Friday, August 18, 2017

KINDA TRASHY. Poor Pearl! Pearl Modiadie had to hear from the media that SABC1 abruptly dumped Zaziwa from Sunday for ... Shaka Zulu.

Poor Pearl, nobody apparently bothered to tell her Zaziwa has abruptly been dumped from the SABC1 schedule from this Sunday to make way for ... Shaka Zulu.

SABC style, a flabbergasted Pearl Modiadie had to hear from the media and not the SABC that uhm, Zaziwa has abruptly been shelved from its struggling Sunday evening timeslot.

SABC1's channel head Clara Nzima decided that Zaziwa must make way from this Sunday for an old Shaka Zulu 10-partner at 20:30.

Pearl Modiadie presents and produces Zaziwa.

The struggling Zaziwa will move back to a weekday from 8 November after ratings for the show tanked when SABC1 in February moved it from its Wednesday timeslot to Sundays, losing more than a million viewers for the SABC.

SABC1 publicist Phillip Mabitsela didn't respond to a media enquiry as to why Zaziwa - only midway through its 5th season and with 36 episodes left - is being taken off the air for two and a half months.

Zaziwa's could have gotten somewhat of a ratings boost as the lead-out from the new Tjovitjo starting this Sunday at 20:00 on SABC1 if the gritty pantsula dance drama itself manages to lure big enough audiences.

Now the SABC will treat SABC1 viewers to the umpteenth reshowing of the 1986 Shaka Zulu drama with Henry Cele in the title role that actually more belongs on MultiChoice and the SABC's library rerun channel SABC Encore (DStv 156) on DStv.

The SABC3 Isidingo's Thabang character revealed to be gay: 'I want a guy with a good physique'.

The Isidingo character Thabang has just been matter-of-factly revealed to viewers of the SABC3 weekday soap to be gay, calling a friend on his cellphone saying "I want a guy with a good physique".

Played by actor Pholosa Mohlala in a temporary part as the son of one of the Horizon Deep miners, the character's friend Matlatla who've been trying to get him a girlfriend, as well as his dad, are not aware of his sexual orientation.

Matlatla  has even suggested some magical "muti", thinking that Thabang has a problem with his "equipment" because he's too shy and "unable to handle the ladies" and got him a "concoction" that will "get your tools to work".

In Wednesday evening's Isidingo episode viewers however saw Thabang call a friend saying: "I want a guy with a good physique. Good physique, good looks and a mind to match. Someone I can have a proper conversation with."

It's not the first gay character on Isidingo but the first in this mining community setting.

The Endemol Shine Africa soap previously featured the first gay male kiss on a South African TV soap and also had the first same-sex wedding South African TV soap wedding.

Journalists should walk out of late-starting press conferences more often, says South African National Editors' Forum.

South African journalists who are kept waiting for hours for press conferences to start without any updates and advisories as to why there's delays should stage walk-outs more often in protest against the growing culture of "media should hurry-up-and-wait" in the country.

This calls comes from The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and follows after South Africa's minister of social development Bathabile Dlamini kept reporters waiting for more than two hours on Thursday after which they all - except the SABC - all decided to stage a walk out and leave.

Earlier on Thursday, the infamously caustic publicist Lumka Oliphant, according to reports, hilariously had the audacity to tell the camera crews of eNCA (DStv 403) and SABC News (DStv 404) that they are allegedly not allowed to stand in front of the tables where officia for social development from various provinces would be sitting.

After camera crews moved, they were kept waiting for longer.

Lumka Oliphant later in the day in a radio interview, giving no clear explanations for why her boss Bathabile Dlamini was late and why the media were not kept up to date and told what's happening, had the audacity of accusing the media of "disrespect".

Mahlatse Gallens, Sanef chairperson said that South African journalists should stage walk-outs more often because a culture of "hurry-up-and-wait" has started to permeate in press briefings.

"It's the journalists' right to walk out. From what we understand, they were there for two hours and there was no explanation given as to why there are delays."

"They arrived and there was no-one there to explain to them when the minister would arrive. They were well within their rights."

Within South Africa's broadcasting industry the struggling South African public broadcaster has become notorious for issuing alerts for press conferences at short notice and then starting late - the lone exception under South African TV channels when it comes to late-starting pressers.

