Hello South Africa
South Africans have long been awaiting the introduction of affordable and extensive viewing services. After rolling out to another 130 countries (that’s over 190 countries in total), 2016 saw Netflix being added to South Africans’ viewing regimen and the uptake has been exceptional.
What is Netflix?
Netflix is a streaming service that allows customers to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries and more, from virtually anywhere on internet connected TVs, tablets, phones, gaming consoles or computers. You can view unlimited content without having to watch a single ad plus, there’s always something new to discover!
Netflix partners with content providers to license streaming rights for a variety of TV shows and movies. They also produce in-house or acquire exclusive rights to stream content such as Narcos, Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, the Crown as well as Trevor Noah Afraid of the Dark. These productions are called Netflix Originals.
Shows available on the local service are continuously growing based on local viewing habits, with the catalog size increasing 3 fold since its rollout in South Africa in January 2016 and with many titles being loaded locally and simultaneously with the rest of the globe – no more social media spoilers. Available content on the service does change over time with older shows, so make sure you binge those golden oldies before you miss out.
The algorithm helps you discover new shows that are pick up on certain viewing habits, and provides viewers with more relevant content that goes beyond basic genre and titles, but more towards other interesting content. The more you watch, the better Netflix gets at recommending TV shows and movies you’ll love.
How do I sign up to Netflix?
Fortunately the smart folks at Netflix have thought about everything when it comes to making sure that you can get your streaming fix.
Sign up by using:
- Credit card (Visa/MasterCard) and debit card
- Pay Pal
- Google Play or iTunes accounts (you can also purchase vouchers from various grocery and retail stores if you do not have a credit card to link to your account)
Pick your price, pick your plan! Netflix offers three membership plans to suit your needs. Your plan will determine how many people can stream Netflix content at once, and whether you can view in Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), or Ultra High Definition (UHD):
- Basic Plan: 1 screen plan SD (watch on 1 screen at a time, Standard Definition) for $7.99
- Standard Plan: 2 screen plan HD (watch on 2 screens at the same time, High Definition when available) for $9.99
- Premium Plan: 4 screen plan HD/UHD 4K (watch on 4 screens at the same time, includes High Definition and Ultra High Definition when available) for $11.99
Follow these easy steps to start watching Netflix today:
- Log onto netflix.com or download the Netflix app from your favourite app store (iTunes/Google Play)
- Choose the membership plan that’s right for you
- Create an account by entering your email address and creating a password
- Enter a payment method so you don’t miss a single episode when your free trial ends
- That’s it. Stream on!
You can cancel your free trial any time during your first 30 days and never be charged. If you choose not to cancel, your account will not be charged until your free trial ends. A reminder email will be sent to you three days before your free trial ends to ensure you’re still enjoying Netflix.
As a member of Netflix, you’ll be billed once a month on the date you originally signed up. If you decide Netflix isn’t for you, you always have the option to cancel online, anytime at no extra cost.
Where can I watch Netflix?
There are a plethora of Netflix friendly devices on which you can get your binge on:
- Smart TV
- Laptop and Desktop
- The Kwese Play streaming box
- Apple TV
Did you know that you can even download content for when you are on the go, outside of data range or not connected to the boss’ Wi-Fi (we see you there)? With various data usage options, you are also able to customise just how much data you consume while taking in your favourite shows – how handy!
Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV programmes and films per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.