Times Media Group has on Wednesday (10 September) taken the wraps off its online streaming entertainment service, Vidi.
The new hub offers both a monthly subscription option and/or an instant rental option across one platform.
“There is no program scheduling but rather instant access to thousands of hours of entertainment,” the group said.
Available across multiple devices, viewers have two options: an all-inclusive Unlimited Subscription to a library of movies and TV series for only R149 per month, or movie rentals at R27 a pop.
Viewers do not require a dish or a decoder to use the service, and they can cancel their subscription anytime as there are no contracts.
They will also be able to rent the latest movie releases just off the circuit for R27, with a selection of premier library titles starting at R15, also available.
Viewers can watch Vidi content on multiple devices that can stream content, including PC, Mac, Laptop, Apple and Android tablets and smartphones.
Times Media noted that Vidi is an advert-free and schedule-free platform, adaptive to internet speeds which can work from slow or faster internet connections.
Andrew Bonamour, CEO for TMG, said: “Vidi represents a significant step in Times Media’s evolution to a multi-platform media and entertainment company. It reflects a new entrepreneurial and innovative mindset for the group that we believe will bring long term growth and sustainability.”
“It builds on the recent diversification of the company into a range of high growth broadcast and content assets in South Africa and in West and East Africa.”
The R149 a month subscription offer allows for unlimited viewing of a library of more than 1,000 hours of television series and over 100 movies and is constantly growing.
The new platform also includes a Kids Playzone, with a large selection of children’s content from TV series to the latest movie releases.
Andrew Gill, MD of Broadcast and Content at TMG, said: “We have secured some of the very best available content from the biggest names in the industry. We will be constantly refreshing our offering with new and exciting films and series”.
Highlights include all seasons of 2014 top Emmy winner Breaking Bad; ABC branded block including titles such as Greys Anatomy, Cougar Town, Brothers and Sisters and Missing; as well as the all-seasons 10th Anniversary special of Lost, which premiered in the US 10 years ago this September.
To celebrate its arrival, Vidi is offering a 30-day trial membership so that South Africans can experience just what it has to offer and see just how easy, affordable and accessible it is.