The purpose of the article is to educate you on how to access moves in South Africa, paid, free, download and stream. But before that I will do an extensive introduction on how we really got to the point of streaming and downloading movie online.
The Video Cassette Recorders/Players and Video Cassette Tapes
First it was video cassette tapes/recorders which plays the bulky type of video cassette that carries two rollers with long tape that rolls back and forth when played, reverse, forward. Very similar to the small radio cassette which we normally use in playing and recording audio music.
CDs (Compact Disc)/DVDs
Then we moved to video CDs then DVDs, with this technology we were able to use the video CD players and DVD players to watch movies stored on CDs and DVDs.
This later extended to blue rays technology which is an advanced format of the DVDs, the blue ray technology can store more information in a well formatted ways, giving viewers the option of access more info about the movies they are watching.
The game changer was when technology started permitting us to connect our external storage devices to either our Television or DVD/VCD players.
With this technology we were able to stream movies stored in out hard drives, USB drives and every other form of storage device we could connect to the computer or video player gadget.
It used to be somehow slow, but technology got better and speed became a thing of the past. We gradually started opting for the then sophisticated methods of watching movies.
Copying Movies on CDs and DVDs
In the beginning we would copy movies or other programs from CDs and DVDs to our computer or external hard drive, then we needed a special kind of CD player called re-writable CD (RW CD) player. We would often copy movies by asking a friend who has the movie we are keen to watch CD
for a copy.
Some of us would even go the extra miles of buying the VCD/DVD, copy it and return it. We would do this for multiple movies for the price of one.
The Internet Of Things
The internet got better and faster cheaper and more accessible to the extent that people can now upload movies on the internet at a very low cost, that was when the online movie download kicked in.
This time we did not need to get those movies from DVD/VCD any more, they are now accessible on the internet, in different format and codecs, they can even be compressed and converted to any codec that suits the user.
Back then there were no movie streaming services like Netflix, Showmax, Hulu and many more with huge catalogs like we have today but you could pay to some of the then available services to watch some movies and music videos online. Some of those services includes Yahoo Music, My space, American Online, MSN e.t.c.
The services mentioned above came before their time as the internet was not strong enough to stream these visual contents in real-time, the buffer was slow and video quality was bad.
Apart from the fact that one could upload movies to the internet from a physical CD in those days, the tech savvy ones also hacked their ways into bypassing the tech giants offering videos online at the time and downloading those movies without paying.
Then there was the emergence of P2P, a technology that lets two different computers located in different location connect with each other and share files, although the technology still exists for it did not last long for streaming and downloading movies because it hit the music industry so bad that it become illegal to use or offer services through that technology.
Even though it was illegal, people still found ways to use P2P but it became unpopular. Then another type of P2P emerged, known as torrent, the torrent technology uses a computer file that contains metadata about files and folders to be distributed, and usually also a list of the network. Using this type of technology, you need to torrent file and the torrent client, the torrent file contains all the information about what is needed to be downloaded. once loaded by the client, it decodes all the information and begins download. This is more efficient and serves more than just sharing media files.
People took advantage of this and started sharing files through this technology, but it didn’t take long before governments and entertainment industries started cracking down on Torrent but the stronger, they get with it, the smarter torrent users get.
Torrent, Illegal Downloads and Difficulties
There were times when people were served letters from legal practitioners claiming their client movies or any other content had been downloaded and they requested the receivers to pay damages at a very high price. These types of legal claims were not effective as the accusers need to be able to prove that the movie was downloaded by a specific person before they can take it to court.
Internet service providers rotate Ips frequently and most of the time more than one person consumes content from the internet through a single IP. Some information about the computer used to download the supposed file are sent to the ISP (internet service provider) but it would violate individual privacy to invade their computer in order to verify the information transferred from a computer to ISP.
All these coupled together makes it difficult to charge someone who has illegally downloaded movie to a court of law. This not not mean that you cannot be caught, if much time and investigation is put in place, an illegal download can be tracked efficiently. The kind of investment needed to track a single illegal download is just not worth it sometimes that is why authorities often go after those doing illegal download on a very large scale.
The VPN technology became very popular and people can now hide their identity behind a secured VPN (virtual private network) and do their movie downloads without being spied upon, this makes it even more difficult for legal enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal download.
The bottom line is, it is illegal to download movies if unauthorized, of course there are some movies released online for free download and free streaming but one needs to be sure he/she is consuming from the authorized source in order to be safe from engaging in illegal music download.
How To Download, Stream and Watch Movies Online In South Africa
Now that we have covered the basics of online movie download and it’s legalities, we will cover how to access and download movies in South Africa, both free and paid. The purpose of this article is not to support illegal movie download but rather educate you on how to access movies in South Africa.
Streaming And Download Services Online
Movie is an important part of our lives as it educates and keeps us entertained while it serves as a source of income for many who are the ones creating the movies. Today there are many legal move services to pick from at a very competitive price. However, this depends on many factors including location, internet access, viewer’s preferences, just to name a few. We will categorize these move download platforms so that you can best choose which one suits you best.
