By Kaya 959 Reporter
Netflix has increased the prices of its top two viewing packages this week. This is the first time the streaming service has announced a price increase in South Africa.
The increase was effected on Tuesday and subscribers will be notified accordingly. The price hike will see the Standard Plan increase by R20 to R159 while Netflix Premium will increase by R30 to R199 monthly.
“This is to reflect the improvements in our film and show catalogue and the quality of our service. Most importantly, so that we can continue to offer more options with ever-increasing value,” Netflix says.
Netflix adds that it has a range of plans so people can choose whichever is right for them.
BusinessTech reported that in 2018, Netflix says the increases will be rolled out to existing members in the coming weeks but the new prices will apply to new members.
Most cost-effective countries for basic plans
The prices of Netflix‘s Basic plan and Mobile plan remain unchanged at R99 and R49 per month respectively
A Netflix subscription price comparison by comparitech.com has ranked SA fifth in a list of top 10 most cost-effective countries for basic plans.
The data ranks SA with the likes of Argentina, Turkey, Brazil and Colombia.
Completing the list is India, Philippines, Canada, Indonesia and Malaysia. SA also ranks 6th in the top 10 most cost-effective countries for standard plans and top 10 most cost-effective countries for premium plans.
Meanwhile, Netflix is no longer available on Telkom’s LIT streaming box. Their partnership came to an end in October.
The parties have decided not to renew the contract.
Netflix is producing more local content in South Africa. ‘Queen Sono’, starring Pearl Thusi, and ‘Blood & Water’ are some of its African originals.