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Netflix Kenya: Packages, Content, Website

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Been Netflixed yet? If no, at least you are aware that Netflix is in Kenya. Yes? Good. Let’s then talk about Netflix Kenya.

Netflix has been in Kenya for over a year now. In 2016, Netflix announced its plan to roll out its services in 130 global markets including Kenya. This added to the growing number of pay TV services in Kenya.

The company was, perhaps, made more popular by the phrase “Netflix and chill”, a euphemism for “hooking up”, or sex, or a booty call. This expression was made popular by various social media sites especially twitter.

Movie lovers have definitely been balling out since Netflix has taken TV content and movies to another level. Unfortunately, some are still trying to wrap their head around what Netflix is and how it can be accessed. Over a year later!

What’s Netflix?

Netflix is a leading internet media streaming service provider. What this means is that you can stream TV episodes and movies at a standard fee per month.

To start enjoying Netflix in Kenya, you need to sign up and create an account. This process requires you to key in your credit card details.

Currently, Alexa.com has placed Netflix.com at 34 in the list of top 500 websites on the web. The streaming media company has appeared on Forbes’ list of World’s most innovative companies. It means business.

Netflix Kenya Packages and Prices

The company offers three packages: basic, standard, and premium. New users can enjoy free streaming for one month after which they can opt for any of the three paid packages.

You can enjoy the Netflix on your desktop, personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. The Netflix app is available for the Android, iOS, and Windows. You can also access the content through Smart TVs, PlayStations, Xbox, Chromecast, Apple TV, Blu-ray players, and much more.

Below is a breakdown of pricing plans:

Package TV and MoviesPrice p/mScreensHDFirst Month free
BasicUnlimited$7.991HD not availableYes
StandardUnlimited$9.992HD availableYes
PremiumUnlimited$11.994HD and Ultra HD (UK) availableYes

 

If for some reason you feel that Netflix is not working for you, you can cancel anytime. That’s definitely convenient and awesome.

For a seamless streaming experience, your internet connection should be fast. That probably explains why Netflix was named one of the biggest internet hogs in America.

Slow speed translates into low resolution and that can only mean a poor experience. Netflix is kind enough to publish recommended speeds for various resolutions. See the table below:

Bitrate (kbps)Resolution
235320×240
375384×288
560-750512×284
1050640×480
1750720×480
2350-30001280×720 (HD)
4300-58001920×1080 (Full HD)
Over 250003840×2160 (UHD)


Netflix Content in Kenya

The Netflix movie and TV shows collection is large. The problem is that some shows cannot be accessed due to licensing issues in various countries. Kenya included.

Earlier, you could access content that is not available in Kenya through Virtual Personal Network (VPN-changes your IP address) services such as TunnelBear. Netflix banned this. Sadly.

The streets were especially excited about Narcos; the story about the Pablo Escobar, the Colombian kingpin. Also, Sense8 was much anticipated since some of its scenes were shot in Nairobi.

Netflix’s entry into the Kenyan market was not all rosy since the Kenya Film Classification Board threatened to block Netflix for its inappropriate content. Netflix, however, remained adamant that it incorporated parental control. The Communications Authority (CA) came to the company’s rescue stating that Netflix cannot be treated as a traditional media arguing that it operates like media such as YouTube or Facebook. These are online platforms that do not require licensing to operate in Kenya.

Well, despite these problems, Netflix started its operations in early 2016 and is still gaining a following.

Netflix Kenya Website: https://www.netflix.com/ke/

 

 

 

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