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  • Netflix now supports microSD cards for downloads

    It may have been a little delayed, but we were glad to see Netflix introduce download functionality late last year. Following in the footsteps of rivals Amazon Prime Video and Showmax, the downloads feature allowed users to (surprise) store movies and TV episodes for offline viewing. And in a cool move, you could download as much content as your storage allowed. The biggest downside though? Well, that would have to be the lack of support for microSD expansion, leaving you with internal storage only. Netflix is slowly catching up to rivals when it comes to offline functionality, with microSD support being the latest...

  • Crime-drama Sneaky Pete kicks off Amazon’s 2017 Originals roster

    We're pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to series this year. Along with Netflix's strong lineup and ShowMax's South African content, newcomer Amazon Prime is also starting to make in-roads. And it's latest shot, Sneaky Pete, brings with it the backing of Walter White himself. When not reciting Kanye West lyrics on James Corden's Late Late Show, Bryan Cranston also produced a good few shows. For Amazon and Sony, he teams up with Graham Yost and David Shore to launch the crime/drama Sneaky Pete. Sneaky Pete itself tells the story of con-man Marius (played by Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes the...

  • ShowMax now has servers in Kenya, thanks to SEACOM

    Naspers-owned streaming platform ShowMax has announced a new partnership with pan-African data company SEACOM in a bid to improve response times of the service. SEACOM, primarily known for its submarine cable infrastructure spanning the length of Africa's southern and eastern coastlines, will allow ShowMax to host cache servers in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this, East African users were required to fetch content from Johannesburg's servers, but a server based in Kenya drastically decreases the distance between clients and server. This, in turn, will improve the speed of downloads. explains ShowMax's head of distribution Mike Raath. "The net effect of placing caching servers...

  • Over 90m people now use Netflix worldwide, more shows incoming?

    Netflix was probably one of the only companies who didn't have a wretched 2016. The streaming media company recorded record profits and subscriber figures in the year, and this week, the company outed its final numbers for the previous annum. "We added 7.05 million net new members globally in the quarter, against our forecast of 5.20 million and last year's Q4 performance of 5.59 million. This was the largest quarter of net additions in our history and was driven by strong acquisition trends in both our US and International segments," the company states in a letter to investors. That beat its...

  • Amazon Prime Video: originals to watch in SA?

    Let's be honest for a second... Amazon knows that many people are only tuning into Prime Video for The Grand Tour. After all, the trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May are pop culture icons thanks to their escapades. But what if you don't care for the motoring stuff? Or do you need a bit more justification to subscribe to the service? Here are a few more notable original shows that are available in South Africa. It's worth noting that a few Amazon Originals are still missing from the SA selection though... The Man In The High Castle One of the more popular Amazon...

  • Netflix: this tool tracks which VPNs are blocked

    Many Netflix users are familiar with hopping through VPNs and DNS tools in a bid to access foreign versions of the service. But it can be a rather infuriating process, as Netflix and VPN/DNS providers play 'whack a mole' with each other. Fortunately, a new tool has popped up recently, showing users which VPNs are able to access the US version of Netflix. Dubbed CheckFlix, the tool attempts to keep an up-to-date list of working and blocked VPNs. "Our proprietary software does a complete check of each VPN every hour; giving you up-to-date, accurate information on which VPN you should use to get...

  • Amazon Prime Video is officially in South Africa

    The Amazon Prime Video streaming service has officially gone global, launching in South Africa as well. "Amazon today announced that Amazon Prime Video is now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe," the company announced in a press statement. "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," the company explained. The service is available to new regions at an "introductory price" of US$2.99 (or €2.99) per month for the first six months. Thereafter, users can...

  • Grand Tour is most pirated show of all time – report

    Amazon's The Grand Tour, featuring the Top Gear trio, is the most pirated show of all time, surpassing Game of Thrones, according to a new report. The first episode of the series was downloaded 7.9 million times, the second was downloaded 6.4 million times and the third episode saw 4.6 million downloads, the Daily Mail reported, citing data from analytics firm MUSO. British viewers were the top culprits, the publication reported, accounting for 13.7% of downloads. MUSO claims that Amazon lost potential revenue of £3.2-million on episode one. It's unclear how the analytics firm arrived at this figure though. The first episode of...

