South Africa’s top alternative and niche streaming sites

Sometimes, the streaming giants Netflix and HBO just can’t satisfy that entertainment craving. There are many other streaming options available on the internet that you can access in South Africa.

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Here are some streaming alternatives that will allow you to get off the beaten path digitally.

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is the best place to find anime on the internet. It has over a thousand anime films and shows, including classics like Naruto and Dragon Ball Z.

It offers a wide range of manga titles that can be downloaded, in addition to a large selection of TV shows.

You have two options for premium payment plans on the anime streaming platform. FAN will run you US$7.99 (R126 22,22) per month. MEGA FAN will cost you US$9.99 (R157.82) per month.

An annual MEGAFAN subscription can be purchased for US$79.99 (R1 263,63) per annum. This equates to 16% off a 12-month subscription.

MUBI

MUBI may be the next best option if you have exhausted all options on the major streaming services available in South Africa like Netflix and Prime Video.

MUBI theatrically distributes and produces films by both emerging and established filmmakers. It offers all content exclusively on its platform.

Although its selection may not be as large as other streaming giants, it has a carefully curated catalog that features only the best of cinema. The platform was created to satisfy true cinephiles.

MUBI costs R199 per month. A yearly membership will save you 42%.

BritBox

BritBox is the perfect place to go if you love British-produced content. BritBox, as the name implies, is a platform that exclusively features British films and shows from ITV and BBC UK.

It features some of the most beloved and popular British TV content, including The Office and Top Gear, as well as classics such as Black Adder, Doctor Who and Doctor Who.

To access BritBox’s vast library of British content, choose from the R99.99 per monthly or R999.99/year packages.

Vodacom Video Play

Vodacom Video Play targets smartphone users, as many South Africans do not have access to streaming devices. Video Play is available only in South Africa. To sign up, you must have an active Vodacom number.

Its unique offering is distinguished by the availability of subscription options that make content available to South Africans with lower incomes.

It offers a variety of free offerings, including The Bold and the Beautiful and SABC’s Muvhango and Isidingo.

You can then pay R5 per hour or R25 per monthly to access basic content and paid content. These packages include Bollywood and Nollywood films, Christian channels and a variety of LGBTI+ content.

You can access all content by purchasing the R25 per-day or R99 per-month packages.

You will be able to access the “most recent movies, series and music videos from wherever you are”

Curiosity

Curiosity’s content selection consists exclusively of documentaries that will help you “stay curious”. The library boasts 2400+ documentaries, many of which are originals.

This is the place to be if you enjoy the sounds of The Secrets of Quantum Physics and Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places.

It’s a vast array of educational content, from science and tech to history or philosophy.

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