Netflix is testing a cheaper mobile-only plan in some countries

Shawn Knight

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in an interview with Bloomberg last week said his company was planning on testing a more affordable version of its streaming subscription service. He didn’t specify when or where the testing would take place; as it turns out, we wouldn’t have to wait very long for those details.

According to a report from Malaysian news outlet The Star, Netflix has quietly rolled out a mobile-only tier in the country that commands just RM17, or $4 per month (that’s roughly half the price of the previously cheapest plan). The entry-level plan affords unlimited access to movies and TV shows for one device but is limited to standard definition quality.

A spokesperson for Netflix confirmed the Malaysian trial with TechCrunch, noting that similar tests are also being conducted in a few other countries.

If Netflix is interested in further expanding its international user base, more affordable pricing is certainly one way to go about it. The company’s current pricing structure puts it out of reach of some potential subscribers.

Netflix is also catering to local markets with original content offerings. Just last week, the streaming giant announced eight new original films and a new series for viewers in India.

Lead image via Chris Ratcliffe, Bloomberg

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Maybe lower the price in europe as their offerings suck here. I still don't get how they justify asking more for less. Also currencies aren't worth the same, you can't just ask 10 of local currency. And I bet in afrika and russia they want 1000+ units of local money as it is practically worth less than toilet paper, strange how they manage to change the amount there but not here...
 

EClyde

TS Evangelist
Maybe lower the price in europe as their offerings suck here. I still don't get how they justify asking more for less. Also currencies aren't worth the same, you can't just ask 10 of local currency. And I bet in afrika and russia they want 1000+ units of local money as it is practically worth less than toilet paper, strange how they manage to change the amount there but not here...
Well pretty soon Europe will have an "army" then they can work on a Hollywood
 

toooooot

TS Evangelist
If it is only mobile, I d rather look for "free" alternatives. Sound, good sound, matters in movies. It will make you enjoy your content more if you aren't deaf.
 

funglebuddy

TS Enthusiast
Seems interesting for those who dont have a PC/Laptop/Apple TV/Firestick/Google Chromecast/whatever other one exists.