  • ShowMax now supports Android TV, PS4 app ‘out soon’

    Naspers-owned video streaming service ShowMax has today announced that it now fully supports Android TV devices. This support comes courtesy of an updated Android app, which now allows users to watch streaming content "through a compatible Android media player or on a smart TV running Android TV software". Android TV was a OS launched by Google back in 2014, but doesn't feature on too many media devices in South Africa. Still, if you happen to have an Android-based device like the CloudGate or Mi Box, the app should now play nice with your large TV. Speaking of large screens, other additions made...

  • 5 things to know about Netflix’s offline downloads

    Streaming colossus Netflix has finally revealed download functionality for Netflix, allowing users to store videos on their devices for offline viewing. It's been a long-overdue feature, allowing people to watch while on planes, overseas and in other places where fast, bountiful internet isn't readily available. But what should you know about the feature then? We've got five things to keep in mind. MicroSD card support is weird Netflix doesn't let you choose where to store downloaded video clips, making for a rather weird omission. But according to the streaming service's help page, Netflix will save videos to wherever the app is installed. In...

  • Netflix movies, series are now available as offline downloads

    Netflix users can now download films and movies to their mobile devices via the app, the streaming service announced. Eddy Wu, the company's director of product innovation, explains that it was numerous user suggestions that prompted the feature's inclusion. "While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited," he explains. Netflix users in the States can now download series and movies for offline viewing As for the feature itself, it's reminiscent of ShowMax's offline downloading service. Simply head to your favourite series or...

  • Netflix 4K streams are now exclusive to Windows 10, Edge

    Netflix has had a 4K streaming option for a while now, being part of its highest pricing tier. In fact, the company was one of the first major services to roll out 4K support. But in a rather surprising move, the streaming colossus and Microsoft have announced that 4K content will be exclusive to Windows 10 machines. "4K content from Netflix is now available exclusively for compatible PCs and 2-in-1 devices with Windows 10, including the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th," the Redmond company announced on its blog. Have a Windows 10 device and want to...

  • ‘Vodacom On Demand’ video service to debut in 2017

    Vodacom has had an interesting Monday. After the company announced relatively unchanged half-year earnings, it also unveiled something a bit novel. The company today revealed plans for its video-on-demand platform, Vodacom On Demand. The company will partner with DStv parent company Multichoice and Naspers' streaming darling ShowMax to bring mobile streaming to its customers. According to TechCentral, the company's move is a bid to inject some life into its fibre and mobile traffic offerings. While Vodacom does have limited fibre systems in the country's major metros, the entire network was declared 4G ready back in September 2014. This move also comes after...

  • Netflix’s user base climbs to 86m, revenue tops $2bn

    Netflix is growing. Quickly. According to the company's latest earning report, its revenue has topped the US$2-billion mark for the first time. That's a growth of 36% from Q3 2015 to Q3 2016. A vast clump of revenue was made beyond US borders. Netflix Q3 2016: The key numbers US$2.2-billion global streaming revenue US$880-million international streaming revenue 86-million global subscribers 3.6-million subscribers added "Global streaming revenue totaled $2.2-billion, of which 40% was generated abroad. Operating income amounted to $106-million (compared with our $64-million estimate) while net income was $52-million (vs. forecast of $22-million)," the company reveals on its investor notice. The service globally...

  • Netflix, Amazon are outspending HBO on TV programming

    A new report finds that Netflix and Amazon are outspending several big traditional networks when it comes to TV programming. According to the World TV Production Report 2016 from IHS Markit, the two internet streaming firms spent a total of US$7.5-billion last year. Amazon spent US$2.67-billion last year, compared to Netflix and its impressive US$4.91-billion figure for 2015. Both streaming services outspent HBO (US$2-billion), while Netflix also shelled out more cash for TV programming than Turner Broadcasting (US$3.8-billion). Next in Netflix's sights is CBS, having spent US$5.7-billion last year, according to IHS Markit. However, the streaming service still trails Disney and NBC Universal, being pegged at US$11.8-billion and US$10.2-billion...