Vodacom has announced its plans to launch a new On Demand streaming service in partnership with MultiChoice and ShowMax in 2017.
Vodacom has officially announced that it will launch its new On Demand video streaming service in 2017, which will enable consumers to view content from MultiChoice’s TV services as well as from ShowMax’s growing portfolio.
Vodacom’s CEO, Shameel Joosub, issued the announcement while presiding over the release of the company’s interim results.
Joosub cited that the service, which is expected to launch in early 2017, will provide customers with the capacity to pay a single amount for an item of content and the data one would use to download it, which would then automatically be added to their monthly Vodacom bill.
Joosub offered that the new content service will use spare capacity on Vodacom’s network to download media content (such as television episodes or films) to a user’s device and will enable them to watch it on-demand.
The platform will offer both facilities for consumers to watch content now as well as the ability to watch later, wherein the latter offering will reportedly be offered at a discounted rate.
Joosub’s presentation revealed that the offering will serve as both a T VOD (Transactional Video on Demand service) through which consumers can purchase content piece-by-piece, as well as an S VOD (Subscription Video on Demand) platform through which subscribers can access a bouquet of content for a monthly fee.
Linear Streaming will further be available, which will allow consumers to stream content as simulated web television. While this capability is not yet official, a consumer could feasibly live stream a rugby game from one of DSTv’s SuperSport channels over the internet.
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