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|
VoD cuts the cord in SA
Some 20% of South Africans who sign up for a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service such as Netflix or Showmax do so with the intention of cancelling their pay television subscription.
That’s according to GfK’s international ViewScape survey*, which this year covers Africa (South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria) for the first time.
The study—which surveyed 1,250 people representative of urban South African adults with Internet access—shows that 90% of the country’s online adults today use at least one online video service and that just over half are paying to view digital online content. The average user spends around 7 hours and two minutes a day consuming video content, with broadcast television accounting for just 42% of the time South Africans spend in front of a screen.
Consumers in South Africa spend nearly as much of their daily viewing time – 39% of the total – watching free digital video sources such as YouTube and Facebook as they do on linear television. People aged 18 to 24 years spend more than eight hours a day watching video content as they tend to spend more time with free digital video than people above their age.
Says Benjamin Ballensiefen, managing director for Sub Sahara Africa at GfK: “The media industry is experiencing a revolution as digital platforms transform viewers’ video consumption behaviour. The GfK ViewScape study is one of the first to not only examine broadcast television consumption in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, but also to quantify how linear and online forms of content distribution fit together in the dynamic world of video consumption.”
The study finds that just over a third of South African adults are using streaming video on demand (SVOD) services, with only 16% of SVOD users subscribing to multiple services. Around 23% use per-pay-view platforms such as DSTV Box Office, while about 10% download pirated content from the Internet. Around 82% still sometimes watch content on disc-based media.
“Linear and non-linear television both play significant roles in South Africa’s video landscape, though disruption from digital players poses a growing threat to the incumbents,” says Molemo Moahloli, general manager for media research & regional business development at GfK Sub Sahara Africa. “Among most demographics, usage of paid online content is incremental to consumption of linear television, but there are signs that younger consumers are beginning to substitute SVOD for pay-television subscriptions.”
Cell C, MTN, Vodacom, announce big streaming deals
Cell C, Vodacom and MTN have all announced new data offerings designed to increase use of social media and streaming services on their networks.
Cell C, Vodacom and MTN have all announced new data offerings designed to increase use of social media and streaming services on their networks.
Cell C has announced that, for the next three months, it will offer all customers free streaming on black, SA’s newest video-on-demand platform. Cell C customers can stream series, movies, music, kids’ entertainment, sport, news, and live TV channels on their mobile devices without being.
“We know the biggest hurdle to gaining access to streaming content is the data component, and so for the next three months, any existing or new black customer that is also on the Cell C network will not have to have data to be able to download or stream their shows,” says Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.
Any Cell C customer, whether prepaid or contract, will have access to this promotion, which kicks off on 7 May and will run until Friday, 10 August. There is no opt in required. In other words, browsing the black platform has also been zero rated, so customers looking around to see what is available will also not be charged for data if they are on Cell C. However, clicking through to the betting platform and the ticketing service will be charged according to the customer’s data plan. National data roaming is also not included in this promotion. so black customers that are on other networks will not benefit from the free data promotion.
“Our promise to our customer is the affordability and flexibility to pay what you want; for what you want; however long you want. Go on, sign up for the 7-day free trial, and start binge-ing with black,” says black Chief Executive, Surie Ramasary.
Customers can watch blockbuster movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi; kids’ animated movie Ferdinand; and the comedy-remake, Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson. black series include the multiple award winning show The Fixer, starring Kerry Washington.
With flexible packages from R25 per movie rental or R5 per day for a whole day streaming a football club channel, customers have a range of options.
MTN goes social
MTN has introduced a range of social bundles starting from R1 a day. The bundles give new and existing customers affordable access to four social media platforms, namely WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Customers can use the social bundle data allocation without affecting their regular in-bundle data. The bundles cover daily, weekly and monthly expiry rates, allowing customers to choose bundles best suited for their specific usage needs and their budgets.
“There’s been a marked increase in the consumption of social media and data services, so these social bundles are designed to meet those changing customer needs,” says Jacqui O’Sullivan, Executive for Corporate Affairs: MTN South Africa. “By offering a variety of expiry periods, we put the control in the hands of our customers, so they can choose to buy just for the day or to stay connected for a week or a month.”
Moderate users can stay in touch with family and friends via WhatsApp for as little as R1 per day, while more medium and heavy users can opt for social bundles that retail at R5 and R10.
To give the customer more control over their usage, the social bundles will send notifications confirming bundle purchase, expiry and depletion notifications.
The social bundles are available on the MyMTN app or via USSD.
The table below illustrates the social bundle rates:
Tickets for Vodacom
Meanwhile, Vodacom is introducing a data bundle called “Ticket”, which offers overall usage of a range of apps, through categorised bundles, to Prepaid and Hybrid (Top-up) customers through the Vodacom Just4U platform. Ticket bundles offer up to four times the amount of data compared to standard bundles and are also priced for the best scenario, offering data bundles that are specifically tailored to the usage behaviour of the customer.
“Vodacom Ticket will offer customers a simpler way of accessing data bundles for a range of categories, allowing them to stay within their data budget,” says Nyimpini Mabunda, Vodacom’s Chief Officer: Consumer Business Unit.” Vodacom is continuously looking to deliver value for money offerings to our customers, and Ticket is no different. Our customers can engage in the things they love the most without the fear of spending more than they wanted to. That is what Vodacom’s Ticket bundle is ultimately looking to achieve so watch this space as we continue to evolve the product.“
Vodacom says it has formed partnerships with multiple market-leading streaming and digital apps to ensure that customers receive the best value for their data when posting pictures, watching videos, playing games and listening to music.
The service provides full data access to digital and entertainment content through four Ticket categories:
· Video Ticket (for VuClip Videos, DStv, Netflix, YouTube and Showmax)
· Music Ticket (for Deezer, Apple Music and Joox)
· Social Ticket (for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter)
· Gaming Ticket (for VuClip Games, Vlive Games, SGN and Gamemine)
By partnering with app brands that customers enjoy the most, says Vodacom, it is able to give customers access to what they love, for less, without the limitation of restricted data access to a single pre-assigned app.
For instance, customers looking to binge on the latest series on Netflix, “update their tweeps on their tweleb lifestyles” (Vodacom’s words!) or listen to a hot new track on Deezer, can purchase a Ticket for any of the four available categories via Just4U by dialling *123# from a Vodacom Smartphone. Vodacom’s Ticket bundles enable customers to access platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, through a single Social Ticket.