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Netflix Enters Nigeria, See The Winners and Losers

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The World’s leading internet television company, Netflix has announced that it is expanding to about 130 companies around the world including Nigeria. According to the Press Release issued by the company, subscribers to Netflix service will be able to stream their series and catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies.

Netflix is also available on virtually any device that has an Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, and is known to provide one of the  best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth. The company followed the announcements with a series of tweets.

Implication for Nigeria

Winners

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Before now watching Netflix from Nigeria was virtually impossible as you get blocked once your IP address is recognized as coming from Nigeria. By including Nigeria, interested subscribers can now access Neflix in exchange for a fee giving them access to their bouquet of movies, series and TV shows. Internet service providers in Nigeria will be happy to hear this announcements as it means Nigerians will have to rely on their service to stream programs. Internet consumption in Nigeria has been on an increase in recent years and now forms a huge chunk of the revenues accruing to GSM companies. Nigerians are now used to browsing the internet with their mobile phones, tablets and laptops relying on mifi’s, internet modems and VSAT. According to the National Communications Commission, NCC, Internet subscription numbers for GSM companies was about 97 million and almost thrice the number in 2012.

Losers

The news might not be so good for Nigerian companies into internet movie, series and TV show streaming. Netflix has a huge economies of scale that they can’t compete with and have also started adding Nigerian movies in their bouquet. They are also very good in the business of internet television and have what it takes to embark on a price war with their Nigerian competitors. Digital satellite TV stations are also threatened by this news as Netflix also boast of an impressive catalogue of series, TV shows and Box Office movies.

The Nigerian government could also lose tax revenues and face another round of forex pressures on its external reserves if the subscription is priced in US dollars. If the Nigerian Government is not up to speed with its plans to widen its tax base it could lose potential revenues to the US.

Nairametrics is Nigeria's top business news and financial analysis website. We focus on providing resources that help small businesses and retail investors make better investing decisions. Nairametrics is updated daily by a team of professionals. Post updated as "Nairametrics" are published by our Editorial Board.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. damilare Bakare

    January 7, 2016 at 2:43 am

    wow.. you took the netflix thing to a whole new different level…. but am happy its here though

  2. Victor Arokoyo

    January 7, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Nice article. I hope Netflix presence in Nigeria will push DSTV subscription fee down.

  3. Ikp

    January 7, 2016 at 10:26 am

    This is so exciting for those of us tired of DSTv with all their rubbish. Nice to have Netflix Nigeria

  4. olubodun

    January 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    But seriously, it should be charged in naira and not dollar

  5. jaytothabee

    January 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    1. Netflix is a bit overatted – thier catalogue isn’t that great save for their new original shows and movies 2. Bandwidth is still the bottleneck in Nigeria 3. They wouldn’t actually expect you to pay in dollars.

  6. Anonymous

    January 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    An opportunity for the Nigerian government to put pressure on Netflix to charge in Naira.

  7. Samson T.

    January 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Talking of Netflix ,I think it’s time fellow Naijas who love games consider Marketglory here..http://www.marketglory.com/strategygame/Opearl

  8. Anonymous

    January 7, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    The subscription won’t be charged in naira if the government doesn’t make Netflix charge in naira

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WHO gives condition for approving Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine as the vaccine gets a name

Russia has named its first approved COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V for the foreign markets.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that any form of approval of prequalification of the Russian vaccine will require rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data.

This disclosure was made by the spokesman of the WHO, Tarik Jasarevic, during a United Nations briefing in Geneva about clinical trials.

He said that the UN health agency and the Russian health authorities are currently discussing the process for possible WHO prequalification for its newly approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Tarik Jasarevic, during the UN briefing in Geneva said, “We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data.”

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The head of Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) pointed out that Russia had already received requests from more than 20 countries for 1 billion doses of its newly registered COVID-19 vaccine.

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However, the speed at which Russia is moving to roll out the vaccine has prompted some western countries and international scientists to question whether the Russian government is putting national prestige ahead of solid science and safety.

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Nigeria signs African Trade Insurance Agency agreement

The African Trade Insurance Agency was launched to provide risk solutions for investors.

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The agreement is coming after the Federal Executive Council ordered that an instrument be prepared and forwarded for execution.

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Russia announces the registration of the first COVID-19 vaccine

Russian President made the announcement in a televised government meeting.

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Russia has announced the registration of its first COVID-19 vaccine in what can be described as a step ahead of other vaccine development.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who made the disclosure, called it effective protection against the deadly pathogen and revealed that one of his own daughters had already received it.

Putin in a televised government meeting said, “As far as I know, this morning the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection in the world was registered,”

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Pharmaceutical firms like AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc. are still conducting final-stage trials of their vaccines in studies that are expected to soon yield results.

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Russia, which is reported to be the fourth most affected country globally, has recorded almost 900,000 COVID-19 cases with over 27,000 coronavirus-related deaths

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