Digital Rights Management, access to the shows we want to watch, and Netflix have been very active topics in the Nairobi ex-pat community. We’re all looking for ways to watch the shows and movies that we want to watch. There are work arounds for most of the providers (Apple TV, HBO Now, Amazon Prime). Netflix, however, wants to really crack down and enforce geo-blocking.
I’ve written about this before, so I won’t go into more detail on that. But, I will take a moment to say that all this is making me (and many other American ex-pats in Nairobi and around the world) strongly consider breaking up with Netflix. I’m going to give it a little more time before I end it, but I can’t see my relationship with the company going forward unless it makes some changes.
I can understand that they are restricted in what they can distribute in terms of content they don’t own. However, I can’t accept their limitations on their own original content. I do watch other content on Netflix, but I can get that almost anywhere. It’s their original content that makes me pay my monthly subscription. Take that away and I have to reason to stay with them.
Enjoy your last month or two of money from me, Netflix. This relationship is ending soon. Let me know if you ever smarten up on digital entertainment in this century.