Virgin Media today announced the addition of The Africa Channel to its extensive line-up of TV channels, with the deal also including distribution rights for content across Virgin Media's pioneering TV On Demand service.
Featuring a diverse range of programmes inspired by Africa, this channel brings to life everything from live news and current affairs to award-winning films, documentaries, stunning wildlife programmes, soaps and comedies, many of which will be showing for the first time in the UK.
The channel will be available at no extra cost to all M+ TV customers and above with up to 20 hours of TV on demand content ready to watch whenever customers want every month. With such a variety of shows on offer there really is something for everyone, with flagship shows including:
Jacob's Cross: An award-winning, Dallas-esque drama featuring charismatic businessman Jacob Makhubu as he attempts to build the next great African oil empire
Face of Africa: Follow the search for Africa's next catwalk queen
Endangered: The UK's favourite wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan journeys around Southern Africa to track down some incredibly rare animals, from the elusive riverine rabbit to the rowdy but vulnerable leopard toad.
Cuba, An African Odyssey: A ground-breaking documentary that sheds light on the close relationship between Cuba and several African States during the Cold War
The Africa Channel is available on Virgin Media from today on channel 828 within the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.
The company's cable network - the result of a multi-billion pound private investment - delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 120Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.
Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.
Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world's first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.
Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).
For more information, go to www.virginmedia.com
About The Africa Channel
The Africa Channel is available to viewers across the UK and Ireland on Sky channel 209 and Virgin Media channel 828, 24 hours a day.
We are a global media network inspired by Africa, dedicated to providing bold, high-quality programming with a range of genres, from award-winning documentaries and live news to films, music, lifestyle and drama.
Our target audience spans an extended multi-cultural diaspora, fans of African music, sporting talent, travel opportunities, history, wildlife etc. who want a unique place to pursue their passion and people looking for intelligent programming with a fresh perspective.
The Channel hosts a diverse range of programming including daily Live News, Current Affairs shows such as Africa 360, documentaries (e.g. Cuba, An African Odyssey, Mandela, Surfing Soweto) lifestyle (e.g. Cooking with Siba, The Biggest Loser South Africa), music (e.g.Soundcheck at Momo's), drama (e.g. Jacob's Cross, Scandal, Tinsel) and films (e.g. Daratt, Heartlines). This is both acquired programming and wholly owned productions.
The Africa Channel is part of The Africa Channel International, distributing The Africa Channel in Europe and in Asia.