SABC To Launch Own Streaming Service By Early 2021
The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is finalising plans to bring out its own streaming platform and services in the early part of 2021. Confirming this, Ms Mmoni Seapolelo, a SABC spokesperson, told Channel24 that: "The SABC can confirm that it is planning to launch its video and audio streaming services in line with the ever-changing industry trends and consumer needs. At this stage, the SABC is not in a position to provide more detail, due to the commercial sensitivity of the information.
Even as the details officially offered by SABC remain sketchy, words from those close to the project suggest that the streaming platform is being cast in the image of the UK's BBC iPlayer. With this 'iPlayer-like' platform, the SABC will be able to bundle and offer its own content, and more crucially, access to content would require registration and login by providing a validated TV licence number.
Industry analysts say that the SABC has been working assiduously and quietly on its digital offerings, primarily because the organisation think the digital play is vital to future viability, plus it is getting weary of being a content feeder post for other streaming platforms.
The SABC is also hoping that its proposed content streaming platform will help set it up as a formidable content aggregator and platform operator that will take the fight to the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple+, Showmax and a bunch of other local offerings.
Credit: contribution from citizen.co.za