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TF1 reportedly to launch Afrostream pay VoD offering

Afrostream.tv screenshotFrench commercial broadcaster TF1 is to launch a paid for video-on-demand service dedicated to African and African-themed movies in March, according to local reports.

TF1 will launch the AfrostreamVOD service, already partly available on line in the MyTF1VoD offering, according to the reports. The service includes a mix of Hollywood, Nollywood and other African content, including Hollywood films like 12 Years a Slave and Ray, French movies including Bande de Filles and African movies including Abderrahmane Sissako’s César-winning Timbuktu.

TF1 is launching the service in partnership with startup Afrostream, whose director Tonjé Bakang last year unveiled plans to launch an SVoD service dedicated to African-themed movies and series in France.

Afrostream is currently taking pre-registrations for an SVoD service offering a range of content at €6.99 a month.  However, the latest reports say that the TF1 venture will make movies available in their original French version or subtitled at a price of between €3 and €5.