Netflix launches in South Africa

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced at a press conference in Las Vegas that the video streaming service had been switched on in 130 new countries.

Where you were previously redirected to a page telling you that Netflix was unfortunately not available in South Africa, you are now invited to sign up for a free month of streaming.

This confirms industry rumours that it Netflix would launch in South Africa from January 2016.

It is priced in US dollar, not rand, with plans structured exactly the same as in the US.

Its cheapest package costs $7.99 per month and offers a single stream in standard definition, while its most expensive plan is $11.99 and lets you watch up to 4 simultaneous streams in HD and UHD resolutions.

The table below summarises the various Netflix plans available:

Netflix Price Resolution Screens
Basic $7.99 (R126) SD 1
Standard $9.99 (R158) HD 2
Premium $11.99 (R190) HD / UHD 4
Exchange rate: R15.83/$

You have to provide credit card information or a PayPal account when signing up, but you can cancel immediately if you are afraid of being billed at the end of your free month of service.

When you cancel, your Netflix account will remain active for the remainder of the month and will only stop working when your free trial period is over.

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