The launch of Etv’s deliberate video streaming service Openview Plus has been delayed.
Mother or father firm eMedia initially indicated it could begin providing its personal OTT streaming service in the course of the announcement of its 2020 annual report in September.
CEO Khalik Serriff stated that Openview was planning to supply further platform selections for its viewers.
In preparation for this, eMedia content material can be positioned on the Openview web site and on over-the-top (OTT) providers together with VIU.
He additionally said that the group would launch its personal OTT providing referred to as Openview Plus by October 2020.
“Work on this providing is going on in earnest as this report is revealed,” Seriff added.
The corporate didn’t present particular particulars similar to pricing or content material which will probably be accessible on the service.
No signal of service
As alluded to within the annual report, the Openview web site has added a choice of on-demand content material which is free to stream.
This library consists of only some worldwide motion pictures and native Etv reveals, that are supported by advertisements.
VIU now additionally gives a number of seasons of varied Etv collection, together with soapies like Scandal and Rhythm Metropolis.
Nevertheless, MyBroadband was unable to search out any point out of the Openview Plus service on both the Openview or Etv web sites.
We requested the corporate to verify whether or not the launch has been delayed, but it surely declined to supply additional info.
“Please word that there isn’t any media communication about Openview Plus at this stage,” eMedia said.
“eMedia will talk plans as they develop,” it added.
SABC to launch personal streaming service
Whereas pay-TV broadcaster DStv already gives a big chunk of its content material through MultiChoice’s Showmax streaming service, free-to-air broadcasters have been sluggish to adapt to the streaming development.
The SABC lately additionally revealed particulars on the plans for its iPlayer streaming service, which was first introduced again in 2013.
It has additionally entered into an settlement with Telkom to supply a choice of its content material on the recently-launched TelkomONE streaming service.
South African TV broadcasting analyst Thinus Ferreira beforehand informed MyBroadband that anybody in broadcasting in South Africa should perceive a streaming service, on-demand service, and digital service are the long run.
“Change to digital and begin and develop your video streaming ecosystem or grow to be irrelevant and die just like the dinosaurs,” Ferreira warned.
“As a content material supplier – like a broadcaster – when you don’t have or personal an area within the very close to future in no matter method, as an illustration an app, on a smartphone, you may as nicely not exist,” he added.