MultiChoice’s DStv has added two new channels, NHK World-Japan and Hilaal TV, to its channel list over the past two months, making them available on all packages.
NHK World-Japan launched on DStv in July and covers a variety of programming, including arts and culture, dramas, documentaries, sports, and current affairs.
Commenting on the new channels, Gideon Khobane, MultiChoice Group executive for general entertainment, said, “We are delighted to bring this channel to our DStv subscribers, we are focused on offering the best of local and international content, and this channel’s unique content offering aims to do just that. NHK World-Japan will give our DStv viewers a chance to explore international culture through entertainment.”
According to Khobane, titles aired on the channel include NHK Newsline, Dining with the Chef, Journeys in Japan, A Cat’s-Eye View of Japan, J-Arena, and Medical Frontiers, among others.
Jun Takao, president and CEO of Japan International Broadcasting — the subsidiary responsible for the distribution of NHK World-Japan — said the company is “pleased to offer the content of NHK World-Japan to the people of South Africa for the first time”.
“It has been our long-awaited desire to distribute our programmes in this region,” he said.
The broadcaster also added Hilaal TV towards the end of June, a replacement for the recently dropped Islamic community channel iTV.
Hilaal TV said in a statement that the channel will deliver the highest quality of Islamic content to DStv subscribers.
“The channel is created for a Muslim-based audience with spiritual and lifestyle content specifically aimed at uplifting and supporting the broader Ummah,” the statement read.
In May, DStv announced that it was cancelling iTV based on a review process it undertakes to ensure the quality of the local and international content it screens for its customers.
It said in a statement, “MultiChoice constantly reviews its channel offering to ensure we continue to bring our customers the best quality local and international content.”