Black inks deal with Fox Networks Group to bring content to South Africa


South Africa’s premium entertainment platform, Black, has signed an agreement with
Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa to deliver premium linear and video-on-
demand content from one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, 21st
Century Fox. Black, the new innovative entertainment service, 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 non-linear 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 Black subscribers, 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
critically acclaimed 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 ten 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. 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’ said Adam Theiler,
executive vice president of Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa. “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,’
continued Theiler.

“In total, Black 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
FOX News

Full seasons available on FOX+ at launch include:
The Walking Dead (S1-S7)
Empire (S1)
Homeland (S1)
Modern Family (S1-S2)
Basket (S1)

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Chanelle Ellaya
Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.