Discovery, Inc. rolls out channel ‘Real Time’ across Africa. Since 15 April 2019, the female general entertainment channel is available on StarTimes, alongside Discovery Family which has been accessible on the StarTimes platform since December 2018.
The statement follows Discovery’s recent renewal with StarTimes earlier this year, which involved the launch of ST Real Time and Discovery Family as brand-new channels for StarTimes customers along with Discovery’s popular true-crime network, Investigation Discovery (ID).
The Vice President & General Manager of Discovery in Africa and the Middle East, Amanda Turnbull, declared, “At Discovery we are always looking for ways to bring our globally-loved content and brands to new audiences. Expanding our portfolio with StarTimes to include the launch of Real Time and Discovery Family means we now offer their customers an enhanced mix of entertaining content for the whole family – from popular lifestyle programming on Real Time, fun edutainment on Discovery Family, to engaging real-life storytelling on ID.”
On the other hand, the Deputy GM of Media Division of StarTimes, Lily Meng, said, “At StarTimes we are excited to include more channels on our network from a global brand. We believe these new options will provide our customers with an exciting new mix of content which will allow customers more choice and value.”
Real Time is Africa’s latest channel for female audiences, featuring the best of Discovery’s female-targeted lifestyle, factual and wildlife content. Since its introduction in South Africa on DStv in September 2018, Real Time is already a hit, attracting an average audience of 10,317 and rating as Discovery’s 3rd rated channel overall in terms of share, with a healthy co-viewing appeal (47%:53% male to female). This April highlights on Real Time include Married By Mum and Dad, which looks at voluntary arranged marriages; Our Little Family which follows the little Hamill family and the extraordinary life; Reasonable Doubt re-enacts the true crime series, where retired homicide detective, Chris Anderson, and criminal defense attorney, Melissa Lewkowicz open controversial murder cases and re-examine the evidence.
Discovery Family offers fun entertainment shows with accessible documentary and pop-science series in a way that inspires viewers to be curious about the world around them. Airing on Discovery Family in April will be: Tricks on the Street, street magician, illusionist and mentalist Ryan Tricks uses his mind-blowing abilities to brighten up people’s lives, and Chopped Junior as junior chefs show off their incredible culinary skills as they transform ingredients into masterpiece dishes.