Several SABC press briefings in 2016 and 2017 started very late after the supposed stated time that reporters have been summoned to be at the SABC.

The result has been a noticeable drop-off in the number of journalists attending the SABC's hastily-arranged press briefings, since they also have other deadlines and stories to cover.

Late starting SABC press briefings have also created havoc for TV news channels who wanted to broadcast SABC press briefings live but struggle to plan due to distrust that SABC press briefing will start at the times given.

Kuhle Adams, Gontse Makgoba and Tshego Mosupye the top 3 contestants in the MTV Base VJ Search competition.

Kuhle Adams, Gontse Makgoba and Tshego Mosupye have been chosen as the top three remaining contestants in Viacom Africa's new MTV Base VJ Search for the MTV Base (DStv 322) TV channel.

Kuhle Adams from Port Elizabeth, Gontse Makgoba from Johannesburg and Tshego Mosupye from Pretoria are the last 3 remaining contestants after 8 000 people across South Africa entered the competition.

The winner will get a 12-month contract with Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) to host some shows the MTV Base channel.

The winner will also get to interview some of the music stars at the Video Music Awards (VMAs), European Music Awards (EMAs) and The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).

The MTV Base VJ Search winner will be announced at the competition show's finale party in Soweto on 27 August where artists like Da Les and DJs PH, Ayanda MVP, Vigilante, Milkshake, Mo Flava, Shimza and DBN GoGo are set to perform.

The final episode of MTV Base VJ Search will be broadcast on MTV Base on Sunday 27 August at 19:00.

"The MTV Base VJ Search format provides an opportunity to open up the industry for young hopefuls," says Monde Twala, vice pesident for BET, Youth and Music for VIMN Africa.

"MTV’s ability to discover and elevate talent on the continent remains a primary brand focus. We have incredible success stories such as actress, Nomzamo Mbatha, who recently flew to Los Angeles in June to co-host our annual BET Awards, and Lip Sync Battle Africa host Pearl Thusi, who has gone on to star in the US hit series Quantico."

Novice actress Reandi Grey has joined the SABC2 weekday soap 7de Laan as character Esti Fouchè.

Novice actress Reandi Grey has joined the SABC's weekday soap 7de Laan on SABC2 in the role of Esti Fouchè.

The actress is new to South Africa's entertainment industry, has no tertiary training in acting and has made her first appearance this week in the Danie Odendaal Productions produced soap.

Reandi Grey graduated with an honours degree in graphic design and development communication at the University of Potchefstroom in 2011.

The character of Esti is described as unconventional and free-spirited and goes about her job with undaunting determination and passion.

She is a hard worker and not afraid to roll up her sleeves and go the extra mile when necessary.

Cape Town TV known as CTV returning to its full name as the community TV channel marks a decade on the air in 2018.

The community TV channel Cape Town TV - known as CTV - is moving away from its "CTV" name and returning to its full name of Cape Town TV.

CTV, based in the Observatory suburb of Cape Town, will officially rebrand as "Cape Town TV" in 2018 when the non-profit, community-based TV station serving the Cape Town metropolitan area marks its 10th birthday in 2018.

CTV that is also carried on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform giving it a national audience across South Africa, has two TV studios in which staff produce various talk shows, news and current affairs programming.

Besides local programming Cape Town TV also carries syndicated international content from for instance the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV news channel.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The American politics round-table show, The McLaughin Group, returns with a pilot episode with Tim Rogan as moderator, exactly a year after John McLaughlin's death.

Exactly a a year after the death of John McLaughin who held sway as the originator and moderator of The McLaughlin Group, the American round-table political talk show came back with a brand-new pilot episode.

The new McLaughlin Group episode - entitled a "pilot" and suggesting that the show might come back permanently - has Tim Rogan, a former panelist, now as the moderator in the middle chair.

Also back are longtime commentators Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and Pat Buchanan. Sitting in as the fourth panelist is Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who ran for American president last year.

The McLaughlin Group pilot kept the same set, blue seats, coffee table and studio backdrop, even the opener and format of the longrunning show.

The half hour episode that can be watched on YouTube was recorded before the shocking events in Charlottesville, Virginia in America, which is why the group isn't discussing it or Donald Trump's shocking press conference about it.

