BritBox arrives in SA – CEO Reemah Sakaan unpacks its unique offering

Chief govt of UK streaming service BritBox, Reemah Sakaan joins the BizNews workforce to debate the arrival of the streaming on demand platform to South African shores. The streaming period has merely begun, as plenty of leisure suppliers struggle for market share in an more and more aggressive market. It’s nice for us as shoppers, with a plethora of leisure choices at one’s disposal – and at aggressive costs. The distinctive providing may have a number of British leisure choices, which Sakaan says is a fan favorite amongst South African households – it’s the explanation BritBox has determined to penetrate the South African market. The streaming on demand trade as a complete is mentioned at size, with Sakaan outlining the massive runway forward for the trade. – Justin Rowe-Roberts

Reemah Sakaan on the background of BritBox: 

BritBox kind of does what it says on the can. It’s a British streaming service. It’s a three way partnership backed by the BBC and ITV, so a 50/50 three way partnership and bought into the British streaming sport again in 2017 with the primary launch in the USA, rolled out to Canada and launched within the UK, just lately launched in Australia and South Africa truly launched final week. So it’s up, operating and reside in South Africa.

On the aggressive surroundings within the on demand streaming trade: 

On-demand streaming is simply, as you say, ubiquitous and in every single place. And clearly the way in which folks actually are having fun with watching TV and having enormous quantities of alternative that we’ve by no means seen earlier than. For BritBox to enter the sport in opposition to the large American giants, we knew that we wanted one thing actually distinctive and completely different. And we really feel we’ve got that. We’ve bought a really distinctive level of distinction. We’re not attempting to be a Netflix, if you happen to simply love this fashion of watching and you’re keen on British content material, why else would you go anyplace for British content material if you happen to’ve bought the entire BBC and all of ITV in a single place. And so what comes out after that’s clearly actually nice development streaming markets, but in addition nice British affinity markets. South Africa has at all times been a extremely fertile territory for UK content material, typically related style and sensibility. It was a pure subsequent step for us. Each the BBC and ITV have had profitable TV channels – companies available in the market. A few these closed just lately. So there’s positively a spot when it comes to the place folks want to go for content material and an on demand service that does that for them multi functional place versus plenty of channels in all places is only a little bit of a no brainer.

On BritBox’s pricing factors:

We peg ourselves simply beneath the large majors (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+). That’s as a result of we’re kind of specialist and boutique. But it surely’s a brilliant premium product – the standard of it. So, it’s R99 per thirty days with a one week free trial. After which there’s an annual plan you should buy as effectively at R999 for the entire yr, which will get you two months free as effectively. It’s actually competitively priced I believe, versus the fairly vital contract commitments that generally folks should make. However that’s additionally the fantastic thing about streaming actually is that it’s fairly simple in and there’s at all times a free trial. You are able to do it on a month-to-month foundation – much more versatile than I believe TV packages have been up to now.

On whether or not the streaming market is turning into too diluted regardless of it’s enticing runway: 

It’s a extremely good level. Look, the flip facet is that customers have by no means had it so good – it was unimaginable to get all this superb high quality, all of this alternative, all of this flexibility at such low costs. It’s an costly product to make. That is actually nonetheless the identical stuff, however offered another way. So scale is actually, actually essential – reaching vital mass scale. 

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