Free Viu streaming service launched in South Africa

Streaming service Viu has officially launched in South Africa, offering a wide selection of local content in addition to international shows.

The launch of the new platform was announced on 28 February at a media event in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Viu offers a content which is available to watch for free, with adverts shown, while users are required to sign in and subscribe to the service’s Premium plan to access additional exclusive shows.

The Premium membership can be set to renew on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis – depending on the plan the customer has selected.

Users with the Premium subscription plan will have access to Premium videos and will not be presented with advertisements when watching content.

Below are the prices for Viu Premium membership:

  • Daily – R5
  • Weekly – R20
  • Monthly – R69

Content selection

Viu recently announced that it had partnered with the SABC and acquired the rights to broadcast select SABC shows, including Uzalo and Skeem Saam for a period of 24 months.

These shows are labelled as Viu Exclusives on the streaming platform’s website.

The platform also secured video-on-demand rights to 18 South African titles, and offers a variety of other content through its web interface.

Etv shows such as Imbewu: The Seed and Scandal! are available through the Viu platform, too, and there are a number of shows labelled as Viu Originals.

Other video-on-demand content offered through the platform includes Bollywood films, African series and movies, and South Asian shows.

Users can visit the Viu website to view free shows and sign up for the service’s premium package.

The Viu mobile app can also be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

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