Amazon today announced that Amazon Prime Video is now available to customers in more than 200 countries including South Africa.
Customers around the world can now enjoy popular new original series like The Grand Tour from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May (currently the top-rated TV show on IMDb with an overall rating of 9.4 and over 20,000 votes) and award-winning Amazon Original Series like The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Tumble Leaf and more. Customers can sign up for a Prime Video membership at PrimeVideo.com and watch on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets and popular LG and Samsung smart TVs. Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain can start watching today at no additional cost to their Prime membership. Customers in the other new Prime Video territories can sign up at an introductory price of $2.99 (or €2.99) per month for the first six months, starting with a free 7-day trial at PrimeVideo.com.
“We are excited to announce that starting today, fans around the world have access to Prime Video,” said Tim Leslie, Vice President, International, Prime Video. “The Grand Tour and other critically acclaimed Amazon Original Series like Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle, along with hundreds of popular Hollywood movies and TV shows, are now available at the introductory price of only 2.99 a month. And what’s really exciting is that we are just getting started.”
What to Watch
Amazon Prime Video members around the world can now enjoy The Grand Tour, the biggest show premiere ever on Prime Video, multi Golden Globe, Emmy, and BAFTA Award-winning Transparent, the multi Golden Globe Award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle and one of the most-streamed Amazon Original Series ever by Amazon Prime members globally, The Man in the High Castle. Most Amazon Original Kids Series are also available, including the animated art-adventure Creative Galaxy, the live-action coming-of-age tale of friendship, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and the multi Emmy Award-winning animated series, Tumble Leaf and more. Additional Amazon Original Series like Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, David E. Kelley’s Goliath featuring Billy Bob Thornton, the docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, as well as Sneaky Pete produced by Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost, and starring Giovanni Ribisi, will be added to the service next year. Prime Video members can also watch hundreds of popular movies and TV shows from top networks and Hollywood studios.
How to Watch
Members can watch Amazon Prime Video in English, with French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitled and dubbed versions also available for many titles. Members can watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets, popular LG and Samsung Smart TVs or online at PrimeVideo.com. Members can also download all movies and TV shows for offline viewing—that means watching on a plane, train, anywhere at no additional cost.
Prime Video members can also control how much data they use when streaming and downloading video by choosing between Good, Better and Best visual quality settings, all of which utilize Amazon Prime Video’s state of the art video compression technology to use less data without reducing visual quality. Amazon Prime Video’s automated and machine learning systems will also select the best streaming configurations for a given customer based on their device, location and Internet Service Provider, providing better visual quality and fewer interruptions even when internet connection speeds are slow or highly variable.
Amazon Prime Video is now available at no additional cost to Amazon Prime in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain and to customers in new Prime Video territories for $2.99 USD (or €2.99) per month for the first six months—a 50 percent discount off the full price of $5.99 (or €5.99) per month. Visit PrimeVideo.com to start a free 7-day trial.
Amazon Prime Video is now available in the following countries and territories. For more information visit PrimeVideo.com.
|Country / Territory||Price|
|Aland Islands||€ 2.99|
|American Samoa||Included with Prime|
|Antigua & Barbuda||$ 2.99|
|Austria||Included with Prime|
|Belgium||Included with Prime|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||€ 2.99|
|Bouvet Island||€ 2.99|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||€ 2.99|
|British Virgin Islands||€ 2.99|
|Brunei Darussalam||$ 2.99|
|Burkina Faso||$ 2.99|
|Canada||Included with Prime|
|Cape Verde||$ 2.99|
|Cayman Islands||€ 2.99|
|Central African Republic||$ 2.99|
|Christmas Island||$ 2.99|
|Cocos (Keeling) Islands||$ 2.99|
|Congo, Democratic Republic||$ 2.99|
|Cook Islands||$ 2.99|
|Costa Rica||$ 2.99|
|Cote D’Ivoire||$ 2.99|
|Czech Republic||€ 2.99|
|Dominican Republic||$ 2.99|
|El Salvador||$ 2.99|
|Equatorial Guinea||$ 2.99|
|Falkland Islands (Malvinas)||€ 2.99|
|Faroe Islands||€ 2.99|
|France||Included with Prime|
|French Guiana||€ 2.99|
|French Polynesia||€ 2.99|
|French Southern Territories||€ 2.99|
|French West Indies – Guadeloupe||€ 2.99|
|French West Indies – Martinique||€ 2.99|
