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By now many consumers are signed up to Netflix, enjoying the ability to stream shows, movies and more at their convenience. But, what many don’t know is that Netflix has also built in a few tricks to make a viewing experience more memorable.

Know all the computer shortcuts

These five keyboard shortcuts will help you navigate Netflix like a pro.

·         F will give you full screen; Esc will take you out of it

·         PgDn pauses, PgUp will play

·         The spacebar will also pause and play

·         Shift + Right Arrow will fast forward; Shift + Left Arrow will rewind

·         M should toggle your mute button, depending on your computer

Save your data while on mobile

The Netflix mobile app on your phone or tablet lets you choose your Cellular Data Usage setting: Wi-Fi Only, Low, Medium, High, and Unlimited. Wi-Fi only keeps you from streaming when you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you have unlimited data on your plan, go for Unlimited, which uses about a GB every 20 minutes.

How to know which ISP to choose

Curious which Internet Service Provider (ISP) serves up the fastest speeds for a better streaming experience? Check out the Netflix ISP Speed Index which each month shows you which South African ISP supports the best Netflix experience: https://ispspeedindex.netflix.com/country/south-africa/

How to check your internet speeds

Next time Stranger Things starts buffering, use Netflix’s own speed test, Fast.com, to check the download speeds you’re getting from your ISP: https://fast.com/

How to find Netflix original programming

Netflix produced over 600 hours of original content in 2016. Type “Netflix” into the search bar to see a complete list of Netflix originals, all in one place. 

How to quickly browse by genre

To see more, click the row names on the homepage in your browser. This will bring up a full gallery of TV shows and films within that genre.

Make sure you’re optimising for HD

If you have an HD TV make sure you are streaming in HD. Just go to Playback settings (https://www.netflix.com/HdToggle) to make sure you’re set up. Many live-action Netflix originals are shot in 4K for optimum viewing pleasure.

How to find UHD (4K and HDR) content

If you own an Ultra HD TV, type “4K” or “HDR” in the search bar to see a full list of TV shows and movies available in 4K resolution and HDR, respectively.

How to watch Netflix overseas

If you’re planning an overseas holiday there’s a pretty good chance your account will continue to work like magic. You will also have access to all of the titles available in that region while you’re over there.

How to access subtitles

All programs on Netflix have the option to add English subtitles — handy if you’re watching a cockney movie or are hard of hearing. To activate subtitles, select the movie or TV show you want to play, head to “Audio & Subtitles” in the options panel then press “Back” once you’re done. Your movie will now play with English subtitles.

How to change subtitle appearance

You can change the colour and font size of subtitles to match your eyesight or personal style preference. To do this, head to Your Account and select Subtitle Appearance. You can tweak everything from colour and font, to the background and shadow appearance.

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The VPN path to Netflix

In January 2016, Netflix announced that they were expanding their global offerings. In one day, the company simultaneously launched in 130 new countries, bringing the total number of countries with access to the streaming service to 190.

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It was an announcement that was met with excitement; it meant that hundreds of countries that weren’t previously able to access any content from the streaming site would now have access. But it came with a catch: due to agreements with content owners, who license titles by region, not all Netflix libraries would be the same. So, while a multitude of countries now had access to the streaming service, content libraries could be extremely limited. For example, when Netflix launched in South Africa in 2016, users in the country only had access to 678 titles — a strong contrast to the then-U.S. library, which had over 5,600.

To get around limited content libraries, users took to using virtual private networks, or VPNs, which enable users to change their IP address to a different location, effectively tricking the streaming service into thinking they’re in a country with more titles. Shortly after the launch date, however, Netflix began clamping down on VPNs, implementing a VPN ban meant to stop users from circumventing the geo-blocks.

Today, two years after Netflix’s global expansion, users are still facing limited content libraries. According to Finder, in June of 2017 — more than a year after Netflix launched in South Africa — the country still didn’t have access to 93 percent of the titles in the United States. To access them, they now also have to get around the Netflix VPN ban, a tricky process that involves figuring out which VPN providers can still get access to the streaming site.

To help simplify the process, TheBestVPN tested 67 VPN providers to see which ones could still access Netflix, two years into the ban. View their findings, as well as an overview of the Netflix VPN ban and the best VPNs for accessing Netflix in 2018, in the full infographic below.

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Incredible animation landmark

The Walt Disney Company Africa is pleased to share that, in its sixth week of release, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 has become the biggest animated film of all time at the South African Box Office, with over R47.4 million and 676k attendances.

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Disney releases now account for 4 of the top 10 films of all time at the local Box Office, with 3 coming from 2018 alone, including Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War in number 1 and 2 positions respectively and Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2filling the 8th position. The 2015 release of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently sits in the 7th position.

Now in cinemas, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 sees Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) being called upon to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Incredibles 2 is written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer).

Also in cinemas is Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past. Ant-Man and The Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas. Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard are producing, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd & Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari wrote the screenplay.

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