Discovery Networks has announced the launch of a brand-new channel exclusively on DStv and GOtv; Discovery Family, the all-new channel showcasing the best in fun, edutainment programming for the whole family. The channel launched on DStv channel 136 and GOtv Plus channel 50 in Africa on Thursday 31 March 2016, replacing Discovery World (DStv channel 187, GOtv channel 50) which will no longer air on DStv and GOtv 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. Since Thursday 31 March, TLC Entertainment, currently on DStv channel 172 have been available on DStv channel 135 and will sit alongside Discovery Family (DStv channel 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 portfolio and a new destination channel for the entire 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.
The must-see programmes premiered on Discovery Family throughout March and April and include NASA’s Unexplained Files, which presents first-hand accounts from astronauts who have witnessed mysterious occurrences in space, from the impossible to the downright odd. The Willis Family 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 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 on the DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access bouquets and on the GOtv Plus bouquet in Africa.