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video streaming: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 11:07 am AFKI Original
South African media giant Naspers is launching its 18-month-old internet TV service ShowMax in Poland. It plans to provide hyper-local content and original productions rather than trying to compete with expensive shows designed to appeal to audiences worldwide. It’s competing with the much older, bigger, more established U.S. firm Netflix, which launched in 1998. Netflix is also commissioning original content, but it has an overseas problem, one commentator said. “It just doesn’t have the amount of local content that some of the (streaming and pay TV) competitors have.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:40 am AFKI Original
Showmax is South Africa’s answer to Netflix, the global subscription based video streaming service that provides users with a wide variety of viewing thanks to an online catalogue of movies, series and other entertainment options. We take a look at 8 things you may not know about Netflix in relation to Showmax.
Dana Sanchez, 6:40 pm
While its expansion to Africa is a welcome development, the U.S. company could face challenges due to the high cost of Internet mobile data and lack of quality broadband. Africans are already fans of most Netflix content. Netflix could oust Naspers-owned digital satellite TV service, whose users complain about its fees. However, Netflix isn’t cheap either. Still, the U.S.-based company has 65 million streaming customers worldwide.
Dana Sanchez, 5:48 pm
Expanded copyright protection, increased consumer interaction through gaming and better content are among the predictions for media in Africa, according to market researcher IDC. Although Netflix hasn’t said if it’s interested in expanding into Africa, the IDC expects that the video-on-demand subscription service is “well on its way to global dominance,” Memeburn reports.
Dana Sanchez, 2:29 pm
Research group IDC expects to see more African businesses focusing in 2014 on video streaming, significantly boosting the digital media industry in Africa. It also expects local telecom operators to feature prominently in the content-creation drive on the continent.
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