South Africa: OUTtv Launches As Linear Channel, Offering LGBTQ+ Content

OUTtv Launches As Linear Channel in South Africa, Offering LGBTQ+ Content

LGBTQ+ network OUTtv has announced the launch of a linear channel in South Africa. The channel will be available on the StarSat satellite television platform and will feature a mix of international and local programming aimed at the LGBTQ+ community.

OUTtv Launches As Linear Channel in South Africa, Offering LGBTQ+ Content

OUTtv is known for its diverse programming, which includes shows that explore topics like gender identity, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. The channel has been available in South Africa as a streaming service since 2020, but the launch of the linear channel is expected to make the content more accessible to a wider audience.

The move is seen as a positive step for LGBTQ+ representation in South Africa, which is widely regarded as one of the most progressive countries on the continent in terms of LGBTQ+ rights. However, discrimination and violence against the community are still common, and many activists believe that increased representation in the media is key to changing attitudes.

The launch of OUTtv in South Africa follows similar moves by other media companies in the country to diversify their offerings. Last year, streaming service Showmax announced the creation of a queer-focused channel, while broadcaster e.tv launched a new reality show featuring queer contestants.

OUTtv’s launch on StarSat is part of a broader expansion plan for the network, which is seeking to expand its reach in Africa and other regions. The network recently announced a partnership with Canal+ International to bring its content to Francophone Africa, and is also available in Canada, the Netherlands, and other countries.

Brad Danks, the CEO of OUTtv, expressed his enthusiasm about providing OUTtv’s original queer content to communities worldwide. He further added that OUTtv is thrilled to have a permanent home in South Africa with Openview, after two successful limited runs in the region. According to him, the South African market is ready for diverse and inclusive storytelling, and they are excited to make their content available.

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