The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched a new online streaming service called SABC+ where users can watch or listen to SABC’s content for free.
However, there is a paid package called SABC+ AMP, which offers additional content in daily, weekend, weekly or monthly packages ranging from R7 to R49.
SABC+ streaming service launched
The newly launched SABC+ streaming platform features 19 radio stations and three free-to-air television channels – SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3. It also includes the SABC Sports Channel, SABC’s 24-hour news channel and a host of local and international content.
“SABC+ signals a new digital era for the SABC and a key accomplishment in addressing universal access for all citizens,” SABC’s Group Chief Executive Officer Madoda Mxakwe said in a statement on Thursday (17 November).
“SABC+ app also presents a growth path to enhancing our value offering to clients and customers to build a strong foundation for future financial sustainability of the SABC.”
FIFA World Cup on SABC+
The state-owned broadcaster has also partnered with Hisense to distribute the SABC+ app through the Hisense VIDAA Smart TVs and mobile devices in time for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on 20 November 2022.
This means that Hisense TV owners can download the SABC+ app via the VIDAA app store and watch SABC+ content, including the World Cup, on their TVs. This would be more convenient than watching on smaller devices such as smartphones. SABC said it will expand this capability to all TV models soon.
“We believe that through this partnership, we can create the best possible viewing experience at home for football fans, so as to allow them to focus on enjoying every moment of a FIFA World Cup match,” Hisense South Africa CEO Vivi Liu said.
How to stream SABC+
To stream content on SABC+, visit its website and click “Sign Up” to register. You will need to choose a username and password which you will subsequently use to access the content on your devices.
The platform will send you an SMS with further information once you have successfully registered. Log in to your profile to stream content via an internet browser or the SABC+ app, which is available on the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices). Existing TelkomONE subscribers can use their current login credentials.
In the free SABC+ plan, all SABC TV, radio, news, education, sport and catch up content is available to stream for free. The paid package is called AMP.
“AMP is a premium package of TV shows, movies, lifestyle content, reality shows and a mix of TV channels with a variety of subscription periods and payment options to suit your interests and budget,” the platform explains in its FAQs page.
“Choose to pay with cash, e-wallet, debit card or credit card or Telkom Charge to Bill or Airtime. From R7 per day to R49 per month, subscriptions also include bundled data, compliments of Telkom.”
Telkom customers get additional data bundles with their chosen package, with Telkom payment options recurring by default from the point of activation.
The AMP subscription options are as follows (data bundles indicated are exclusive to Telkom customers):
- AMP Daily: R7 a day with 90MB Telkom data to stream.
- AMP Weekend: R17 with 360MB Telkom data to stream.
- AMP Weekly: R19 with 720MB Telkom data to stream.
- AMP Monthly: R49 with 1800MB Telkom data to stream.
With AMP, you can stream content from additional channels such as BBC World News, Boing, FashionTV and TNT Africa.