Sunday, May 31

Streaming In South Africa: Which Service Should You Choose?

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These days more and more people are streaming content to their laptops or TVs, but which is the ideal viewing platform?

We take a look at the major streaming and TV offerings in South Africa and see what each one offers

Local is lekka: DStv

  • DStv Catchup. Allows you to go back and catch up with all of your favourite entertainment that you may have missed.
  • BoxOffice. This service let’s you rent any of the 20 blockbuster movies on offer and keep them for up to 48 hours.
  • HD Viewing. View all content in absolute crystal-clear full HD quality.
  • Local and international entertainment. All the best TV shows, movies and entertainment from S.A and around the globe.

Around the world: Online streaming 

  • All the Apps. Get access to the latest online apps such as YouTube and iTunes
  • Music and Pictures. Be able to stream music or view photos and other pictures
  • Global Viewing. Stream content from the world’s top streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and much more!

 

So you’re looking to enjoy the best TV shows, the greatest movies and the most extensive access to other online content? We have the best in both local television options as well as media streaming devices. 

To view a particular product simply click on the product name or image to be redirected for pricing and availability.

DStv Explora HD

DStv HD Decoder

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Record up to 220 hours – Includes remote control – Includes BoxOffice and DStv Catchup – Manage your TV schedule easily   HD capable – 8 day TV guide – Content Discovery browsing – XtraView Capable – Widescreen compatible

Google Chromecast

Apple TV

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Stream a wide variety of content through your Smart TV, laptop or tablet – Mirror content to your TV – Supports a wide number of apps like Netflix and ShowMax  Wireless streaming – 23GB storage capacity – Apple AirPlay and iCloud – Siri remote included – Access to online streaming like Netflix and ShowMax

 

What’s the deal with TVs?

PROS CONS
 Allows more people to view at a single time  Newer models are more expensive
 Larger viewing screen  Some require complicated installation
 Essential piece for any living room  Not all TVs have access to streaming or online content
 Access to certain free TV channels  Can be expensive to repair or replace certain parts
 Able to connect additional accessories like surround sound and gaming consoles

 

In the market for a new TV? Here are a few of our favourites:

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Samsung 55″ Curved LED TV

Hisense 85″ Curved Ultra HD TV

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Samsung SMART TV – 1920 x 1080 resolution – 55 inch screen – HDMI and USB ports – WiFI connectivity   Smart TV functionality – Direct LED backlight – 85″ inch screen – HDMI and USB ports – Android OS

 

What’s the deal with laptops? 

PROS CONS
Compact and portable Small viewing area
More functionality than TVs No access to many TV networks
Access to a wide range of computer software Some have short battery life
Access to any online content

 

In the market for a new laptop? Here are a few of our favourites:

To view a particular product simply click on the product name or image to be redirected for pricing and availability.

 

Lenovo Intel Core Notebook

Apple Macbook Air

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4GB memory – Windows 10 OS – 500GB storage space – Intel i5 Core processor – HDMI output – Intel HD graphics  11.6 inch screen – 256GB storage space – Intel i5   Core processor – 4GB memory – iOS Yosemite OS

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I believe that DSTV is a complete ripoff. DSTV Premium (why because all the other packages are pointless!) is now R759 – wait what?! If you look at streaming services ie Showmax at R99 a month (yes, still owned by the same DSTV crowd) yet the only difference is there is no sport yet…what gives? So that pretty much says that sport is such a premium thing, that you should pay an extra R660 a month JUST for that? Ludicrous. Go to Netflix, Showmax or any streaming service. Dump DSTV.