Cell C Black’s Linear Channels Go Off-Air Amidst Financial Woes
Cell C has halted the broadcasting of the linear channels on its Black video-streaming service as the troubled mobile operator continues to review costs in its business.
The channels disappeared from Black at the start of September. It, however, continues to provide on-demand series, movies and other content.
A notice on the platform’s website simply states that Black is experiencing difficulties which are affecting its live TV channels and are currently working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Cell C recently told TechCentral that it is in the process of making some critical business decisions to ensure that the business becomes a robust and competitive player in the industry.
The telco said that it had decided to review Black’s content strategy, especially on its linear channels and negotiate with its content providers.
It added that Cell C Black customers would continue to have access to movies, series and music even though its linear channels have been temporarily suspended.
In July, Cell C’s CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson revealed in an interview that one area where spending would be cut back as part of a review of the business was Black, which, he stated, had failed to meet its targets.
He assured that Cell C would not be pulling the plug on Black, but said that he would tone down the investment into it and only use it as a product value enhancer as the industry moves into a converged environment.