Telkom and SABC launch local streaming service – TelkomONE


Telkom, in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), launched a new video service called TelkomONE. The new streaming platform will reportedly feature local content, including “mobivelas”, lifestyle shows and radio stations on a single online platform.

Telkom and the SABC reportedly signed a five-year partnership. The SABC will provide Telkom with its content (SABC 1, 2, Sport and Education, and all 19 SABC radio stations) in a non-exclusive agreement.

TelkomONE is officially available to download through your smartphone app-store and pc. Subscriptions for the service will be sold as daily, weekly, monthly or weekend packages. Users can also register for limited access to free content including news, lifestyle and entertainment channels.

The paid-for subscriptions will offer users a more in-depth media experience and can be paid for in a variety of ways like using prepaid airtime and vouchers. Existing Telkom customers can also add their subscriptions to their monthly bill. Take a look at TelkomONE’s pricing, right here.

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TelkomONE plans to have a strong focus on sourcing and airing local content. Last month, the company called on South African filmmakers to create content for the platform. TelkomONE is specifically looking to source mobivelas: soap opera-style shows for mobile phones. It also looking to source comedy and lifestyle shows.

Content producers (both amateur and professional) can still submit their work to receive funding from TelkomONE. Chosen projects will receive up to R100,000 each to produce their project.

Entrants are required to shoot and submit a maximum of 3 short clips (between five to ten minutes) and submit it to  before 30 November 2020.

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