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How to Subscribe and pay Netflix in Kenya.

 

How to Subscribe and pay Netflix in Kenya

Since it's Launch in the country in 2016, Netflix has been growing it's subscriber base at a very high rate due to it's popularity among the middle income and the youth, something attributed to the high quality entertainment content that is only exclusive to Netflix.

Wether you would like to sign up for the service or know how to pay your monthly subscriptions, you can easily get it done within minutes of not seconds, and in this post we're going to show you how to just do that. But first:

What is Netflix?
This is an online Video on demand subscription-based streaming service provider with operations in almost the entire world except some few countries including Mainland China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea due to various circumstances including restrictions or sanctions.

The company was founded in 1997 by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings, an American Computer Scientist and Mathematicians. Hastings is the current Chairman and Co-CEO of the company.

Netflix initially started as a DVD rental service provider, an initiative started when DVD's emerged in America. The DVD'S were sent to clients via mail. The DVD'S Compact and lightweight design became the biggest advantage to the Company's initial business venture.

It later introduced a monthly subscription plan,(maybe motivated by the Amazon.com model) that allowed it's subscribers access to as many videos as they could watch, without fear of due dates, late fines or additional mailing costs.

In September 2010, Netflix started a standalone streaming service independent of the DVD rental service, a venture that would later expand it's wings world-wide, and the major way that millions of subscribers including here in the country enjoy unlimited entertainment.

Netflix then went Global with Canada launch followed by Latin America. In 2016 it announced that it was extending it's services to other countries worldwide, including Africa. That's when it started it's streaming services in the country and for the first time in history Kenyans could also access thousands of videos, series and TV shows as the rest of the world.

It received with mixed reaction because it was relatively cheap as compared to pay-TV services in the country at the time, but it's major challenge was the availability affordable high internet connectivity.
It's  warm reception also saw other similar  service providers launch later in the country  including Multi choice owned Showman and later Kwese Iflix.
Advantages of Netflix.

  1. Lots of entertainment options to choose from,  be it movies,  documentaries,  Kids content,  TV shows and much more.  Lately Netflix has gained a reputation  for its exceptional  Netflix branded movies and series only exclusive to Netflix. 
  2. Netflix  supports a lot of  streaming devices from Android,  IOS,  smart Tvs Pcs and even set top boxes $ gaming consoles. All you  need is an active subscription and internet connection. 
  3. Easy subscription. You get one month  free subscription  as a new member and thereafter put on a Pay to watch basis. There are also no hidden charges,  and you can easily cancel your monthly  subscription and still remain a member. Later on you can reactivate your account and continue enjoying the service.
  4. Various video quality  options to choose  from depending on your internet connection.
Netflix Packages and Prices in Kenya.
In it's Moto to keep things as simple and straight forward as possible, Netflix has only four subscription plans to choose for, Mobile, Basic, Standard and Premium. Initially it used to be three, but the Mobile was later added as it's most affordable plan.
1.Mobile Ksh. 450.
With this plan you get unlimited access to all Netflix content via a mobile, tablet or computer. You can only watch on 1 device at every given time, and can access content on SD or HD resolutions only.
2. Basic. Ksh. 700.
This package allows you access content via TV, mobile, tablet or computer. You also get access to all available Netflix content, but with only one device at every given time. Content is still only available in SD and HD display quality.
3. Standard. Ksh. 950
Apart from access to unlimited entertainment content, you can watch on two different screens at any one given time. The video quality available with this plan is upto Full HD, or 1080P.
4. Premium. Ksh. 1,200.
This is Netflix's highest plan, which allows access to content of upto 4K and HDR resolutions. You can also watch with upto 4 screens at any one given time, thus eliminating the need to argue about which Tv Show or movie to watch and where to.
Please Note that the quality of content, either HD, FHD or 4K is largely dependent on the display resolution of your device and the quality of your internet signal and bandwidth.
Also not all content is available in 4K or HDR, especially videos shoot before these new technologies became available.
How to sign up for Netflix in Kenya.
You can easily Subscribe to Netflix in just a few minutes, with just three or so steps to complete. All you need is an active credit or debit card, or a PayPal account.
  • Go to www.netflix.com/signup
  • Enter your email address.
  • Create a user password.
  • Choose your preferred plan from the given list.
  • Enter your credit/debit Card details.
  • Confirm your Subscription details then sign up.
  • You will receive an email confirmation from Netflix and start to enjoy unlimited entertainment.
How to pay Netflix in Kenya.
There are a number of options you can make your monthly subscription payments, be it with your Debit or credit Card, or via PayPal.
You can also pay Netflix via M-Pesa, thanks to the M-Pesa PayPal partnership. 
But first you need to link your M-Pesa account with your Paypal account, so this means you must be a registered Mpesa user and have a valid Kenyan PayPal account. If you don't already have a PayPal account you can easily set one up, all you need is your email account.
How to link your M-Pesa with PayPal account.
  1. Go to https://www.paypal-mobilemoney.com/m-pesa/
  2. Click on get started.
  3. Enter your login email address then your PayPal password and login.
  4. You will now have to accept Transfer to terms and conditions by clicking agree.
  5. Enter your Safaricom mobile number and click on 'link your account'.
  6. A 4 digit verification code will be sent to your mobile. Enter this code to complete your linking.
  7. Next time you log in you will be taken to the page shown bellow.
After successful linking of your two accounts you can now send and withdraw money to and from PayPal at any time directly to your phone.
How to send money from Mpesa to PayPal account.
  1. Go to Lipa na Mpesa.
  2. Enter playbill number 800088.(You can get this paybill number when you log in to your PayPal account using the above link)
  3. Enter your mobile number as the account number.
  4. Enter the amount in Ksh. Followed by your Mpesa pin and OK.
Please note that PayPal uses the Us dollar and if you want to know the exact amount to convert there is an up to date currency conversion rate when you log in to PayPal using above link.
How to pay Netflix with PayPal.
Once you have deposited enough amount from M-Pesa to your Paypal account, then you can now proceed to pay your Netflix bill via PayPal. To do so:
  • Sign in to your Netflix account via a browser, be it mobile or computer.
  • Go to the "Account" icon on the main menu.
  • Click on your username and a drop down menu will appear.
  • On the drop down, locate the "Update payment Info" and click on it.
  • Under the given Payment options, click on 'Paypal'.
  • You will then be redirected to your Paypal account.
  • Sign to your Paypal account with your Paypal details.
  • Click on the 'Agree and continue' icon to allow Netflix access to your account and deduct the amount.
  • Once done your Netflix payment information will be updated and you will get a notification.


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