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Viu SA announces Premium payments now available through MTN

The agreement with MTN will make it possible for MTN subscribers to make payments for Viu Premium via MTN Direct Carrier Billing.

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The Viu streaming service is gaining popularity in the country with its local-focus on providing content to Mzansi. The streaming service has free and paid subscription tiers.

The Viu and MTN agreement

Viu has entered into an agreement with MTN which will make accessing the paid subscription tiers more accessible to MTN subscribers.

In essence, this will allow MTN subscribers to pay for their Viu subscriptions by adding it to their cellphone bill or with airtime. Ryan Solovei, Country Manager – Viu Africa, explains:

“We at Viu are always working to make the experience for our consumer a seamless one. We understand that mobile payments are one of the most popular ways to pay in South Africa. With this collaboration with MTN DCB, we have made this step of paying for subscription easy and direct”.

Solovei reiterated that consumers across South Africa “can now access top quality premium content instantly on the MTN Network”.

Accessible to consumers

Making direct carrier billing will aim to make Viu Premium more accessible to customers who may find direct carrier billing more convenient, or for whom credit card billing is not an option.

Ernst Fonternel, Chief Digital Officer of MTN South Africa, explains that South Africa is a mobile-first environment, meaning that a “considerable majority of the market consumes entertainment and content”.

Fonternel said the MTN team is looking forward to a successful collaboration with Viu, and adds:

“The decision to have MTN’s carrier billing onto the Viu service is relevant to our customers, and it will expand our network’s offering to provide access to leading entertainment”.

Viu Premium pricing and benefits

Viu Premium starts at just R5 a day or R20 a week, which you can try out with a free 1-day trial. In addition, there is an ad-supported monthly subscription for R29 or an ad-free subscription for R69, which comes with a 7-day free trial.

All tiers of the paid subscriptions allow users to download content to view offline. Viu Premium subscribers can also access a wide selection of local and international programming.

This includes local favourites Yizo Yizo, Gold Diggers and The Big Banger Comedy Series hosted by Skhumba. Apart from popular local shows, the platform also features award-winning Bollywood movies and hit pan-African shows.