The Food Network in South Africa and Africa from Scripps Networks Interactive getting its own regionalised and curated channel feed on DStv from September.

The South African and African version of The Food Network (DStv 175) from Scripps Networks Interactive will be getting its own customised channel feed for the region from September on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform.

 Scripps' new regional content boss Paul Welling - formerly from Discovery Networks International and now Scripps Networks Interactive's new head of content for the UK & EMEA region since his move to Scripps in May - made the announcement about The Food Network.

Scripps says the decision to give South African and African viewers a better customised channel feed follows significant audience and viewership growth for the channel in the region.

The better packaged and curated Food Network for South Africa will be noticed from 1 September. Scripps says the regionalised Food Network remains commited to commissioning original local productions and bringing its hit United States series to South Africa's DStv subscribers.

Currently Scripps Networks International distributes three lifestyle channels across the United Kingdom and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (UK & EMEA) region.

Food Network and Travel Channel are available on MultiChoice's DStv in South Africa, and Fine Living is available on the Chinese operator StarSat's platform.

Upcoming programming on The Food Network include new seasons of Siba's TableDiners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Man Fire Food.

The 3rd season of Siba Mtongana's Siba's Table with 10 episodes is subtitled "Sibalicious" and starts on 7 September at 20:00.

In this new season Siba Mtongana gives traditional food a modern makeover and her signature "Sibalicious" spin, reinterpreting recipes in her own way and showing viewers how.

A new series of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives also premieres on Food Network in September. This time, host Guy Fieri crosses the Atlantic to sample the varied cuisines of Spain, before heading to Mexico and back to his home turf in the USA for a tour of foodie delights.

There’s more of Guy in Guy’s Grocery Games, where four talented chefs are sent running through the aisles in a high-stakes, high-skills, grocery store cooking competition.

In Man Fire Food, Roger Mooking’s American odyssey continues throughout September as the King of Braai travels the length and breadth of the US in search of the best chefs that cook with fire.

From small campfires to creative custom-made grills and smokers, he meets with home cooks, pitmasters and chefs in outdoor kitchens across the country, who share their culinary secrets while cooking up a storm.

A brand new series of Chopped premieres on Food Network in October in which four chefs face off, cooking with an unusual combination of ingredients to create extraordinary three-course meals.

Bakers vs Fakers is also set to premiere, featuring host Lorraine Pascale and a panel of guest judges who will try to sift the bakers from the fakers, with a cash prize up for grabs.

To celebrate Halloween, Food Network brings some spooky US food competitions to televisions in October.

In Halloween Baking Championship, top bakers create creepy-crawly desserts and towering confections of terror to prove their baking prowess. 

The deliciously scary returning series Halloween Wars unites cake decorators, candy makers and pumpkin carvers to build the most scream-inducing confections going around.

GoT to watch: The leaked upcoming new 6th episode of Game of Thrones on M-Net is a shocking, action-horror spectacle!

With Monday morning's penultimate episode of the 7th season of Game of Thrones on M-Net (DStv 101) that was just leaked - by HBO itself - TVwithThinus watched it, and without any spoilers I can say:

Get ready for deaths, a really massive death that will lead to uncontrollable sobbing, and a relentless, action-packed "horror movie" episode that will leave you screaming and with frost bite at the end!

Yesterday HBO made a massive blunder when it accidentally released the 6th and penultimate episode of Game of Thrones in high definition in its HBO Spain and HBO Nordic territories in full 1080p quality.

Already the most pirated TV show in history, the leaked Game of Thrones episode, entitled "Death is my Enemy", was available for long enough for viewers to see it as an official broadcast, and for the shocking episode to be uploaded to the internet and shared on multiple platforms, faster than what HBO has been able to take it down.

Since Wednesday afternoon and into the night spoilers about the heart-stopping episode have flooded the interwebs as millions of viewers worldwide have started watching the episode on torrents, streaming and other sites.

In a statement Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen, vice president of public relations for HBO Europe says "we have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms."

"The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized."

Without giving away any spoilers, TVwithThinus call tell you to get ready for 3 deaths, a really big and shocking - although somewhat expected - death, and an even more fantastical "winter"outfit by Daenerys that will have spinsters worldwide immediately starting to work overtime to get it to cosplay conventions as soon as possible.

