Cell C will launch its entertainment platform Black – offering video, music, concert tickets, and sports betting – on 14 November. It will offer movie rentals and purchases, and subscription video streaming services at various price points. Black has secured the exclusive rights to several series, will feature 66 live streaming channels, and is nearing a deal with Fox.
Cell C said it has also deals in place with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, and Real Madrid to stream football matches. The service is available via apps for iOS and Android, as well as a web application for video streaming. Cell C will also offer an Android-based set-top box that you can connect to your TV.
Black’s packages and pricing are summarised in the tables below. Additionally, users can rent and buy movies. Rentals range from R25 to R35, while purchases range from R50 to R170.
BINGE are Black’s all-inclusive packages, bundling its VOD services with live streaming channels.
|BINGE Premium Plus (Flexi Premium, BTV Premium, MUTV, sports)||R389|
|BINGE Premium (Flexi Premium + BTV Premium)||R279|
|BINGE Access (Flexi Access + BTV Access)||R89|
Flexi gives users access to movies, series, music, and documentaries.
Flexi Premium includes local and international content, while Flexi Access has a local focus. It is available in daily, weekender, weekly, and monthly non-recurring subscriptions.
|Package||24 hours||3 days||7 days||30 days|
Black offers streaming of Premiership football matches from several clubs, with subscriptions available in daily, weekender, weekly, and monthly variants. Live game streams are delayed a few hours, but Cell C said it is working on reducing this delay.
|Package||24 hours||3 days||7 days||30 days|
|Manchester United TV||R5||R10||R15||R25|
|Real Madrid TV||R5||R10||R15||R25|
Black also offers the live streaming of several entertainment channels, which it has bundled as “BTV”.
It also offers “BTV Sport Plus”, which bundles its BTV Sports channels with its Premiership football channels.
|BTV Sports Plus||R179|
|BTV Drama & Reality||R69|
Broadband deal of the week: BT Unlimited 17Mb, 12 mths FREE BT TV with BT Sport (worth £42), all for £24.99 p/m
It’s not often BT decides to throw in the BT Sport – the very jewel in its crown, no less – in with a broadband deal for nothing. In fact, I can’t remember the last time it did this. And it’s the start of the football season.
Accident? I think not.
All the sport, all the time – sport, sport, sport… and more sport
Don’t ask me about football, I don’t have a clue. All I know is there are feet, balls, goals, money and angry middle-aged men in long coats gesticulating from the touchline.
Nevertheless, one thing I do know is that watching it can be expensive. Not with this deal. If you sign up to BT Sport for the first time before August 15 you will get your whole first year free.
For free, you will be able to watch BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, BT Sport ESPN alongside their HD versions – BT Sport 1HD, BT Sport 2HD, BT Sport 3HD and BT Sport ESPN HD. That includes 351 UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League games broadcast live, plus the Premier League, FA Cup, European Rugby Champions Cup, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), MotoGP and loads more. There’s 42 live Premier League fixtures, up to 24 live FA Cup games and the whole of the Champions League and Europa League tournaments, including every Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Celtic match.
Sorry I keep saying ‘for free’ but I find myself somewhat astonished at this, having listened to colleagues discuss remortgaging their house so they can watch favourite team lose over and over again. Football is supposed to be expensive, isn’t it? UFC is supposed to be expensive… apparently not.
You’re going to have to get the broadband, or have it already
To get free BT Sport you’re going to need BT Broadband or BT Infinity (fibre broadband).
If you already have it, great, you’re still eligible for this offer, so long as you’re taking out BT Sport for the first time. Below is a table showing three of the deals currently available from BT (including the one in the title of this blog) that are eligible for free BT Sport – one for each of the speeds BT offers, so which one you pick will really depend on how fast you want to go. Rough rule of thumb is 17Mb (ADSL) broadband is fine for smaller households – you can stream Netflix/iPlayer etc in HD just fine with it.
52Mb Infinity fibre is more capable and good for households of 3-5 frequent internet users. BT’s fastest offering should only really be considered if your household is either very large or very, very internet-intensive.
Other stuff you should know…
This offer ends on 15 August 2017, so you must sign up before then. It requires a 12-month contract.
If you’re already a BT Broadband or BT Infinity customer you’ll have to a) Sign a fresh 12-month contract and b) Never have had BT Sport before if you want to get this deal. New customers need not worry.
Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk
Dan Howdle is Cable.co.uk’s resident telecoms expert. Dan appears regularly in the UK press to talk about issues faced by UK consumers on matters of broadband, TV and mobile, and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, ITV News, Sky News, and on a number of BBC and non-BBC UK radio stations.
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Labour will prioritise boosting ultrafast broadband connectivity if it wins the upcoming general election. The party’s manifesto states that on its first day in office, it will instruct the National Infrastructure Commission to report on how to roll out ultrafast broadband offering speeds of 300Mbps across the UK over the next decade. Labour has also pledged to deliver universal superfast broadband availability by 2022, as well as improve mobile internet coverage and expand provision of free public Wi-Fi in city centres and on public transport.
In addition, the party wants to improve 4G coverage and invest to ensure uninterrupted 5G coverage is available in all urban areas and on major roads and railways.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been critical of the government’s handling of the UK’s digital infrastructure for some time.
Speaking at last year’s annual party conference in Liverpool, he said that since promising a broadband Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps, ministers have let down entrepreneurs, businesses and families, particularly those in rural areas, when it comes to improving connectivity.1