual entertainment programming, it is fitting that our flagship female network TLC will make its new home in DStv’s entertainment segment, alongside our latest channel brand, Discovery Family,” said James Gibbons, EVP & Country Manager, Emerging Business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “Featuring quality programming that will inspire a new way of learning in a fun and accessible way, Discovery Family is the perfect addition to our DStv portfolio and a new destination channel for the entire family.”
Aletta Alberts, GM for Content for MultiChoice South Africa, said: “Discovery Family and TLC will provide the perfect complement that’ll strengthen our DStv entertainment selection. Discovery Family is designed for family viewing, bringing great programming that entertains and educates. There’ll be something for every member of the family!”
Always engaging, always enriching and always entertaining, Discovery Family is the latest channel from Discovery Networks, showcasing entertaining and educational content for the whole family. From awesome space adventures and crazy experiments of popular science to fascinating tales of animals in the wild, Discovery Family is the channel that will spark curiosity and inspire conversation away from the TV box.
Check out the spectacular line-up of shows on Discovery Family
The must-see programmes set to premiere on Discovery Family throughout March and April include NASA’s Unexplained Files (Thursday 31 March at 20:10), which presents first-hand accounts from astronauts who have witnessed mysterious occurrences in space, from the impossible to the downright odd. The Willis Family (Tuesday 5 April at 20:10) follows Brenda and Toby Willis and their life at home and on the road following their appearance on America’s Got Talent. And making its debut on African screens as part of Discovery Family’s daily kids block, Doki (Friday 1 April at 06:00) is the new animated series following seven-year-old explorer Doki and his best friends, Oto, Mundi, Fico, Anabella and Gabi, as they travel the world in search of answers to their many questions.
Discovery Family will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Extra, DStv Compact and DStv Family customers in South Africa.