Netflix is killing torrents in South Africa

Jamie McKane

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Netflix is killing torrents in South Africa

South Africans once relied heavily on piracy and torrents to get access to the latest international shows and movies, but this changed drastically following the growth of Netflix and other streaming services in South Africa.

MyBroadband spoke to numerous local ISPs, all of whom said that Netflix and other streaming services had seen massive growth in terms of data traffic volumes.
 
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Sounds like the perfect solution to me. Traditional broadcasters like monochoice and the SABC can suck it.
 
MyBroadband spoke to numerous local ISPs, all of whom said that Netflix and other streaming services had seen massive growth in terms of data traffic volumes.
Really? When I look at the file sizes of some of the Netflix shows I d/l when I'm travelling I'm amazed how small they are compared to the equivalent resolution pirated versions. I'd expect data traffic volumes to fall.
 
Really? When I look at the file sizes of some of the Netflix shows I d/l when I'm travelling I'm amazed how small they are compared to the equivalent resolution pirated versions. I'd expect data traffic volumes to fall.

The statement doesn't necessarily mean that they didn't. The comment was that Netflix & other streaming traffic has grown massively - it says nothing of how P2P traffic may have fallen.
 
lol say that to the Cool Ideas clients on Torrentday.... Yes you I see your ip in the peer list. From what I have seen on torrentday mostly Cool Ideas, Webafrica, Afrihost, MTN Business(probably Supersonic) and Rocketnet.

On public torrents it will be very hard NOT to see a Telkomsa or Mweb in the peers list. They just scatted all over :laugh:
 
Haha I heavily rely on torrents for just about most of my content also have Netflix.
Many have shifted to affordable VPN’s to hide traffic and usenet otherwise
 
With Netflix in a bit of a pickle with some of its content, being forced to remove seasons or even whole series in total all the time, I prefer to access my content elsewhere and download it onto HDD's, which is not illegal, and which allows me to access my content at any time, without any restrictions or being caught up as a middle-man when content providers are swinging di**s around. By the way, even though I grab all my stuff on the high seas, I do still have a Netflix subscription, as well as an IPTV subscription, which replaced my DSTV.
 
Can agree with that. Been thinking to get the new season of Peaky Blinders but then decided I'd just wait until it lands on Netflix later this week.
 
There's always still a few things that you can't find through streaming. But yeah I'm not surprised at this change.
It's like the best way to fight piracy is through pricing and distribution!
 
I called it when Netflix streaming first started making waves in SA with people spoofing to get international content. Finally this proves piracy was never about stealing but a customer centric experience at a reasonable price. I also predict the rise of piracy again as customer convenience is again disrupted by everyone having their own exclusive streaming service. People will quickly tire of sifting through loads of garbage on 50 different services each with their own app and providers feuding over platforms (Amazon and Google). Back to 500 channels and nothing good on.
 
USA Netflix all the way for years but I still look at some news group downloads.
 
Still very happy with torrents and Soda player, you get decent quality and subtitles you don't have to worry about for all the nordic stuff i watch.
 
I called it when Netflix streaming first started making waves in SA with people spoofing to get international content. Finally this proves piracy was never about stealing but a customer centric experience at a reasonable price. I also predict the rise of piracy again as customer convenience is again disrupted by everyone having their own exclusive streaming service. People will quickly tire of sifting through loads of garbage on 50 different services each with their own app and providers feuding over platforms (Amazon and Google). Back to 500 channels and nothing good on.

I agree with this. I very rarely torrent anymore. I can't even remember when last I downloaded or torrented a song or album since Apple Music came around, it's cheap and so convenient and has LITERALLY everything.
But I see this problem with video streaming, content providers all want some sort of exclusivity on their own platform. Eventually, paying R150 odd per month for 20 different providers becomes unfeasible and starts to defeat what makes this model so attractive. Content providers were the first to moan about piracy, but they tend to dig themselves into these holes.
 
But I see this problem with video streaming, content providers all want some sort of exclusivity on their own platform.

No service is going to offer you everything, that's where torrent streaming shines.
 
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