x-thread://421541147/-7819315038737712006#m_-7912853536049043226_ Entertainment Inside Us: Update: SABC And eMedia Investments Expanded Agreement

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Update: SABC And eMedia Investments Expanded Agreement

Back in March, SABC and eMedia Investments held a media launch to announce a new agreement which would see Openview customers get access to SABC Sport alongside two other channels as well as SABC's 19 radio stations.

Through a media enquiry they were able to shed some light on the following:

- SABC's 19 radio stations will launch from April 15th and join Openview's other existing radio stations.
- SABC Sport will launch 2 days after the radio stations which is April 17th on channel 124. This could add some variety in the sports section and make up for the loss of sports channels Openview had over the years.
- SABC 1-3 and Sport will reportedly be available in high definition. It is currently like that through DTT, DStv and TelkomOne.
- Viewers will be able to record their favourite shows.
- Two other channels will rollout on the platform in the coming months carrying "extensive" and "archived content".
- This deal is non-exclusive as predicted earlier since both MultiChoice and TelkomOne already carry their radio stations with Sport also being available on TelkomOne.

Last year, SABC launched an educational channel and were in talks with pay-tv platforms to make room for the channel. Perhaps this deal has something to do with its failure to launch within that year.

Maybe SABC planned to rollout these brands in phases I mean the idea doesn't seem far fetched. Last year, the only rollouts happened through streaming platforms with the likes of YouTube, social media even TelkomOne to help leverage their offering.

I mean SABC knew in 2018 that SABC Encore was getting discontinued last year and it's possible that the deal with SABC Education went a similar route and subscribers are waiting on a far-off date perhaps around the time Openview manages to rollout one of the other two channels in the coming months.

Could it also be possible that info regarding SABC Education was removed through Starsat's website and DStv's test channel section because SABC was renegotiating with them possibly to include other properties from their stable.

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1 comment:

  1. They might as well just launch the SABC Education channel on Open View as well since the channel is already running on DTT. They will just need to update and improve the content though.