Sony MAX DSTV 127: If you’ve been wondering what happened to DSTv‘s Sony and Sony Max channels, here you have it.
MultiChoice has dumped the Sony Channel (DStv 127) and Sony MAX (DStv 128) from its DStv satellite pay-TV platform.
This happened at the end of October 2018 and was after DSTv didn’t renew the channel’s carriage contract with Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN).
MultiChoice was asked why it decided not to renew the carriage contract but declined to answer.
TVwithThinus reports that in a terse statement that incorrectly refers to the Sony Channel as Sony Entertainment, MultiChoice says the Sony channels will stop airing on DStv and that “as from end October 2018, Sony Entertainment (DStv channel 127) and Sony MAX (DStv channel 128) will stop airing on DStv. The current contract with Sony will expire end of October”.
Emma Marshall, spokesperson at Sony Pictures Television for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region told TVwithThinus in response to a media enquiry on Friday that:
“Sony Pictures Television’s channels in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sony Channel and Sony Max, will stop being carried on MultiChoice’s DStv platform at the end of October, as the contract between SPT and MultiChoice expires at that time”.
“We thank our viewers in the region for their support. SPT is excited about future opportunities in the Sub-Saharan African market and is exploring programming options for the continent.”
The Sony Channel rebranded from Sony Entertainment Television in September 2014 after MultiChoice added it 11 years ago in November 2007.
MultiChoice added Sony MAX as a male-focused channel in January 2011 and as a replacement for Sony’s terminated Animax channel.
MultiChoice had then said that it hoped to do “many more Sony channels on our DStv platform” and that Sony MAX “is fitting in perfectly with the DStv platform”.
In 2016 MultiChoice Africa removed both Sony & Sony Max channels from DStv and GOtv elsewhere in Africa outside of South Africa but later returned it to its GOtv digital terrestrial television subscription service.
In South Africa, MultiChoice also came close to removing the channels at this time, according to sources. In the end the Sony Channel and Sony MAX both got a last-minute reprieve, but now the axe finally came down on the channels due to too much old content and repeats.