Online streaming service Netflix has announced new subscription plans for its South African customers.
According to a report by South African IT news website, My Broadband SA, the new plans are named Mobile and Mobile+, and they are priced at R39 and R59 per month respectively.
The report further revealed that the new Netflix Mobile plan offers one simultaneous stream and supports smartphones and tablets, and allows users to stream at a resolution of up to 480p.
The new plans are much cheaper than Netflix’s existing three packages – Basic, Standard, and Premium.
Netflix said it wanted to make it easier for mobile phone users to make use of the streaming service with a new mobile-friendly option.
Meanwhile, according to business news and technology website Business Tech, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says TV licence cash collections were severely impacted during the coronavirus lockdown as its usual collection methods were closed.
The article further revealed that the SABC said that Debt Collection Agencies (DCAs) commenced collections in the last week of May 2020 and considerable improvement was recorded in June and July 2020 compared to prior months.
South Africa’s national broadcaster has remained in a state of dysfunction due to internal battles over the years.
Online media news outlet Media Update reported that Netflix is one of the top five streaming services in South Africa, with just over 330,000 subscribers.
The other four online streaming services in high demand according to Media Update are Showmax, Video Play from Vodacom, Prime Video from Amazon and Black TV from Cell C.
According to the latest data, Netflix has over 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries.
-ANA; Editing by Desiree Erasmus