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South African over-the-top (OTT) service DEOD has cut its prices and introduced a wider choice of programming, following a new arrangement with LA-based Entertainment Studios.

DEOD Logo 12 December 2017Genres covered in the content deal include a mix of stand-up comedy, short-form comedies, sitcoms, daytime and reality TV series and courtroom reality programmes. Shows include ES.TV, which provides behind-the-scenes celebrity interviews and movie news from Hollywood; Comedy Jam and Comics Unleashed; sitcoms Mr Box Office and The First Family; and aimed at auto enthusiasts.

“These programmes have done very well in the US environment. We feel much of the Entertainment Studios content has never before been brought to South Africa, and the fact that many of the programmes are shorter form and easy content to ‘dip in and out of’ on-the-go, means they should resonate well with viewers who are concerned about data or are simply looking for light entertainment on the move,” said Taryn Uhlmann, executive head of content at DEOD’s parent company Discover Digital.

In addition to the new content, Discover Digital has added international news channels Deutche Welle and TRT World, as well as GODTV, Sonlife, and Inspiration TV, to its channel line-up. These will be available without charge on OTT service DEOD.TV, along with existing news channels France 24, Russia Today and Al Jazeera.

“We believe it is a fundamental right for people to have access to free global news and we also have a drive to make premium content easily available and accessible to all, and this move speaks to both these core principles,” said Stephen Watson, CEO of Discover Digital.

To access further, premium, content on DEOD, a monthly subscription charge is levied. The news channel pack is now priced ZAR40 a month (down from ZAR49), the sports pack is ZARR79 (previously ZARR99) and DEOD’s on-demand subscription entertainment pack is now ZAR69 (down from ZAR79). The comprehensive DEOD Premium option is now repriced ZAR159, from ZAR189 per month, Discover Digital said.

Both DEOD’s on-demand and premium packs are available on a per-week and per-weekend basis with on-demand available on a per-day basis for ZAR5 per day.