What is Netflix?
Netflix is an online media streaming provider constantly being updated with new TV shows and movies. Signing up to Netflix allows you access to a wide variety of TV shows and movies at a fixed monthly cost. Users can search for what they want to watch, or filter through shows and choose from the most popular list.
Although founded in California, USA, there is the option to open a South African Netlflix account (launched January 2016)
— News24 (@News24) January 6, 2016
What does it cost?
You can choose from 3 different pricing options when opening your Netflix account. All are fairly reasonable considering you have access to a wide variety of TV shows and movies that you usually pay much more for from local providers.
- $7.99 – unlimited viewing, but only on a single device and in standard definition.
- $9.99 – unlimited viewing on two devices and in high-definition.
- $11.99 – unlimited viewing on up to 4 devices in ultra-high-definition.
What devices can be used to stream?
Depending on the package you pay for monthly, you have the option to link multiple devices to your one Netflix account. The devices you connect should all have a good internet connection.
- Game consoles (PS3, Xbox etc)
How to use Netflix
Using Netflix is pretty simple, but here is a quick guide on how to set it up on your Laptop or Smart TV
- Identify the output on your laptop. Most new laptops and TV’s will connect via an HDMI cable. Connect your TV and laptop and select the correct option on both for the screen to show up on the TV.
- Sign in to your Netflix account
- Browse the TV shows and movies, select what you want to watch and start playing.
- If your TV is a Smart TV, ensure it is connected to your home network and has a good internet connection.
- Open the Smart TV applications on your TV and choose the Netflix app.
- Log in with your Netflix account
- Browse the TV shows and movies using your remote, select what you want to watch and start playing.
Is it worth it?
Lately there has been an outcry over poor viewing options and service from local media providers. Netflix has come into the South African market at an affordable rate and gives viewers the option to choose what they want to be watching – and to watch it over and over if they want.
Having the option to connect to multiple devices also allows fair and easy viewing for the whole family.
However it is important to note that Netflix will only work if you have a good, stable internet connection at home, and enough data to cover your streaming costs.
The downside to Netflix is that you cannot keep up to date with local news and sporting events – which can sometimes be difficult to stream online.