No Launch Date Set For DStv Streaming Service

Calvo Mawela, The CEO of MultiChoice South Africa told MyBroadband earlier this year that it was busy working on the service, but they were having trouble securing the streaming rights for the massive volume of entertainment content that they offer on their current DStv packages.

This move by MultiChoice comes shortly after the success of Netflix in South Africa and globally, with Netflix offering a much wider range of content at a lower price than DStv Premium.

As part of its retaliation to Netflix, MultiChoice also launched a brand new video unit exclusively for OTT services called Connected Video, which is managed by CEO Niclas Ekdahl.

At a recent media briefing, Ekhdal said that MultiChoice is hard at work on the upcoming DStv streaming service, but no official launch date had been set.
It has been estimated previously by industry players that the service will launch date will be in 2019.

Ekdahl added that DStv’s existing online offering, DStv Now, is currently reaching approximately 250,000 active users daily.

DStv Now allows existing DStv customers to watch their subscribed package of channels online through all supported apps or through a web browser.
The CEO of Connected Video added that his team is currently working on enhancing the interface of DStv Now for users so as to optimise their ability to discover content.

DStv Now is also busy working on its adaptive bitrates, with the aim of decreasing the bitrate for the lowest-quality video setting possible.
This will offer customers more options when it comes to the management of data usage.

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