SABC rips soapies from DStv Stream Catch Up

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 19 Sep 2023
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Hang onto your bathongs! because you're going to need them.

The broadcast war between MultiChoice and the SABC took on epic proportions this week when their spat hit soapieville like the death of a favourite character.

SABC has pulled all of the pubcaster's soapies from the DStv Stream Catch Up service. Uzalo, Muvhango, Skeem Saam, Generations: The Legacy, 7de Laan - gone!

This is what you see when you try to watch any of them on DStv Stream:

As you'll notice from the "Platforms Affected" insert, they're no longer available on Catch Up on any device, including PVRs.

Where have they gone? To SABC's streaming service SABC+ of course.

They're also on Viu, behind a gazillion adverts and some with a Premium paywall so it'll be interesting to see how long they last there.

Clearly the SABC's on a mission to keep them as exclusive as possible and to be honest, they're better on SABC+.

Every episode has the original broadcast date with them, which wasn't on DStv Stream, and shows such as Uzalo stream in better quality.

We were actually on the brink of doing an article about the marked difference in Uzalo between the two platforms which was emphasised when you watched the closing credits on each. You could hardly read the names on DStv Stream and yet they're crisp and clear on SABC+:
On DStv Stream

This dramatic move by the SABC comes in the wake of the Rugby World Cup fisticuff that erupted before the tournament began.

How it ended: MultiChoice agreed to sub-licence 16 of the matches to the SABC BUT not on the SABC channels on OpenView, meaning South Africans who only have OpenView can't watch them. They've been saddled with other, less relevant sports content instead.

How it's going: SABC isn't allowing MultiChoice to stream their soapies.

Where it's headed: handbag smackdowns, stiletto heels in eyes and shards of glass in shoes.

Shows in this post: Skeem Saam, 7de Laan, Muvhango, Uzalo, Generations

Channels in this post: SABC1, SABC2, SABC3


19 Sep 2023 16:54

WHAAAAATTTTT????!!!!!!!!!!  Thankfully Skeem Saam is the only SABC soapie I watch, now I will have to record it *sigh*

19 Sep 2023 19:47

Sabc+ is good though, sabc just need to put more effort on their app and website for example , allow a person to choose quality of the picture

19 Sep 2023 20:41

Tried downloading the SABC+ app yesterday and struggled, not sure if it's coz I'm using a Huawei phone or not. With Viu the app on my phone has old episodes (about 3 episodes behind), only able to watch the latest episodes through my laptop, also not sure if the problem is my devices. The war between the SABC and Dstv will continue to wage on coz the Cricket World Cup is also coming up. They gonna fight for those rights too.

20 Sep 2023 08:25

Another problem with SABC+ they don't upload each episode emidiately after airing on tv, but viu does. They also need to work on that we cant wait for the following dae to watch 

20 Sep 2023 08:46

I downloaded the SABC+ app as well last night and managed to catch up on Monday's episode of Skeem Saam without hassles.  Good picture quality as well.  I tested the live stream and good quality there as well.

20 Sep 2023 09:56

>>The war between the SABC and Dstv will continue to wage on coz the Cricket World Cup is also coming up. They gonna fight for those rights too.<<

Oh yes, this just in from the SABC...

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has made an offer to MultiChoice (DSTV) for the sub-licensing for the Cricket World Cup 2023 and awaits their response. 

This move seeks to enhance access to premier cricket content for the masses and reaffirms the commitment to providing the best in sports entertainment to citizens, regardless of their geographic location or economic status. 


21 Sep 2023 20:02

I guess the SABC is trying by all means to build and increase traffic to their own platform. I hope it actually works well for them.  

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