Netflix in Kenya: Streaming service finally launches

How do I access Netflix in Kenya
Netflix is now available in Kenya

Is Netflix available in Kenya? has been a popular search term online for some time, and now, the answer is YES!

The popular American internet streaming media service provider, is now available in Kenya, putting pressure on DStv and other pay tv service providers which have come under criticism for high subscription charges and missing channels such as BBC FIRST.

The announcement was made yesterday (January 6) in Las Vegas during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016.

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network. With this launch, consumers around the world — from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo — will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously — no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.

“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.” – Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings

Netflix Everywhere at CES 2016
The #NetflixEverywhere announcement at CES 2016

Netflix has also launched in 130 other countries including almost the whole of Africa. This means the service is now available almost everywhere worldwide as part of the network’s plan to be a global TV network in 2016, according to the New York Times.

The countries where you can now access Netflix

Netflix service is available in 3 packages:

  • Basic (Ksh. 817)
  • Standard (Ksh. 1,022)
  • Premium (1,226)

Netflix Kenya options

Customers are being offered a 30 day trial period so they can test the service on  their laptops, phones, tablets or smart TV’s with payment options via PayPal, debit card or credit card.

On Wednesday, Netflix shares rose about 6 per cent in midday trading and its market capitalization was about $47 billion, about two times that of TV group CBS, according to the New York Times.

Netflix Shares
Netflix shares rose after the #NetflixEverywhere announcement

Cable companies such as Zuku, JTL and Safaricom will also be hoping to see an uptake in their services as Netflix works better on broadband.

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  1. Exactly Majora! Finally my better half can watch Orange in the New Black! Personally, I’m looking forward to Daredevil and Better Call Saul! Hopefully it will reduce the cost of DStv also and get them to add BBC First too!

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