New Video Streaming Service, Viu Launches In South Africa And Acquires Digital Rights To Popular SABC Shows

A new video-streaming service, Viu, from PCCW Media is launching in South Africa. Viu has already acquired the digital playback rights to the SABC's most-watched local shows such as Uzalo and Skeem Saam that are getting removed from YouTube at the end of February 2019.

This is PCCW Media’s second try in South Africa after the failure that was ONTAPtv.
The media house has signed an agreement with the SABC that will see the national broadcaster removing some of its most popular shows from YouTube at the end of the month and giving those broadcast rights to Viu exclusively.

Viu offers both free and paid content also has an app that is currently available for download.

Viu will try to fight it out in a crowded space with the likes of other streaming services like Showmax, DStv Now, Netflix South Africa, Cell C black, Amazon Prime Video, Acorn TV, TV2GO and many others in the increasing war for digital.

SABC’s CEO, Madoda Mxakwe said that the SABC is proud to have collaborated with Viu SA on this remarkable new initiative. He added that as a broadcaster, it is imperative that the SABC continuously keeps up with the times and ensures that its programmes are readily accessible through video-on-demand platforms.

Ryan Solovei, the Country Manager of Viu SA, said that Viu SA is proud to partner with the SABC to offer a digital platform for the broadcaster's leading shows. Solovei said that Viu believes in the power of South African stories and looks forward to delivering these stories to as many people as possible through Viu’s digital platform.

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