Cell C's Black suspends linear TV channels as part of cost-cutting review

11 September 2019

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South African operator Cell C has stopped broadcasting linear channels on its Black video streaming service as it continues a major review of costs in its business, TechCentral reported. The channels disappeared from the platform at the start of September. It continues to provide on-demand movies, series and other content, however.

Cell C told TechCentral that in recent months, it has made some important business decisions to ensure that the company establishes itself as a strong and competitive player. This includes reviewing its full product portfolio.

The operator said its taking steps to "right-size" the business, focusing on revenue-generating activities and cutting costs where necessary. Cell C has made a decision to review Black's content strategy, in particular its linear channels, and enter into negotiations with its content providers.

Content remains part of the broader strategy and will continue to be offered, albeit in a different format, it said. Cell C Black customers will still have access to music, series and films even though linear channels have been temporarily suspended, it added. Affected linear subscribers will receive alternative Black products and services.

Source: Telecompaper