Disney+ to Launch in South Africa to Compete with ShowMax, eVOD, Netflix and BritBox SA

The Walt Disney owned streaming service Disney+ is coming to African continent safari. The video streaming service will be launching in South Africa 2022 around winter time.

The news was revealed by Bob Chapek CEO of Walt Disney on Thursday during Disney’s Q3 FY21 Earnings Results Webcast.

Bob Chapek adds the “expanded Disney+ footprint will include parts of the Middle East and South Africa”.

“As confirmed in The Walt Disney Company’s Q3 earnings call, Disney+ will launch in South Africa in winter 2022. We will share more details as we approach the launch next year,” the company spokesperson.

South Africa, Africa’s most sophisticated TV market on the continent, will likely be the only African country where Disney+ will be launched initially. Chapek reiterated in the conference call that “our direct-to-consumer business is the company’s top priority”.

In South Africa Disney+ will compete with the likes of eVOD, eMedia holding newly launched streaming service, Showmax Netflix, DSTV Now, Amazon Prime Video and BritBox SA.

As for SABC they’re late for the party, the state broadcaster is yet to launch its streaming service, hopefully soon if not they will be way long off the line.

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