Netflix vs Showmax vs Amazon in South Africa

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?


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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