So far most are excited about the launch of Netflix in South Africa and further the service was launched in other 130 new countries. The expansion is a win for Netflix allowing a mass number of audience to access their content, but not all Netflix regions are created equally.
For example, Netflix South Africa only got 678 TV and movie titles compared to 14,156 TV and movie titles available right now across 24 Netflix regions. Favourable shows like ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards’ are not on the catalogue. Well Fin24 reached out to Netflix to clarify and understand why some titles are excluded. According to Netflix this occurs due to content rights which prevents them from offering an entire catalogue of shows to the global space. Further they explained to Fin24:
“Many of our originals are licensed on a global basis and are available everywhere for members to watch,” Netflix’s public relations team told Fin24.
“With the likes of House of Cards, we didn’t negotiate global licences to the content and so the rights sit with other platforms. We may get them back in some of our new markets, but have nothing further to announce at this moment,” Netflix told Fin24.
The company further said that its goal is to “offer a fully global service with a global catalogue” but that it may take time to offer all its content everywhere in the world.
“The world of content licensing has traditionally been very fragmented and regionalised,” Netflix told Fin24.
“It will take some time, several years at least, to get to an offering that’s the same everywhere,” the company said.
So for now guess we can only get to enjoy the available content. Feel free to leave your comment below.