Netflix launches in 190 countries globally including Kenya

Netflix to Compete with Multichoice, Afrideo as it enters African SVOD market todayLas Vegas, January 6, 2016 — Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world. The company made the announcement — and the service went live — during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016.

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “With this launch, consumers around the world — from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo — will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously — no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”

Companies such as Multichoice who have dominated the African market are set to compete with this new platform that depends solely on internet subscriptions. While Netflix’s venture in Africa is a welcome approach, the subscription video on demand may not peak immediately as Africa still struggles with low connectivity and low speeds. The high cost of internet mobile data may also prove to be an impediment for faster uptake for their streaming services.

Afrideo, a Nigerian based tech startup brings streaming news, series, comedy, movies and music videos to the world on web and mobile. Its the newest entrant into the streaming space of services offering pan African content through internet connected device. Will Afrideo beat Netflix? Read more

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