Africa’s Showmax extends streaming partnership with WWE Network

MultiChoice-owned streaming service Showmax has unveiled a deal that will see it become the new home of wrestling’s WWE Network in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the terms of the extensive partnership, all WWE Premium Live Events as well as WWE Network’s library of original and archived programming will be available to stream on-demand. Additionally, SuperSport, the sports […]

Showmax adds live sport to streaming offering

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice’s streaming service Showmax has begun to offer live sports as part of its programming line-up, including English Premier League football. The new Showmax Pro offering is available in Kenya and Nigeria, taking sports coverage from sister MultiChoice’s sports broadcasting unit SuperSport. The latter is offered as part of MultiChoice’s […]

Naspers to spin off MultiChoice

South African conglomerate Naspers is to spin off Africa’s leading pay TV operator MultiChoice as part of a move designed in part to assuage investor concerns about its own share price. Naspers plans to float MultiChoice on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and simultaneously unbundle the shares in the business to its shareholders. The new company, […]

Kagan: European SVOD revenues to reach US$6.8bn in 2022

The European subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market is due to reach revenues of US$6.8 billion in 2022, up from US$3.9 billion in 2017, according to Kagan research. The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group said that Netflix’s localised presence throughout Europe was one of the “main factors” contributing to this growth. Other cited factors were the […]

Vodafone Ghana teams up with Showmax

Vodafone Ghana has teamed up with Naspers-owned subscription video-on-demand service Showmax to provide content for its broadband customers. Vodafone is offering new and existing ADSL and fibre broadband customers in the country with unlimited access to Showmax content and 3GB of additional data for 30 days at no extra cost to promote Showmax to its […]

Showmax partners with Play in Poland

Naspers-owned video-on-demand service, Showmax, has partnered with Polish mobile operator Play. All new and existing Play contract customers will get free access to Showmax, which launched its internet TV offering in Poland in February. The agreement will make Showmax available to some 8 million Play customers and is part of Showmax’s plan to accelerate the rollout […]

ShowMax teams up with The QYou for curated series

Naspers-owned South African subscription video-on-demand provider ShowMax has teamed up with short-form best-of-the-internet channel The QYou to curate a series of shows in East Africa. ShowMax has selected The QYou to increase its reach among millennial audiences through the launch of a new series, Q Hits, that features a curation of short-form online videos. The […]

Naspers’ ShowMax teams up with Vodacom for low-cost SVOD offering

Naspers-owned subscription video-on-demand service ShowMax has teamed up with Vodafone-backed South African mobile operator Vodacom to offer a low-cost OTT TV service available exclusively to Vodacom customers. The new service, ShowMax Select, will be available on smartphones and tablets, priced at ZAR49 (€3.50) per month. The offering gives subscribers unlimited access to a catalogue of […]

ShowMax launches new SVOD service for Kenya

Naspers-owned South Africa-based ShowMax has launched a mobile-focused subscription video-on-demand service in Kenya. The video-on-demand outfit has teamed up with mobile telecom operator Safaricom to launch the service, which will offer two packages targeted at users in the East African country. ShowMax Premium will be available for KES880 (€7.70) a month, offering a full range […]

SVOD market in MEA to remain ‘very immature’

The Middle East and African SVOD sector will “still be very immature by 2021”, with major players like Netflix tipped to only make modest progress, according to new stats. The Digital TV Research report predicts that the region as a whole will have 19.59 million paying subscription video-on-demand subscribers by 2021, with Netflix accounting for […]