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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 moreAdditional 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.

Price
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
Afghanistan $ 2.99
Aland Islands € 2.99
Albania € 2.99
Algeria $ 2.99
American Samoa Included with Prime
Andorra € 2.99
Angola $ 2.99
Anguilla € 2.99
Antarctica $ 2.99
Antigua & Barbuda $ 2.99
Argentina $ 2.99
Armenia € 2.99
Aruba € 2.99
Australia $ 2.99
Austria Included with Prime
Azerbaijan € 2.99
Bahamas $ 2.99
Bahrain $ 2.99
Bangladesh $ 2.99
Barbados $ 2.99
Belarus € 2.99
Belgium Included with Prime
Belize $ 2.99
Benin $ 2.99
Bermuda € 2.99
Bhutan $ 2.99
Bolivia $ 2.99
Bosnia and Herzegovina € 2.99
Botswana $ 2.99
Bouvet Island € 2.99
Brazil $ 2.99
British Indian Ocean Territory € 2.99
British Virgin Islands € 2.99
Brunei Darussalam $ 2.99
Bulgaria € 2.99
Burkina Faso $ 2.99
Burundi $ 2.99
Cambodia $ 2.99
Cameroon $ 2.99
Canada Included with Prime
Cape Verde $ 2.99
Cayman Islands € 2.99
Central African Republic $ 2.99
Chad $ 2.99
Chile $ 2.99
Christmas Island $ 2.99
Cocos (Keeling) Islands $ 2.99
Colombia $ 2.99
Comoros € 2.99
Congo $ 2.99
Congo, Democratic Republic $ 2.99
Cook Islands $ 2.99
Costa Rica $ 2.99
Cote D’Ivoire $ 2.99
Croatia € 2.99
Curacao € 2.99
Cyprus € 2.99
Czech Republic € 2.99
Denmark € 2.99
Djibouti $ 2.99
Dominica $ 2.99
Dominican Republic $ 2.99
Ecuador $ 2.99
Egypt $ 2.99
El Salvador $ 2.99
Equatorial Guinea $ 2.99
Eritrea $ 2.99
Estonia € 2.99
Ethiopia $ 2.99
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) € 2.99
Faroe Islands € 2.99
Fiji $ 2.99
Finland € 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
Gabon $ 2.99
Gambia $ 2.99
Georgia € 2.99
Germany Included with Prime
Ghana $ 2.99
Gibraltar € 2.99
Greece € 2.99
Greenland € 2.99
Grenada $ 2.99
Guam Included with Prime
Guatemala $ 2.99
Guernsey Included with Prime
Guinea $ 2.99
Guinea-Bissau $ 2.99
Guyana $ 2.99
Haiti $ 2.99
Heard Island and McDonald Island $ 2.99
Honduras $ 2.99
Hong Kong $ 2.99
Hungary € 2.99
Iceland € 2.99
India Included with Prime
Indonesia $ 2.99
Iraq $ 2.99
Ireland € 2.99
Isle of Man Included with Prime
Israel $ 2.99
Italy Included with Prime
Jamaica $ 2.99
Japan Included with Prime
Jersey Included with Prime
Jordan $ 2.99
Kazakhstan $ 2.99
Kenya $ 2.99
Kiribati $ 2.99
Kosovo € 2.99
Kuwait $ 2.99
Kyrgyzstan $ 2.99
Lao People’s Democratic Republic $ 2.99
Latvia € 2.99
Lebanon $ 2.99
Lesotho $ 2.99
Liberia $ 2.99
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya $ 2.99
Liechtenstein € 2.99
Lithuania € 2.99
Luxembourg € 2.99
Macao $ 2.99
Macedonia € 2.99
Madagascar $ 2.99
Malawi $ 2.99
Malaysia $ 2.99
Maldives $ 2.99
Mali $ 2.99
Malta € 2.99
Mariana Islands Included with Prime
Marshall Islands $ 2.99
Mauritania $ 2.99
Mauritius $ 2.99
Mayotte € 2.99
Mexico $ 2.99
Micronesia $ 2.99
Moldova € 2.99
Monaco € 2.99
Mongolia $ 2.99
Montenegro € 2.99
Montserrat € 2.99
Morocco $ 2.99
Mozambique $ 2.99
Myanmar $ 2.99
Namibia $ 2.99
Nauru $ 2.99
Nepal $ 2.99
Netherlands € 2.99
New Caledonia € 2.99
New Zealand $ 2.99
Nicaragua $ 2.99
Niger $ 2.99
Nigeria $ 2.99
Niue $ 2.99
Norfolk Island $ 2.99
Norway € 2.99
Oman $ 2.99
Pakistan $ 2.99
Palau $ 2.99
Palestinian Territories $ 2.99
Panama $ 2.99
Papua New Guinea $ 2.99
Paraguay $ 2.99
Peru $ 2.99
Philippines $ 2.99
Pitcairn $ 2.99
Poland € 2.99
Portugal € 2.99
Puerto Rico Included with Prime
Qatar $ 2.99
Reunion € 2.99
Romania € 2.99
Russia € 2.99
Rwanda $ 2.99
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
Samoa $ 2.99
San Marino € 2.99
Sao Tome and Principe $ 2.99
Saudi Arabia $ 2.99
Senegal $ 2.99
Serbia € 2.99
Seychelles $ 2.99
Sierra Leone $ 2.99
Singapore $ 2.99
Slovakia € 2.99
Slovenia € 2.99
Solomon Islands $ 2.99
Somalia $ 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
Suriname $ 2.99
Svalbard and Jan Mayen € 2.99
Swaziland $ 2.99
Sweden € 2.99
Switzerland € 2.99
Taiwan $ 2.99
Tajikistan $ 2.99
Tanzania $ 2.99
Thailand $ 2.99
Timor-Leste $ 2.99
Togo $ 2.99
Tokelau $ 2.99
Tonga $ 2.99
Trinidad & Tobago $ 2.99
Tunisia $ 2.99
Turkey € 2.99
Turkmenistan $ 2.99
Turks & Caicos € 2.99
Tuvalu $ 2.99
Uganda $ 2.99
Ukraine € 2.99
United Arab Emirates $ 2.99
United Kingdom Included with Prime
United States Included with Prime
United States Minor Outlying Islands $ 2.99
Uruguay $ 2.99
US Virgin Islands Included with Prime
Uzbekistan $ 2.99
Vanuatu $ 2.99
Vatican City € 2.99
Venezuela $ 2.99
Vietnam $ 2.99
Wallis and Futuna € 2.99
Western Sahara $ 2.99
Yemen $ 2.99
Zambia $ 2.99
Zimbabwe $ 2.99

