Afrostream, the YC-backed subscription video-on-demand service has today launched in 24 countries across French-speaking Africa marking its first major move outside Europe, where it is available in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, as well as the French overseas DOM-TOMs.
The service, which delivers a mix of Afro-American, Caribbean, African and French content for a monthly fee has launched in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Cormoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, the and Togo.
English-speaking markets, could follow within months said the firm.
Afrostream co-founder and CEO Tonjé Bakang said the firm will distribute about 95% of its line-up across all territories from their partners such as Disney, Warner Bros, Lionsgate and Viacom. The firm also said it’s in talks with a number of national TV channels in Africa to stream their content live to its users.
“Streaming services are on the rise in Africa and we are proud to be able to offer premium international content and premium local content to subscribers. Our catalog has been carefully selected to include documentaries, kids programming, films, series, and more, all designed to appeal to the varied tastes of household members of all ages,” said Bakang.
The SVOD service is now available in 28 countries worldwide but initially made its debut in France, the DOM-TOM’s, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland in September 2015. Afrostream has secured more than 1,000 hours of programmes on all territories and BET is accessible as a live channel and a seven-day catch-up service.
Afrostream also aims to work with telcos such as Orange which is its investor, to subsidize data or provide WiFi for its users across this markets. Like Netflix, Afrostream is also developing its own original content even as its talks to producers for co-production partnerships.