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South Africa’s MultiChoice to offer Premier League content on streaming platform Showmax

South Africa’s MultiChoice to offer Premier League content on streaming platform Showmax

SOUTH African pay TV company MultiChoice Group and U.S. media conglomerate Comcast will offer African subscribers a standalone live Premier League soccer plan on mobile as part of its revamped Showmax video streaming platform. Africa's biggest pay TV company MultiChoice has been investing billions of rand to fight off competition from international streaming giants such as Netflix, Amazon and Disney, some of which have also been investing in local content. Last year the group entered into a partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky to revamp MultiChoice's existing Showmax streaming service, which will be built on NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming platform. Detailing the plans at the launch…
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Showmax creates first-ever Kenyan original series

Showmax creates first-ever Kenyan original series

MPHO RANTAO AFRICAN streaming platform Showmax and CANAL+ have broken ground with a new drama series, a first collaboration between the platform and the French channel.  The new series is called Crime & Justice, a gritty procedural & legal drama set in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi.   Heavyweight actors Sarah Hassan and Alfred Munyua will take up the roles as the two detective leads, Maken and Silas, with the new role as a detective being Hassan’s first in her career.  The new series focuses on Makena and Silas at the heart of the topical show that follows one ripped-from-the-headlines case per…
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15 million African viewers to stream movies online

15 million African viewers to stream movies online

SETH ONYANGO, BIRD THE number of streaming subscribers in Africa is expected to jump nearly 200 per cent to 15 million by 2026, according to new estimates, as the pandemic forces Africans to look for entertainment at home. Movie streaming services are projected to rack up millions of subscribers in Africa as the raging COVID-19 pandemic changes the entertainment habits of most Africans. New estimates show subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) on the continent will jump 194.72 per cent to 15.06 million in 2026, up from 5.11 million expected in 2021. According to Digital TV Research, the threefold increase indicates the nascent market…
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MultiChoice’s Showmax invests in African content for growth

MultiChoice’s Showmax invests in African content for growth

OMAR MOHAMMED MULTICHOICE'S online streaming platform Showmax is investing in producing its own local content for African audiences as it competes for their attention against Netflix on the continent, a senior executive told Reuters. MultiChoice is Africa's largest pay-TV group, available in 50 African countries. Its streaming service Showmax, launched in 2015, is available in 46 African countries and also in several Western countries, including Britain and France, which have sizeable African diaspora populations. The company is focusing on developing movies and shows set in its biggest markets of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, senior executive Yolisa Phahle said in…
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