MultiChoice Africa is partnering with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa to launch an exciting new BET channel on the DStv Premium bouquet from Thursday 2 April AT 17:30 CAT.

Designed to reflect, respect and elevate the rich variety and positive values of African and African-American culture, BET will be VIMN Africa’s second BET channel and will be available on DStv Channel 129. The channel will co-exist alongside sister channel BET2 (formerly BET), currently available on DStv channel 135 on the DStv platform and on GOtv channel 23 (where available).

The new 24-hour channel will provide an uplifting blend of international and African programming from a variety of genres, including drama, family-friendly sitcoms, stand-up comedy, documentaries, talk shows, awards specials, reality series, gospel music, and more.

“The new BET channel on the DStv platform will not only enrich our Premium subscribers’ television viewing experience with more current, world-class entertainment but the channel’s inclusion of African productions is in line with MultiChoice’s commitment to showcase African talent,” said  MultiChoice Africa CEO Nico Meyer.

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, commented: “VIMN Africa is delighted to announce the launch of this new BET channel that will connect viewers with international trends, talent and thought leaders, whilst simultaneously celebrating Africa’s talent and creativity.  This evolution for the BET brand on the continent significantly broadens our general entertainment offering and provides a dynamic and compelling new destination for viewers.”

DStv Premium subscribers can look forward to the first African produced show on the channel, a brand new reality series, Top Actor, and new seasons of original drama Being Mary Jane (starring Gabrielle Union) and Kevin Hart’s spoof reality hit Real Husbands of Hollywood.

Another new face on the channel will be Martin Lawrence, entertaining viewers with his hilarious stand-up comedy series The 1st Amendment Stand-Up.  In addition, epic entertainment for the Easter weekend will be provided in the form of gripping Biblical drama, A.D. (sequel to The Bible), premiering on BET at 20:55 CAT on Monday 6 April.

DStv viewers will also be the first to view favourite BET franchises such as The Wendy Williams Show, hosted by the chat show queen, comedy drama The Game and high octane music specials such as Black Girls Rock, the BET Awards, The BET Honors and the BET Hip Hop Awards.  Gospel plays a prominent role on the channel in the shape of music and praise from Bobby Jones Gospel, and reality series Sunday Best, SWV Reunited and Mary Mary.