DEOD to have five sports channels in South Africa

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I’m a huge fan of streaming services. They allow me to consume all kinds of series and movies legally, bingeing entire genres of entertainment if I so choose. However, whenever I talk about the joy of Netflix or how I cancelled my satellite TV, friends will reply with the usual “yeah, but I watch sport”. Sure, TV contracts are expensive, but if you’re a serious sporting fan, it still works out cheaper than going to a local pub to watch “the game”. Now, a new streaming competitor is coming to South Africa, and it just might solve that problem.

DEOD is a converged TV service over the internet. Here is some PR I copied and pasted:

DEOD offers a variety Subscription packages to suit your needs and you can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up to our growing catalogue of premium entertainment, from Hollywood to Nollywood and Bollywood – a mix that includes movies, series, music videos, kids programs, educational and inspirational content, sports, and news.
A bit of a series junkie? DEOD On Demand lets you catch up and binge on all those series you might have missed on TV or have never been featured on satellite TV. Enjoy hundreds of episodes as well as a selection of your favourite classic movies and the latest trending music videos.
With DEOD, you can also get you daily fix of Sport and News with DEOD’s TV Channels – never has sport and news TV been so accessible, flexible and convenient.
Love being connected to your entertainment stream all the time? Want something for everyone in the family? Then choose both with DEOD Premium – Unlimited access to ALL content in our subscription packages including sport, news, series, kids shows, documentaries, cooking shows, music videos, TV channels and more. You can have it all and put always, anywhere access in the palm of your hand.

The app is currently available on iOS, although it is getting a Smart TV app and IPTV Box. Sure, the ability to watch series or rent movies is appealing, but I think it’s the sports offering that will make or break the service for South Africans.If they actually offer streaming of the matches, this could be a, um, game changer for local streaming.

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DEOD is partnering with Sun International, so depending on your Most Valuable Guest (MVG) level, you could get a discount or even free use of the service. Each package is under R200 per month according to the packages tab on the app, though, so even if you sign up for the premium service (R189 per month), you’re not going to break the bank.

DEOD features on demand capabilities as well as TV channels and rentals for feature films. I’ve loaded up the app and there are some decent movies on the list, including the latest Star Wars films, Disney movies and action titles. Looking at the Sport subscription (R99 per month), it says:

Live on the edge withe DEOD Sports. For only R99 per month, you have access to the best of extreme sports, fight sports, sailing, sports tuition, daily sports news from DEOD Sports Network (DSN) and so much more.

Hm, so no Rugby or Premier League, which means most of the people I know who have kept TV subscriptions to watch sports will still need to do so. Still, if you just need the latest sporting news or you are a big fan of motocross, boxing or martial arts, this could be the perfect streaming app for you.

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Check out the full DEOD offerings over on their official page here – DEOD

Last Updated: May 4, 2017

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Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • HvR

    Who the hell still want to watch South African rugby teams loose week in and week out?
    Was hoping for some F1 action

    • MonsterCheddar

      No MotoGP either. *sigh*

  • Yeah. It’s the rugby and footy that people want access too.

    • Viper_ZA

      I’d like some cricket too please ;p

    • miaau

      Tennis and more especially Formula One. Do not dismiss the selling power of F1, even though it ha been in decline for a few years now.

  • Admiral Chief

    Supersport has the monopoly, then again, I’m only interested in SuperBru. DSTV can go get in the sea

  • Original Heretic

    Fight sports? yes please!! MMA all the way!

    • Yeah, but they don’t say which organization. I don’t want to see some potbellied ex-truckers winging haymakers at each other in the bush leagues

      • Original Heretic

        Yeah, that is VERY true.
        UFC or Bellator is preferred.
        I can’t even watch EFC these days, it’s just not at the same level.

  • For the Emperor!

    “Sure, TV contracts are expensive, but if you’re a serious sporting fan, it still works out cheaper than going to a local pub to watch ‘the game’. ” – given that the premium package is around R870, you might be drinking a little too much 😉
    I know I know you are probably including pub lunches 🙂

    • Zoe Hawkins

      my argument is that I’d rather go to a pub, watch the game and move on with life. but for some sports fans, that would mean being at the pub every day. 😛

      • For the Emperor!

        Yeah, I used to watch ALL the rugby. So it would have been too expensive to watch them all at the pub. Luckily most of ours teams started sucking so I hardly ever watch now! Cheaper to go to a pub (or even Loftus since I get free tickets) than watching on TV 🙂

    • miaau

      Well, I stopped heavy drinking (read: I now drink a handful of times a year) about 13 years ago and I used to easily spend between R100 and R200 a night on J&B and water. And that was 13 years ago….

      Ok, sure, if I tried to drink more than two or three I would be in serious drunkland now, but I think watching 4 games a month at the pub would cost more than the DSTV offering.

  • Interested to see how the rentals will work… R30 for the latest Star Bores seems like quite the deal

    • GooseZA

      Rogue One is R19.99 to rent on Google play. Rent it there, watch it via the Youtube App on your xbone. Easy peasy.

      • really? Never looked at Google Play

        • GooseZA

          I use it quite often. The music streaming sub is also really good. R60 a month for unlimited streaming and free download to your mobile devices for offline play.

          • Google Play music is the best thing. I was an early bird, so it’s just R49 a month. Best value.

          • GooseZA

            Ja it’s awesome. Love it =)

        • GooseZA

          I think iTunes probably gets the new releases sooner, but there’s plenty for me to watch on Play when I feel like a movie. and R20 is dirt cheap.

      • Ir0nseraph

        I love Google Play, but cast to my ChromeCast.

      • miaau

        Hmm. that does sound like fun, to be honest. Never thought of using Google Play that way….

  • MonsterCheddar

    I want access to MotoGP, but I can’t find a reliable site to stream from.

    • miaau

      Yeah, like F1 and EPL, high value sport that.

      Well protected.

      Hence the bloody high cost of a full DSTV package…..

      I miss the soccer the most, since we cancelled. I can still watch the Grand Slam Tennis and some of my beloved F1 races (BBC), but the EPL soccer…..

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