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  • Netflix now supports HDR on Windows 10, but not so fast…

    Netflix has supported HDR videos for a while, as long as you've got a compatible TV, streaming device or (lately) smartphone. But PC users have been left in the lurch up until now. Fortunately, the streaming firm has decided to bring HDR videos to Windows 10 this week, albeit with a few hardware and software requirements. Hardware specs In the hardware department, you'll need a seventh generation or higher Intel Core series CPU (i3, i5, or i7 7xxx or 7Yxx). Those using the integrated GPU will also need version 4708 of the graphics drivers or better. Got a dedicated graphics card? Then you...

  • YouTube ‘Remix’ music service to launch in March?

    YouTube is readying its own music streaming service for debut in March 2018, according to a report by Bloomberg. The service, which is known within the firm as YouTube Remix, serves to hush music industry big-wigs who have been longing for a larger slice of revenue from the world's biggest video service. But Remix's existence isn't set in stone just yet. The Alphabet-owned company continues to slug it out with music companies Universal and Sony, and music video distributor Vevo for new content deals. There's also the question of how -- and if -- Remix will tie into Google's other streaming music service,...

  • Netflix and Africa: no originals, no offices, but is there promise?

    I always tend to forget that Netflix hasn't been in the streaming game all that long. Although the company itself is 20 years old, it's only been streaming content for ten years. But even with that said, it only launched in South Africa in January 2016, along with 130 other countries across the world. So two years then. Effectively, the EMEA branch of the company is a startup. "We're still in our infancy," Maria Ferreras, Netflix's VP business development manager EMEA concurs in an interview with Memeburn at a Berlin press junket. "We're growing pretty fast, but haven't been doing this for...

  • The taggers of Netflix: the job you probably want, but never knew existed

    There are some jobs that go unrecognised by most of us every day. Those who clean our streets is a great example. Those who reshelve shopping malls an even better one. But one you probably didn't even realise existed is what Netflix calls a "tagger". This small group of people -- between 30 to 40 globally -- are well versed in screenwriting or movie critique, watch content 40 hours a week, picking up and jotting down nuances, moods, features and traits inherent in these works. They then tag them with the corresponding metadata. At this point, you're probably wondering why the company...

  • 5 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa in December

    It's officially the festive season, and you know what that means: avoiding family members at absolutely all costs. So why not do so with some Netflix exclusives heading to South Africa this sunny December? Here's what's hitting the platform this month. 1 December: Dark If you're looking for something to fill the gap in your heart while Stranger Things is on hiatus, why not try German series Dark? Netflix describes the 10-episode-long show as a "family saga with a supernatural twist". It tells of a small German town reeling from the disappearance of two young children, and the trailer leans heavily on the prospect of time travel. Netflix...

  • Netflix World TV Day stats make a case for humans as the cutest species

    In celebration of the silly and unnecessary World TV Day (What does it mean? Why does it matter?), Netflix has released some interesting stats about its users' viewing habits -- and they offer a surprisingly endearing look at human psychology. The stats examine which times of day Netflix users consume different genres -- and it turns out we're a pretty cute species. Exhibit A: Netflix users start their days with comedies. "6am members are 34% more likely to watch comedy compared to the rest of the day," the company wrote in a press release. While we could attribute this to the early morning grogginess that renders...

  • 4 International Emmy Awards nominees available on Netflix South Africa

    The International Emmy Awards are here, and if it's leaving you feeling out of the global loop, then why not branch out and try some of these more easily accessible shows? These are are the four nominees available on Netflix South Africa. You can find the full list of nominees here. *Note: Neither of the two South African nominees are on Netflix. Thuso Mbedu is nominated for Best Actress for her work on Is'thunzi. You can find show clips on Mzanzi Magic's YouTube. Disney Cookabout is nominated for Kids' Non-Scripted Entertainment. You can catch that show on DStv's Disney Channel Saturdays and Sundays at 9.25am. Clips can be found...

  • Netflix survey suggests users are unashamed of watching in public

    The invention of the television pulled many people away from public cinemas and back into the privacy of their own homes. But now, as smartphones make it easier to watch movies and series anywhere you go, entertainment is finding itself once again moving out into the public sphere. Interested in the way its users were interacting with its content outside of their homes, Netflix surveyed over 37 000 users in 22 countries (unfortunately not including South Africa). It found that 67% of users were willing to watch content outside of their homes. These users are apparently so into their streaming that they...

