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Sony Channel
Sony Channel South Africa logo
CountrySouth Africa
Broadcast areaSub-Saharan Africa
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
OwnerSony Pictures Television
Sister channelsSony MAX
Launched2 November 2007; 15 years ago (2007-11-02)
Closed28 February 2019; 3 years ago (2019-02-28)
Former namesSony Entertainment Television
(at the time of closure)
Streaming media
BlackChannel 203

Sony Channel (formerly known as Sony Entertainment Television) was a general entertainment channel that was part of the DStv bouquet of Sub-Saharan Africa satellite channels owned by MultiChoice.


The Sony Channel was the local South African version and subsidiary of the Sony Entertainment Television brand, which is seen in over 100 countries worldwide. It was launched in South Africa on 2 November 2007 and was based in Johannesburg. The channel broadcasts a mix of programming including drama, comedy and reality series as well as commercial and independent movies. The channel was also the premiere broadcaster of the reality series The Amazing Race.

On 22 September 2014, the channel abruptly rebranded to Sony Channel with its new logo on air.[1]

The channel, alongside Sister channel, Sony MAX, were discontinued on 31 October 2018 on DStv,[2] and on 28 February 2019 on Black.[3]

Former series and shows

See also


  1. ^ EXCLUSIVE. Sony Channel on DStv is the brand new name of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) as the channel rebrands with a new look. TV with Thinus. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ Darmalingum, Yuveshen (1 October 2018). "DStv to stop airing Sony channel and Sony Max as from end of October". NexTV News Africa. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ Sony Pictures Television Networks decides to leave Africa as the Sony Channel and Sony MAX are yanked from Cell C black TV with Thinus. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2021