Vubiquity brings BBC to South Africa VOD


Vubiquity and BBC Worldwide have signed a deal to deliver content to South African video-on-demand (VOD) service MTN FrontRow.

MTN FrontRow was the first OTT VOD service to be launched by a South African-based telecoms company, going live in December 2014, in a partnership between Discover Digital and MTN. The service offers both subscription and transactional VoD, via its FrontRow Club and FrontRow Premiere brands.

The new deal brokered by Vubiquity allows MTN FrontRow Club subscribers to watch the latest BBC Worldwide series, including Sherlock and Planet Earth.

MTN FrontRow Club subscribers can stream content instantly via their internet browser to their mobile device or computer, or through its Android or iOS apps. The service is available to everyone regardless of their current operator, and users can sign up to the service from R119 per month. MTN zero-rates its data for FrontRow for all MTN customers.

“BBC Worldwide produces some of the world’s most popular and cutting-edge content. MTN FrontRow is bringing this outstanding-quality content to South Africa. They are responding to the growing demands of customers who want to view the latest films and TV series whenever they want and wherever they want, said dam Poulter, MD for EMEA at Vubiquity.

“Vubiquity has the proven platform solution that enables any type of business, not just traditional broadcasters, to meet their customers’ constantly evolving expectations and provide viewers with top-quality content across a wide ecosystem of devices. It’s a pleasure to work with companies like Discover Digital and MTN that are pushing the boundaries and delivering innovative services tailored to their customers’ needs.”

“We are delighted to secure BBC Worldwide content for the MTN FrontRow service. MTN’s commitment to build on their premium content offering ensures the consumer will continue to enjoy world class content,” added Stephen Watson, managing director of Discover Digital.

“The BBC brand sits well within the existing catalogue of the top six Hollywood studios whilst adding an alternative of much-loved British film and series flavour.”
Source: Broadband TV News 23 September 2015