SABC inks a licence agreement with Viu SA

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has inked a license contract with global over-the-top (OTT) video service Viu, operated by PCCW Media and Vuclip.

By concluding this partnership, Viu obtains exclusive digital rights to exclusive SABC titles, as well as a ray of premium library content for a period of 24 months. This partnership will see SABC 1 programmes Uzalo and Skeem Saam migrating its video playbacks from YouTube onto the Viu app.

Uzalo and Skeem Saam will remain accessible for viewing on both YouTube and Viu app, until the migration period ends on Thursday, 28 February when Viu officially rolls out in the South African market.

Furthermore, Viu has also seized video-on-demand (VOD) rights to 18 South African favourites from the SABC catalogue. This comprises of TV series The Docket, as well as selected dramas and telenovelas, namely Yizo Yizo, Single Galz, Taryn and Sharon, Ngempela, The Sober Companion, When We Were Black and Emoyeni, to name a few.

However, all programmes licensed exclusively to Viu remain the property of the SABC.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of SABC, Madoda Mxakwe, declared, “The SABC is proud to have partnered with Viu South Africa on this exciting new initiative. As a broadcaster, it is imperative that we continuously move with the times and ensure that our programmes are available through VOD platforms. With its experience in delivering and successfully monetising OTT and VOD services across the globe, Viu South Africa will assist the SABC’s mandate of ensuring universal access for South Africa’s rich home-grown content.”

On the other hand, the Country Manager of Viu South Africa, Ryan Solovei, said, “As a premium platform, we are proud to partner with SABC to provide a digital platform for the broadcaster’s incredible shows. We believe in the power of South African stories, and we look forward to increasing access to these stories to as many people as possible through our digital platform.”

The service can be available on connected devices (mobile, tablet and laptop), through the mobile App, which is accessible for free download on IOS and the Google Play store, and on the web. Moreover, the Viu app offer the possibility to download content to watch offline later as well as a data-friendly option enabling users to select their desired resolution.