On Demand Group and Vodacom Launch Africa’s First Mobile TV Subscription On-Demand Service to Millions of 3G Mobile Users
World Leading On-Demand Content Aggregator and Service Creator Helps Vodacom Capitalize on 3G Build Out
LONDON & JOHANNESBURG – As an African first, On Demand Group, has taken its one-of-a-kind mobile TV subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service capability into South Africa with the creation of TV:On Demand, a brand new offering to millions of Vodacom’s 3G customers. TV:On Demand launched with an extensive library from On Demand Group’s studio and television partnerships providing popular series such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and Entourage, and hundreds of music videos which subscribers will be able to watch on their mobile phones whenever they want with complete control to pause, resume, and replay.
TV:On Demand is wholly-owned and operated by On Demand Group (a SeaChange company, Nasdaq: SEAC) and has been designed to provide a unique service to Vodacom’s customers, who will be able to watch the programme of their choice, on demand, as often as they want, all included in a single fee with no additional data charges.
TV:On Demand service aspects include:
- Pricing options include R75 per month, or R20 per week
- Launch promotions including first month free
- Complete DVD-like viewing control
- New TV episodes released every week
- First African mobile TV service where consumers can watch what they want on demand, when they want ..
- Playlist creation including hundreds of music videos
Victor Borges, General Manager of On Demand SA, said “We’ve seen linear Mobile TV struggle in so many territories worldwide, so when Vodacom invited us to pitch for a new service we focused on choice, convenience and control. We looked at the existing Mobile TV services available which mirror channels already available on satellite TV, and we decided to bring a different, unique and compelling offer to the consumer. By providing TV:On Demand we have given control and value back to the consumer.”
Tony Kelly, CEO of On Demand Group, said, “We are very excited to bring our unique mobile subscription on-demand TV service to South Africa. Its introduction, with full length programming to the mobile environment, heralds a new era in the growth of mobile video. Our experience across other markets globally shows that on-demand penetration and viewing rates are enhanced by subscription packaging. On Demand Group’s capability to deliver this new experience fits with the convergence strategies of our customers and the growing demand for on-demand access to high-quality video on any device by consumers.”
On Demand Group acquires, produces, prepares and delivers annually 250,000 movies, TV programmes and promotions to 12 video service provider platforms, covering 10 million on-demand enabled homes and 100 million mobile subscribers in six languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Greek and Turkish.
On Demand Group’s very first service provider collaboration, with Virgin Media, is widely known as resulting in one of the world’s most successful VOD services, recently reporting 750 million subscriber views during 2009 alone. For German speaking markets, On Demand Group created the joint venture On Demand Deutschland, which now serves Kabel BW, Unity Media, Kabel Deutschland, and Telekom Austria. The Company has also launched specialized services for the Greek national telco, OTE, in Greece and for TTNet, the ISP owned by Turk Telekom in Turkey. Elsewhere, On Demand Group has set roots for the Middle East with the creation of a Dubai-based team and operates VOD services for du, the fast growing Dubai-based telco.
Vodacom is a leading African communications group providing mobile communications and related services to 41.3 million at 30 June 2009. Its mobile network covers a total population of approximately 182 million people across five countries: South Africa, Tanzania, the DRC, Lesotho and Mozambique. Vodacom's presence in Africa was strengthened with the acquisition of Gateway on 30 December 2008, which has customers in 40 countries in Africa, providing communications services to multi-national companies and telecommunications network operators. In addition, Vodafone has agreed to use Vodacom as its exclusive investment vehicle in sub-Saharan Africa.
About On Demand Group
Based in London and serving cable, telco and mobile operators globally, On Demand Group uniquely combines its unparalleled stable of studio relationships and extensive regional content rights portfolio with comprehensive retail marketing and business development capabilities to create some of the world’s largest and most successful video-on-demand services. The Company specializes in content lifecycle management, from acquisition through full monetization, today enabling the highest quality video-on-demand services across millions of TVs, phones and broadband connections. On Demand Group is a subsidiary of video-on-demand, IPTV and advertising software and systems leader SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC). Visit www.ondemand.co.uk.
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