• SBS On Demand relaunches as new content destination – and it’s all free!
SBS is relaunching its online streaming service SBS On Demand on Monday 29 June with a new responsive website and a mix of fresh and exclusive content. The broadcaster held a launch function in Sydney last night to show of the refreshed service to tech and media writers.
Speaking at the launch were SBS managing director Michael Ebeid and director of TV and online Marshall Heald. Also on hand were some of SBS’s On Demand partners including Fetch TV’s Scott Lorson.
SBS On Demand is available on 22 platforms – more than any other Australian broadcaster – and is now the home of content that can only be experienced on the streaming service, including premiere titles and curated collections, all of which will be free for all Australians.
The new SBS On Demand offers more than 600 top quality films from around the globe and for the first time ever will also offer over 350 feature documentaries and factual programs.
Michael Ebeid, SBS Managing Director, said: “Launched in 2011 as an online catch up service, SBS On Demand has grown to be a go-to content destination, now with more than 4000 hours of premium content available to all Australians. It is a true representation of the quality drama, documentary and film on offer from SBS that goes to the heart of our special charter, and provides Australians with an enviable range of distinctive content available anytime, on any device, absolutely free, in a way only SBS can.”
Marshall Heald, director of TV and online at SBS said: “SBS On Demand is a unique offering in the competitive subscription streaming market. As audience consumption habits continue to change, SBS On Demand is central to SBS’s commitment to exploring and celebrating diversity through inspired entertainment using cutting edge technology.”
The SBS On Demand website is fully responsive and will scale down to any device that it is accessed from, allowing for an interface that is easy to navigate, and also showcases the fabulous content on offer.
Over the coming months, SBS On Demand’s content offering will include season three of groundbreaking series Rectify, express from the US and exclusively premiered on the streaming service, ahead of the television broadcast. Other drama content includes Bosch and Masters of Sex, which will have an exclusive preview screening of their first episodes on SBS On Demand, as well as catch-up titles such as The Principal, 12 Monkeys and Glue.
The new documentary slate features a huge array of documentaries from award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney including Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, Freakonomics, Gonzo and Finding Fela!
Other documentary and factual content available for catch up includes Struggle Street, which returns to SBS On Demand exclusively along with seasons one and two of Go Back To Where You Came From ahead of its season three return to SBS in July.
Over the coming months, SBS On Demand will offer hand-picked movie collections. Along with these curated collections, SBS On Demand has a huge array of back-catalogue films including Exit Through The Gift Shop, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Touching the Void, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Pan’s Labyrinth, Let the Right One In and many more.