Home Wi-Fi deals for our top streaming recs for 2022

06 January 2022

2021 was another whirlwind year for South Africans, but one thing that didn’t disappoint was the release of top-quality movies, documentaries and shows from streaming services. But, which ones were the best? And, which streaming service is the smarter choice for your home entertainment? With Best Internet’s home Wi-Fi deals, you can expect epic movie nights in, any day of the week! Let’s take a look at our top streaming recommendations for 2022.

Three top streaming services for South African viewers

  • Showmax

Showmax was created by the owners of DStv for South Africans who want some of the benefits of DStv — without having to pay the full fees, or deal with all of the equipment and installations.

Showmax offers many of the series and moves that you can find on DStv, but the best part of this streaming service is the fact it has a pretty good deal with HBO and HBO Max.
You’ll get most of their content at the same time as US viewers, as well as plenty of local shows and movies.

Showmax only costs R99 per month and you can cancel your subscription at any time!

How much data does Showmax use?

Worried about your home wifi use? Don’t be. Showmax has data-saving tools to help reduce the amount of data you use when you stream. You can get the best entertainment online while using as little as 100MB an hour on their mobile app, and less than 200MB for downloading.

  • Netflix

Netflix has been voted as the best overall streaming service because of its affordable price point, huge range of movies and shows, and its catalogue of original productions.

Because of Netflix’s overall weight in the streaming market, they’ve been able to purchase the rights to stream some of the biggest movies and shows of all time like Friends, Shawshank Redemption, Seinfeld, Django Unchained, Training Day and more.

Netflix also has the ability to create quality originals with big-time actors and well-known producers. So, if you’re looking for blockbusters, big productions and the brightest stars, this is the streaming service for you.
It costs R199 per month and you can end your subscription whenever you like.

How much data does Netflix use?

If you’ve got the cheapest uncapped deals out there, you may not have to worry about how much data you use when you’re streaming — but if you’ve got a capped internet package, you may be wondering how much data your Netflix streaming is using up.

Netflix caters for the data cautious by giving its users the option to choose different definition quality to stream in.

This is what you can expect to use when streaming on their platform:
1. Standard definition (SD) – 1GB per hour of video
2. Full High Definition (Full HD) – up to 3GB per hour of video
3. 4K Ultra High Definition (4K Ultra HD) – 4GB per hour of video

  • Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video comes from the online shopping conglomerate Amazon.
While Amazon does have incredible original productions that you can’t watch anywhere else, like The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel and The Boys — their offering may be better suited for an international audience as there is no local content, and you can find most of their series and movies on Netflix and Showmax.

One great benefit of Amazon Prime is that it has a ton of well-known series that have plenty of seasons and episodes such as Two and a Half Men, Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, and The Walking Dead.

It costs R79 per month and comes with a 30-day free trial.

How much data does Amazon Prime use?

Not sure if you have the right home connection to get in on all the action with Amazon? Luckily, Amazon has catered for all kinds of home wifi deals, so you can control your use.

Depending on the quality you chose to stream, you can expect to use the following:
1. 480p ‘Good’ quality = 700MB-900MB/hour
2. 1080p ‘Better’ quality = 2GB/hour
3. 4k Ultra HD “Best” quality = 6GB-7GB/hour

Best Internet’s movie and series recommendations for 2022

Movie: The Harder They Fall
Year of release: 2021
Streaming platform: Netflix
What’s it about? Think the Wild West meets a modern action film with sharp-tongued dialogue. Produced by Jay-Z, this action drama will put some dust in your spurs with its casting line-up: Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Johnathan Majors, LaKeith Stanfield and many more. Elba plays a murderous gangster; King plays a gun-wielding woman and Majors plays a goodie with a story behind his quest to kill Elba.

Series: YOU
Year of release: 2018 - present
Streaming platform: Netflix
What’s it about? YOU took the streaming world by storm a few years ago when we saw Lonely Boy from Gossip Girl turn into a stalking, threatening, obsessive creep – but a good looking stalking, threatening, obsessive creep. Penn Badgley plays Joe Goldberg, a young man on a journey to find love — with a unique way of doing it.

Series: Succession
Year of release: 2018 - present
Streaming platform: Showmax
What’s it about? Have you ever wanted to see how the richest 1% of America lives? Succession is a show about the insanely wealthy Roy family who own TV shows, news media, entertainment parks, cruise lines and politicians. The writing is excellent and the backstabbing is even better.

Movie: The Crime of the Century
Year of release: 2021
Streaming platform: Showmax
What’s it about? This is a hard-hitting documentary that focuses on the opioid crisis in the USA and how billion-Dollar pharmaceutical companies and corrupted politicians benefited from pushing opioid sales. Produced by HBO, all Showmax customers receive the best in HBO and HBO Max series and docs.

Movie: Knives Out
Year of release: 2019
Streaming platform: Showmax
What’s it about? Everybody loves a classic who-dunnit. This comedy drama stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas and so many other incredible actors. A murder is committed and everybody is a suspect. It’s up to a comical detective played by Craig to figure it out.

Movie: My Octopus Teacher
Year of release: 2020
Streaming platform: Netflix
What’s it about? This documentary shares an inspiring and heart-warming story of a Cape Town diver, Craig Foster, who meets and bonds with an octopus while diving in False Bay. This doc won an Oscar and a BAFTA in 2021 for Best Documentary.

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