American Netflix is blocked in South Africa due to regional limitations. Without a VPN tool, getting access to Netflix US from South Africa is impossible.
Updated July 02, 2019
Netflix is growing its popularity in multiple parts of the world. People prefer Netflix over other streaming services for its convenience and Originals. Netflix hosts TV shows and movies along with its own series – Netflix Originals.
Everyone has heard the name Netflix. It is the new buzz in the entertainment industry and everybody loves it for the convenience it offers. Gone are the days when people had to rely on cable operators to watch TV. Binge-watching is the new style where people enjoy on-demand TV shows and movies, all thanks to this streaming giant.
The content that Netflix offers is just too much. On average there are 2,000 choices available on Netflix in different regions. Meanwhile, Netflix US, which is only available in the US has around 5,000 choices for you, and the list keeps on expanding.
Call it a bias or compliance with regional laws, Netflix has a different content library for every country it operates in. Because of this practice, users living outside the US miss out on a lot of content that is only available in the US library. This is because Netflix has intentionally made a lot of its content region restricted, i.e. making it available only in certain regions.
Region restrictions exist due to a number of reasons. One reason is that the broadcast authority for every region has laid down a code of conduct that producers have to abide by. Violating it can lead to bans and fines. The last thing that Netflix wants is to get banned in a region that has thousands of subscribers, just because the content was not complaint enough.
Another reason for this unethical regional censorship is that content producers and distributors limit how Netflix can air their content. For instance, the famous TV show The Walking Dead is available only on Netflix US. On top of that, Netflix cannot air the latest season of The Walking Dead. As of now, season 8 of The Walking Dead has started to air, while on Netflix, the latest you can get of The Walking Dead is up to season 7.
No matter how many valid reasons one comes up with to justify the existence of regional restrictions and the unavailability of Netflix US outside the US, nothing tops the fact the region-based censorship is extremely unethical and even against basic human rights. The UN recognizes freedom of access as a basic human right, regional censorship is a straight violation of basic human rights in the digital age.
When a South Africa Netflix user uses Netflix, he is automatically routed to Netflix South Africa, a library which is only accessible in South Africa. If a user wants to access content that’s present in the Netflix US library, he cannot do so unless he changes his location, all thanks to regional restrictions.
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Netflix has 3 pricing plans worldwide. You can choose between basic, standard and premium subscription plans. All of these plans are charged monthly and it depends how many screens you want or if you want to stream the highest possible quality. Based on what you want, you can select any of the following plans when you sign up for a Netflix subscription in South Africa.
|Quality||SD||HD||4 HD, 1 Ultra HD|
|Price in South Africa (in USD)||7.99||11.99||12.43|
|Price in the US (in USD)||7.99||10.99||13.99|
|Cheapest Price (Turkey)||4.80||6.73||9.14|
As you can determine from the above table, Netflix is quite expensive in South Africa, no matter which plan you opt for. If you compare it to the priced that Netflix users in the US get, it is slightly overpriced. But even Netflix US is not the cheapest. The best pricing for Netflix plans is available in Turkey. So, connect to PureVPN using one of our servers in Turkey and get a standard Netflix plan at the cheapest price. When you connect to a Turkish server, Netflix treats you as a user in Turkey and offers you pricing plans from Turkey, which of course, are very cheap.
Netflix likes to dazzle its users with new content almost every day. On slow days, Netflix will put in one or two new shows or movies in its library, while on others, the numbers for new TV shows and movies making way to Netflix may be over a dozen.
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