South African entertainment platform, black, has signed an agreement with Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa to deliver premium linear and video-on-demand content from 21st Century Fox.
Black will be available on Android and iOS via apps, will have its own set-top box and will also be available through web browsers.
“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.
Through genre-defining channel brands FOX, FOX Sports and National Geographic, FNG Europe & Africa is the pan-regional leader for entertainment, factual and sports programming. The deal brings a raft of premium linear and nonlinear services to black including eight distinctive channels and FOX+, the new on-demand service that will be launching in South Africa for the first time.
Offering full seasons on-demand to subscribers of black, FOX+ provides unparalleled on-demand access to key shows from the vast TV content library of 21st Century Fox. The new service brings some of the best in drama, comedy and animation from the 21CF studios; 20th Century Fox Television, fox21 television studios and all FNG Global shows. Launching with select seasons from five of the most iconic programmes from the past 10 years, FOX+ will be adding new shows and seasons every month, meaning there’s always something fresh and entertaining to watch.
“Fox Networks Group is uniquely positioned in Africa to deliver a single bouquet of best in genre entertainment to our platform partners,” says Adam Theiler, executive vice-president of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa. “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.
“Cell C is an innovator with a vision; and FOX is a natural content partner for black. 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,” he adds.
“In total, subscribers will have access to thousands of episodes of hit series through its Fox+ offering, including iconic and critically acclaimed shows like The Walking Dead, Empire, Modern Family and Homeland, with more iconic shows to be made available over the next three years,” says Ramasary.
The channels that will be available to black customers include: FOX Africa, FOX Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, FOX Sports 1 & 2, BabyTV and FOX News.