Netflix is 17% more expensive in SA than in the US – if you count the titles you can watch

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  • Despite being cheaper on a straight comparison, South Africans pay 17% more for Netflix than those in the US – when you compare the number of titles each have to choose from.
  • South Africans pay R0.022 per title compared to R0.019 in the US. 
  • Canada is the cheapest place to watch Netflix when cost per title is compared, while Denmark is the most expensive.  

South Africans pay roughly 17% more for Netflix in South Africa than in the United States, a new study by comparitech has found – if you are counting titles.

The Which countries pay the most and least for Netflix? report, released on Monday, found that while Netflix costs R99 (or $7.14) in South Africa compared to $7.99 (or R110.71) in the US, South Africans still pay more when the catalogue in each country is compared.

It said US users have access to 5,839 titles on Netflix (4,123 movies and 1,716 TV shows) while South Africans have access to 4,291 titles, which consists of 2,792 movies and 1,499 TV shows.

See also: More South Africans say they watch Showmax than Netflix – but SABC1 and YouTube are tops

That means South Africans have 32% fewer movies to choose from, and 15% fewer TV shows.

When it comes to a per-title cost, US users pay roughly $0.00137 (R0.019) per title, compare to South Africans who pay $0.00160 (R0.022) per title. 

But South Africans still pay less than most; the average cost of per title worldwide is $0.00222, or the equivalent of R0.031. 

Canada is the cheapest place to watch Netflix, if cost per title is considered, where users pay $0.00124 (R0.017) per title - 10% cheaper than the US. 

Based on price alone, Netflix in Brazil the cheapest in the world where users just pay $5.24 (R72.58) per month - $2.75 (R38.09) and £1.97 (R34.83 cheaper than the US and UK respectively. That means Brazilian Netflix is roughly 40% cheaper than in the US. 

Meanwhile, Netflix in Denmark is the most expensive where users are expected to pay $11.94 (R165.39) - $3.95 (R54.71), or approximately 40%, more expensive than the US. 

It also pays 100% more for titles than in Canada at $0.00361 (R0.05) per title.

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