South Africa: ODM to launch as Top TV in May 2010, announces bouquets


On Digital Media (ODM) has finally announced details of its multi-channel television brand TopTV. It offers the first real alternative to the DSTv monopoly. The service will see a staggered roll-out from May 2010 with pricing options ranging from R99 to R249 per month. It will be targeted at customers in LSM5-8.

The offering will include:

Christian Channels

* Top Gospel: It is a Christian lifestyle channel with talk shows, Christian music videos as well as faith based movies.

* God TV: It is a global media ministry founded by South African couple, Rory & Wendy Alec.

* Christian Channel: ODM is still finalizing negotiations on a Christian Channel, which will be announced in due course.

* Inspiration: It has become the fastest growing international Christian network in the world.

Movie Channels (excludes ‘Premium Channels’)

* Zee Cinema brings Bollywood movies to your TV screens.

* Hi Nolly (from HiTV) features some of the best movies and entertainment from the Nigerian market.

* MGM: A 24 hour movie channel offering the best from Hollywood’s famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library.

News Channels

* BBC World (also available on DStv), Fox News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera (also available on DStv) France24 and Current TV. The latter happenings and current affairs, particularly from a youth perspective.

Sport Channels (excludes ‘Premium Channels’)

* Setanta Africa: It is a 24-hour sports channel which focuses on the ‘beautiful game’. The sports channel covers Arsenal, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Tottenham in its weekly line up, as well as SPL, Russian and Dutch leagues.

* Eurosport News: With news bulletins updated every 30 minutes, Eurosport News gives you the very latest from the world of sports and business.

* Fuel is a 24/7 extreme sports channel featuring base-jumping, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX and other death-defying sports.

Entertainment Channels (excludes ‘Premium Channels’)

* Top One is a 24-hour general entertainment channel, bringing drama series, children’s shows, movies and South African classics.

* Fox Entertainment is dedicated to the best television series, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds and Boston Legal.

* Fox Retro is an entertainment channel dedicated to the most popular series that defined the 70s, 80s and 90s, which helped shape the pop culture and trends of today.

Terrestrial channels:


* Educational Channel

ODM is finalizing discussions for the supply of an educational channel customized for the South African market. An announcement will be made when talks are concluded.

* BET: Black Entertainment Television’ features the very best from African-American entertainers with series, talk-shows, sitcoms and interviews.

* RTPi is a general entertainment channel targeting Portuguese speaking communities worldwide.

Lifestyle Channels

* Star is an entertainment channel covering the glitz and glamour of Tinsel Town. Keep up to date with the latest in movies, celebrities, fashion, awards and Hollywood news on Star!

* Fashion TV provides glamorous entertainment with emphasis on the latest trends, up and coming models, events, news and glamour.

* Fine Living Network is TV’s fun lifestyle network with a fresh lineup of new relationship, wedding, cocktail and competition shows

Kids and Music Channels

* Top Junior provides high quality and creative entertainment for children and the entire family in a highly imaginative, safe and accessible way. Popular shows to look forward to include Maya the Bee, Bumba, Tabaluga and Heidi.

* Jim Jam is a TV channel dedicated to pre-school children aged between 1 – 6 years and their parents.

* Baby TV is the world’s first round-the-clock commercial-free channel for growing infants and toddlers, and their parents.

* Kidsco: Signature shows include The Wiggles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Inspector Gadget, Sabrina, Dennis the Menace, New Adventures of Madeline and many more.

* Afro Music is a 24 hour music channel featuring an eclectic mix of artists from across Africa.

* Nigezie is a brand new music and lifestyle channel with the main focus being on Nigerian artists, music videos, fashion and entertainment.

* Kiss (from Kiss TV) is a 24 hour music channel with a focus on urban and hip-hop music.

* Kerrang! TV is a 24 hour music channel consisting of hard rock music videos. The channel features themed countdowns like ‘Moshing Anthems’, ‘A-Z of Punk’, ‘Today’s 10 Most Rockin’’ and ‘Metal: 87-07’.

* Qtv is a 24 hour music channel featuring indie bands and music.

* Magic TV features easy listening music videos from the 80s and 90s, with a large portion of daytime viewing dedicated to ‘Today’s Magic Hits’.

* Smash Hits is a music channel dedicated to popular hits from artists like Madonna, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake.

* C Music provides viewers with the world’s finest classical, crossover, cinematic and chill-out music videos 24 hours a day.

* Classica is a premium television channel devoted to classical music, opera, ballet and jazz as well as documentaries and interviews.

* Music Choice (audio service) is a 24 hour channel audio service featuring music of different genres. From hip-hop and R&B, to classic rock and soul, there’s music for every mood, occasion and age


* Natura is a 24 hour high quality documentary channel featuring documentaries from the world’s best directors and producers.

* Top History is a 24 hour channel that offers the most memorable moments in history, with programming which includes South Africa and Africa.

* Discovery ID is the brand new channel from Discovery featuring the stories behind crime forensics and criminal investigations.

* Discovery Travel & Living explores the most fascinating and inspiring places on earth. The channel takes viewers to exotic and far-flung destinations.

* Discovery Science is a documentary channel focusing on programmes dealing with scientific and technological issues

* Top Crime is a 24 hour entertainment channel with a focus on crime drama and suspense programmes.

* Top Explore is a 24 hour channel which allows viewers the opportunity to explore the secrets and wonders of the world. Featuring strong stories, interesting people and high quality visuals.

Premium Channels

* Silver

Silver is a 24 hour movie channel with movies sourced from independent suppliers in the US, Europe and other parts of the world.

* Showtime

Showtime is as 24 hour action channel with blockbuster titles covering action, horror and sci-fi.

* Fox FX

Fox FX is quality television for men. With a mix of quality, character-driven and often unconventional drama and comedy, it has a strong resonance with male audiences.

* Top Movies

Top Movies is one of Top TV’s flagship channels. A 24 hour premium movie channel with recently released blockbuster titles and other award-winning movies.

* Top Movies 2

Top Movies 2 is Top Movies time shifted by 2 hours. If you miss your favourite movie catch it 2 hours later on Top Movies 2.

* Top Movies 24

Top Movies 24 is time shifted by 24 hours. The channel gives the viewer the opportunity to catch up on Top Movies from the previous day.

* Top Sport

Top Sport is a premium sports channel featuring sports preferred by SA audiences. It will bring South Africans the best of local and international sport as well as the latest sporting news