Netflix, Showmax and Prime Video libraries in South Africa compared

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Netflix recently announced price hikes in the US. Fortunately, South Africans who pay for the service in dollars were spared from the increase.

A Netflix Standard subscription increased from $9.99 to $10.99. Netflix Premium, which includes UHD access, increased from $11.99 to $13.99.

But at $9.99 for the standard subscription in South Africa, is Netflix a good deal compared to competing services?

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JustWatch, a service which specialises in detailing films and series available in a country, lists the number of titles that Netflix, Showmax, and Amazon have in South Africa.

A comparison of the titles across the services from a MyBroadband report in December 2016 shows that Netflix and Prime Video have grown tremendously in the past year.

In recent months, Amazon Prime Video’s titles grew from 255 to 1,009 – a 296% increase. Netflix has grown from 1,417 to 2,660 titles – an 88% increase.

Showmax is listed on JustWatch as having 587 titles. However, Showmax told MyBroadband it has over 1,000 titles on the platform – counting films and the seasons of every show.

JustWatch was asked how it calculates the number of titles for each service, but did not respond.

A comparison of the services, and their SA pricing and content libraries, is shown below.

Streaming Services
Service Price Titles Quality Screens
Amazon Prime Video $5.99 p/m 1,009 UHD 3
Showmax R99 p/m 587 (Over 1,000) * 720p 2
Netflix Basic $7.99 p/m 2,660 SD 1
Netflix Standard $9.99 p/m 2,660 HD (1080p) 2
Netflix Premium $11.99 p/m 2,660 UHD 4
*Showmax said it is unsure how JustWatch calculates its title count. It has over 1,000 titles on the platform.

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  • Andy

    “Showmax told MyBroadband it has over 1,000 titles on the platform – counting films and the seasons of every show.”
    When you’re counting each season as 1 ‘title’ then you’re definitely stretching your numbers!

  • aknit

    If I pay my tv license, is this services free? I mean, I pay for internet already.

    –aknit

  • Tosh

    Is it just me or does it not feel like there are 2,660 titles available. I scroll for less than a minute before tiles start repeating.

  • Andy

    I think it filters according to your preferences, so there’ll be some titles that you may never see… Not 100% sure though

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