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Amazon Prime Video launched in SA

Amazon.com has taken its video-on-demand platform, known as Prime Video, live in 200 countries around the world, including South Africa. Prices start at just US$2,99/month (about R40/month) as part of an introductory offer.

The introductory price is valid for the first six months, after which membership renews at a price of $5,99/month (about R82/month), significant undercutting both Amazon’s US rival Netflix and homegrown competitor ShowMax.

Amazon Prime Video is available via apps for Android, iOS and LG and Samsung smart TVs as well as via the PrimeVideo.com website.

The biggest draw, at least at first, is likely to be The Grand Tour, the new show hosted by former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Other titles include Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and The Man in the High Castle.

“This is just the beginning. Amazon will continue to add a full line-up of fresh new original programming from some of the world’s greatest storytellers and entertainers to Prime Video globally in early 2017,” it said in a statement.

“For example, members can expect all-new seasons of many critically acclaimed shows such as The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, Hand of God, Red Oaks and more, plus full first seasons of The Grand Tour, Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, David E Kelley’s Goliath featuring Billy Bob Thornton, docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, Sneaky Pete produced by Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost, Z: The Beginning of Everything starring Christina Ricci, Patriot, The Tick, among other Hollywood movies and TV shows coming soon.”

Like ShowMax and Netflix, the website said the service includes offline downloads. There’s also a seven-day free trial.  — (c) 2016 NewsCentral Media

  • jalbasson

    Cant find the iOS app for my iPad? Is is available on the SA app store yet?

  • Richard

    Goodbye DSTV. With so many alternative choices (Amazon Prime, Netflix, Showmax) to enjoy the latest shows without paying an arm-and-a-leg, DSTV is going to have to really up their game. Best suggestion would be to offer “sport on demand” viewing at a more reasonable price. #JustSaying

  • zandberg

    About 5 years ago I was in discussion with contact of mine who works at Dstv and I urged them to introduce a streaming only supersport package. They could make an all inclusive package and pay per view events for on demand viewing. But his and dstv’s argument was they can’t do it because they can’t guarantee the internet quality at customers end and it will lead to bad reviews of their service if the customer has sub par internet. My argument was they people who would be interested in this package is most likely no longer subscribed to Dstv anyway and already invested in a decent internet connection. More than likely the younger generation who moved out from their parents home. With the rise of streaming services like netflix, showmax and amazon I really wonder why they are still debating this.

  • MelcolmX

    Let the extortionists be gone! CUT THE CABLE!

  • Rus74

    Subscription done! The Grand Tour this weekend in HDR here I come!

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    That BeIN connect is interesting – Their “just sports” package is 3/4 the price of the “everything” package – so if that’s what DSTV would charge, it’d be hardly worth it, because DSTV might not be cheap, but their content is really excellent.

  • zandberg

    Hi Greg, don’t be fooled by the just sports package. It’s only BeIN Sports 1-10 HD and these channels broadcasts 85% Arabic Only Content. For a western expat you need the full package. Since BeIN Sports 11-13 HD is english and BeIN Sports 14-17 French. The channels 1-10 only broadcast english as a secondary language option when there is a spillover of live english events on 11-13.

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    OK that’s worse than I thought… I guess sports are just a rip-off everywhere in the world!

    I’d say 50:50 price split on sports:entertainment would be fair for DSTV – they have all the top series that Netflix/Amazon don’t have, and very often same day of worldwide release. They’re only running at a 20% or so profit, it’s not like they’re price gouging us, I’d love to drop the 50% sports part of the package and just have the entertainment part, as I have no interest in the sports.

  • Richard

    Hi Zandberg,

    That’s very interesting what you mention about bringing the situation up with DSTV some time back. I understanding there’s many more intricacies when making a decision to offer a new service such as live streaming, and their point of sub-par internet connections offering less-than-substantial quality streaming has it’s validity, although take Netflix for example, who’s platform only allows HD quality streaming (unless I’m mistaken) results in a rather good picture output even at low speeds (although buffering does become a common obstacle), whereas with YouTube you can set the picture to non-HD for data usage purposes. But, before I waft on, I do hope DSTV do come to the party with a streaming account service, if not just for the sport. The sport channels, I’d hazard a guess, are their bread-and-butter channels so why not offer them on a streaming platform? Anyway … my next question is, can you access South African sport (rugby, soccer, cricket) on BeIN? 😉

  • Jeremy James

    R500 is a bit steep, but much better than the current premium price. maybe 400 and you will get me as a subscriber, provided that the streaming quality improves. right now its bad, inconsistent and unreliable.