Three companies launched new video entertainment services in South Africa, along with their own media streaming devices, in 2017.
Telkom launched LIT TV, with an Android media box with apps for YouTube, Showmax, and DStv Now.
Kwesé, which is owned by Liquid Telecom’s parent company, launched Kwesé Play and revealed it was the official partner of Roku and Netflix in Africa.
Cell C launched Black, an entertainment platform with a video streaming service that secures its own content licenses.
It launched with an Android-based device called blackBOX.
The specifications of the new media players, and their Apple competitors, are detailed below.
|Specifications||Apple TV 4K||Apple TV||LIT TVB-100||Kwesé Play||blackBOX|
|Video||4K HDR @ 60Hz||1080p @ 60Hz||4K x 2K HDR @ 60Hz||1080p||1080p @ 60Hz|
|Output||HDMI 2.0a||HDMI 1.4||HDMI 2.0||HDMI / RCA||HDMI|
|Internal storage||32GB / 64GB||32GB / 64GB||8GB||1GB||4GB|
|External storage||–||–||microSD, USB||microSD, USB||USB|
|LAN||Gigabit Ethernet||10/100 Ethernet||10/100 Ethernet||10/100 Ethernet||10/100 Ethernet|
|USB||–||–||2xUSB2.0 + 1xOTG||1xUSB2.0||2xUSB2.0|
|OS||tvOS||tvOS||Android 7.1||Roku OS||Android 4.4|
|Price||R3,199 (32GB)||R2,499 (32GB)||R1,099||R999||R1,499|