Netflix is coming to South Africa next month, and it's got an ace up its sleeve

Orange is the New Black. Credit: qz.com

Netflix is set to go live in South Africa next month, according to various local reports—almost exactly a year after the online video service first hinted at debuting on the continent.

Netflix may find it difficult to take on the rivals owned by Africa’s largest media company, Naspers. But there’s a good chance the Los Gatos, California, company will have a major ace up its sleeve: original Netflix-owned shows and movies.

It won’t be plain sailing for Netflix in South Africa. Naspers, which owns the country’s biggest pay-TV service DSTV, completely dominates the market. And earlier this year, it launched a streaming video service called ShowMax that could be stiff competition for Netflix.

Read more: Netflix is coming to South Africa next month, and it’s got an ace up its sleeve – Quartz

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