Metro Goldwyn Meyer, one of the most iconic and well known film production studios in the world, has signed a deal with Vodacom to bring their collection of series and movies to the service provider’s video streaming app Video Play. These include James Bond, The Hobbit and a heap of popular series such as The Handmaid’s Tale.
Vodacom is clearly trying to push back against the current surge of popularity Showmax and Netflix have been afforded by the nationwide lockdown. While people haven’t been able to leave their homes, they’ve flocked to streaming services to provide any kind of entertainment and distraction from the outside world, drawing in huge revenue surges for both the aforementioned companies. While DStv is still trying to convince everyone to not cancel their subscriptions, Vodacom has clearly decided it also wants a cut of the action as it announced today that it would be expanding it’s catalogue of Video Play content with a wealth of MGM productions.
Vodacom’s Video Play, the streaming app that allows users to pay their subscriptions using airtime or by adding the cost to their Vodacom bill, is now home to dozens of new films and series produced by MGM, or Metro Goldwyn Meyer if you’re over the age of 80. These include beloved film franchises such as James Bond, The Hobbit, The Pink Panther, Legally Blonde as well as acclaimed series like The Handmaid’s Tale and Teen Wolf. Is Teen Wolf acclaimed? No idea, but people definitely love it.
Subscribers to Video Play Premium can pay for the service in several ways, either R99 for a monthly pass, R40 for a weekly subscription or R25 for a daily subscription. Makes sense which one is the most value, right? If you just want that classic MGM content though, you can instead just go for a Micro Pass that’ll cost R59 a month, R25 a week and R10 a day.
This apparently marks MGM’s “first foray into the South African region with its branded entertainment offer,” so if you’re a fan of what’s available and have a decent phone to watch it on, Vodacom has clearly thought of you in their attempt to grow their own streaming service.