Amazon Prime Video – Amazon launches its Video on Demand service in Kenya to take on the likes of Netflix and ShowMax

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  • Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

Video on Demand is the future of media consumption. The ability to consume what you want, when you want and as you want. You become your own boss. Dictating how your entertainment needs should be handle. Companies like Netflix and ShowMax understand this need and that’s why they launched in Kenya with the main aim of offering streaming services. Well, Amazon just joined the party! Video on Demand service Amazon Prime Video is finally available in Kenya.

You will be able to enjoy Amazon Prime Video from the web or with the Prime Video app on your phone, tablet, or select Smart TVs – on up to 3 devices at once. The Prime Video app comes enabled for offline viewing. You will be able to watch offline on the Prime Video app when you download titles to your iPhone, iPad, Tablet, or Android device. This is a feature that Netflix recently incorporated and has been offered by ShowMax.

Subscription to the service will cost you €2.99 (approximately Ksh.330) per month for the first six months. This is the introductory price. Thereafter you will have to part with €5.99 (approximately Ksh.660) per month and you can as well cancel your membership anytime. Amazon Prime Video also gives you a window of seven days to try out the service for free. This is in contrast to Netflix’s one month free trial.

As of now the website and apps are in English only. To make up for this, Amazon Prime Video avails subtitles or dubbing for most of the titles. Currently ShowMax costs Ksh.330 per month for Select and Ksh.880 per month for Premium. On the other hand, the monthly charges for Netflix are $7.99 for Basic, $9.99 for Standard and $11.99 for Premium.

Amazon said Kenya was among 200 countries around the globe now allowed to stream Amazon Prime Video. Others selected include Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Some of the shows you can look forward to indulge in include The Grand Tour and Amazon Originals such as The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, and Transparent. Popular movies and TV shows will also be available for streaming and download.

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