SABC and Telkom launch new mobile streaming channel TelkomONE

Image credit: Twitter/TelkomONE

The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Telkom have partnered to launch TelkomONE, a new mobile streaming channel.

In a statement on Monday, the two companies said the channel will house SABC’s TV channels 1, 2, Sport and Education as well as all 19 SABC radio stations.

5-year partnership

The five-year partnership will give South Africans free access to the SABC online whenever and wherever they want, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said.

“TelkomONE will make it possible for subscribers to pause, go back into the programme guide (time-shift) and instantly watch a scheduled TV show they may have missed,” he added.

TelkomONE will have more content over and above SABC, including “comedy, lifestyle content and music for youth on-the-go.”

SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe said the partnership “is part of the SABC’s overall strategy of becoming a competitive multichannel and multiplatform public content provider.”

The agreement stipulates that in return for providing the content to Telkom on a non-exclusive basis, SABC will receive a carriage licence fee and a share of revenue generated on TelkomONE.

How to stream on TelkomONE

Users can stream content on TelkomONE either on a desktop/laptop computer via or on mobile devices via the TelkomONE app downloaded from Android or iOS app stores.

They would then need to sign up for either the free version or paid AMP version, which includes streaming data. The cost details are as follows:

AMP SubscriptionDailyWeekendWeeklyMonthly
Data allocation90MB360MB720MB1800MB

AMP subscription packages include music, short films, TV series plus the free content by default upon registration. Some of the content includes Viva Nation TV and Stingray among others, Telkom said.

Subscribers need an internet connection to stream content. Streaming via Chromecast and Android Boxes is also supported.

Here is a summary of the package details:

Package detailsFreeAMP
Concurrent streams12
Device/browser management23
Profiles (sub account)12
VOD download (mobile app only)No5 Titles; 
48 hours
to start watching; 
2 Simultaneous
Catch upNoYes
NPVR (In the cloud)No3hrs recording
Time shift24hrs3 days
Follow meNoYes
Adaptive bitrate SDSD/HD 
4K on Android TV
Parental controlYesYes
Share on socialYesYes
Live event streamNoYes
Create muschi playlistNoYes

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