Tshwane gobbles up free Wi-Fi TV

Project Isizwe says that its free video-on-demand (VOD) service, Wi-Fi TV, reached a milestone of 1 million views in February, having only launched in November last year.

Wi-Fi TV is provided by the City of Tshwane (CoT), in conjunction with Project Isizwe, providing unlimited access for users of the Tshwane Free Wi-Fi network.

The VOD service streams video content created by young film makers living in various areas of the CoT, offering relevant and engaging news and entertainment.

They cover topics such as music, current affairs, entrepreneurship, religion, jobs and sport and were previously unemployed or under-employed.

The City of Tshwane created the platform to obtain a deeper insight into the lives of the city’s people while, at the same time, communicating with its citizens directly via video without the restriction of data costs.

The My City channel, which houses video content directly from the CoT, has the most video views of the 5 available channels. The other channels, Sosh, Mams, Att’ville and CBD, have also seen significant uptake, Project Isizwe said.

It said that additional channels will be added to the platform, including dedicated music and sports channels to provide more entertainment and information for users.

At launch, the project drivers said that the service would include various channels covering local content under What’s On, Sports, Faith and MyCity themes.

“Other services to be released in 2015 include the Drive Inn or Wi-Fi Voice,” it said.

Wi-Fi Drive Inn is a video-on-demand service enabled at specific locations that will enable a user to watch a selection of movies including some of the latest Hollywood blockbusters over their private devices when within the Wi-Fi Drive Inn area, City of Tshwane said.

The Wi-Fi TV content is delivered via Tobetsa, the content portal for Project Isizwe’s Free WiFi network,  available at more than 420 sites across Tshwane, which is set to grow to more than 600 sites by June 2015.

The long-term plan is to provide free Wi-Fi to all government educational institutions in the City of Tshwane by 2016.

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