While South Africa’s historically been at the bottom of the priority list when it comes to launching streaming services (ahem… Disney…), Amazon Prime Video’s been available here for some time. Although, users have been paying a converted Euro cost monthly for their subscriptions, until now.
The Amazon’s in Africa
Amazon Prime Video users in the country will now be billed in rands, R79 of them to be exact — this is according to an email sent to subscribers. “This change happens automatically this month… and there’s nothing you need to do,” the email reads.
When it launched in South Africa in 2016, Prime Video cost $3 (R40 then, but around R48 at today’s exchange rate) a month for the first six months. After that, they’d have to shell out $6 (closer to R95 today) per month.
That means you’ll be paying a fair amount in rands going forward if you’re a Prime Video subscriber in SA (and you’re not accessing the service via a VPN).
“You’ll have continued access to the same Prime Video content and Twitch Prime benefits as you do now,” Amazon details. That means you’ll be able to access the same content available previously, including all the Amazon Originals.