NETFLIX has been available in South Africa for a long while and that is not big news to us and you can watch thousands of movies on your TV, mobile device, Play Station and Xbox for as little as $7.99 a month for its basic plan.
For those of us that might not know, NETFLIX is presently the number one online streaming service for movies and TV series in the world.
How Much Does NETFLIX Cost in South Africa?
One issue NETFLIX subscribers may face in South Africa is the cost of internet to the average South African as one would need a lot of data to really get the best of NETFLIX in South Africa.
NETFLIX comes with 3 affordable monthly plans which are the Basic, Standard and Premium plans and they cost $7.99, $10.99 and $13.99 respectively and with the current Rand to dollar exchange rate of $1 to R14.24 this means that it would cost South Africans R113.78 for the NETFLIX Basic Plan, R156.50 for the NETFLIX Standard Plan and R199.22 for the NETFLIX Premium Plan respectively.
1. Basic Plan
The basic plan costs $7.99 and lasts for one month. With this plan, you can only watch your movies on one screen at a time. Also, the basic plan does not allow Netflix users to watch movies in HD or Ultra HD.
2. Standard Plan
The standard plan costs $10.99 and like the basic plan also lasts for one month. Unlike the basic plan, you can watch your movies on two screens at the same time with the standard plan. The downside is that it also does not also allow you to watch movies in HD or ultra HD.
3. Premium Plan
The premium plan currently costs $13.99 and also lasts for one month. Unlike the basic and standard plans, the premium plan, allows you to watch your movies on as many as four screens at the same time. Also, with this plan, you can watch your movies in HD and Ultra HD.
From the image below as you can see, the different packages come with its own distinct features like the number of screens you can watch NETFLIX on with the same account and the High Definition option. Note that HD streaming would consume your data bundle quickly as it requires more bandwidth to serve you crisp clear quality videos. If you are having a get-together and watching movies make sure you get an audiovisual rental for better sound quality.
Would NETFLIX Work With Slow Internet Connectivity in South Africa?
I would advise making use of your 4G LTE network on any of their plans in order to enjoy unstable streaming of NETFLIX videos and if you have slow connectivity issues, they always find a way of tethering the speed of your connection which they refer to as “Fair Usage Policy on their claimed unlimited plans”.
NETFLIX has a recommended download speed for playing movies and TV shows on their service which is listed below.
0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed.
1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed.
3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality.
Unlike other regular streaming services available out there that buffers on slow internet connection, NETFLIX has a way of determining your connection speed and serves you the best quality that would hardly buffer.
How to Connect NETFLIX to Your TV in South Africa
You can stream NETFLIX on several Devices but just imagine the fun of watching it on your TV connected to your sound system. With the availability of Smart TVs all over, you can just easily connect your Smart TV to your Wi-Fi Modem but if you do not have a Smart TV you could make use of your personal laptop computer and connect your laptop to your TV via the HDMI cable.
Also if you do have a Play Station or Nintendo gaming device, you can connect them to the internet and connect your gaming machine to your TV to enjoy the available NETFLIX services.
There are also smartphones that you can connect directly to your TV using the right cables if you wanna use your phone to stream.
How to Pay For NETFLIX in South Africa
To pay for NETFLIX South Africa you can simply use your credit or debit card to make payment (Master Card and Visa Card) or you could also make use of a PayPal account to make payment on NETFLIX.
Note that Netflix offers a free month of service for new customers.* Sign up for your trial offer and instantly access the entire Netflix catalog of TV shows and movies. After the free trial month, you can then decide to cancel your account or become a Netflix member.. You would need to register and provide payment details before you can enjoy the free one month.
Feel free to drop questions or review on NETFLIX services in South Africa