We are not blocking YouTube Premium videos in South Africa – FPB
8 November 2019
The Film and Publication Board of South Africa (FPB) has told MyBroadband that it is not delaying the release of Google’s original content on YouTube Premium in South Africa.
YouTube Premium launched in South Africa on 12 March and although its other features were functional, Google only enabled a small fraction of its catalogue of original content in South Africa.
The service is priced at R71.99 per month for individual subscribers and R109.99 per month for a family plan.
Examples of YouTube Premium shows and movies that are blocked or partially blocked in South Africa include Cobra Kai, Impulse, Origin, and Bodied.
For shows like Cobra Kai and Origin, YouTube makes the first two episodes of the show available for free. To access the rest you must subscribe to YouTube Premium.
In the case of Cobra Kai, which is currently YouTube Premium’s top-rated show on IMDb, only some episodes from its second season and the two free episodes from the first season have been made available in South Africa.
The rest of the episodes are tagged as “Video blocked in country”.