When watching internet TV on a mobile device, it makes sense to pay as little as possible for data, so we’ve rounded up some of the best deals and lowest prices for video data bundles in South Africa.
Don’t forget that toggling app settings on your phone to stream on the lowest possible quality will save data. On smartphone screens, it’s not necessary to stream in HD or on the highest quality settings. Showmax also has the functionality to put a cap on the amount of data used while streaming.
These streaming bundles have been available to Telkom Mobile subscribers since 2017, but it was only last year that Telkom added a whole lot of new options. Choose from daily, weekly and monthly bundles to stream series and movies on Netflix, Showmax or DStv Now.
Among the best-value Telkom LIT bundles are R40 for a 500MB monthly bundle, R50 for a 2GB daily bundle and R150 for a 5GB weekly bundle. These prices are much lower than those of standard data bundles, making Telkom LIT the best-value option for streaming video on a mobile device.
Plus, Telkom Free Me 5GB customers automatically get 50GB free data every month to use for streaming Netflix, Showmax and DStv Now.
Vodacom: Showmax bundles
Binge the latest series, watch a hot Hollywood hit or be engrossed in a documentary when you buy 1GB Showmax data for R50. You can get it by dialling *135# or through the My Vodacom app.
You should be able to stream around five hours of series and movies with 1GB on the lowest quality setting on your device, as long as you use Showmax’s data-saving tips, such as putting a cap on your data. There’s a neat guide here.
What to watch on Showmax
If you’re a DStv subscriber, you probably know all about DStv Now, the online version of DStv. Once you’re signed up, all the same channels you have via your decoder at home are available to stream on your phone via the DStv Now app.
But unlike watching on your decoder, when you watch DStv Now on your phone, you’ll need enough data to keep you streaming.
MTN offers DStv Now customers who are also MTN prepaid, top-up and/or contract customers 5GB streaming bundles to use to watch series and movies on DStv Now for just R159.
This should allow subscribers to watch for up to 20 hours, as long as they adjust their quality settings in the DStv Now app, which means they’ll use as little data as possible.
To buy these MTN streaming bundles, dial *142# from your MTN phone and follow the prompts.