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South Africa’s SABC Plans To Launch Streaming Service To Rival Netflix

SABC’s CEO Madoda Mxakwe has announced that South Africa’s public broadcaster plans to migrate to digital broadcasting platforms and roll out an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that will compete with international players such as Netflix.

Mxakwe was speaking at a recent MMA Freedom Week function at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg.

He acknowledged that the SABC is behind other OTT players when it comes to technology, but added that it does not intend to just leave the streaming service market to its competitors.

The SABC said that it would also work towards concluding data deals with telecommunication companies to ensure that its OTT platform is accessible to as many people as possible.

Mxakwe said that the SABC believes that the transition into digital broadcasting is a vital way to ensure its survival.

He also stated that the current situation of the SABC is exciting and historical at the same time because it allows the public broadcaster to work on its shortfalls and therefore position itself for more stable and sustainable growth in the future.


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