The available content on the South African Netflix isn’t half bad. But when you compare it to the American site, it leaves much to be desired. Just how different is our Netflix offering compared to the America’s version? Well let us put things into perspective.
Unotelly tells it like it is. Out of 14 156 titles available across the board on Netflix, South Africa has a measly 676.
We are the 7th lowest country out of all the countries that have Netflix, in terms of content. Hong Kong being the lowest with only 538 pieces of content available, followed by Israel with 593. Out of the 676, we only have 200 shows, and the rest are movies and documentaries.
Looking at the homepage of the South African site, we can see a major difference in content from the get-go. American Horror Story, Family Guy, Sherlock, Breaking Bad and more are among the titles that we just do not have.
Take a look at the most popular series below and see if it is available in SA
|Show||United Kingdom||South Africa||United States|
|American Horror Story||Yes||No||Yes|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars||No||No||Yes|
|Once Upon a Time||Yes||No||Yes|
|The Walking Dead||No||No||Yes|
|Ru Paul’s Drag Race||Yes||No||Yes|
These shows are the main reason why people would sign up to Netflix. We are missing a great number of some of the best shows in the industry. These shows are especially great for binge watching as they are pretty far into their seasons which makes them ideal to catch up on the past seasons. The United Kingdom version is also lacking in TV shows, but it makes up for it in a better range of movies available.
When it comes to movies, the US Netflix page offers a DVD subscription that unlocks many of the movies available on the United Kingdom page with your account. This is an extra $7.99 a month and all the movies listed below as “no” are available on this service.
Here are some movie comparisons
|Movie||United Kingdom||South Africa||United States|
|Toy Story 3||Yes||No||No|
|Despicable Me 2||Yes||No||No|
|Walk of Shame||Yes||No||No|
|Daddy Day Care||No||Yes||Yes|
In a nutshell it is clear, we in SA are paying a fortune for Netflix, thanks to the weak rand, and we are definitely getting the short end of the stick. I would highly recommend using a DNS service to unlock the rest of the content, preferably one that lets you move from the US store to the UK store when you feel like it.