South Africa: M-Net's Power-Cut Solution is a special prime-time repeats channel


To ensure that sporadic load shedding and power cuts do not hinder viewers from enjoying all their favourite television shows, pay-television operator M-Net is now rebroadcasting its prime-time series on a dedicated DStv channel called M-Net Extra on weekends.

From this week Saturday, 22 March 2008, DStv subscribers can tune into M-Net Extra, channel 103 on DStv, on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to catch up on all the M-Net shows that they couldn't see during the week. M-Net's director of channels, Jan du Plessis, says that M-Net has been playing around with the idea of introducing such a repeat channel since load shedding started earlier this year, but a viewer outcry this week, following confirmation of more erratic power cuts due to cold weather conditions finally clinched the deal.

"We've been keeping a close eye on the effect of the power cuts on our viewing patterns and after receiving many requests from viewers to review our repeat schedule, the decision was made yesterday to commence with M-Net Extra with immediate effect," says du Plessis. "It's important for us that our viewers' needs are met and we trust that M-Net Extra will give them another opportunity to enjoy the magic of M-Net."

M-Net Extra will broadcast all international and local series that are on the M-Net schedule after 7pm on weekdays. As such, the schedule includes audience favourites such as Grey's Anatomy, Prison Break, Ella Blue, The Coconuts, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives. The Sunday night game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? will also repeat on M-Net Extra, but this won't apply to the soap Binnelanders, for which M-Net and kykNET have already scheduled a repeat pattern.

(Biz-Community (Cape Town), 19 March 2008)