Malaysians Can Now 'Netflix And Chill'… But It May Not Be As Fun As You’d Expect
The Internet exploded today with news that popular media streaming service Netflix is now available globally, going live in more than 130 countries including Malaysia
The unthinkable has just happened: Netflix is now officially available in Malaysia. The announcement was made at the company’s on-going keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016.lowyat.net
Netflix, which had expanded into more than 60 countries before yesterday's launch, previously said it aimed to reach 200 countries by year-end.
However, all shows will not be available immediately to some Netflix fans.
Netflix boasts of being the world’s leading Internet television network with 70 million members who watch 125 million hours of TV shows and movies daily
Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, and automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth.
Many titles, including Netflix original series and films, are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and some in Ultra HD 4K.
RM33 per month for a Netflix subscription may sound like a small price to pay in exchange for an extensive database of awesome TV shows and movies, but there’s a catch — you will have to pay more to get them in HD or Ultra HD
Netflix starts from RM33/month for the basic plan that lets you watch on a single device in standard definition.
Moving up the notch is the standard option with HD quality streaming up to 2 devices for RM42/month.
For the ultimate experience in Ultra HD, you can go premium for RM51/month and it supports 4 devices.
Meanwhile, iflix a.k.a. the “Netflix of Asia” only costs a flat rate of RM8 for a month’s subscription
Netflix may offer a wider selection of Western shows and even produces its own material (Netflix exclusives), but it has yet to add Asian-oriented programs to its roster
There are, in fact, Asian-inspired shows such as 'Marco Polo' and the upcoming sequel to Ang Lee's 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' in Netflix's collection of original programs. They are, however, filmed and recorded in English.
Lack of Asian shows aside, some of our writers are pretty excited about getting to watch House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black legally though, so that’s a HUGE PLUS. #yass
iflix’s selection of English TV shows and movies are limited, but it makes up for it with a variety of Korean, Malay, Filipino and other Asian content
As iflix CEO Azran Osman-Rani said, "Hollywood stuff works, but they also want to see more Asian content like Korean dramas, local content or even Hollywood stuff in their local language."
"So localising and adapting to our subscribers is a skill and value we’re aiming to build to differentiate ourselves from Netflix with a really low price to reach this mass market."
"Local original programming is a core pillar of our strategy, we have already started to engage with local producers to ask them to pitch their ideas to us that are new and not regular stuff that you would see on TV."