How to access Netflix in Kenya

Everything you need to know about accessing and streaming Netflix in Kenya.

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Earlier this week, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), streaming broadcaster Netflix announced that they have rolled out the service globally to 130 new markets, including Kenya.

How to watch Netflix content in Kenya

To access Netflix content, you have to have an account and login on http://www.netflix.com.

During the registration process, you will be required to add your credit card information, to pay for the service after your initial free trial comes to an end.

Once a member, you can access the content on a computer, smartphone/tablet as well as some third party decoders, games consoles and Apple TV. For mobile devices and tablets, apps are available to download to simplify your streaming.

Netflix Kenyan pricing plans (prices correct as of 9 January, 2015)

  • The cheapest plan, Basic, will cost you Kshs 816 ($7.99) per month which will give you Standard Definition quality, viewable on one screen at a time.
  • Standard is the middle tier and recommended plan which costs Kshs 1020 ($9. 99) a month which allows you to watch HD content on 2 screens at a time.
  • The most expensive tier is the Premium plan goes for a monthly cost of Kshs 1224 ($11.99). This will give you the ability to watch on 4 screens at a time as well as 4K programming.

How fast does your internet connection need to be to stream Netflix in Kenya?

You need a good internet connection to be able to watch TV shows or movies on Netflix at a reasonable resolution, but as not all areas have access to fast broadband, the company have provided information on what speed you require to watch in the different resolutions available.

Resolution Bitrate (kbps)
320×240 235
384×288 375
512×284 560-750
640×480 1050
720×480 1750
21280×720 (HD) 2350-3000
1920×1080 (Full HD) 4300-5800
3840×2160 (UHD) Over 25000

What content is available on Netflix in Kenya?

Netflix has a large collection of TV shows and movies, but not every show or movie is available due to licensing issues in different countries. Increasingly, they have been creating more of their own original content like Orange is the New Black, The Crown and House of Cards. They have also been investing and streaming locally produced content, such as Sense8 which used Nairobi for some location shooting. Another film of interest to Kenyan audiences is Gardeners of Eden which is produced by Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis and showcases the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Sense8 Nairobi
Netflix drama Sense8 during location shooting in Nairobi

If you want to access content not available in Kenya, you can use a Virtual Personal Network (VPN) service like Anonymox and TunnelBear, or one specific to Netflix such as Smartflix.

Point to note: You cannot screenshot while on the Android Netflix app. Yes, try it and see. This makes sense since the content is DRM protected and the company doesn’t want you to be sharing screenshots of what you are watching (and in the process spoiling for everyone).

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  1. I use a 512kbps internet and it flows fine without buffering only problem you cannot view in HD totally convenient than buying movies at the movie stores each for KES 50 which in the long run is more expensive than the monthly subscription to netflix

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