Our community has been consistently ignored by traditional TV channels, who’ve offered only small smatterings of content that speaks directly to us and that unashamedly tells our stories. And things have only gotten worse in recent years.
The demise of the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has dramatically reduced our access to independent LGBT films, while LGBT-themed content on broadcasters is being increasingly restricted; thanks to homophobic and transphobic viewer complaints and repressive censorship laws in other parts of Africa.
PrideTV is set to change all that – providing South Africa, and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, with an affordable and growing library of LGBT movies and series. PrideTV is riding the wave of new Video on Demand (VOD) online services that are revolutionising the entertainment world.
Pride TV’s launch slate of movie titles makes it the choice destination celebrating the best of LGBT independent studios and movies. It works online via internet or wi-fi and can be played out on your smart TV, computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phones (both iOS and Android), making it accessible nationwide direct to consumers. A simple HDMI cable connection from your laptop to the TV set enables playout to the screen.
Here’s how it works: Subscribe to PrideTV for R79 a month (or R790 for 12 months – 2 months free) on their site with your credit card or by charging the billing to your mobile airtime. You’ll then be able to watch as many of the movies, documentaries and series as you want, any time, night or day.
PrideTV has launched with over 200 titles of content from all over the world and across all genres; from classic and edgy to new and heart-warming. There are comedies, sexy college boy thrillers, horrors, love stories, gripping dramas and doccies about LGBT issues and personalities. Around 65% of the content is gay male focused and 35% deals with lesbian and transgender themes.
According to Joanne Raphael Katz, Pride TV Content Manager, this is just the start. New content will be loaded onto PrideTV on a regular basis; especially more big screen classics, new independent releases and TV series. The platform is highly curated with the best selections from top producers and film makers that have won many awards and festivals.