August 4, 2017
Previously entertainment was limited to paying television costs on top of additional subscription costs for premium based services such as DSTV, and the required hardware installation fees in order to use those types of services.
Most consumers already have or are considering getting an internet connection due to their growing reliance on the Internet providing ready access to news, research and study platforms, online shopping, social media, business and other entertainment avenues such as online gaming and of course streaming to them.
As Internet-enabled streaming media services continue to become more readily available within South Africa, consumers have more choice than ever before. Instead of going the traditional route opting for a streaming service can not only better utilize your Internet connection but also save you a substantial monthly cost.It is anticipated that the demand for media streaming services will grow as more content becomes available with the advent of local cloud infrastructure planned for South Africa by major cloud providers. Local businesses are also expected to take advantage of the cloud, bringing more opportunities for consumers to engage with the Internet in meaningful ways.
So how can you save money?
Premium based television services usually require additional hardware to be installed such as a decoder or dish. While decoders are available for a few hundred rand, the installation of a dish can cost several thousand and is your responsibility to maintain and replace when necessary. By comparison, a microwave fixed wireless internet connection can be installed at a fraction of the cost.
In addition to the installation costs, these premium based services also demand a monthly subscription ranging between several hundred upwards into the thousand marks depending on which channels you are interested in watching. Streaming services are available from as little as a hundred rands per month.
While you may need to get a slightly bigger bandwidth package to cater for your streaming requirements, the monthly costs are within the same range or less than the cost of a premium based television service on its own and with the Internet, you have the world at your fingertips.
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