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  • 4 International Emmy Awards nominees available on Netflix South Africa

    The International Emmy Awards are here, and if it's leaving you feeling out of the global loop, then why not branch out and try some of these more easily accessible shows? These are are the four nominees available on Netflix South Africa. You can find the full list of nominees here. *Note: Neither of the two South African nominees are on Netflix. Thuso Mbedu is nominated for Best Actress for her work on Is'thunzi. You can find show clips on Mzanzi Magic's YouTube. Disney Cookabout is nominated for Kids' Non-Scripted Entertainment. You can catch that show on DStv's Disney Channel Saturdays and Sundays at 9.25am. Clips can be found...

  • Netflix survey suggests users are unashamed of watching in public

    The invention of the television pulled many people away from public cinemas and back into the privacy of their own homes. But now, as smartphones make it easier to watch movies and series anywhere you go, entertainment is finding itself once again moving out into the public sphere. Interested in the way its users were interacting with its content outside of their homes, Netflix surveyed over 37 000 users in 22 countries (unfortunately not including South Africa). It found that 67% of users were willing to watch content outside of their homes. These users are apparently so into their streaming that they...

  • 4 things to watch on Netflix in South Africa this November

    Summer is upon us, but that doesn't mean we should neglect that which kept us warm in the winter. So if the novelty of beach days wears off and you feel yourself losing steam, here's all the new Netflix content you can catch up on while you gear up for more. 3 November: Alias Grace After the massive success of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix is releasing its own Margaret Atwood series Alias Grace. The story follows the domestic servant Grace Marks who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the murders of their employeer and his housekeeper in 1843. Marks was sentenced...

  • The PlayStation 4 finally gets a Showmax app

    It's been a long, long time coming, but today the PlayStation 4 gaming console will finally get a Showmax app. This new app will now allow owners of the Sony machine to use the Naspers-owned video streaming service. The service has been available on the web, Android, iOS, Windows and select smart TVs since launch. According to a press release, the app will be compatible on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, and will support bandwidth capping. "Our apps team has a very simple mandate: give customers the choice to watch Showmax however and whenever works best for them," said Chris Savides, Showmax...

  • Use genre codes to access oddly specific genres on Netflix

    From original TV shows to blockbuster movies, Netflix has a solid variety of content. But what if you're looking for something more specific? Sure, you can drill down by categories or use the search functionality... Or if you're feeling adventurous, you can try the old genre code trick. Not following me? Well, every Netflix genre page ends in a sequence of numbers. So the URL for the comedy section ends in "6548" (www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6548). But what if you fancy critically acclaimed violent independent crime movies? Then change the four digits to "8121" (thus giving you the following URL: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/8121). On the hunt for Japanese sci-fi and...

  • 10 things we learnt at Netflix South Africa event

    Netflix has been available in South Africa since January 2016, as part of a wider expansion on the part of the service. So we were pleasantly surprised when the company's EMEA executives decided to fly down for a local media roundtable event, signalling the start of a bigger push. So what did we learn at the event then? From South African content to most popular shows in the market, here's what we found out. South Africa's library has apparently tripled When Netflix launched locally back in 2016, it had a sparse library, to be fair. But Yenia Zaba, the firm's manager for European...

  • Netflix announces pricing in rand for South Africa [Update]

    Update, 18 October 2017: Netflix has since clarified the pricing in an interview with Memeburn, saying that they are indeed transitioning to local currency. "We're working on it. It should come... hopefully very shortly," the company's Yann Lafargue said. "With Kwese... we have it in rands..." But are the below prices accurate then? We posed this to the representative during a separate roundtable discussion. "I don't know, we have to check." Original article: Streaming colossus Netflix has quietly confirmed pricing in South African rand for its offering. The company traditionally offers three subscription tiers, in the form of a US$7.99 tier, US$9.99 category and...

  • Netflix in South Africa: fastest ISPs revealed for September [Update]

    Netflix launched in South Africa more than a year ago, officially supporting the region with TV shows and movies. But the streaming service has also recently added South Africa to its monthly ISP Speed Index. Now, for the month of September, the service has revealed its top ten ISPs in the country. Fibre-based ISP CoolIdeas was in the top spot, at 3.80Mbps, followed by Vodacom and Vox Telecom (3.19Mbps each). MTN and Cell C rounded out the top five, at 3.18Mbps and 3.08Mbps respectively. Check out the full rundown below. "The Netflix ISP Speed Index lists the average prime time bitrate for...

