• Monday, February 26, 2024
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MTN launches streaming video service

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Mobile phone operator MTN has launched a streaming internet entertainment service in South Africa that can be viewed on any connected device.

TV series such as US hit ‘Breaking Bad’ and movies like ‘22 Jump Street’ are available on the video on demand (VOD) service dubbed MTN FrontRow.

Costs for the service range from R179 a month “for all you can watch” to a monthly price of R399 that includes 10GB of streaming data.

MTN says once users are subscribed to the service, they can “rent brand-new blockbuster movies and more from only R15 a film”.

However, advertised rental prices on the Front Row site indicate that prices for rentals are R27.

“We are officially launching MTN FrontRow, your premium entertainment network that brings you all the TV series and movies you love, even if you’re not an MTN subscriber – and you could get the first month free,” MTN said in a blog post on Monday.

MTN’s move to enter the VOD space comes after the Times Media Group launched its streaming entertainment service called Vidi in September this year.

Vidi also has TV series such as ‘Breaking Bad’ and films like ‘22 Jump Street’.

Meanwhile, the cost for a Vidi subscription is pegged at R149 per month with an additional charge of renting new movie titles at R27. The first month for a Vidi subscription is free.

Earlier this month, Vidi also announced that South Africans can now watch TV shows and movies via its service without the need for a mobile application anymore.