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ShowMax is stepping up its pan-African battle with Netflix by putting servers in Kenya

In the battle to become the preferred video content streaming service by a majority of Africans, content servers are the weapon of choice.

Bob van Dijk, CEO, Naspers

Africa's most valuable company Naspers worth less than what it owns (Infographics)

Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested $34 million in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88 billion.

Netflix competitor ShowMax launches in 36 African countries

Netflix competitor ShowMax launches in 36 African countries

ShowMax, the video streaming service from emerging markets media giant Naspers, is launching its offering in 36 African markets.

A USB key with the logo of Netflix, the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Naspers says it can cope with Netflix challenge in South Africa

Naspers, the largest listed company in Africa, said it was not worried about Netflix’s arrival in South Africa, adding it believed the market for video on demand was large enough to accommodate more players.

Orange is the New Black. Credit: qz.com

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

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.

Africa's biggest media company will fight Netflix for control of the global streaming market

Africa's biggest media company will fight Netflix for control of the global streaming market

When Naspers, the South African media conglomerate, launched its video-on-demand (VOD) service Showmax earlier this year, the assumption was this was an attempt at keeping out Netflix.

Streaming services are targeting Africa as wireless networks become more widespread and reliable, allowing the delivery of video in a region where mobile connectivity growth is one of the fastest in the world. Photographer: Gallo Images via Getty Images

Hong Kong billionaire said to plan South African rival to Netflix

Streaming services are targeting Africa as wireless networks become more widespread and reliable, allowing the delivery of video in a region where…

Scene from the HBO show “Game Of Thrones”

Africa's largest company plans to enable download of movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones" across the continent

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s largest company by market value, plans to enable customers of its ShowMax service to download movies and TV shows such as “Game of Thrones” without having to use expensive live Internet streaming, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Vodacom has 64 million subscribers and runs mobile networks in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Lesotho. Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

Naspers in talks With Vodacom to deliver video-on-demand services across Africa

Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people.