Netflix launches new mobile streaming plan in South Africa

Netflix Africa launched a new, lower-cost, mobile only plan which is available with immediate effect.

The plan is at R49/month in South Africa while US$3.99 in most other African countries. The other plans cost R99/month (basic), R139/month (standard) and R169/month (premium, which includes 4K-resolution streams and other benefits).

“After several months of testing, we’re excited to launch a new mobile plan in South Africa at R49 per month,” says a Netflix spokesperson in a statement. “This plan will make it even easier for anyone with a smartphone to enjoy Netflix.”

“While there were no changes in downloading behaviour or overall streaming, we’re focused on what we can do today to make it even easier to watch that nearly downloaded episode of your favourite show or a movie for those members who have unreliable WiFi,” Netflix says.

Keela Robison, vice president of product innovation at Netflix, says: “We always want to make it easier for members to access their favourite series or movies regardless of language, device, connectivity, or location. So partial downloading is now available on Android phones and tablets, and we’ll begin testing on iOS in the coming months”.