Tabloid Tuesday: DSTV Shuffle. Enrique in SA & the Fake Idol!

Hey Milieu Pals,

Today is Tuesday, so here we go!

‘Tabloid Tuesday’
Issue: 2

DSTV Shuffle

No, DSTV (Digital Satellite Television) is not launching an Apple iPod Shuffle clone, but they are rearranging their channels again. Multichoice have dubbed this new allocation system as the "3 Digit Shuffle". Apparently this change is to accommodate ‘future growth’ and is allegedly in ‘line with international standards’ in order for them to continue offering "So much more". The change will occur on the 1st October 2007 at 2:00 (2am) and will result in the following:


  • Channels 100 – 149: General entertainment
  • Channels 150 – 179: Movies
  • Channels 180 – 199: Lifestyle and culture
  • Channels 200 – 249: Sport
  • Channels 250 – 279: Documentary
  • Channels 280 – 299: News and commerce
  • Channels 300 – 319: Children
  • Channels 320 – 339: Music
  • Channels 340 – 379: Religion
  • Channels 380 and above: Consumer related

It looks like Monochoice Multichoice has finally decided to expand their current available selection of mind-numbing entertainment. All I know is that this change is going to confuse a lot of people. For starters, my mom can barely use the DSTV guide, never mind understanding why M-Net will no longer be on channel 3 but will now be on channel 101. I suppose this explains why our Media Center has been ‘guide-less’ for the past three weeks. That and Multichoice have court ordered the home grown guide provider to stop using guide data from the DSTV website. Like most major corporations in Southern Africa, Multichoice owns the digital satellite monopoly and do whatever the heck they like. They have thus point blank refused to support Microsoft Media Center. You have got to love this country!

Enrique hits SA (Hey, that rhymes… LOL) has reported that Enrique Iglesias will be hitting SA in October and had this to say:

The hugely talented singer Enrique Iglesias will be performing at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg on 21 October, and at Grand West’s Grand Arena in Cape Town, on 25 October 2007.

Enrique has two Grammy’s, five World Music and three American Music Awards and more under his belt, and sold 40 million albums in little over a decade, becoming one of the most successful artists in the history of popular music.

(, 30/08/07)

All you South African Enrique fans can now have a taste of the now mole-less and ping-pong infatuated Latino wonder. However, if the following video is anything to go by you are all in for a real treat…


It looks as if Mr. Iglesias junior does indeed lip-sync… so much for live performances  .

Fake Reality

Cliff Jennings does not exist  ! The South African Idols fanatic who has been to every available audition and which angered Idols judges, such as Gareth Cliff and Randall Abrahams, has been discovered to be an elaborate viral marketing scheme.

Although I could not put my finger on it I just knew that there was something about this guy that was not right. From his dreary demeanor, chalk on a white board voice and Youtubed music video, it was just too ‘bad’ to be true. Then again, after seeing some of the very ‘special’ people who had entered Idols this year, Mr. Jennings could have been a very real person. had the following to report:

According to M-Net brand manager, Pierre Cloete, M-Net wanted to reach Idols fans via web-based social communities such as Facebook and MySpace. "The ‘Cliff Jennings Living the Dream’ ad campaign was an ingenious below-the-line word-of-mouth viral campaign to support Idols season 4, and it worked!". According to Cloete, the Cliff Jennings’ MySpace page by Sunday had already generated 3 500 profile views, he had 896 friends and 25 groups dedicated to him on Facebook, (totalling more than 5 600 members), and, his 10 videoclips on YouTube had already had 5 210 views. Cloete confirmed that only a handful of executives at M-Net and its advertising agency, Ogilvy JHB, knew about the campaign. "Not the director, not Colin Moss, not the crew, and certainly not the judges," he said.

Granted this was a sneaky move on M-net’s part, since Idols is supposed to be a ‘reality’ show, but I suppose most network operators are too preoccupied with ratings to care about possible credibility issues which may arise from their actions. As a result I have come to wonder what on earth is real anymore within ‘reality’ television shows (Survivor anyone)?

Brachy Therapy: Good to go!

After over a year of intense deliberation, Hans Haupt Senior of Health World and Tenshinkan Karate, finally underwent Brachy Therapy to treat his prostrate cancer. A source close to the Haupt family  have stated that he is doing extremely well after the operation and will make a complete recovery.

Hans Haupt, the family’s only child, said "We are simply ecstatic that my dad has gone through with the therapy. An uncle of mine recently went through the same procedure and he is now cancer free. Only good can come from this initiative".

Mr. Haupt SNR has taken a few days off for recovery purposes but it has been said that he will resume his normal work related activites, albeit at a restful pace according to Doctor recommendations, from the 17th September 2007.

That is it for this week Milieu Pals. Tune in again next Tuesday for some more celebrity  and entertainment tid-bits!

– Hans

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