The video streaming business around the world keeps booming due the positive responses towards it. Africa is not an exception. Though, our part of the world suffers major infrastructural challenges like low connectivity, online streaming still goes on.
The number of video streaming platforms actively operating in Africa has grown over the past few years. This is as a result of the continent responding to the global shift from linear TV to on-demand viewing. Growth of online streaming also sands on its flexibility (option to watch programs of choice at your convenient time).
The hype keeps growing in Africa, so does the number of subscribers. Here are some of the leading and most popular video streaming platforms running in Africa. Some are African and some are from outside Africa.
Popular video streaming platforms in Africa
Launched August 2015, Showmax had a firm backing from South African digital giant, Naspers. Showmax has globally popular shows like True Blood, Game of Thrones and a variety of African movies and series.
With Showmax, you can either stream or download the movies and series, or do both. That simply means you still can watch your shows when your internet connection is not available.
Showmax charges you ₵36.00 ($7.22) per month for subscription.
Making the list is Nigeria’s own iROKOtv. It is the first major streaming platform to show Nollywood content. iROKOtv was launched in December 2011 and has earned the moniker “Netflix of Africa”.
iROKOtv began its journey as a YouTube channel and later move on to be a Video-on-Demand platform. Since then, iROKOtv has been able to find a place on South Africa’s DStv, UK’s Sky. It has also landed an investment from France’s Canal Plus.
To subscribe to iROKOtv, be ready to pay ₵55 ($10.99) per month.
The popular streaming platform was launched in October 2016 in Africa. Estimated to have more than 500,000 in Africa alone, Netflix witnessed a 25% increase in its subscriber base 2018.
The service is available on almost all devices with screens. You can get it on set-top boxes, smart TVs, tablets, laptops and even smartphones via their mobile apps. You can download shows to watch later
Netflix’s standard subscription rate is $11.99 per month, but you can get it foe ₵34.50 ($6.85) per month. If you can’t Netflix, try these free alternatives.
4. Google Play Movies
Google Play Movie is also a streaming service that has both movies and TV series. It as well allows you to stream and/or download content. This is handy on especially on planes or areas with limited internet access. Unlike the rest popular streaming platforms, Google Play Movies does not charge the usual per month subscription fee. It runs fee per rentals.
Google Play Movies charges you ₵20.00 for rentals, that is, $4.00.
Iflix is a free and subscription VOD service. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, iflix offers Asian, Western and Middle Eastern TV shows and movies. They obtain the content from over 150. Studios including Disney, Sony Pictures, Fox, Paramount, etc.
Currently, iflix is available in a number of countries including Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, etc. As of July 2018, iflix had about 15 million subscribers worldwide.
Rate: ₵10.75 per month.
6. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video rolled out the VOD service in 2016 in 240 countries around the globe. ‘Prime Video’ service shows a bunch of series and shows. Some are the “Grand Tour from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and award-winning Amazon Original Series including Golden Globe-winner Mozart in the Jungle”.
For convenience, subscribers can watch anytime through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets. You can also access the smart TVs or online at PrimeVideo.com.
Prime Video charges just ₵15.00 ($3.00) per month.
7. StarNews Mobile
StarNews Mobile is a VOD start-up that launched in July 2017 and it is steadily seeing growth in its numbers. The startup can boast of a network of over 50 mobile channels that offer celebrity-based content at daily subscription rates.
Subscribers get “short exclusive videos from their favourite celebrities”.
StarNews Mobile deployed the pilot phase in Cote D’Ivoire with MTN and Moov. After the 9 months of deployment, StarNews Mobile broke the one million subscriber mark in April 2018.
Subsequently, the startup, launched in Cameroon and Congo. With the help of MTN, it now set to expand to an additional 20 markets, including South Africa and Nigeria.
Subscription to StarNews Mobile costs ₵15.00 ($3.00).