Game of Thrones is known for pain - inflicting as much gut-wrenching pain as possible on viewers, and the upcoming Michael Bay type action-loaded episode that clocks in at over an hour, spares no feelings.   

Again, no spoilers, but here is what I can share and why you really, really want to watch this episode:

■ Get ready for 3 deaths. The last one is especially shocking.

■ Viewers already know from the end of the latest episode that Jon Snow has set of with a rag tag group of seven guys north beyond the great wall to go and capture one of the undead ice zombie creatures as proof that their whole world is under threat from the White Walkers.

It doesn't take any imagination to know that a dramatic battle between Jon Snow and his so-called suicide squad against the feared Night King and his White Walkers are coming.

Just like The Walking Dead you can get ready for a massive attack and creature fight. Obviously not every member of this group will make it out of this alive set at a frozen lake.

Imagine The Walking Dead crossed with the ice planet of Hoth, crossed with some Neverending Story and then you'll know what's waiting for you in the episode.

■ When the show started and had a small budget, it literally made clothes out of rugs from Ikea. Cue the next episode and see the spectacular, ongoing difference in what the Westeros characters are wearing. Auntie Joan would have been proud.

Daenerys looks jaw-dropping in an ultra-cool looking tailored, long-sleeved parka-type, arctic white-grey fleece fur dress. The perfect costume for riding a dragon!

■ Jon Snow will end up shirtless.

■ Somebody doesn't know what "dick" means in a hilarious conversation.

■ Newspapers from the United Kingdom to New Zealand are reporting that viewers are "sobbing uncontrollably". Game of Thrones viewers are utterly devastated after watching the episode.

■ Make sure you you go to the loo beforehand, have a blanket (not for warmth but for "scary protection") and stock up on enough food and drink rations.

The longer than usual episode (although the pace is incredibly brisk and the tension keeps building) clocks in at one hour and 6 minutes without any ads. And you're not going to want to stop and press pause (although I had to 3 times just to breath and manage the stress levels) for this nerve-wrecking experience.

Another boxing DStv pop-up channel as SuperSport creates 'Money Fight' Mayweather/McGregor channel for 8 days leading up to their big fight.

MultiChoice is adding a second boxing-interest, temporary DStv pop-up channel with SuperSport that is creating a "Money Fight" channel that will build up to the big boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on 27 August.

The pop-up channel will go live on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform on Saturday 19 August on DStv channel 213 and run for 8 days until 27 August.

The pop-up channel will show rebroadcasts of Floyd Mayweather's great fights and his visit to South Africa in 2014 and the popular All Access shows.

The pop-up channel will be available from Saturday to DStv Premium and DStv Access subscribers and will broadcast daily from 17:00 to 01:00.

On 27 August SuperSport will cross to Las Vegas at 03:00 in the morning for the undercard clash with the main bout expected to start after 5:00.

Highlights of the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight will be available on DStv Catch Up in the hours after the event and DStv Catch Up Plus available on connected Exploras and Catch Up on DStv Now will carry the full fight later in the day.

Naspers' Showmax subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service will also show the fight later that day.

Pay-TV operator StarTimes Nigeria hit by racism allegations amidst exodus of staff; warnings of 'impending implosion' after 'mastermind of terror' Justin Zhang takes over as CEO.

Reports are surfacing of the Chinese pay-TV operator StarTimes in Nigeria that is accused of alleged systemic corporate racism and anti-labour law practices that has led to an exodus of Nigerian staff who don't want to work there anymore and warn of an "impending implosion" if nothing is done.

Nigeria's Nigeria Communications Week has a must read in-depth report out detailing allegations of systemic StarTimes Nigeria racism and anti-labour practices, as well as an exodus of several senior and junior Nigerian StarTimes managers over the alleged way the top Chinese management is treating staff and flouting regulations.

StarTimes Nigeria is also known as the NTA-Star TV Network Limited, a joint venture between NTA and the Star Group of China.

Henry Eyo, StarTimes Nigeria human resources director, called the allegations "very untrue and quite unfortunate".

"There is no multinational in the world where cultures haven't clashed or individuals from different nationalities have not had misunderstandings, either as a result of communication challenges of lack of it; but we constantly ensure such issues are addressed promptly and none of such have been as a result of racism," he told Nigeria Communications Week.

