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Saturday, March 21, 2015


For the first time in South Africa, television viewers will be able to watch an international drama series at exactly the same time as their American counterparts.

M-Net Edge (channel 102 on DStv) will simulcast the new, much-anticipated Season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones when it launches in the US on April 12 at 21h00.

Last year M-Net introduced ‘Express from the US’ to fast-track top-notch international series to South African shores within 24 hours. Many of these shows reached local screens an hour after their American premiere, but now M-Net Edge is taking the time lapse to an unbelievable zero seconds.

“We have been able to screen awards ceremonies and other one-off events live, but this is a first for scripted international series. It is further testament to our commitment to ensuring our audiences get the best viewing experience possible” says M-Net’s CEO for South Africa, Yolisa Phahle.

“It is important for M-Net to remain at the forefront of the latest broadcast and technology trends and we’re very proud of this new turbo-charged ‘Express from the US’. In the fast-paced digital age, our viewers have become global citizens who want instant access to the best programming. With simulcasts like these we can bring their favourite shows to them in high-quality HD. We are delighted that HBO sees us as a partner in their endeavour to use technology to serve audiences better. Our state of the art broadcast facility will allow us to screen this fantastic show in real time and we look forward to similar arrangements in the future.”

Viewers who still prefer a good night’s sleep to being ahead of the office chatter about new story developments can watch the same episodes on Thursdays at 21h00, with the first scheduled for April 16. Another option is to set the PVR or to catch the Game of Thrones Season V simulcast on the DStv Explora.

Before all the plotting, scheming, lust and revenge in the mythical kingdom of Westeros resume, M-Net Edge will screen the extraordinary half-hour Game of Thrones special titled A Day in the Life. Key people working on the show share enlightening insights into a single day of filming across three countries – Croatia, Ireland and Spain. A Day in the Life will air on April 9 at 21h00.