|Germany||Included with Prime|
|Guam||Included with Prime|
|Guernsey||Included with Prime|
|Heard Island and McDonald Island||$ 2.99|
|Hong Kong||$ 2.99|
|India||Included with Prime|
|Isle of Man||Included with Prime|
|Italy||Included with Prime|
|Japan||Included with Prime|
|Jersey||Included with Prime|
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic||$ 2.99|
|Libyan Arab Jamahiriya||$ 2.99|
|Mariana Islands||Included with Prime|
|Marshall Islands||$ 2.99|
|New Caledonia||€ 2.99|
|New Zealand||$ 2.99|
|Norfolk Island||$ 2.99|
|Palestinian Territories||$ 2.99|
|Papua New Guinea||$ 2.99|
|Puerto Rico||Included with Prime|
|Saint Helena||$ 2.99|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||€ 2.99|
|Saint Lucia||€ 2.99|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||€ 2.99|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||€ 2.99|
|San Marino||€ 2.99|
|Sao Tome and Principe||$ 2.99|
|Saudi Arabia||$ 2.99|
|Sierra Leone||$ 2.99|
|Solomon Islands||$ 2.99|
|South Africa||$ 2.99|
|South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands||€ 2.99|
|South Korea||$ 2.99|
|South Sudan||$ 2.99|
|Spain||Included with Prime|
|Sri Lanka||$ 2.99|
|St. Barthelemy||€ 2.99|
|St. Martin||€ 2.99|
|Svalbard and Jan Mayen||€ 2.99|
|Trinidad & Tobago||$ 2.99|
|Turks & Caicos||€ 2.99|
|United Arab Emirates||$ 2.99|
|United Kingdom||Included with Prime|
|United States||Included with Prime|
|United States Minor Outlying Islands||$ 2.99|
|US Virgin Islands||Included with Prime|
|Vatican City||€ 2.99|
|Wallis and Futuna||€ 2.99|
|Western Sahara||$ 2.99|
Android arrives on SA TVs
The arrival of the first name-brand Android TV in South African stores symbolises the shift to smart TVs, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.
You probably have a good idea of what operating system (OS) runs on your phone, and may even know the version number. After all, Android and iOS almost define our relationships with our phones.
Not many, on the other hand, know anything about the OS on their TVs. Older TVs don’t even have names for their OS. Newer TVs with Internet connectivity, generally known as smart TVs, all have operating systems, but in most cases do not make a big deal of it. Only Samsung, with its Tizen OS, and LG, with webOS, are well-known. Then again, not all that well-known either.
Before Sony pulled out of the local TV market, it was about to introduce Android, the OS made by Google for smartphones, to the big box. A number of no-name brands have also debuted with Android, but consumers have tended to avoid them precisely because they were such an unknown quantity.
Enter Skyworth. It’s an $8-billion dollar business listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, but is only beginning to emerge as a presence in the South African market. It bought out Sinotec, the most popular budget big-screen TVs locally, and introduced the parent brand to the country in the last two years.
It keeps costs down because it brings in components from China, but assembles the TV sets at a local factory, thereby avoiding import duties on luxury items. Quality has rarely been an issue for Sinotec devices, and Skyworth seems to be benefiting from its long relationship with retailers.
Continue reading about the first Android TV contender in South Africa.
SA rises as Spotify turns 10
October 2018 marks 10 years since Spotify officially launched its music streaming platform and to celebrate this milestone, Spotify has taken a look at some of its biggest discoveries in music.
Spotify provided the following information:
The service only launched in South Africa in March this year, so this country is not included in the retrospective, but Spotify supplied Gadget with the following local streaming landmarks:
· Most streamed South African artist – Jeremy Loops
· Most streamed female South African artist – Shekhinah
· Highest first-day streaming record – AKA’s Beyonce
Since launch Spotify now sits at 180 million monthly active listeners across 65 countries. These Spotify users can enjoy a music library of over 40 million songs and podcasts, and over 3 billion-plus user-created playlists. As of 31 August 2018, Spotify has also paid over 10 billion euros to rights holders since launch.
To date, over 2 000 genres of music have been identified on Spotify, among them Wonky (electronic music characterised by synths with unusual time signatures), Shimmer Pop (a Swedish cousin of indie pop and indietronica), and British Blues (the blues…with a British flavour).
Spotify has also done an assessment of “listening diversity,” – the number of artists the average user streams per month – which has risen on Spotify over the past 10 years, at an average of about 8% per year. In the past three years alone, listening diversity increased about 40% on the strength of new personalised and editorial playlists – meaning people are listening to an increased number of artists on a regular basis.
An official Decade of Discovery playlist features the most-streamed songs over the past decade, including favourites like Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.,” Rihanna’s “Work,” Sia’s “Chandelier,” Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” and the star-studded “Despacito Remix”.