Netflix in India With its official entry into India Netflix and 129 other markets in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during his CES keynote address on Wednesday, Netflix is now available in “all major countries” of the world “except China”, something he hopes will change soon.
Plans start at Rs. 500 per month in India for access on 1 SD screen for the on-demand TV, movies, and video streaming powerhouse – now available in 190 countries. You can watch HD content on 2 screens at a time for Rs. 650 per month, and Rs. 800 per month will get you 4K content on up to 4 screens simultaneously. You can use the Netflix website or the Netflix apps on , iOS, Windows, and other platforms to sign up for it.
You can enjoy a free one-month trial on all plans before you are billed, however you will need to enter your card details during signup – unless you are trying to make a purchase via iOS or Android and the store already has your card details. If you get an SMS for a charge of Rs. 70 or similar amount, don’t worry, that’s just an authorization check, and you haven’t actually been charged anything.
According to the company’s own documentation, an HD stream can use up to 3 GB of data per hour, while SD video can take anywhere between 300 and 700 MB per hour, in case you are wondering how Netflix will impact your data usage. 4K Ultra HD streaming will set you back by 7GB per hour – if you have a fast enough connection to support that in the first place.
Netflix’s Internet video streaming subscription rates range from $7.99 (Rs. 530 approximately) per month for 1 SD screen to $11.99 (approximately Rs. 800 per month approximately) a month for 4 HD screens, including a free one- month trial, this India pricing is virtually indistinguishable to that in the US.
Netflix is available via a variety of devices including Web, apps, mobile, media players, TVs, gaming consoles, and more and is in over 70 million homes worldwide. According to Hastings, People watched over 12 billion hours of Netflix video in Q4 2015.
Over the due course of time, Netflix has started to produce its own shows under Netflix Original moniker and offers a collection of over 35,000 movies and TV shows. Some of these original shows include Orange is the New Black, Jessica Jones, and House of Cards. These shows have been faring well with users and experts alike. Netflix has eight nominations in fact, for the 73rd Golden Awards, which will be held on January 10.
The company has big plans for 2016. It will be debuting its first talk show, and a movie starring Brad Pitt among others. Netflix has also reserved exclusive rights to releases from Walt Disney this year.
India is being seen as its next big growth market with over 300 million Internet users and a potential 1.2 billion plus that could come online in the next few years. Netflix has come under pressure to grow internationally owing to slowing growth in the United States. Before Wednesday’s announcement, Netflix was available in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and parts of Europe.
“Netflix is entering India at the right time,” analyst Tarun Pathak at Counterpoint Technology Research told Reuters. Netflix will compete in India with the likes of Star’s Hotstar, Singapore-based Spuul, Hungama, Eros Now, Muvizz, and many others in what is becoming an increasingly crowded space in a country that remains bogged down by slow Internet speeds.
Curious and wondering what Netflix has in store for you? If you want to know what Netflix is offering and how to watch, here’s what you need to know:
Shows like House of Cards are missing from Netflix’s offerings, however most of Netflix’s original content is coming. Few shows are missing possibly because of licensing agreements with Indian channels. Netflix as might be expected has most of the popular TV shows and movies in its catalog as well, and unofficial sources say there are around 550 movies and 200 TV series on Netflix in India, much less than the US catalog of over 4,000 titles.
Netflix has commented that as of now there is no censoring any videos in India. The company also told Gadgets 360 that it may reduce pricing in the future.
Streaming is not a problem if you’re on a truly unlimited broadband plan with no fair usage policy, but if you have data constrictions on broadband or are using Netflix on your phone, then the video streaming can result in costing you a lot – watching an hour of Netflix in HD may use up nearly 3GB from your plan.