Netflix is Now Available in South Africa

Netflix is Now Available in South Africa. . .Finally!


On 6 January 2016, Netflix announced its global service launch, putting the number of countries serviced to over 190, with South Africa a notable addition to the list.

The company is a burgeoning Internet television network with over 70 million members claimed, broadcasting original series such as Marvel’s”Daredevil”, “Narcos”, and “Marco Polo”, and licensed content from documentaries, feature films, and other television series. Users can access these shows on demand, have the freedom to pause and resume at a later date on different devices (as long as they’re connected to the same account), and enjoy an ad free experience, but must pay a monthly subscription fee starting from $7.99 (R126) per month for basic options.

Savvy-minded users will be happy at this turn of events, as Netflix opens up even more variety in entertainment, not just by directly providing access, but also by bringing healthy competition to the streaming economy in South Africa, previously dominated by DStv. Free one month trials are available for newcomers. However, one needs to be aware that the full range of Netflix’s catalog is not yet available – for instance, DStv still holds the rights to broadcast “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black”.

Even if it’s too early to say if Netflix will become as big in South Africa as it is in the US, its arrival is still momentous, and taking the free trial won’t hurt. You can check it out on Netflix’s own website.

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