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MultiChoice Group (MCG) has announced it will expand access to credible information by making news channels and information services more widely available on DStv across the continent, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some news channels are now available for both subscribers and non-subscribers on the DStv Now app, CNN hasbeen added to DStv Family and Access subscribers, and Africanews has been launched on DStv Channel 417.

“We have been in constant communication with health authorities such as the World Health Organisation, and we will be rolling out Africa-wide public service announcements on COVID-19,” says MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela. “It is important that all of us take heed of the announcements and advice from trusted experts so that we can look after our own health and that of our loved ones.”

MultiChoice is also expanding its kids shows, movies and curated sports content.

“In light of the disruptions to the school year in some markets, we are also working towards providing access to the best available educational content to help keep young minds stimulated and engaged,” says Mawela.

Revision lessons from educational channel Mindset (Channel 319) will be available on Catch Up, and educational channel Da Vinci (Channel 318) will be made available until the end of May.Nickelodeon (Channel 305) has also been opened up to DStv Compact, Family and Access subscribers until 14 April.

With live sports coming to a halt globally as a result of sporting federations prioritising the safety of players and fans, MCG has acquired award-winning sport documentaries from around the globe and produced thematic channels for sports fans to relive the greatest sporting moments of all time. In addition, SS1 has been opened to DStv Compact Plus and Compact, and SS7 will be opened to DStv Access customers.

More movies are being offered, with 10 additional movies on Box Office, taking it to 40 of the latest blockbusters and increasing the line-up for kids and family viewing. This is being offered at a reduced rental cost of R25 during this period.

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