Thursday, November 8, 2018

Telkom and Netflix South Africa sign content streaming partnership; Netflix to be added to Telkom's LIT TV box by end of 2018.

Telkom and Netflix South Africa have signed a partnership whereby Telkom will offer Netflix to its South African customers with Netflix South Africa that will become available through Telkom's LIT TV box by the end of 2018.

The partnership between Telkom and Netflix is the first such agreement with a South African telecommunications company. 

MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela, told TVwithThinus in May this year that Naspers' pay-TV arm is not talking to, and not involved in discussions with Netflix to bring the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service to DStv subscribers in the way that the leading satellite pay-TV operators in America and the United Kingdom are doing.

"We are excited to expand our content offering with Netflix. The Netflix partnership allows us to offer more entertainment," says Wanda Mkhize, Telkom content executive, in a statement on Thursday.

"As a start, we can respond to customer requests for the inclusion of Netflix on Telkom's LIT TV Box." 

Wanda Mkhize says its working on mobile and broadband service offerings that will be launched before the end of the year and that these will include enhanced LIT video options and data offerings.

Telkom says Netflix South Africa will be available on Telkom's LIT TV Box from later in 2018.

Maria Ferreras, Netflix's vice-president for business development for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, says in the statement that "We are excited to partner with Telkom and highlight our commitment to South Africa".

"With this partnership, Telkom users will easily access the most-loved entertainment experiences that Netflix provides".