The publication spoke to multiple current and former StarTimes Nigeria staffers who all spoke and made various allegations against the Chinese pay-TV operator with a shocking story - and pattern - that emerges.

Five StarTimes Nigeria managers have recently left StarTimes Nigeria, with John Esoimeme, the former StarTimes national sales director the latest in July 2017. Dare Kafar, former StarTimes Nigeria national sales director quit in March 2017.

Also gone from StarTimes Nigeria are marketing manager Habeeb Somoye and content marketing manager, Ayokunle Idowu - most over alleged "face-offs" with senior StarTimes Nigeria Chinese managers.

According to staffers quoted by Nigeria Communications Week, Justin Zhang, formerly StarTimes president for marketing and general manager for StarTimes Lagos and now promoted to StarTimes Nigeria CEO since the former CEO Jack Lui was allegedly"too soft", is described as someone who "typifies raw racism and Chinese mafia at StarTimes".

Justin Zhang is also called a "mastermind of the reign of terror in the Chinese company".

Staffers go even further and describe Justin Zhang in the article as "a die-hard sadist and racist".

StarTimes Nigeria sources told the publication that there are allegedly sharp differences in salaries, working conditions, and benefits such as insurance policy and promotion between Nigerian and Chinese staffers, wit sources saying "the Chinese are like mafias here".

There's allegedly also arbitrary demotion of Nigerians as a common practice, with little corporate governance at the Nigerian pay-TV operator.

"StarTimes like many other Chinese businesses in Nigeria is full of fraud and Nazi behaviours," an insider told Nigeria Communications Week, saying "it is just like a Nazi detention camp where Nigerians lament in silence".

"I have been here since they started. No promotion and no single increment for 5 years, yet different Chinese bosses come and rise so fast within months to become directors."

"For instance, to our greatest surprise many of the Chinese bosses are either fresh graduates or those with much lower experience compared to their Nigerian subordinates."

"The practice at StarTimes is that while Chinese staffers are treated like royalty most senior Nigerian staff are contract staff, even directors. The trick is to offer employment to Nigerians with a clause that the contract is renewable per annum. This makes it easy to ease out stubborn Nigerians. They simply refuse to renew your contract when you argue with any Chinese," said a source.

StarTimes Nigeria says "It is quite unfortunate that anyone will dub StarTimes or Justin Zhang as being racist".

"As a country, it is important for us to continually imbibe the culture of excellent performance to ensure we achieve major feats; and that is a culture we are not ashamed to promote in StarTimes Nigeria.

Furious DStv and GOtv subscribers in Nigeria surround DStv offices in Yenagoa in public protests; demand refunds for poor service and signal quality and service cuts.

Furious DStv subscribers and GOtv subscribers in Nigeria on Wednesday held a large public protest at MultiChoice Nigeria's various offices in Yenagoa, in Nigeria's Bayelsa state, surrounding MultiChoice Nigeria's premises and voicing their anger over poor signal quality, subscription problems, being cut off and demanding refunds.

According to Nigerian media reports angry DStv subscribers surrounded DStv offices in Kpansia, Opolo and Okutukutu in Yanagoa.

The furious pay-TV consumers demanded that MultiChoice Nigeria do something about the bad signal quality, blocking subscribers after they pay and renew subscriptions and asking why they're not compensated when they lose their signal over technical glitches.

A DStv subscribers Betty Sotonye said she could no longer cope with the bad DStv service and wants a refund. "I came here to renew subscription on Saturday but until yesterday, my family and I cannot watch DStv".

DStv subscribers Thompson Efe, said "Enough is enough of this so-called DStvpeople".

So far there's been no statement from MultiChoice Nigeria.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charlize Theron on CNN International about America: 'Racism is alive and well and that scares me'; says some lives are valued more than others.

The South African film star Charlize Theron on Wednesday night in an interview on CNN International (DStv 401) said that in America "I see racism alive and well and that scares me".

The star is currently back in South Africa with Comedy Central's (DStv 122) The Daily Show host Trevor Noah doing charity work in her home country.

