South Africans continue to be frustrated by the paucity of legitimate and convenient TV and movie download or streaming options. At the moment DSTV and a limited South African iTunes store are the primary options. Unsurprisingly, this isn’t enough for tech savvy consumers who know where to get the latest shows online, but not everyone wants to indulge in copyright infringement by turning to torrenting. So more and more people in South Africa seem to be looking to popular video rental service, Netflix, for their entertainment needs, and guides for accessing the service are cropping up all over the national web.
The problem is that even Netflix content isn’t legally available in South Africa, probably for the same reason that the local iTunes store lacks TV and some movie content: licensing restrictions. Brett Haggard pointed out that these are likely to keep the service from officially launching within our shores (despite the dreams of many) in his post last week titled Cool your jets, Netflix and Hulu aren’t coming to South Africa.
You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location.
If you would like to read about this in more detail, take a look at my post on Web•Tech•Law.