Telkom set to launch its own video streaming service

Telkom set to launch video streaming service TelkomONE

Telkom South Africa is set to launch TelkomONE, a new video streaming service which will focus on local content as well as providing a collection of TV channels available to customers from most major networks.

The company said it is looking for local content creators to contribute content that will be streamed over TelkomONE, which will launch on 30 November 2020.

Telkom will enter the digital streaming service market where it will compete with the likes of Netflix, Showmax, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, VIU, Vodacom Play and several other players.

“TelkomONE is a proudly local and South African service and naturally, we want to host and showcase outstanding content by content producers from our very own shores, including filmmakers, videographers, writers and directors on the platform,” said Wanda Mkhize, Executive for Smart Home and content at Telkom.

The company is trying to include local content similar to how Multichoice is moving away from the breadth of international content it used to offer with a bigger focus on local content to try and distinguish it from international streaming services.

The TelkomONE streaming service will be available on web, mobile apps, and streaming box and comes in daily, weekly, and monthly subscription packages.

“To this end, we have created a competition under the hashtag #OpenUpTheIndustry where such content producers wishing to be noticed can enter for an amazing opportunity to not only win cash prizes to assist them with their content production, but to also have their final body of work featured on our platform for viewing by our audience,” added Mkhize.

Telkom said there are three genres which content producers may enter their submissions for consideration to walk away with a R100 000 cash injection each into the production of their project. These are comedy, lifestyle, and mobivela.

Mobivela is a telenovela for mobile, and entrants in this category will be judged on their ability to capture and tell a real and original short-story.

Comedy entrants will be judged on their ability to make viewers laugh and will include everything from stand-up comedy to parodies and satire.

For the lifestyle genre, entrants can create content ranging from a magazine show to edutainment content.

This competition will run from 12 October 2020 until 30 November 2020.