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How to Setup & Watch NETFLIX in South Africa (2021)

NETFLIX has been around in South Africa for sometimes now. With just a little fee of R99 a month, you can stream your favourite movie on NETFLIX. With Netflix basic plan, you can stream movies on your TV, mobile device, Play Station and Xbox.

Having said that,  we’ll be sharing with you a comprehensive guide on how to set up and watch Netflix in South Africa 2021.

NETFLIX South Africa

What is NETFLIX?

Netflix is a streaming service that offers a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, anime, documentaries, and more on thousands of internet-connected devices.

The movie streaming network is available in more than 190 countries and provides users with access to thousands of movies, TV shows, mini-series, and anime, among many others. The good thing is that it has a great user interface that is quite easy to use. What makes the service amazing is that with its monthly subscription, you will get an unlimited viewing experience without getting interrupted by any commercial breaks.

The disadvantage of this media streaming service; however, is the fact that there is a limitation on the country you are using it. For instance, if you are in South Africa, you cannot access shows from other countries like the UK. Therefore, this means that you will miss British TV shows. The same goes if you are outside South Africa, you will not be able to access South African shows.

How Much is Netflix in South Africa?

Netflix offers a variety of plans to meet your needs. The plan you choose will determine the number of devices that you can watch Netflix on at the same time. However, in South Africa, there are three packages to choose from:

  1. Basic package – R99
  2. Standard package – R139
  3. Premium package – R169

Basic

Standard

Premium

Monthly cost* (South African Rand)

99 ZAR

139 ZAR

169 ZAR

Number of screens you can watch on at the same time

1

2

4

Number of phones or tablets you can have downloads on

1

2

4

Unlimited movies and TV shows

Watch on your laptop, TV, phone or tablet

HD available

Ultra HD available

 

The good news is that, for whatever packages you pay for, you can watch on your laptop, TV, phone, or tablet. You also have access to unlimited movies and TV shows, and you are allowed to cancel the packages anytime.

How to Get Netflix in South Africa

To enjoy all that NETFLIX has to offer, you’ll need to first of all signup or download the NETFLIX app from play store or apple store. You also stand a chance of getting a one-month free movie streaming on Netflix. However, there is unlimited access to movies and TV shows

Follow the steps for your platform below.

Android

Choose one of the following options to sign up from your Android device:

  • Download the Netflix app from the Google Play store on a device running Android 5.0 or above.
  • Visit netflix.com/signup from a mobile browser.

From the Netflix app or netflix.com you can:

  1. Choose the plan that’s right for you. You can downgrade or upgrade at any time.
  2. Create an account by entering your email address and creating a password.
  3. Enter a payment method.
  4. That’s it. Stream on!

Computer

  1. Visit netflix.com/signup.
  2. Choose the plan that’s right for you. You can downgrade or upgrade at anytime.
  3. Create an account by entering your email address and creating a password.
  4. Enter a payment method.
  5. That’s it. Stream on!

iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

  1. Visit netflix.com/signup from a mobile browser.
    NOTE:
    Sign up is not supported on the Netflix iOS app.
  2. Choose the plan that’s right for you. You can downgrade or upgrade at anytime.
  3. Create an account by entering your email address and creating a password.
  4. Enter a payment method.
  5. Download and sign in to the Netflix app on a device running iOS 13.0 or above.
  6. That’s it. Stream on!

Smart TV and Streaming Media Players

  1. Open the Netflix app.
    NOTE:
    If you need help finding the app, search our Help Center for “Using Netflix on,” followed by the brand name of your device (e.g. Samsung, Roku, Xbox). Some devices also have a Netflix button on their remote control.
  2. On most smart TVs and streaming media players, you will need to start by providing your email address or phone number.
    • Once provided, you will receive an email or SMS text message with an activation link to continue the signup flow.
  3. Choose the plan that’s right for you. You can downgrade or upgrade at anytime.
  4. Create an account by entering your email address and creating a password.
  5. Enter a payment method.
  6. That’s it. Stream on!

How to Change Your NetFlix Plan

You can change your Netflix plan at any time by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Netflix account.
  2. Under Plan Details, select Change Plan.
    NOTE:
    If your account is on hold, no plan changes can be made until the hold is resolved.
  3. Choose the desired plan, then select Continue or Update.
  4. Select Confirm Change or Confirm. Your change will take effect on the date indicated.

A plan upgrade takes effect immediately so you can enjoy all of the added features. You will be charged the new price on your next billing date.

A plan downgrade with a lower price takes effect on your next billing date. You can continue to use the features of the higher plan until your next billing date.

How to Pay for Netflix in South Africa

Having chosen your preferred plan that meet your needs and budget, you need to make payment for it. As a Netflix subscriber, you’re only charged once on the date you signed up.

There are several options to pay for Netflix.

Credit and Debit Cards

Netflix accepts the following cards, which must be enabled for recurring e-commerce transactions.

NOTE:
You may need to enable your card for international transactions.
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express

Virtual Cards

Netflix accepts virtual cards in select markets. If your virtual card is declined, please choose a different payment method.

Prepaid Cards

Netflix accepts prepaid cards with the following logos.

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express

Netflix Gift Cards

Netflix gift card is a great choice when you want to give the gift of Netflix, or if you prefer to use cash to prepay your own subscription.

  • You can purchase Netflix gift cards at select retailers.
  • You can redeem multiple gift cards on your account.

Third-party Billing

Netflix also partners with to following companies to allow you to add your Netflix subscription to their bill.

Things to Know about Netflix in South Africa

Limited movies tailored to your location

Netflix may not be the best place to visit if you are interested in South African content. Only a handful of South African movies are available. The majority of the movies you find on Netflix are from Hollywood. You may be lucky if you even find an indigenous language movie streaming on this platform.

Huge Data consumption

The data consumption level for viewing Netflix is very high. The movies are streamed in either HD or full HD thus the high data usage. To be on the safe side, you should subscribe to the Netflix packages offered by telecom companies. Outside these promotions, you will keep spending heavily on subscription.

You don’t own the content

Subscribers do not have the choice of watching Netflix movies they find enthralling repeatedly. So, after watching a movie, you are expected to simply move on to the next.

Needs fast internet

Very few people get good internet services from their service providers. More often than not, the network services are not top-notch. As a result, you may not enjoy the movie as it will keep buffering due to questionable internet connection.