Today we’re focusing on the top streaming content available inside South Africa and the best VPN service in South Africa. South Africa as a nation has come a long way in terms of loosening internet restrictions in recent years, but still lacks access to many of the popular streaming movie, TV, and music services that are enjoyed across the globe.
At FlashRouters, we’re determined to show the benefits of a free and open internet while offering the utmost privacy, believing it to be one of the most important ways to connect disparate communities and entire countries & continents of people.
That’s why we’re frequently aligning ourselves with more and more popular global VPN services, knowing full well are the best and most reliable way to bring less restricted Internet to countries without that luxury. Better still, VPN service provides the freedom of an open Internet (access to the best streaming services like Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Instant) while protecting their users from the sadly, increasingly prevalent threat of malicious online forces like hackers, identity thieves, and snooping government agencies.
Streaming Services Options Available in South Africa
Streaming Music in South Africa
Htxt.Africa has an excellent comparison list of available and unavailable services which include many local and secondary services which may have limited content and availability. Some don’t have mobile apps, some have bad desktop apps so it seems a bit of a crap-shoot.
Just days ago, South Africa music lovers had a reason to rejoice as popular streaming music service Rdio just announced availability in South Africa. Spotify seems to maybe getting closer as they continue to add popular artists like Led Zeppelin.
Available Services: Deezer, Rara, Simfy, iRoko, Xbox Music, Nokia Music
Popular Unavailable Streaming Music/Radio in South Africa: Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Xbox Music
Streaming Movies & TV in South Africa
Like many countries, South Africans have access to the content from their local cable or satellite provider like DStv with DStv Mobile. Sadly. this country of 50 million plus Streaming of international and big-budget films throughout Africa including South Africa is not readily available sadly according to our research.has basically only pirated option for on-demand and streaming video content for the most popular US & UK films and TV. Some of this may be due to a low adoption of broadband connectivity until this point but is increasing rapidly (Wikipedia).
How to Unblock US & UK Streaming Services in South Africa
So why would you want to use a VPN in South Africa? Well, that’s pretty simple. Access, freedom, the true spirit of the Internet! The world’s most popular streaming services from Netflix to Spotify to Pandora to BBC iPlayer to Amazon Instant have limited or no offerings when your IP address is based in South Africa.
Using a VPN service will allow you to gain access to these popular services whether you are a permanent resident in South Africa, relocating for business in South Africa or just traveling through on holiday. A VPN service offers special IP addresses in various countries to make it seem you are in that country as far as the streaming service.
What’s more, a FlashRouter allows you to connect multiple devices to a single VPN subscription. Hold on to your old router, and you can switch back and forth between a local wireless network for the best speeds and a VPN network for more secure, less speed-dependent activities using our popular dual router set-up! There’s no end to the ways in which a FlashRouter can enhance your VPN experience.
So if you’re in South Africa as a resident or visiting on vacation or business, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to access your favorite streaming movies and TV show. With our help, you’ll be streaming the Netlflix exclusive Orange Is the New Black in Capetown, or House of Cards in Pretoria in no time.
Recommended South Africa VPN Services
To be frank, we only partner with the premiere VPN services but any of the VPN services on our Official Supported Provider List are implicitly recommended, and it’s worth having a look at the list to compare.
Looking for a VPN to use in South Africa with a tremendous selection of US and UK IP addresses, here is a quick list of our top VPN services in Schoices – all the better to access unavailable services in South Africa like Netflix Instant, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Spotify, etc.
ExpressVPN has OpenVPN & PPTP servers in South Africa along with unlimited bandwidth, speed, and server switches. Other providers that offer high-speed servers in 30+ countries including US, UK, and South Africa servers are IPVanish & Proxy.sh. Using a service with South Africa servers allow you to encrypt traffic while keeping a South Africa VPN service for more privacy and security.
A longtime favorite at FlashRouters, IPVanish offers 110 servers in 47 countries, all the better to serve any resident of South Africa looking to explore the online global community. Though IPVanish is not a bank-breaking service by any stretch, they’re also offering a deal that provides users with three free months of service with the purchase of any 3 or 12 month account (expires January 31, 2014). Act now; a secure and free internet awaits.
EarthVPN is attracting a lot of attention in the VPN community thanks to their servers in 30+ countries, their tireless commitment to your protection (no logs kept, ironclad encryption), their unlimited bandwidth and transfer speed, and their affordability. They are one of the few VPN providers with OpenVPN DD-WRT support as well which make they a very attractive choice. If you truly want to experience the joys of a wide open internet at a reasonable price (under $5 per month), then EarthVPN is the one for you.
No matter which VPN service provider you choose, you’ll find that a whole world of entertainment options open up with their help. You can access UK-only streaming services like ITV or Watchever, Germany’s relatively new streaming service, or you can finally check out the newly-added-to-Netflix-Instant second season of American Horror Story, the upcoming season of the US House of Cards, Sherlock Season 3 on BBC iPlayer and see what all the fuss is about. The streaming possibilities are truly limitless.
How FlashRouters Can Improve Your VPN Service
As we’ve stated many times, the best way to experience the benefits of a VPN service is to experience them through a FlashRouter.
Our goal is to provide our customers with routers that are supremely powerful, versatile, and future-proof. This is accomplished by flashing all of our routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that supercharge devices and boost their functionality by leaps and bounds.
A router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato does everything a standard router can do and so much more; you can extend your wireless range, control how your bandwidth is allocated, and access advanced security options.
That last point is especially important to VPN users, as a FlashRouter keeps your network safe while minimizing the usual VPN hassles. We can configure our devices to any of the VPN services on our official VPN service provider list, saving you the trouble of dealing with the tricky installation process (a process that can often lead to a bricked router, in the wrong hands).
And of course we do ship to South Africa from our US-based offices.
Best VPN Routers for South Africa
Looking for something more affordable to complement your new VPN service? How about the Netgear R6300 router? This dual-band beauty is our best low-priced DD-WRT router, currently available for $174.99.
Is sheer networking power more what you’re looking for? Then maybe you should check out Linksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT router, an absolute monolith that towers over its competitors. If it’s a combination of the best speed and power you want, then you might want to check out our Netgear R6400v2 DD-WRT router; it’s Wireless-AC speeds leave other dual-band routers in the dust.
Of course, if none of these sound appealing, maybe you should check out our recent November ’13 bestsellers list, and see if something on there suits you better. We’re guaranteed to have a device you’ll love.