Is Vodacom talking to Netflix?

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub says that the group is in similar talks to the ones its parent company, Vodafone, is having with Netflix about streaming content.

Following the announcement of the group’s full year financial results on Monday (19 May 2014), Joosub told BusinessTech: “We are in similar talks with various parties, some through Vodafone, some directly.”

When asked for specific company names, including Netflix, Joosub said: “I don’t want to comment on any specific ones yet.”

In April, Bloomberg reported that Vodafone Group is in talks with Netflix to offer subscribers access to streaming movies and television shows. It cited three people familiar with the discussions.

A deal would give Vodafone customers free access to Netflix content for a period of time, Bloomberg said, adding that talks are at an early stage.

“We have all kinds of arrangements with all kinds of operators, and we have nothing to say until we announce them,” Friedland told Bloomberg.

At the time, BusinessTech questioned Vodacom on any similar plans it may have for its network.

“We are looking at content deals, but I can’t comment on any specific company,” Vodacom spokesman, Richard Boorman said.

In April, Netflix, the US based provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, poured cold water over suggestions that it will enter the South African market any time soon.

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