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MultiChoice does not schedule channel programmes but buys ready-made local and international channels. Each channel schedules new and recurring programmes according to a programme or movie's license specification. MultiChoice arranges the channels into DStv packages and broadcasts the channels.
Internationally multi-channel platforms like DStv offer channels that have to include a mix of new and repeat programmes to make it affordable with the added benefit of creating catch-up viewing opportunities.
A single channel requires 8760 hours of content per year. DStv's repeat rate is lower than in most countries around the world. The movie repeat rate is for example up to 60% lower than similar digital television platforms abroad like SKY and DirecTV. (Source: Comsys).
Film and television studios produce a limited amount of programming each year. Hollywood, for example, only produces 600 new movies annually but a single movie channel contains 8760 hours per year. Once a movie has completed its cinema and video run, the first television appearance is on M-Net. To ensure a wide variety of the best content available, MultiChoice sources channels with movies and series from most top Hollywood studios like FOX, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, NBC / Universal, CBS, Paramount, Dreamworks, MGM and independent studios like Mandate, Content Films, Summit Entertainment.
Repeat scheduling on each channel varies as channels have different format models and programmes have different ratings. A 24 hour channel like M-Net schedules every hour and block channels like The History Channel schedule 4 hour blocks which repeat over a 24 hour period.
We find that subscribers 'surf' through their favourite channels looking for something to watch, often complain about repeats. However, subscribers who plan their viewing upfront, including subscribers with PVRs, always complain that there is too much to watch. We have a number of resources available to help you plan your viewing: