Streaming ahead for 2019
AT MultiChoice City in Johannesburg, the satellite broadcaster has unveiled their game plan to tackle the growing need for streaming content and their upcoming international shows.
A new member of the MultiChoice executive team, Niclas Ekdahl, was appointed chief executive of Connected Video a couple of months ago to tackle the growing streaming consumer market locality. This means he is taking charge of DStv Now and Showmax with the aim of providing a more streamlined OTT (over-thetop) media service. Originally from Sweden, he has a career in OTT media service spanning 15 years.
In his presentation, he highlighted the challenges facing consumers with regards to streaming services, including the high data costs and the small percentage (10%) of internet consumers using broadband internet services.
He also mentioned that they were planning to streamline Showmax and DStv Now for a better user experience.
On the international content front, Showmax is getting Adult Swim, hugely popular adult-oriented programming. Other highlights coming to DStv in January include the third season of True Detective;
Cleaning Up; FBI, a new show from acclaimed showrunner Dick Wolf; and a police procedural, Bulletproof.
In February, Escape at Dannemora with Benicio Del Toro documents a 2015 prison break in New York; and Nathan Fillion returns in The Rookie.
In March, Killing Eve with Grey’s
Anatomy’s Sandra Oh makes its debut; and the highly anticipated second season of Big Little Lies has Meryl Streep joining the cast.