  • Netflix is raising its US prices, South Africa remains unscathed

    Netflix is raising two of its tiers' prices for US users, but that won't affect South Africans, a spokesperson has said. Though the prices in SA are hinged on the dollar, the fee hike is for US-users only. According to Mashable, come November Netflix's middle tier product will go from US$9.99 to US$10.99, while the premium will rise from US$11.99 to US$13.99. The company says the hike is to accommodate "more exclusive TV shows and movies", "new product features", and the improvement of the "overall Netflix experience". Facing more competition than ever, Netflix is racing to stay ahead in the streaming service game by producing more quality original content -- and...

  • The global piracy crackdown won’t change much [Opinion]

    If you're in the business of pirating your favourite TV shows, you've probably found it increasingly difficult to do so. Around the world, governments, ISPs and tech giants have been cracking down on sites allowing for the downloading and streaming of illicit material. Popular streaming and torrent sites have either died and fallen prey to lesser-than copycats (like Putlocker) or have simply lost all functionality (isoHunt). Former trusty servers like GorillaVid have fallen to the wayside, and every day new (and seemingly slower) ones are cropping up. Other manners of copyright infringement have also been falling: the web's most popular stream...

  • Showmax finally gets Xbox One app, but what about PS4 version?

    At R99 a month, Showmax seems to offer plenty of bang for your buck, owing to its deals with big-name studios. However, those wanting to watch on their gaming console have been out of luck, until now. The Naspers-owned service announced that "as of today", the Xbox One version of the Showmax app is available to download. "The addition of the Xbox One app is the latest step in the continued development of Showmax," the company wrote in an emailed press statement. To grab the app, you'll need to visit the Store tab on the Xbox One, use the search field to...

  • Vodacom launches ‘video data bundles’ for Showmax and DStv Now

    Vodacom has today announced a new set of data bundles for video streaming addicts. Dubbed Video Data Bundles, the company is hoping the deals will make "streaming services a lot more affordable for its customers". Notably, the packages are available for prepaid users, including customers on top-up and post-prepaid plans. "Video Data Bundles have been created specifically for OTT services, like Showmax and DStv Now. The bundles will be sold alongside the general data bundles, across all channels, and will be offered in various sizes, validity ranges and pricing," the company notes in a press release. And yes, at present, the bundles are...

  • VAST, Showmax lets you download shows at the mall for free

    Showmax users can now download and stream content for free through one of 83 VAST WiFi hotspots across South Africa, the company today announced. This comes after a partnership was struck to zero-rate Showmax data on VAST's networks, set to last for a three-month period. "Thanks to the downloads feature on Showmax, this zero-rated data means much more than just having something to watch while you're at the mall," explains Chris Savides, head of Showmax Africa. "Once you log onto one of the VAST WiFi sites, download up to 25 TV shows or movies and the data won't cost you a cent....

  • Facebook Watch is a social video service for mobile and beyond

    As it slowly transforms from a social network into a media company, Facebook Watch is the company's latest step into the latter. With its website and apps running out of space for ad placements, an entirely new video app which feeds off the Facebook name seemingly makes business sense. The service is the company's social video platform, which will host a number of Facebook-funded shows, sports and shows from outside creators. There's no word on whether the entire swathe of video on Facebook will be available on Watch. "Shows are made up of episodes -- live or recorded -- and follow a...

  • Disney is launching its own video streaming service in 2019

    The Walt Disney Company will launch its own streaming service as soon as 2019, the company announced. Following this week's acquisition of BAMTech -- the company behind live streaming of major US sports, including Major League Baseball, WWE and the National Hockey League -- Disney noted that it will also lunch an ESPN-branded "multi-sport video streaming service" in early 2018. The deal sees Walt's company dropping an additional US$1.58-billion to secure an additional 42% stake in the firm. It previously owned just 33%. This values BAMTech -- which was owned by Major League Baseball's internet company, MLBAM -- at around US$3.75-billion. "The...