The SABC have stated that there are plans to launch a streaming service that will compete with international streaming giant Netflix.
According to MyBroadband, SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe said at the MMA Freedom Week event in Johannesburg that the national broadcaster is looking to move to digital platforms.
“As we migrate to digital broadcasting platforms, the SABC will leverage online platforms to allow customers to access SABC content and services anywhere,” Mxakwe said.
“Our SABC News app was the first example of what we can do with, combining some television and audio content, on a mobile app. We intend to go much further, with the aim of putting all our content on our own streaming service.”
Mxakwe acknowledged that while an over-the-top (OTT) player was a medium-term goal, the SABC will also have to formulate a plan to make such a service accessible to it’s audience, who are largely amongst the poorest people in the country.
“With OTT and mobile app services, the SABC and government also have a duty to ensure that data does not remain an obstacle in the ability of all our people to consume all our content on any device, anywhere in the country,” he said.
A solution suggested by Mxakwe could be data agreements between the SABC and telecoms companies to make these services available to everyone.