Charlize Theron's comments came after American president Donald Trump's chaotic and shocking press conference on Tuesday where he said there was "violence on both sides" after neo-Nazi demonstrators clashed with counter-protesters and that saw a neo-Nazi terrorist ram into people with a car, killing a woman.

Donald Trump failed to properly condemn the white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States and shocked America and the world with his unhinged press conference inside Trump Towers on Tuesday.

Speaking on Wednesday evening from Johannesburg on CNN International's Amanpour, Charlize Theron also spoke about the HIV/Aids epidemic in South Africa, with Donald Trump's administration that also did massive cutbacks to supporting international health programmes financially.

"When you look at the amount of people that are infected and how the Aids epidemic has ravaged sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade versus what's been happening in the Western world, how can you deny" that some lives are being valued more than others said Charlize Theron who is the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.

"I think that some lives are valued more than others. I think that goes beyond the Aids epidemic. I'm seeing it right now in America."

"I think that we have to look at that as a global front. We have to be brave enough to look at that as part of the problem that's been keeping the Aids epidemic alive for so long."

Asked about the broader context and her view on what's been happening in America in Charlottesville, Charlize Theron said "I see racism alive and well and that scares me. And saddens me."

BREAKING. Suspended Icasa CEO Pakamile Pongwana gone under a cloud from broadcasting regulator by 'mutual' decision after sexual harassment claims.

The beleaguered and suspended boss of South Africa's broadcasting regulator Icasa Phakamile Pongwana has quit before he got pushed with Icasa announcing in a terse Wednesday evening statement that the embattled Pakamile Pongwana is out by "mutual separation".

The controversial Pakamile Pongwana was placed on "precautionary suspension" by Icasa on 6 July pending a disciplinary hearing.

According to reports, Pakamile Pongwana was suspended over alleged sexual harassment claims and is now gone from Icasa under a cloud instead of facing a disciplinary hearing.

On Wednesday evening Icasa said that it's chief operating officer (COO) Willington Ngwepe will continue to act as Icasa's acting CEO until a new CEO has been appointed.

Icasa didn't elaborate further and didn't specify what golden handshake payout Pakamile Pongwana will be getting, if any, since his contract only ends a year from now in September 2018.

Pakamile Pongwana has been the Icasa CEO since November 2013.

In July the City Press newspaper reported that legal opinions given to Icasa found sufficient ground to charge Pakamile Pongwana to a disciplinary hearing for alleged sexual harassment of an employee.

Pakamile Pongwana allegedly also "displayed gross insolence and insubordination, which are dismissable offences as they constitute misconduct. This related to the disrespectful, condescending and aggressive" way that he treated Icasa council members.

Yet another Game of Thrones episode leaks - this time 4 days before broadcast after HBO in Spain accidentally shows it.

In Westeros, Cersei would parade someone naked through the streets for this: Yet another Game of Thrones episode has leaked days before it's supposed to be shown, this time HBO in Spain that broadcast this coming Sunday's 6th episode days before it was supposed to.

The devastating mistake that saw viewers immediately record, rip and pirate the Game of Thrones episode that went viral on torrent sites for the international audience, comes just after India caused the 4th episode of the fantasy series' 7th season to leak when the pay-TV operator Star India's data management system was breached by 4 workers.

Viewers in Span were shocked – yet delighted – when HBO Spain accidentally showed the 6th episode of Game of Thrones in which Jon Snow and his ragtag group of followers set out beyond the great wall’s ice-scape to go capture a White Walker.

Although HBO reportedly only had the Game of Thrones episode up for an hour before realising their massive mistake, it was already too late. 

Viewers grabbed it in high definition (HD) and instantly started sharing it online, faster that what HBO could take it down.

In a statement Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen, vice president of public relations for HBO Europe says "we have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms."

"The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the United States".

Besides the two Game of Thrones breaches, HBO is also the target of another hacker demanding a randsom for a massive trove of HBO data that’s been stolen, including emails.

During the 6th season HBO in Norway accidentally broadcast an episode a few hours before it was supposed to, but the latest Game of Thrones devastation hits HBO four days before the episode is supposed to be shown.

It doesn't seem to have an impact in America on the ratings.

Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones that is broadcast in South Africa and across Africa on Mondays on M-Net (DStv 101) achieved record ratings in America – as did the week before that when the drama series pulled its most viewers ever.