Free Movies Streaming And Download Platforms
With about 5,773,838 video content, this platform is the google of media content, it fetches content that are already in the public domain from the web, they could be in form of video or any other media format, the platform stores them in an easy to access manner for users. There is limited content on this platform as it is free and it does not have access to a large database of video content. It only provides whatever it can find that is already in the public domain for easy access. you can stream unlimited movies on this platform without paying a dime
The Giant of video streaming is very popular for music videos and other viral content but very few use it for movies as it has limited movie content but that does not mean it does not have enough to pick from. It recently launched it’s premium version where they offer exclusive content and this includes movies. The premium part of the platform serves the purpose of Netflix and Spotify combined but does not have enough move catalog as Movie dedicated platforms like Netflix and Hulu. You do not have access to the premium content on this platform unless you are a premium member and this comes at a price.
Often updated with old movies, it is worth a mention due to its huge offerings, you can stream unlimited movies on this platform without paying a dime.
This platform is a spectacular TV that boasts of over 80 channels from where you have the options of movie download. The categories of content available includes sports, tech, news and movies. You may need to use a VPN service to access some part of this platform as they are restricted to specific locations, especially USA.
This is a very friendly platform owned by SONY, the platform has a huge catalogue of movies and other content that can be accessed online but it unfortunately is restricted to USA, you might need a VPN to access this website.
Movies Found Online
With movies found online, you can gain access to some of the newest and best movies online, it is frequently updated with new movies and has a wide range of movies, we can not verify the legality of the movies provided on this website.
Popcornflix provides high quality HD movies and it is regularly updates. The platform has a very friendly user interface and can be access from anywhere in the world without the use of VPN but it is however advised to use on
Very similar to Youtube, you can access a huge amount of free movies on this platform.
Paid Movies Streaming And Download Platforms
This is the giant of online movie streaming and the platform had recently lunched in South Africa. Netflix has a huge catalogue of movies but it is a paid service which means you need to sign up for a monthly subscription to be able to access unlimited movies. The advantage of this platform is that they are beginning to add South African original movies and series to their platform at a very high speed.
Showmax is an online subscription based video on demand service which was introduced to South Africans on 19 August 2015. Showmax is using a localization approach to take on created video on demand competitors with a concentration on local content. Just like Netflix you need to have a monthly subscription in order to access movies on this platform. If you are looking to enjoy local movies then this is the right stop for you.
With Hulu you can access international movies at a very affordable price but the issue you might have here is that it is restricted to a few countries as they do not operate worldwide, you might need a friend or family member abroad to get you an account and pay in order to use this platform, they will not accept payment method that does not have an address from their country of service. You can also subscribe with a gift card but you still need to use A USA IP to stream or download the movies.
Using The Traditional, Cable, Satelite And Online TV Channels
DStv is a cable network which houses hundreds of television channels, because it is dedicated to television channels, users are not able to watch movies on demand, you would have to wait for your favourite shows to come on at a specific time in order to be able to watch them. DStv does not only serve movie content, the network has a wide range of programs ranging from music, reality TVs, sports, news and many more. You need subscription to be able to enjoy content from this platform. The only way you can enjoy downloaded movies on this platform is to save them on your decoder so that you can watch later.
The image below represents some online and TV platforms where you can access movies and information but with limited access when it comes to movies as these movies may be streamed in episodes on a weekly basis and they mostly come with advertisements.
Downloading and Streaming Movies With Torrents.
This is usually mostly illegal, but some legal content could also be found using torrent. You would have to do a little research to find out if what you are downloading through torrent platforms are legit or not. Listed below are some platforms where you can access free movies download but as mentioned before you will be doing so at your own risk.
ISP often block some of these torrent download websites but there are a number of practical problems faced by the internet providers as torrent websites often have their IP addresses hidden behind CDN. Additionally, knowledgeable internet users can avoid most blocks applied by ISPs using VPN services.
The most common torrent platforms used in South Africa have been listed below:
The Pirate Bay
Most time you have do download the videos on your computer or external hard drive first and them stream later. The same methos also applies to mobile phone users.
Using Torrent Without Downloading The Movie
Some torrent client offer the option of watching movies or streaming music without actually downloading them to your computer, this means that you don’t need to worry about computer storage space if you are using this option but sometimes it comes at a price, this mean you have to pay some amount, could be a one time payment or a monthly subscription in order to be able to use this option.
To use this option all you have to do it get the torrent file link from a torrent search website and paste it on your the torrent client downloader you are using and you will be able to stream movies without downloading them to your computer, Utorrent for example offers this option.
For Android Usere:
Here you can access the streaming without download on android phones, totally free of charge without paying a dime. Download and install these apps from app store:
The TorrSE can search for sites faster and more easily from individual torrent search sites. Using this app, after searching for the movie, copy the torrent link and head to your Amnis App paste the link and wait for the buffer to complete.
This way you can stream the movie directly without completely downloading it to your mobile device.