The streaming service brings legendary Yizo Yizo on-demand for customers, 20 years since its series debut
Johannesburg, South Africa: 09 May 2019 – Viu, a leading entertainment streaming service, is excited to announce the re-entry of Yizo Yizo on South African screens. As part of its licence agreement with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Viu has gained exclusive digital rights to a selection of South Africa’s favourite shows from the public broadcaster’s catalogue, including the highly popular Yizo Yizo, and other critically-acclaimed series like: The Docket, Diamond City, and Emoyeni.
A ground-breaking, and highly resonant series in South Africa’s entertainment history, Yizo Yizo put audiences on the edge of the seats with its bold script and talented pool of actors. A no-holds barred look into the lives of a township community in Daveyton, and its characters all intersecting at the fictional but famous Supatsela High School, Yizo Yizo did something not many shows had done before – it redefined the local drama and youth genre in the country, and it had all sectors of society talking.
Twenty years since its debut on South African screens, Yizo Yizo’s influence on local content models and stories is evident. With memorable male protagonists such as Javas, Thiza, and Gunman; and powerful female leads Nomsa, Hazel, and principal Grace Letsatsi, Yizo Yizo brought together complex characters each exploring their individual and collective identities, their sins, growth, and eventual redemption. Who can forget the gory experiences of crime and assault, the scenes of a community coming together to rebuild after ridding itself of gangsterism and violent disorder, and Javas’ momentous phrase ‘Ugrand jo? (Are you okay?)’.
Ryan Solovei, Country Manager: Viu South Africa, says, “Yizo Yizo’s arrival on Viu demonstrates the app’s commitment to offer South Africans the best shows on the digital and on-demand platform. We are dedicated to broaden access to South Africa’s best local content, and in time, co-produce original local content.”
All three seasons of Yizo Yizo will be available as part of Viu’s Premium offering, with a new season released every month from April for binge-watch and a walk down some of South Africa’s most memorable moments in broadcasting.
Yizo Yizo, being part of the Premium offering, is available to watch through Viu’s 30-day free trial for all its new users. On signing up, all content, including the app’s premium offering, is available to stream and download to watch offline. Post the free trial period, Premium content is indicated by a star as a thumbnail. Viu’s pricing for Premium content is competitive, starting at R5 a day, R20 a week, or R69 per month, after the initial 30-day free trial period.
Viu is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.