The effect of Netflix on South African content

antowan

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  1. Clearly consumers like the quality and variety.
  2. Local content needs big spending. The biggest spender at the moment is Multichoice. Where non English languages are concerned we need even BIGGER spending to get quality shows out and watched. People spot low budget a mile away. The only thing that can save a low budget story is good story. Those are few and far between and good writers are even harder to find.
  3. Our regulators must be careful not to be protectionist. Their job is not to protect the SABC against its own bad decisions and shoddy content. It needs to fend for itself. Take the license income away. It has become redundant in the 21st century and is tyranical.
 

Pandas2

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To me it sounds like Netflix would force local content to raise its standards and that is a good thing, the low standards is why local content is battling to survive. We know world class content and we prefer that, frankly I don't care where story comes from all I want is to enjoy a quality production. Make local content high quality product and I'll be watching no problem
 

stefan9

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Produce quality and people will watch. Stop crying and raise your game.
 

InfidelGastro

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Local content??? Now who the hell gets so bored that they have to watch that trash? Damn man! They should get a job, or better still, a life.
 

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If 30% of Netflix content has to be local , the only logical step for Netflix to do is limit the amount of international content on the platform. Netflix's library is vast (not as vast in other regions) and to have 30% local content and keep the vast international content, Netflix would need to make more local content than all SABC + all etv channels combined on the conservative end, you might need to ad the amount of content made by MultiChoice in the equation too.
 

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The first reaction from all these suggestions is to force providers to conform to nonsensical regulations. When will these people get it into their heads that the customer is the driver of content. If local content is required by viewers it will be supported only if it passes muster. If content is required in the vernacular it will need to be tested and if of the required standard, supported. If it is
uneconomical then that’s where the SABC can play a part and provide subsidized services as the public broadcaster. There is no logical reason for any content provider, (except the SABC), to provide anything at any price other than that which is competitive. The more honest competition there is, the better the the market will be served, both from s pricing and content point of view. Lack of competition gives us the Multichoice mess of a multitude of poor channel content, riddled with rebroadcasted series, to the point where one doesn’t know what is new and what is regurgitated any longer. Competition is healthy and historically lacking and now that is on the doorstep the monopolies are whinging. If we want a local entertainment creative industry, we’d better get off our proverbial butts and make it happen, without all the protection and subsidization that so many are looking for. We have the weather, the talent and the opportunity. What seems to be lacking is the passion to make it happen.
 

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If Netflix have to pay SA taxes for the right for users to use the internet to stream content , that effectively means Google, Apple, Ted Talks, Udemy, Vimeo etc will have to do the same. What about an indie Vlogger somewhere overseas? Will he also have to pay taxes to the SA government because someone in SA clicked on a link and streamed a video of his? The World Wide Web will give SA the finger.
 

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If Netflix have to pay SA taxes for the right for users to use the internet to stream content , that effectively means Google, Apple, Ted Talks, Udemy, Vimeo etc will have to do the same. What about an indie Vlogger somewhere overseas? Will he also have to pay taxes to the SA government because someone in SA clicked on a link and streamed a video of his? The World Wide Web will give SA the finger.
More dumb in this than anything else.

When you buy anything on the Apple store you pay VAT.
 

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Netflix is burning through cash at a tremendous pace and running at a loss. This can't be sustained. This is the same as what happened with print magazines. Now everyone is asking where the content is. Traditional media still produces the quality content as digital can't be monetized. Something has to give here. Either Netflix folds or their pricing becomes more realistic. The sooner it happens the better otherwise we will all be worse off.
 

garp

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Netflix is burning through cash at a tremendous pace and running at a loss. This can't be sustained. This is the same as what happened with print magazines. Now everyone is asking where the content is. Traditional media still produces the quality content as digital can't be monetized. Something has to give here. Either Netflix folds or their pricing becomes more realistic. The sooner it happens the better otherwise we will all be worse off.
Netflix surges on user gains, strong profits:
https://m.phys.org/news/2018-10-netflix-surges-user-gains-strong.html
 

rogerwe

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More dumb in this than anything else.

When you buy anything on the Apple store you pay VAT.
So you saying buying anything from the Google Store is exempt from VAT, and only Apple customers pay VAT?

Because that sounds even dumber.

Don’t be a p*es be lekker.
 

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So you saying buying anything from the Google Store is exempt from VAT, and only Apple customers pay VAT?

Because that sounds even dumber.

Don’t be a p*es be lekker.
Wow your logic really is broken.

I mentioned apple as an example of a company paying tax in South Africa.
 

ToxicBunny

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Netflix is yet to realise any profit and their spend on content is just increasing by the day.
They've realized profits for the last few years actually....

And their spend on content is ramping up and is a risk but not one that will sink the company anytime soon.
 

Swa

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They've realized profits for the last few years actually....

And their spend on content is ramping up and is a risk but not one that will sink the company anytime soon.
No they haven't. The company is still in the red and burning through investor money and loans. It's a common theme with all these new digital startups.
 

ToxicBunny

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No they haven't. The company is still in the red and burning through investor money and loans. It's a common theme with all these new digital startups.
You may want to go and check their Financials before spouting bollocks. .. Netflix are hardly a new digital startup
 
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