The SABC is launching its own streaming service, lol

Having secured its R3.2 billion bailout from the government to wipe out the company’s debts, the public broadcaster is now apparently planning to go into the streaming business, so you can binge watch episodes of 7de Laan on the toilet.

“As we migrate to digital broadcasting platforms, the SABC will leverage online platforms to allow customers to access SABC content and services anywhere,” SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe told attendees at a recent media event at the Goethe Institute in Joburg, according to a report on MyBroadband.

“We intend to go much further, with the aim of putting all our content on our own streaming service. Even though we have not been able to invest in new compelling content, our existing content is still in huge demand and commands the biggest TV audiences in South Africa.”

Does it count if your content is also the only content accessible to “the biggest TV audiences” – you know, people who can’t afford DSTV or don’t have internet connections for Netflix or other streaming services – though? And with the SABC consistently failing to get those mandatory TV licences paid, I dunno how (… or why) they’re expecting the same users to actually pay for this.

Ja, nee.

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