Netflix has cancelled its first-month free trial offering in South Africa. The world’s leading streaming entertainment service will now charge users R99 basic, R139 standard or R169 premium for the first-month for its new subscribers. When Netflix South Africa was introduced, it used to provide one-month free trial to the new Netflix subscribers in South Africa.
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The US streaming giant had canceled its one-month free trial offer in several markets including India and the United States. Ever since its arrival in the country in January 2016, Netflix has allowed users in South Africa a 30-day free trial for its services.
According to TV with Thinus, Netflix South Africa quietly removed the 30-day free trial period for users in the country last year December.
“Free trials are not available, but you can still sign up and take advantage of all Netflix has to offer. There are no contracts, no cancellation fees, and no commitments. You have the freedom to change your plan or cancel online at any time if you decide Netflix isn’t for you. As a Netflix member, all our plans give you access to our full catalog of TV shows and movies. Choose a plan that works for you and sign up for Netflix!” – A notice on the Netflix Help Center reads
Hypertext also confirmed with Netflix locally and they confirmed that the free trial in South Africa ended quietly at the end of last year.
According to several reports, to replace the Netflix free trial, the company is introducing new ways to try and attract potential subscribers, including posting some educational content on YouTube for free and other forms of content sampling.
With the free trial canceled in South Africa, the US streaming platform launched a portal where users can watch some of the great TV shows and movies from Netflix for free at netflix.com/watch-free. You don’t have to sign-up or register, you can just press play and watch for free.
TV series including Stranger Things and When They See Us, have been made available to watch without a Netflix subscription.
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