History

What started as one South African analogue channel has grown into an array of more than 40 channels (including M-Net Edge, kykNET, Mzansi Magic, VUZU AMP, Channel O and Africa Magic), addressing the viewing needs of diverse audiences on different platforms in almost 50 countries across the African continent.

1985

1985

  • First Pay TV license awarded
  • Electronic Media Network Limited (M-Net) founded (April)
  • Foundations laid at M-Net’s new headquarters (November)
1986

1986

  • M-Net secures rights to broadcast Currie Cup. WP vs Northern Transvaal (August)
  • First broadcast – 12-hour channel (October)
  • First on-air commercial (with no sound)
  • M-Net’s first payoff lines: “Your Best Friend” and “Own the Silver Screen
1987

1987

  • Censorship option with “bleep” provided
  • Nationwide sellout of decoders
1988

1988

  • Carte Blanche launched (October)
  • The M-Net Book Prize launched (December)
1989

1989

  • SuperSport is launched
  • Red Nose Day launched
1990

1990

  • Electronic Media Network lists on the JSE (shares increase from R1 to R8)
  • K-TV launched
  • M-Net launches new payoff line: “We Won’t Stop The Magic”
1991

1991

  • First broadcast of The Simpsons
  • 1 millionth decoder comes off assembly line
  • M-Net awarded first African licenses in Namibia & Botswana and thus launches into Africa
  • Red Nose Day raises R4 million for Child Welfare
  • M-Net Literary Awards launched
1992

1992

  • Michelle McLean wins Miss Universe
  • M-Net Africa launched
1993

1993

  • MultiChoice launches (October)
  • Joan Collins features in Egoli.
1994

1994

  • New Directions launched, a development filmmaking initiative, designed to stimulate skill development and provide opportunities for emerging filmmakers in South Africa (November)
  • Expansion to Magic Centre
1995

1995

  • MultiChoice listed separately on JSE
  • Empowerment share scheme, Phuthuma launched
  • Satellite channels distributed using digital transmission
  • Oracle Airtime Sales established (now DStv Media Sales)
  • Animal ads introduced
  • MultiChoice’s DStv introduces four new thematic channels: SuperSport, Movie Magic, K-TV and M-Net
  • PAS 4 Satellite is launched – M-Net’s signal outside of South Africa’s borders improves and reaches more countries in Africa
1996

1996

  • K-TV’s Market Day launched
1997

1997

  • Face of Africa launches
1998

1998

  • More M-Net channels added to the DStv bouquet: soap and series channels
  • Empowerment share scheme, Phuthuma Futi launched
1999

1999

  • kykNET launched (November)
  • Egoli’s 2000th episode
2000

2000

  • M-Net’s launches new payoff line: “We Call It Magic”
  • Magic Works launched EdiT- new learner initiative
2001

2001

  • Big Brother South Africa launched
  • M-Net broadcasts Miss World live from Sun City
2002

2002

  • Idols SA launched
2003

2003

  • Dual view decoder launched
  • Channel O Awards launched
  • Africa Magic launched in West Africa
  • Big Brother Africa launched
  • M-Net and SuperSport delisted from the JSE
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2004

2004

  • Charlize Theron on Carte Blanche
  • M-Net Cares launched (Pink Drive and CANSA sponsorship)
2005

2005

  • DStv SD PVR decoder launched
  • DStv Compact launched
2006

2006

  • MultiChoice launches BBBEE Share Scheme, Phuthuma Nathi
  • DStv Mobile launched
  • M-Net’s new payoff line: “Where Magic Lives”
2007

2007

  • Launched DStv Select
  • 31 Mar 2007 – 2.1 million subscribers
2008

2008

  • Launch of the HD PVR and XtraView to broadcast the Olympics in HD
  • 31 Mar 2008 – 2.6 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2008 – 2.9 million subscribers
2009

2009

  • VUZU launches
  • 31 Mar 2009 – 3.3 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2009 – 3.7 million subscribers
2010

2010

  • Mzansi Magic launches
  • M-Net HD channels launched
  • 31 Mar 2010 – 4 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2010 – 4.4 million subscribers
2011

2011

  • DStv BoxOffice launched
  • Maisha Magic launched in East Africa ­
  • Mzansi Magic Market Day (formerly K-TV Market Day) launched
  • M-Net Cares’ Naledi Children’s Literacy project launched
  • 31 Mar 2011 – 4.9 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2011 – 5.2 million subscribers
2012

2012

  • MasterChef South Africa launched
  • Walka 7 launched
  • iDrifta launched
  • 31 Mar 2012 – 5.6 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2012 – 6 million subscribers
2013

2013

  • Launch of the DStv Explora Decoder
  • Carte Blanche’s Make a Difference campaign raised R100 million after 5 years
  • 31 Mar 2013 – 6.7 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2013 – 7.2 million subscribers
2014

2014

  • M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy launches
  • M-Net Edge launches
  • VUZU AMP launches
  • Jango Magic launched in Angola and Mozambique
  • 31 Mar 2014 – 8 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2014 – 8.4 million subscribers
2015

2015

  • The Voice SA launches
  • Zambezi Magic launched in SADC countries
  • 31 Mar 2015 – 10.2 million subscribers
  • 30 Sep 2015 – 10.2 million subscribers
2016

2016

  • Launch of GOtv in South Africa
  • 31 Mar 2016 – 10.4 million subscribers