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Cell C’s black offers Binge Elite free trial, but …



Cell C’s entertainment streaming service, black, will now offer newcomers to its service a 7 day free trial to Binge Elite, its premium subscription package. However, it also means an end to the 30-day free trial previously available on the Binge Select entry-level package.

Binge Elite gives subscribers full access to all content on the streaming service, including series, music, movies, sports, kiddies programming, documentaries, over 60 live TV channels and 8 FOX channels. The offer excludes subscription based movies that are available to rent. Until now. only the entry-level package was available for the free trial. The Binge Elitepackage normally costs R449 per month.

“We want to offer consumers the full experience when they register on black,” says PR Manager Precious Nkabinde. “The changes allowed for the quality of the package to be vastly better.”

This trial package allows new subscribers to binge on video-on-demand seasons of series on FOX and National Geographic, such as Empire, The Americans, Modern Family and Star.

“We are offering consumers the opportunity to trial the service before committing to a daily, weekly weekend or even monthly package,” says Nkabinde. “For seven days, the service is open to people to watch what they want, when they want. This is a fantastic way to keep the budget in check, while reviewing the content on the platform to see if it meets expectations.”

The offer appears to be an attempt to compete more directly with Netflix, which is continually expanding its content range in South Africa. However, Netflix offers a 30-day free trial, and black is likely to be severely disadvantaged by cutting back its trial period to a week.

This new trial replaces the free 30-day trial for Binge Select. Those who are currently in the middle of their Binge Select trial period will still be able to use the service for the full 30 days, says Nkabinde. He advises that payment details will not be required when signing up, and there will be no deductions.

black is available to customers across all networks and internet service providers, but Cell C customers signing up to black will benefit from free data when streaming or downloading black content on the network, until the end of February 2019.  

The GET black app is available from app stores or


Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game

The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.



In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.

This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.

Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.

Key Features:

  • Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
  • Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
  • Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
  • Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
  • Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.

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New AirPods and iMac in iStore this weekend



iStore has announced availability of the new second generation AirPods and iMac, unveiled this week, in store this weekend.

The AirPods are priced from R2 899 and the new iMac from R23 499. Customers can also order these new products from iStore’s website.

“AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love,” said iStore in its announcement. “The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free ‘Hey Siri’.”

AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case that works with Qi standard chargers. The wireless charging case can be ordered for R3 699. The case can be used with the first or second generation AirPods.

The iMac line now has up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. The new iMac is faster for everyday tasks, up to demanding pro workloads. It includes retina display, all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave.

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