Netflix: All That You Wanted To Know
The Netflix India pricing is largely similar to that in the US. Viewers can pay as low as Rs. 500/- to watch films and shows on a single screen at a time. For Rs. 650/- and Rs. 850/- viewers can respectively access two and four screens simultaneously. The latter also offers UHD content. The first month is free. A one-time fee of Rs. 70/- is levied for signup. Netflix started in Scotts Valley, California in 1997 as a video rental service. The company now has over 69 million subscribers globally.
Is the content censored?
While signing up, you have to disclose whether you’re above 18. This means, there’s not much of censored content, though everything is rated. However, Netflix allows you to indentify children to prevent their access to adult content.
What about local content?
Indian content, as of now, is limited. Producers are yet to wake up to Netflix streaming. The company is trying to rope in more partners. But most popular Bollywood hits, right from Hum Aapke Hai Kaun to Piku, are available on Netflix. Most importantly, Netflix would be a major trigger for independent cinema, which doesn’t get many screens in India.
How to watch Netflix?
Your TV is the best option, provided it has a smart screen or yoked to an Apple TV or an Android dock. You may also use Google Chromecast, since the Netflix app is compatible with the streaming dongles. Besides your laptop, smartphone or tablet, you can use a HDMI or MHL cable to resolve compatibility issues with your TV.
Is bandwidth an issue?
Not surprisingly, this is the question most people are asking. The service was tested by many on a MacBook Pro with a 1mbps Wi-Fi connection. Streaming was smooth after about 40 seconds of initial buffering. The video quality turned poor sometimes, but restored soon. On the iPhone 6S Plus, the streaming quality was seamless and superb. On a 3G smartphone, results were similar to that of the MacBook Pro.
What about the catalogue?
We found the catalogue limited. Quite lot of content didn’t show up in the search. House of Cards, a Netflix production, was unavailable. But all new titles were there.
Will it find takers in India?
Despite the huge market here, Netflix may face a tough challenge to get a foothold. People here mostly watch pirated videos or torrent downloads that have put video rental shops out of business. The cost too is less than a fraction of what’s charged by Netflix. But those who want UHD videos and are ready to pay for it are likely to subscribe to the service.
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by techtalks @TechTalks August 10, 2016 12:31 PM UTC