Stream­ing ahead for 2019

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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.

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