Netflix, an international provider of Internet streaming media which enables you to watch your favourite shows and movies on demand, is reportedly being launched in South Africa in January 2016!
This comes as part of Netflix’s plans to launch its service in more than 200 nations by the end of 2016. They then intends to “generate material global profits” from 2017 onward.
This Internet streaming company was previously only available to those in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and parts of Europe. It is therefore a major development for those in South Africa who are tired of the regular TV line-up as they now get to stream a wide range of movies and TV shows on demand in the comfort of their own home!
It has, however, also been reported that Netflix plans on cutting data usage for its viewers, as it has been re-encoding each video in its catalog so that it streams using the least amount of bandwidth. This will result in saving 20 percent of bandwidth use and could help Netflix extend to nations which have slower internet speeds. It can also reduce traffic in existing markets, where cable firms demand reimbursement for excess traffic on their services.
Over the past 18 months, South Africa has also been introduced to a host of other on demand services such as ‘ShowMax’ which is a competitor of Netflix.
Last month, it was also rumoured that Vodacom wants to partner with this amazing service, offering these video-on demand services on their network, billing customers for data used. “Fees will either be deduced directly from prepaid subscribers’ airtime, or billed to the accounts of contract subscribers”, said Vodacom.
With 2016 just around the corner, we are excited to see how the introduction of Netflix will impact South African broadband and with new optic fibre available, Netflix will be on every computer system in no time at all.