BBM Launches DiscoverTV for South Africans


BBM is excited to announce the launch of another amazing new content offering within the BBM Discover menu.   DiscoverTV is a mobile streaming service that allows BBM users to watch a wide variety of award-winning short form shows from a diverse and specialized selection of mobile movies, channels, cartoons and documentaries that include soccer, kids, animals, food, cars, celeb, life, planet, extreme sports and home fitness.

With DiscoverTV, BBM users can enjoy unlimited viewing of content without having to watch a single commercial. There’s always something new to discover, and more shows and channels are added every month!

DiscoverTV is FREE for the first month for all BBM users; after which, it’s only R1 per day for unlimited access to content. The service is easy and convenient to access, as all subscriptions and additional data costs are managed by users’ respective mobile phone networks.


Wide Range of Content

DiscoverTV is for everyone, whether you like documentaries, sports, kids, animals, cooking, cars, planet, extreme sports or home fitness, DiscoverTV offers it all to BBM users. DiscoverTV includes a range of content categories under one roof, so there is no excuse to miss the entertainment.

Commercial Free

BBM understands that one of the most disrupting factors for a mobile user is the commercial that pops in between mobile video clips, especially when data is used to stream them. DiscoverTV is 100% commercial free and all clips can be viewed in their entirety without any annoying interruptions.

Entertainment Anywhere & Anytime

BBM users can stream DiscoverTV anywhere, be it over WiFi or your mobile network. Anyone can simply download BBM for free via the App Store or Google Play, register your details and explore content and services within the Discover menu. This easy-to-use interface that is integrated into BBM Discover means its never been easier to enjoy the best entertainment wherever you are.

Africa – a Growth Market

BBM has identified Africa as a major market and will continue to roll out exciting new features for BBM users across the continent. Africa counts a staggering 1.13 billion mobile subscriptions, making it the world’s second largest continent in terms of mobile subscriptions, second only to Asia.

What makes Africa different from other mobile markets is that Africa is truly ‘mobile first’ and often even ‘mobile only’. Even in remote regions where electricity isn’t particularly reliable or even present, mobile phones can be found. As such, mobile phones form the first – and sometimes only – contact many Africans have with the internet. This means that in some case, phones aren’t just an option to consume video content – they’re literally the only option, even with the growth of satellite TV in countries like Nigeria and Ghana. With 84% of broadband in Africa accessed via smartphones and tablets, mobile devices are the logical place to present Africans with video.

BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, services and content including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, games, video, shopping, travels and polls.

South Africa now has news, rewards, games, channels, stickers, DiscoverTV and will also see the launch of an urban music platform for the discovery of tomorrow’s music talent, shopping deals, vouchers, airtime top-up and pay solutions being launched between now and the next two months. So keep your eyes peeled on BBM!


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