If you’ve always thought that getting a VPN to access Netflix was way too troublesome, here’s good news.
Reed Hastings, Bojack Horseman sweater-wearing head honcho of Netflix, announced that the glorious TV service is now available in 130 new countries - including Malaysia.
“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “With this launch, consumers around the world -- from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo -- will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously -- no more waiting.
With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”
While this might come as no surprise given that Netflix has previously announced that they’ll be launching globally in early 2016, the slight shocker is in the pricing of their three-tier plans. You’d expect it to be more expensive in Malaysia, but no.
The basic which costs US$7.99 (~RM35) in the US and allows you to stream to only one screen at one time will cost you RM33. The popular standard tier which lets you watch in HD and on two screens at one time and costs US$9.99 (~RM44) will cost you RM42. Lastly, the premium HD four screen plan for HD and UHD streams when available costs US$11.99 (RM53), but RM51 locally.
Bear in mind though that the Singapore Netflix catalogue might look a little different from the US, given our censorship laws.
A Reddit user has helpfully posted a screenshot of a sample selection. While Netflix originals like Narcos and Daredevil are featured, another Reddit user quickly notes that others like House of Cards and Sense8 are missing from the line-up.
There could be more Asian content in time exclusive to our region, but if you’d rather binge-watch Orange is the New Black or House of Cards, you might just want to stick with your VPN-enabled US subscription for that freedom.