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South Africans would rather have Netflix over DStv

neoassasin

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#41
Currently sticking with DStv because sport and HBO shows. Have Netflix as well but way more current shows are still only on DStv.
 

Bryn

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#42
Lots of trash propping up numbers but until they give me access to all the content i would be happy to even pay the $2 extra, still salty about it.
Well just pay $5pm for Getflix and you'll get the US catalogue. Plus BBC iPlayer, which is an amazing service free for UK viewers.
 

Bryn

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#46
Speaking of, is HBO Go still not available for non-US citizens?
Well you don't have to necessarily be a citizen, but yeah, US only as far as I'm aware. Would be a useless service here anyway what with Multichoice having the rights to the best HBO shows.
 

Knyro

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#47
I'm not buying this. MyBB geeks are not representative of SA by a long-shot.

SA is sport-crazy and most would pick DSTv over Netflix just for that, assuming they even know that Netflix is available in SA.
 

Arthur

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#48
I'm not buying this. MyBB geeks are not representative of SA by a long-shot.

SA is sport-crazy and most would pick DSTv over Netflix just for that, assuming they even know that Netflix is available in SA.
+1

Besides, we're a noisy, blustery people when it comes to words. When it comes down to forking out cash, the subscriber numbers say something else.
 

WaxLyrical

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#50
It says tech savy, aka nerds who know nothing about a scrum, offiside and no balls.
About about the massive soccer and rugby fanatics, who don't know about Netflix and streaming.
 

ponder

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#51
I'm not buying this. MyBB geeks are not representative of SA by a long-shot.

SA is sport-crazy and most would pick DSTv over Netflix just for that, assuming they even know that Netflix is available in SA.
+100

They assume setting up a media player with proxy/vpn etc & hooking it up to your HT system is something simple everybody can do. Average joe just wants to plonk his ass down on the couch and flip channels on his remote while sipping on his beer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome
 
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bwana

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#52
+1

Besides, we're a noisy, blustery people when it comes to words. When it comes down to forking out cash, the subscriber numbers say something else.
What does the declining number of premium subscribers say?
 

Respawn

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#55
Ok so what is so great about Netflix other than it is cheap?
Does it have as much content as DSTV? Yes I know DSTV has lots of repeats but that is great if I haven't seen the shows or if I have there is other stuff to watch.
Does it have almost every show on catchup so I can watch it whenever I want? This includes the extra content via internet and Showmax.
Am I able to watch all shows in HD? Unlikely since my 3.5mb connection is not fast enough.
Can my family watch Netflix shows while I am engaged in online gaming or downloading on my pc? Again unlikely on my 3.5mb connection which is the fastest available where I live.
Are the Netflix shows better than what is on DSTV because I enjoy the shows on offer by DSTV.
As far as I can tell the only thing it has going for it is price which is irrelevant to me.
Can anyone tell me how it is a better choice? The votes indicate that it is but if the majority of the voters can't afford DSTV then it is skewed voting.
 

Respawn

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#56
Not if you watch all your shows through catchup that way you have zero adds. Also worth adding the wifi connector so you get everything and more on catchup.
 

Bryn

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#57
Ok so what is so great about Netflix other than it is cheap?
Does it have as much content as DSTV? Yes I know DSTV has lots of repeats but that is great if I haven't seen the shows or if I have there is other stuff to watch.
Does it have almost every show on catchup so I can watch it whenever I want? This includes the extra content via internet and Showmax.
Am I able to watch all shows in HD? Unlikely since my 3.5mb connection is not fast enough.
Can my family watch Netflix shows while I am engaged in online gaming or downloading on my pc? Again unlikely on my 3.5mb connection which is the fastest available where I live.
Are the Netflix shows better than what is on DSTV because I enjoy the shows on offer by DSTV.
As far as I can tell the only thing it has going for it is price which is irrelevant to me.
Can anyone tell me how it is a better choice? The votes indicate that it is but if the majority of the voters can't afford DSTV then it is skewed voting.
Some strawman arguments there. 3.5Mbps is enough for 720p on Netflix, which uses around 3Mbps. That's comparable to DSTV's so-called 'HD' quality.

People don't love Netflix purely because it's relatively cheap - they love it for the wealth of content and enormous selection of original shows. Netflix has invested $8+bn into its content in 2018 alone. They're serious players in the entertainment space. 'Catch-up' is an irrelevant concept to video-on-demand. You simply play content whenever it suits you.

You can stream Netflix whilst gaming, as gaming doesn't use much bandwidth unless you're downloading updates. Obviously you can't download whilst streaming Netflix unless you restrict the download speed.

Claiming that the service sucks because your internet sucks is hardly much of an argument. If you diverted the thousand bucks you spend a month on DSTV Premium to an LTE-based connection then you would have the bandwidth available for 1080p (or 4K, seeing as price is irrelevant to you) streaming, as well as the benefit of better internet which affects your overall quality of life and provides support for many other streaming services.

I have 100Mbps uncapped fibre and DSTV Premium. The only thing I use DSTV for is F1, football, golf and tennis (and the Olympics every two years). Literally nothing else whatsoever. Whereas Netflix provides 90+% of my TV entertainment. I don't even watch the few series I like that are on DSTV because the quality isn't 1080p and I'd rather download them.
 

Respawn

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#58
Thanks for replying.
I have watched 720p DSTV content via it's streaming service and there is a vast difference in quality compared to full HD.
I don't see how I can stream Netflix and play lets say Project Cars 2 at the same time without suffering lag spikes and the streaming being compromised if I can't do it with DSTV.
There is a wealth of original content and older content on DSTV.
Using catch up is pretty much the same thing as video on demand.
I never said Netflix sucks I asked how it could be better for me.
As for my internet well 3.5mps is as fast as it gets and there are no plans to add fiber at any speed in my neighborhood. LTE is out as well since I can only pick up 3 bars of 2G. Maybe I should sell my house and move lol.
 

Eti1

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#59
Thanks for replying.
I have watched 720p DSTV content via it's streaming service and there is a vast difference in quality compared to full HD.
I don't see how I can stream Netflix and play lets say Project Cars 2 at the same time without suffering lag spikes and the streaming being compromised if I can't do it with DSTV.
There is a wealth of original content and older content on DSTV.
Using catch up is pretty much the same thing as video on demand.
I never said Netflix sucks I asked how it could be better for me.
As for my internet well 3.5mps is as fast as it gets and there are no plans to add fiber at any speed in my neighborhood. LTE is out as well since I can only pick up 3 bars of 2G. Maybe I should sell my house and move lol.
Why don't you sign up for the free month of Netflix. Then you can see for yourself.
 

LCBXX

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#60
If you want/have Netflix, you have an internet connection.

If you want to watch the odd sporting event, you can very easily find it pirate stream somewhere, or buy a weekend/day pass for the event you want to watch (e.g. MotoGP).

The conclusion is that the days of someone, who has a internet connection, needing DStv because of "Sport" are long gone.
 
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