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No Netflix for (South) Africa. Sets sight on The Netherlands

Not so long ago, Netflix released its financial results for Q1 of 2013 and said in that period it has added over 3 Million customers worldwide.

Netflix, is the world’s leading internet television network with more than 36 million members in 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month. Users can make use of Netflix’s services via their gaming consoles, PC, Mac and selected tablets.

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However, South Africa and the rest Africa as a whole doesn’t seem to be part of the ’40 countries’ Netflix boasts about in their annual reports and website. Not in even in the near future it seems. Talking to SA Vibe, Joris Evers Director of Global Corporate Communications at Neflix dismissed rumors on plans that Netflix might be coming to Africa anytime soon. “At this point our only announced expansion is to The Netherlands by end of this year. We have not announced any further plans. However, we do have the ambition to be a global company” said Evers.

In the US  alone, Netflix added 2.03 million customers alone, pushing its total number over 30 million (including trial users). That means it’s passed HBO in paying subscribers for the first time ever, while notching $2.69 million in net profits on $1.02 billion in revenue for the quarter. Internationally there were over a million new sign-ups and it’s planning to launch in a new European market during the second half of this year, which we were promised to hear about in the beginning of July.


Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.