AFRICA — On Wednesday, streaming giant Netflix made the surprise announcement that its services would be extended to cover 130 new countries.
The new markets include all 54 states of Africa, and Twitter users across the continent rejoiced to discover that their favorite shows would become available.
After the initial excitement, attention quickly turned to the implications for less popular local rivals. South African model Calvin Peterson hailed a new era.
Some users considered challenges for the new arrival, and hoped Netflix would adapt to local needs.
Others were skeptical and wondered how well the service would perform in Africa…
…or if it would be too expensive for all but the elite.
Some even felt a little cheated.
This Nairobi-based journalist saw positive implications for local economic prospects.
A Kenyan user saw opportunities for cultural development.
But this fan knew what was really important.