Netflix is now available in Nigeria, and South Africa, and Kenya, and…

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Netflix is now available worldwide. Excuse me while I geek out for a minute.

Yes, worldwide in this case includes every African country (excluding three). This is huge news as the word on the vine last year was Netflix would be expanding to “more countries including South Africa”. Seems the (now) global video streaming service was able to keep their full plans under wraps, a rare feat in this internet age.

The announcement was made by company top dog, Reed Hastings, during Netflix’s live event at the ongoing CES 2016 event.

The firm had been gradually expanding to other regions in phases so we assumed it would take a while for the service to get to other African regions. South Africa was the most logical choice for entry as the region has a few players already, something that increased last year significantly.

Typing in netflix.com takes you to your country’s page (in my case, Nigeria) which suggests some content may not be accessible to subscribers in all regions. Scratch that, territorial licensing ensures that there will be limited access to content.

We’ll keep a finger on the situation and let you know how it goes.

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  1. John Kernal

    January 9, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Good news for people that don’t have local Netflix because streaming content online is much more convenient than watching DVDs etc. However, the new regions of Netflix will have a maximum number of 500 unique titles which is very low compared to US Netflix (5000 titles). If you want to get a good value for your money, you can use services like Unotelly and access all regions of Netflix. You get about 1000% more content with a minimum cost.

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