A week after announcing it was sourcing local content for its online video-on-demand platform through the SABC, Times Media Group’s Vidi service has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, to make the British broadcaster’s content available to its subscribers.
The BBC content will become available in the coming months, Vidi said in a statement.
Titles that Vidi has secured include the popular 13-part series Atlantis, which it will show in South Africa first. Atlantis is a fantasy drama set in an ancient world of heroes and mythical creatures.
“In the modern day, Jason, the protagonist of the show, pilots a one-man submarine to investigate a deep sea disturbance and finds himself in the kingdom of Atlantis,” Vidi said.
“In 2013, Atlantis was the biggest new Saturday night drama series launched across all BBC channels since 2006, attracting 8,4m people to episode one and a second season was aired last year by the broadcaster.”
Other BBC that Vidi intends launching in February are Sherlock, Luther, Ashes to Ashes, Misfits, Gavin & Stacey and The Catherine Tate Show.
Vidi has also acquired the three latest David Attenborough-narrated series, Life, Frozen Planet and Human Planet. Children’s shows Charlie and Lola and 3rd & Bird are on the way, too.
Further BBC titles will be added to the Vidi line-up in the months ahead, it said. — (c) 2015 NewsCentral Media