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South Africa’s latest entertainment service Black will provide viewers with programming from 21st Century Fox, following a deal between parent company Cell C and Fox Networks Group (FNG).

black logo 22 Nov 2017Series including The Walking Dead (seasons 1-7), Empire (season 1), Homeland (season 1), Modern Family (seasons one and two) and Basket (season 1) will be available to Black subscribers, along with the channels Fox Africa, Fox Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Fox Sports 1 & 2, BabyTV and Fox News.

In addition to linear channels, the deal between mobile company Cell C and FNG Europe & Africa also brings the new on-demand service FOX+ to South Africa for the first time.

“We are exceptionally excited to have signed this momentous deal, which will add to the premium content already available on the Black platform,” says Black’s chief executive of content, Surie Ramasary.

At launch this month Black customers will have access to a total of 5,000 movies, TV series, music and documentaries, with a range of both local and international content across 60 live TV channels. As well as daily and weekly options, a package to access all the content is available for ZAR389 a month.

Cell C has already concluded deals with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United football clubs to provide their content to viewers of Black.

Adam Theiler, executive vice president of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa said: “Fox Networks Group is uniquely positioned in Africa to deliver a single bouquet of best in genre entertainment to our platform partners. Whether our fans come for locally produced, exclusive African football and boxing, first run, award winning Hollywood drama and comedy, Africa-produced local storytelling, or award winning National Geographic originals, we deliver brands that resonate.

“Fox Networks Group are particularly proud to partner with Cell C as they undertake to revolutionise the mobile TV space, undoubtedly a key pillar in the future of entertainment,” added Theiler.
Black will be available on Android and iOS via apps, its own set-top box, or web browsers.

Cell C has launched data products this November, designed specifically for streaming or downloading on its newly launched Black entertainment platform. Customers can subscribe from ZAR5 per day and, in a South African first, use prepaid airtime as well as debit or credit cards and vouchers to purchase content.

“The cost of data has often been cited as a barrier to entry for customers wanting to stream or download content using their mobile data.  The Black data products will address this challenge. Customers can access data from as little as 1c/MB or R7.50 per GIG,” said Jose Dos Santos, CEO, Cell C.