The streaming landscape in South Africa is expanding, which means users with an ADSL or Fibre internet connection are now spoilt for choice when it comes to video on demand services. Read on to find out what your options are!

Netflix

CapNetFlix2Netflix is available on the majority of devices that have internet access. The quality of the service adapts according to the bandwidth available. Many of their titles are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, while some other are available in Ultra HD.

There is an abundance of movies, documentaries and series to choose from. Their line-up includes brand new shows such as comedy show Master of None and marvel super-hero goodie The Flash to sci-fi and horror classics, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files.

The company has the following to say about future viewing: “In 2016, [we plan] to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series – available at the same time to members everywhere.”

Highlights:

  • Access to exciting Netflix original films and series, such as Orange Is the New Black, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Marco Polo
  • 1-month free trial period

Price: US$7,99 (roughly R130 at the current exchange rate)

ShowMax

CapShowMaxA ShowMax subscription offers the ability to watch two different streams simultaneously on two separate devices, but you can have up to five devices registered to a single account. The service is available on PCs, tablets, smartphones and smart TVs.

ShowMax offers a wide range of content, including series, classic and contemporary movies, stand-up comedy shows, documentaries and children’s shows.  Content is sourced from international studios, such as CBS, HBO and Time Warner. They offer home-grown content from Kyknet, Mzansi Magic and SABC.

Some of the international series on offer include Game of Thrones, Friends and The Sopranos. There is also a range of British shows to choose from, such as Absolutely Fabulous, Downton Abbey and Sherlock.

Highlights:

  • Access to great local content
  • Ability to download content and watch it in your own time
  • Pay for the service with eBucks
  • 7-day free trial period

Price: R99 per month

ONTAPtv

CapONTAPONTAPtv is available on PCs and Macs, as well as on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

ONTAPtv offers a full service that gives you access to all their shows, but what differentiates them from other options is that they also offer cheaper specialised content packages. Choose from some of the following packages: Mega, Family, TV Series, Movie or African ONTAPtv.

The ONTAPtv has an unlimited free trial that offers users access to a selection of episodes from a choice of series which rotate on a regular basis.

 

Highlights:

  • Access to local content
  • Ability to download content and watch it in your own time
  • Cheapest option for paid streaming in South Africa

Price: R39 per month – R89 per month depending on the package

YouTube

CapYoutubeCan’t get enough of cat videos or DIY instructionals? Then YouTube is the ideal streaming channel for you. And if you’re a savvy YouTube viewer, you know that there is loads of funny and fascinating original content made by viewers like you. Subscribe to your favourite channels, and comment and make suggestions to your heart’s desire.

Don’t like the ads? There might be some good news in the pipeline. In October last year YouTube launched its paid service, YouTube Red, in the USA. This option cuts out the annoying commercial content and allows users to download videos to watch later. They have plans to roll it out to other countries soon.

Price: Free (until YouTube Red launches)

Some Other Options

Don’t like anything on offer above? By using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can gain access to a host of other streaming choices. When you visit the majority of international streaming sites, your South African IP address gets detected. Usually, when you try to access content on these sites the following message, or a version of it, will show up: “This video is not available in your region.” A VPN service allows you to change your local IP address to one in a country where these services are available. You can change your IP address to an American, Canadian or UK one to gain access to a variety of services.

Using a VPN server will help you gain access to streaming channels that are geoblocked (blocked according to geographic location) outside of the  USA, including: HBO, Crackle, Hulu and Amazon Prime to mention but a few.

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Your Streaming Options: Get Your Video Fix
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The streaming landscape in South Africa is expanding, which means users with an ADSL or Fibre internet connection are now spoilt for choice when it comes to video on demand services. Read on to find out what your options are!
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