A few weeks ago, Netflix Inc. decided to launch its streaming services in 130 more countries, including the entertainment hub of Africa, Nigeria . . .
The 3 major telcos in Nigeria; Glo, Etisalat and Airtel have already rolled out data packages to address the tariff/bandwidth and speed issue making it possible for those willing to try the service to do so at an affordable rate.
However, some titles i.e., TV series and movies are not available to be viewed in Nigeria.
Reports have it that Netflix will need to obtain a license to show some of the major TV series and movies to its Nigerian target audience. Now, Nigerians can go on the internet, search and click on www.netflix.com/ng to join free for a month – sign in – and pay to view (for now) some TV series and movies streaming online.
On the Nigerian hub, Netflix showcases its online services with catchphrases, viz,
‘Drama, action, comedy, documentaries, TV shows — all the stuff you love to watch, personalized for you.
New movies and TV shows coming all the time. Plus options for subtitles or dubbing.
Plus, Netflix award-winning original series and documentaries that you won’t find anywhere else
And a safe and friendly place just for kids to watch’
When Netflix is fully on ground in Nigeria, the South African cable station, DSTV, will definitely feel the impact of competition.
What is Netflix?
Netflix is an American multinational provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States, where mailed DVDs and Blu-ray Disc are sent via Permit Reply Mail.
The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California. It started its subscription-based service in 1999. By 2009, Netflix was offering a collection of 100,000 titles on DVD and had surpassed 10 million subscribers.
In April 2011, Netflix had over 23 million subscribers in the United States and over 26 million worldwide.