Showmax deal with OUTtv means more LGBTQIA+ content available to stream in SA

Drag artist Trixie Mattell. (Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images)
Drag artist Trixie Mattell. (Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images)
  • Showmax and Canadian channel OUTtv have signed a distribution deal.
  • This will mean more LGBTQIA+ content will be available on the South African streaming service. 
  • The content won't be available outside of South Africa due to anti-gay laws still existing in some African countries.

Great news for TV fans wanting more LGBTQIA+ content to stream online.

Showmax has signed a distribution deal with OUTtv that will see a lot more LGBTQIA+ content becoming available in South Africa. 

OUTtv is a Canadian channel that broadcasts general entertainment and lifestyle programming aimed at the LGBTQIA+ community. 

"This year our efforts are concentrated on growing the accessibility of OUTtv’s expansive catalogue of LGBTQIA+ content to global audiences," says Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv in a statement. 

"We're seeing an increasing demand for LGBTQIA+ programming and, by partnering with premium entertainment platforms such as Showmax we are able to make our content more accessible to international audiences."

In October 2018 MultiChoice added the gay-focused OUTtv as a month-long linear pop-up TV channel on DStv to try out the content with the South African audience. It was clearly a hit as the new deal, that comes during Pride Month, shows. 

Showmax has acquired a catalogue of content including the horror drag reality series Boulet Brothers' Dragula, Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend, and Drag SOS and will add further new OUTtv content on a monthly basis.

The content won’t be available outside South Africa in countries like Kenya and Nigeria where anti-gay laws still exist resulting in broadcasting regulators censoring LGBTQIA+ content. 

You can access the content here.

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