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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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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival

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Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

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