Netflix an American based entertainment provider of on-demand Internet streaming media which is more popular for providing movies and entertainment online has finally opened its doors to the whole wide world, and yes Zimbabwe is included.
Starting from only $7.99, Netflix will now deliver content online from any device that you have be it a smart Tv, SmartPhone or laptop.
For most Home users, the main question Zimbabweans will ask is the broadband availability. Netflix seems to be a bit heavy and it will take at least 2mb/s for you to perfectly download movies without (buffering) all depending on your ISP.
The beauty is that you can search any movie or content that you want compared to standard TV which only delivers what is broadcasting, hence these online streaming channels are called on demand TVs.
Of course the cost of access to the internet VS alternative Free to air channels and DStv channels will be fundamental to help the view decide his/her final mode of entertainment.
Plus the internet costs, online TVs and entertainment will still be considered expensive for many households in Zimbabwe, but for those already connected, this is a game changer.
The content online is way too great that DStv and renting movies never comes to mind for many. Econet also promised its Kwese TV but it may have been a bit slow as its direct competitor has finally landed right where it was eyeing, with content and experience, Kwese may die a still birth.
To Access the Netflix channel, which is currently giving free one month view, one has to have an electronic card with funds to atleast register before you start watching the free channels, while the process is quiet simple and straight forward.
According to Wikipedia, 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.
On February 25, 2007, Netflix delivered its billionth DVD. In April 2011, Netflix had over 23 million subscribers in the United States and over 26 million worldwide.By 2011, the total digital revenue for Netflix reached at least $1.5 billion.[On October 23, 2012, however, Netflix reported an 88% decline in third-quarter profits. In January 2013, Netflix reported that it had added two million U.S. customers during the fourth quarter of 2012 with a total of 27.1 million U.S. streaming customers, and 29.4 million total streaming customers. In addition, revenue was up 8% to $945 million for the same period.
As of mid-March 2013, Netflix had 33 million subscribers.That number increased to 36.3 million subscribers (29.2 million in the U.S.) in April 2013.As of September 2013, for that year’s third quarter report, Netflix reported its total of global streaming subscribers at 40.4 million (31.2 million in the U.S.). By the fourth quarter of 2013, Netflix reported 33.1 million U.S. subscribers.By September 2014, Netflix had subscribers in over 40 countries, with intentions of expanding their services in unreached countries. As of October 2015, Netflix reported 69.17 million subscribers worldwide, including more than 43 million in the U.S.