x-thread://421541147/-7819315038737712006#m_-7912853536049043226_ Entertainment Inside Us: Theory: What If SABC 4 And SABC 5 Are The Two Mystery Channels Launching On OpenView?

Friday, 23 April 2021

Theory: What If SABC 4 And SABC 5 Are The Two Mystery Channels Launching On OpenView?

In March, SABC and eMedia Investments held a press conference to reach a new agreement which saw SABC Sport as well as SABC's 19 radio stations launch on OpenView the following month with two other channels set to launch on the platform at a later stage (3 months according to them).

SABC Education is suspected by some of the media as "the other two channels" since it carries extensive and archived content but the reason it may not be that channel is due to the fact that they didn't mention it by name.

Back in November, SABC partnered with Telkom and all their channels including Education were added to their streaming platform, TelkomOne and eMedia Investments forged a similar deal leaving this one out of the picture.

Perhaps the likes of DBE TV (OpenView 122) is the reason for the exclusion after all both channels are just another Mindset with SABC Education supplying selected content particularly Grade 10 & 11 from that channel.

An SABC Encore type channel was also another channel the media suspected but the SABC COO mentioned giving the two channels 20% new content and 80% existing content.

During the SABC's primitive years, the idea was to launch them as five channels before downsizing to just three channels. The two channels which were known as SABC 4 & 5 would cater for north and south of the country respectively.

SABC4, based in Mafikeng, was to be broadcast in Tswana, Sesotho, Pedi, Tsonga, Venda, and Afrikaans, to the northern provinces of the country, while SABC5, based in Cape Town, was to broadcast in Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, and Swazi, as well as Afrikaans, to the southern provinces with no English-language programming shown on either channel.

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