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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Avengers’ all-time accolade

This past weekend Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War became the second highest grossing film of all time at the South African Box Office.

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This means that Marvel Studios now holds the number 2 and number 1 film of all time positions at the local Box Office, following Black Panther’s unprecedented record-shattering run since it’s 16 February 2018 release.

In South Africa, audiences continued to assemble in cinemas to witness the cinematic journey ten years in the making, earning Avengers: Infinity War a current total box office tally of just under R73 million with over 874 000 attendances.

Black Panther’s historic box office journey ended in June and now boasts a final box office total just shy of R107.5 million and over 1.43 million attendances, making it the biggest film of all time at the South African box office and the first to cross the R100m mark. This record builds on Black Panther’s list of achievements on the African continent and is the biggest grossing film of all time not only in South Africa, but also East and West Africa. Black Panther is now available to enjoy on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as to digitally rent or buy from retailers and providers across the continent.

Elsewhere in Africa, Avengers: Infinity War has also raked in a total of Kes 66.9m in East Africa, making it the 2nd highest grossing film of all time behind Black Panther. Similarly, in West Africa, the film hit N450m at the box office, making it the 2nd highest grossing international film of all time, also behind Black Panther.

For Marvel Studios fans, the action and adventure continues as the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and The Wasp, hit cinemas this past weekend and created enough buzz to fly into the number one position at the South African Box Office.

“We are thrilled at the response that Marvel Studios’ titles have continued to receive from cinema-goers across the continent,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “With Ant-Man and The Wasp in cinemas, and both Captain Marvel and the next Avengers film in 2019, we are eagerly anticipating the continuing expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to celebrating with fans.”

On the animated front and with its own super hero theme, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2, continues to entertain families across the country and is already Disney’s second-highest grossing animated film of all time behind Finding Dory, after only 3 weeks in release.

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