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Streaming service not-so-free, but SABC is trying

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The catch is that viewers will be offered the option of a pay subscription, which will deliver the content without the ads.


18 Feb 2021
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Streaming service not-so-free, but SABC is trying

General views of the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) building in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 18 November 2020. Picture: Michel Bega

You’ve got to admire the chutzpah of our national broadcaster, the SABC, in announcing that it will take on the likes of Showmax and Netflix by launching a “free” streaming service in the second half of this year. In reality, viewers of the SABC will be getting nothing like a Showmax or Netflix product, but will just be offered a new platform on which to consume the free-to-air broadcaster’s offerings. The catch – there always is one, of course – is that viewers will be offered the option of a pay subscription, which will deliver the content without the ads....

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