South Africans will be getting even more choice when it comes to local streaming as SABC plans to join DStv and launch its own service next year.
According to News24, this video-on-demand service will follow the SABC News app in design but little more has been revealed about it.
It can be expected that it will feature significant local content and the broadcaster does have a fault of classics to build from. Although still speculation, this could mean South Africans would be able to stream old favourites like 7de Laan.
The SABC want to tie-in this OTT service with TV-licences, in that to access the content you would have to enter your licence.
Although not confirmed, this service is expected to be free or partially free as the broadcaster is a public entity.
“At this stage, the SABC is not in a position to provide more detail, due to the commercial sensitivity of the information,” Mmoni Seapolelo, the spokesperson told News24.
This comes after the South Africans were shocked by the announcement that the broadcaster is looking into requiring citizens to pay TV licences for other streaming sites like Netflix. TV licences have often not been paid but the backlash against this proposal indicates this would continue being true if this new rule was imposed.