After Seeking Licensing Fees From Netflix, SABC Now Wants To Launch a Streaming Service

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After proposing that South Africans pay licenses for using streaming services such as Netflix and other video-on-demand services, SABC has now come forward to announce that they are working on their own streaming service.

According to  Spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo, SABC is planning to launch both a video and audio streaming services in 2021. “The SABC can confirm that it is planning to launch its video and audio streaming services in line with the ever-changing industry trends and consumer needs. At this stage, the SABC is not in a position to provide more detail due to the commercial sensitivity of the information,” said Mmoni.

With the new platform, SABC will be directly competing with the likes of Netflix, Showmax and Apple Music. While going public with the news, SABC hinted that it would either develop its own platform or acquire an existing platform. While speaking to MyBroadband, the government-owned agency said that it had already developed an integrated OTT strategy with the goal that the SABC develops or acquires its own OTT streaming platform as a medium-term goal.

The details of SABCs new venture are very scanty and there is currently no information available on the type of content that will be available on the audio and video streaming platforms when they launch, or whether SABC will choose to partner with other local players to enable these services as some form of aggregator.

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