  • 4 things to watch on Netflix in South Africa this November

    Summer is upon us, but that doesn't mean we should neglect that which kept us warm in the winter. So if the novelty of beach days wears off and you feel yourself losing steam, here's all the new Netflix content you can catch up on while you gear up for more. 3 November: Alias Grace After the massive success of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix is releasing its own Margaret Atwood series Alias Grace. The story follows the domestic servant Grace Marks who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the murders of their employeer and his housekeeper in 1843. Marks was sentenced...

  • The PlayStation 4 finally gets a Showmax app

    It's been a long, long time coming, but today the PlayStation 4 gaming console will finally get a Showmax app. This new app will now allow owners of the Sony machine to use the Naspers-owned video streaming service. The service has been available on the web, Android, iOS, Windows and select smart TVs since launch. According to a press release, the app will be compatible on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, and will support bandwidth capping. "Our apps team has a very simple mandate: give customers the choice to watch Showmax however and whenever works best for them," said Chris Savides, Showmax...

  • Use genre codes to access oddly specific genres on Netflix

    From original TV shows to blockbuster movies, Netflix has a solid variety of content. But what if you're looking for something more specific? Sure, you can drill down by categories or use the search functionality... Or if you're feeling adventurous, you can try the old genre code trick. Not following me? Well, every Netflix genre page ends in a sequence of numbers. So the URL for the comedy section ends in "6548" (www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6548). But what if you fancy critically acclaimed violent independent crime movies? Then change the four digits to "8121" (thus giving you the following URL: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/8121). On the hunt for Japanese sci-fi and...

  • 10 things we learnt at Netflix South Africa event

    Netflix has been available in South Africa since January 2016, as part of a wider expansion on the part of the service. So we were pleasantly surprised when the company's EMEA executives decided to fly down for a local media roundtable event, signalling the start of a bigger push. So what did we learn at the event then? From South African content to most popular shows in the market, here's what we found out. South Africa's library has apparently tripled When Netflix launched locally back in 2016, it had a sparse library, to be fair. But Yenia Zaba, the firm's manager for European...

  • Netflix announces pricing in rand for South Africa [Update]

    Update, 18 October 2017: Netflix has since clarified the pricing in an interview with Memeburn, saying that they are indeed transitioning to local currency. "We're working on it. It should come... hopefully very shortly," the company's Yann Lafargue said. "With Kwese... we have it in rands..." But are the below prices accurate then? We posed this to the representative during a separate roundtable discussion. "I don't know, we have to check." Original article: Streaming colossus Netflix has quietly confirmed pricing in South African rand for its offering. The company traditionally offers three subscription tiers, in the form of a US$7.99 tier, US$9.99 category and...

  • Netflix in South Africa: fastest ISPs revealed for September [Update]

    Netflix launched in South Africa more than a year ago, officially supporting the region with TV shows and movies. But the streaming service has also recently added South Africa to its monthly ISP Speed Index. Now, for the month of September, the service has revealed its top ten ISPs in the country. Fibre-based ISP CoolIdeas was in the top spot, at 3.80Mbps, followed by Vodacom and Vox Telecom (3.19Mbps each). MTN and Cell C rounded out the top five, at 3.18Mbps and 3.08Mbps respectively. Check out the full rundown below. "The Netflix ISP Speed Index lists the average prime time bitrate for...

  • Netflix is raising its US prices, South Africa remains unscathed

    Netflix is raising two of its tiers' prices for US users, but that won't affect South Africans, a spokesperson has said. Though the prices in SA are hinged on the dollar, the fee hike is for US-users only. According to Mashable, come November Netflix's middle tier product will go from US$9.99 to US$10.99, while the premium will rise from US$11.99 to US$13.99. The company says the hike is to accommodate "more exclusive TV shows and movies", "new product features", and the improvement of the "overall Netflix experience". Facing more competition than ever, Netflix is racing to stay ahead in the streaming service game by producing more quality original content -- and...