Netflix launches in SA
Netflix is now available in South Africa with plans starting from around R127 per month.
JOHANNESBURG - Netflix Inc.'s video-streaming service has officially gone live in 130 countries including South Africa on Wednesday night, covering almost the entire globe except China, in a huge global push by Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings to counter slowing growth in the United States.
The South African Netflix website was switched on Wednesday and advertised prices starting at roughly R127 per month with a free month's trial.
Popular TV shows that South Africans can watch on Netflix include hits such as Suits, Dexter and Weeds.
In a snap poll by Eyewitness News, this is how people reacted to the news:
[POLL] With Netflix now live in South Africa, will you drop your current television subscriptions?
- Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) January 6, 2016
India, Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Arabia were among the major countries where the service was launched, Hastings said at a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
"This is much sooner and much more ambitious than expected," Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.
Netflix, which had expanded into more than 60 countries before Wednesday's launch, previously said it aimed to reach 200 countries by the end of 2016.
However, all shows will not be available immediately to some Netflix fans.
"We're moving as quickly as we can to have global availability of all the content on Netflix," Hastings said at a press conference after his speech.
US government restrictions on American companies mean Netflix will not be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria.
SOUTH AFRICAN TWITTER REACTION:
- Anne Hirsch (@Anne_Hirsch) January 6, 2016
- Byron David (@Byron_David7) January 6, 2016
- I Love Durban (@ILuvDBN) January 6, 2016
- Caryn Welby-Solomon (@carrieanne07) January 6, 2016
- Marcel Rossouw (@MarcelRossouw) January 7, 2016
Netflix in South Africa will help with @XboxZA sales, when is Groove music coming?
Netflix in South Africa will help with @XboxZA sales, when is Groove music coming?— Philip Du Plessis (@philidup) January 7, 2016