Advocacy group AfriForum has launched AfriForumTV, a free Afrikaans online streaming platform.
“AfriForumTV was established to broaden the AfriForum community as a gathering place for online entertainment to support the Afrikaans community and establish a new voice in the media world,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday (12 April).
“Subscribers can explore various channels in the comfort of their own home on their television, computer or cellphone by using the AfriForumTV app.”
What viewers can expect
The launch took place at a gala event held on Monday (11 April). Viewers will access entertainment, news, current affairs, school sports, reality and lifestyle programmes, podcasts, and children’s entertainment on the platform.
AfriForumTV itself, institutions within the Solidarity Movement and external content providers will provide the content, the group’s CEO Kallie Kriel said.
“AfriForumTV currently offers an independent platform for new voices to convey a variety of messages and offer a wider choice to viewers,” he explained, adding that the move will promote “community self-reliance and independent institutions.”
The platform is taking advantage of the latest TV trends that have seen viewers turn to online streaming to watch their preferred content at a time of their choosing.
The group’s production houses have already produced “numerous quality entertainment series, current affairs programmes, children’s programmes and documentaries,” Kriel added.
This ensures that the new service “can now be kicked off with a solid programme offering while new content will be produced throughout and a platform will be offered to outside producers.”
How to access AfriForumTV
You can access AfriForumTV online at www.afriforumtv.co.za, where you can register/sign up with your cellphone number and email address. The page also has a frequently-asked-questions section that provides further information about the free service.
Alternatively, you can download the app on Google Playstore (Android devices). It will also be available for iPhone/iPad users soon on the Apple App Store.
Viewers can expect streaming quality of up to 1080p HD. English subtitles are also available for most shows.
The platform joins others such as Jou Afrikaans and MyTV Online. MultiChoice also offers Afrikaans kykNET on DStv and Showmax.