SABC plans to launch its own streaming service, Mzansi reacts

SABC plans to launch its own streaming service, Mzansi reacts

- The SABC has shared plans to launch their own streaming service next year

- The broadcaster will be competing with streaming services such as Netflix and Showmax

- The SABC has not released in-depth details about their new streaming service due to "commercial sensitivity of the information"

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is reportedly planning to launch it's own streaming service in 2021. This comes after the embattled broadcaster said it wanted to charge TV licence fees for people who stream on other devices.

There aren't many details about this new proposal but reports say it should work in a similar way to the SABC news app. Some of the SABC's local entertainment is being broadcasted on DStv, some on VIU and some ae on YouTube.

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Creating its own streaming service makes it easier for the SABC to broadcast all their locally-produced content through its own platform.

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The SABC is planning to launch its own streaming service. Source: Getty Images
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Speaking to Channel24, spokesperson for the SABC, Mmoni Seapolelo confirmed the broadcaster's plans to launch its own streaming service.

"At this stage, the SABC is not in a position to provide more detail due to the commercial sensitivity of the information," she said.

IOL reported that Deputy Communications Minister Pinky Kekana said the definition of a TV licence should change to fit the current technologies. Meaning that TV licences could be expanded to various other devices.

Briefly.co.za took a look at some reactions from South Africans to the SABC new plans under a tweet by News24.

@ThatoFox said:

"Rest SABC REST REST... Please bathong."

@naidoolp wrote:

"Streaming hours of Clientele adverts..."

@IamHaskin replied with"

"Oh really?? To watch reruns of Bold, Days and 7th Lane???"

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@TataKaAZ added:

"Why don't @SABCPortal just make an app with all their channels and new ones?"

@Nkateko28709906 also said:

"It's long overdue, SABC should have been transformed long ago. Let's see how many people will pay for it."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on Mzansi's reaction to the SABC wanting Netflix and DStv to collect TV licences. It's no secret that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is struggling to stay afloat.

With debt amounting to billions, the broadcaster is trying everything in its power to keep its head above water. Now, the SABC has come up with another way to generate money and force South Africans to pay their TV licences.

Deputy Communications Minister Pinky Kekana told Parly's Portfolio Committee on Communications that the definition of a TV Licence should be expanded. Twitter user, @dramadelinquent, commented:

"@NetflixSA if you give into this bs I'll cancel with you. Easy peasy."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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