April 3, 2020

Discovery, In A Brand First, Brings Premium Covid-19 Content To Real Time And Discovery Family Subscribers


Real-Time and Discovery Family viewers will for the first time have access to exclusive premium content, only a week after it premiered on the Discovery Channel. In a first for Discovery Inc and in a bid to get as many people informed about the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping the globe, the documentary, ‘PANDEMIC: COVID-19’ will be made available to DSTV subscribers of Real Time (DSTV Channel 155) and Discovery Family (DSTV Channel 136) this April.

“In collaboration with our long-term partners Multichoice, we have taken the decision to make this content as widely available in South Africa as possible. This documentary is the kind of content that Discovery is known for and we are one of the few non-news channels to have produced something like this so quickly – we really see it as a public service announcement,” says Henry Windridge, Discovery Networks Head of Brand for Middle East & Africa.

PANDEMIC: COVID-19, a 1-hour special, gives an in-depth look at the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. As many have heard through the news, COVID-19 is believed to have jumped from animals to humans in a market in Wuhan, China. But how does this happen? Experts will shed light on its treatment and transmission, which initially baffled doctors and scientists who first encountered early patients who fell ill.

The special will trace the origin of the outbreak in the United States to the first patient, its rapid spread in Seattle and probe the dramatic and unexpected transmission across the country. Viewers will hear from the leading experts in medicine on the frontlines as well as academia, government officials and patients with first-hand accounts.

Despite quarantines in multiple countries such as China, Korea and Italy, in a few short weeks the world has watched as the virus has spread – where countries such as Italy are seeing hundreds die each day, even while the country has gone into lockdown. Is the US prepared to face this global pandemic unrivalled in modern history? Every day the story takes another dramatic turn, as the number of infected and reported dead in the United States continues on an upward trajectory. PANDEMIC: COVID-19 looks at the effects of the drastic measures happening across America as institutions, schools and businesses are shut down to prevent transmission. This timely special will shed insight from those leading the fight to find answers as well as a possible cure.

‘PANDEMIC: COVID-19’ Premieres on Real Time (DSTV Channel 155) on Sunday, 5 April at 8pm with the repeat on Tuesday 7 April at 8.50pm. It premieres on Discovery Family (DSTV Channel 136) on Wednesday 8 April at 8.10pm and the repeat on Friday 10 April at 9pm.

PANDEMIC: COVID-19 is produced for Science Channel by ITN and first aired in South Africa on Discovery Channel on Sunday 29 March. For ITN, executive producers are Ian Russell and Sarah Jane Cohen and producer is Nick Powell. For Discovery and Science Channel, Executive Producer is Gretchen Eisele.


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