The World’s dominant internet television company, Netflix has announced that it is upgrading its locations by spreading out to more than 190 countries around the world including Nigeria as against the 60 countries it operated in formerly. The announcement came during the opening keynote at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.
Based on the Press Release issued by the company, subscribers to Netflix service in Nigeria will now be able to stream their series and catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies. So Nigerians can now Netflix and relax in Nigeria… I am sure this will excite Movie and TV fans in Nigeria since they can now access their huge and interesting catalogue from here.
Before now, viewers in Nigeria had to use IP masking sites to access the site since they get blocked once their IP address is recognized as coming from Nigeria but that has been worked out now. No more long processes that make it almost impossible and discouraging to viewers. You can now sign up with your Nigerian Naira card and get the first month viewing free. But as a result of recent CBN policies, your Naira card will not work once billing begins, therefore you may have to switch to a dollar-denominated card. Once done, you will be granted access to a bunch of movies, series and TV shows.
That’s not all, Netflix is available on almost any device that has an Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, and is famous for providing one of the best possible video streaming qualities depending on available bandwidth.
This will definitely favour Internet service providers in Nigeria as the masses will rely on their services to stream programs, but this could mean wider challenges to Nigerian companies who are into internet movies, series and TV show streaming. This is because Netflix has wide economies of scale and have also added Nigerian movies to their bouquet.
The Nigerian government might also employ some of their problem-solving mechanism as it could suffer the loss of tax revenues and face another set of forex pressures on its external reserve if the subscription is charged in US dollars. Thus, Nigerian Government needs to increase its pace with the intention of expanding its tax base in order not to lose potential revenues to the US.
Other countries currently accommodating Netflix along with Nigeria include Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, India, China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea.
Netflix TV Shows, Series, Movies
Users can get instant access to great TV shows, series and movies on Netflix thanks to its global diversity. Netflix contents also vary according to the region but it is expected to be spontaneous. The streaming giant has a global library featuring award-winning Netflix originals, films, documentaries, TV shows etc…One of the fun thing about Netflix is that users can play, pause, and resume watching videos, without commercials or commitments.
Moreso, users can download their favourite shows to any device of their choice, including iOS or Android mobile device, Windows 10 computer or tablet.
How to Get Started
The following easy steps will enable you to watch contents from Netflix anytime through several Internet-connected devices:
1. Open the app on any device of your choice and choose the membership plan that favours you.
2. To create an account enter your email address and create a password.
3. Then in a space provided, enter a payment method so you don’t miss a single episode when your free trial ends.
The Netflix free trial is usually for 1 month after which your membership will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member. Netflix offers a month-to-month subscription to a member that begins on the date of sign up -no contract, no cancellation fees and no commitment. Users are also free to cancel online whenever they want.
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In the latest report, Netflix is now planning to bring video previews to its mobile apps in April 2018. According to the company, it was developed to help make it easier and faster for users to find content on their smartphones.
How the mobile video previews works?
The mobile video previews are vertical, which makes them feel similar to Snapchat or Instagram stories. Hence, once it is launched, users will see a new section dubbed “Previews” whenever they open the Netflix app. Users will be able to browse the videos by swiping left on each one.
If you decide on one of the previews, you can press play and the app will automatically switch to landscape mode so you can start watching.