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M-Net Movies Blackout: FAQs

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22 January 2020
DStv Compact customers can join the action with the exciting follow-up, M-Net Movies Blackout – The Leading Men Edition.
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  • What is M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men Edition?

It’s a special M-Net Movies Pop-up Channel that will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact customers for a limited time on channel 109.  

M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men follows the massively successful M-Net Movies Blackout Channel that had DStv Premium viewers glued to their screens in 2016.

The channel features stacked movie franchises such as the Bad Boys, Think Like a Man and Rush Hour films, as well as a full weekend line-up showcasing Hollywood’s most popular African American actors.

The channel also airs in conjunction with the new Bad Boys for Life film which will be in theatres on 24 January 2020.

  • When will the channel be on air?

It will be on channel 109 on DStv (Premium, Extra, Compact) from Friday, 24 January until midnight on Sunday, 16 February.

On Catch Up, you will be able to enjoy the movies from the pop-up channel until Monday, 16 March 2020.

  • Will it be a 24/7 channel? When can I tune in to watch the movies?

M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men Edition features approximately 10 movies per day.

  • On weekdays the channel starts at 10:00 and closes around midnight.
  • On weekends, the channel starts at 08:00 and closes around midnight.

 

  • How does the weekend schedule work?

Saturdays and Sundays are dedicated to a specific “leading man” (African American actor), featuring their most popular movies (see breakdown below).

Fridays are themed according to a popular movie franchise from around 16:00.

Saturdays and Sundays

 Weekend 1:

Saturday, 25 January – Martin Lawrence

Sunday, 26 January - Will Smith

Weekend 2:

Saturday, 1 February – Eddie Murply​

Weekend 3:

Saturday, 8 February – Denzel Washington

Sunday 9 February – Denzel Washington

Weekend 4:

Saturday 15 Februray – Samuel L Jackson

Sunday, 16 Feb – Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba.

  • Where can I find the full schedule for M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men edition?

You can find the schedule for channel 109 on the M-Net and DStv websites as well as on the Electronic Programming Guide on your decoder.

Website addresses:

mnet.tv/blackout or on DStv.com under printable schedules as well as on the EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) on your decoder.

  • Will the channel be available on Catch Up?

If you’re a Compact viewer, the movies shown on channel 109 for M-Net Movies Blackout: Leading Men edition will be available on Catch-Up until 16 March 2020.

Premium viewers can find M-Net Movies Blackout: Leading Men movies on Catch-Up Plus via their connected decoders.

  • Will the channel schedule be the same in all African territories?  

Due to different legislative and licensing requirements, the schedules may differ in some instances.

  • Will the channel be in HD and SD?

Some movies will be in HD and others in SD, depending on the format in which the movies were originally filmed.

  • Are you accommodating HI viewers with subtitles for these movies?

Yes.

  • Will there be repeats for the movies?

Yes, the movies scheduled for the weekend will be broadcast again during the week in different time slots to ensure that everyone has a chance to share in this once-off entertainment festival. Take a look at your EPG Guide or go to the website to find the entire schedule.

  • Why is M-Net Movies doing another Pop-up channel?

To date, our themed M-Net Movies pop-up channels – from the Star Wars channel to the Harry Potter, James Bond, Bucket List, Fast and Furious and Oscar Pop-Ups – have been hugely popular among our viewers.

M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men follows the massively successful M-Net Movies Blackout Channel that had DStv Premium viewers glued to their screens in 2016.

We promised that we would curate more of these movies and we look forward to celebrating the hottest leading African American leading actors in our latest edition.

  • Will M-Net Movies be doing more pop-up channels in future?

Yes, you can look forward to more great pop-up channels. This is only the first one for 2020, so watch this space.

  • Why did you choose the name M-Net Movies Blackout, and why another Blackout channel?

In the context of this M-Net Movies Pop-up channel, ‘Blackout’ is a playful title. The first M-Net Movies Blackout channel, celebrating mainstream black Hollywood stars, was one of the most popular M-Net Movies Pop-up channels to date.

  • Did you not think, given the history of the country and the current political climate, that this name would be offensive to some people?

The intention of the channel (and its predecessor Blackout channel) is to highlight the amazing contribution of Hollywood’s African American leading talent and not to offend anyone.

  • Why do you have so many international movies on the channel? Shouldn’t we celebrate our own talent as well?

The M-Net Movies Blackout – Leading Men Edition Pop-Up Channel particularly focuses on and celebrates mainstream black American actors who have contributed to the Hollywood movie industry.

M-Net and Multichoice have several channels that recognise and celebrate local talent and share local content throughout the year.

M-Net is also heavily involved in expanding local cinema and has been part of creating films and hosting local film festivals.

  • How did you decide which movies to screen on the channel?

The channel features movies with prominent black Hollywood stars that are currently in license for screenings on the M-Net Movies channels. These movies are expected to appeal to a wide audience.

In addition, there will also be other blockbuster films that have proved to be big hits on our channels.

  • How many movies will be on the channel?

More than a 100.

  • Isn’t this just an excuse for a channel that can repeat content?

Although the movies on M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men Edition have been screened on other channels before, this is the first time that you can find all these movies for your enjoyment on one channel.

The creation of this pop-up channel was based on the massively successful M-Net Movies Blackout Channel that had DStv Premium viewers glued to their screens in 2016.

M-Net Movies continues to bring customers the freshest films from Hollywood on BoxOffice, M-Net 101 and M-Net Movies Premium.

  • Why a ‘leading men’ and not a ‘leading women’ pop-up channel?

Watch this space!

  • Is this a 24-hour channel?
  • On weekdays the channel starts at 10:00 and closes around midnight.
  • On weekends, the channel starts at 08:00 and closes around midnight.