Netflix touches down in Africa

Netflix’ services will be extended to cover 130 new countries. The new markets now include all 54 African countries. Netflix has been spending billions of dollars to acquire TV shows and to secure the African and worldwide rights to the shows.

Netflix arrival in Africa will bring strong competition to local players. According to FilmContact, several video-on-demand services have launched in South Africa in the past two years, including a Netflix competitor from Naspers called ShowMax.

The launch of Netflix is a blow to DSTV that held a monopoly over South Africa’s paid TV market for many years. To some experts, Netflix is to finally give DSTV some much needed competition. To them, a lack of competition has allowed the broadcast service to retain high prices for their TV packages over the years.

To gain access to all the channels and services DSTV has to offer, one must be subscribed to their Premium package, which goes for R799 a month. Only the higher value packages allow subscribers access to MultiChoice’s BoxOffice service, which offers the ability to rent movies online movies online for 48 hours, through a decoder.

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