Netflix in India: Here’s everything you need to know

Netflix is the world’s top video streaming service that allows users to watch content on screens ranging from a smartphones to a smart television.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2016 9:41 pm
Netflix, Netflix India, how netflix works, what is netflix, CES, CES 2016, netflix india pricing, technology, technology news Netflix India has pricing similar to its primary US market and users will be able to pay as low as Rs 500 to watch shows and movies on a single screen at one time.

Netflix is the world’s top video streaming service that allows users to watch content on screens ranging from a smartphones to a smart television. It works with a variety of other devices like PlayStation and Apple TV, letting users stream directly onto larger screen. Netflix is also the creator of a lot of original, made for the web content, much of which is now in high-resolution Ultra HD.

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How is the service priced in India?

Netflix India has pricing similar to its primary US market and users will be able to pay as low as Rs 500 to watch shows and movies on a single screen at one time. For Rs 650, they will get access to two simultaneous screens and four for Rs 800 — this also has UHD content. The first month is free for all users and they can pay using PayPal and credit card only at the moment. An initial fee of Rs 70 ($1) is charged during signup to authenticate the card.

Netflix standard subscribers now pay $9.99 per month, not much more than the Rs 500 base price in India. Netflix was launched out of California is 1997 as a DVD rental service and now has over 69 million users globally with 42 million in the US alone.

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Is the content censored?
During signup you have to specify if you are above 18 and this means there is not going to be a lot of censored content, while everything will be rated. However, while creating a profile Netflix lets you identify children so that they don’t get access to any adult content.

Is there a lot of local content?

Netflix, Netflix India, how netflix works, what is netflix, CES, CES 2016, netflix india pricing, technology, technology news An initial recce suggests all the popular Bollywood classics are there from Piku to Hum Aapke Hai Kaun.

No. For now Netflix has limited Indian content, but they are working on getting more partners on board. An initial recce suggests all the popular Bollywood classics are there from Piku to Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. However, Netflix is going to be a big boost for independent cinema. which does not get much screens to show on in India.

How can I watch the content?
It is best to watch on the television, provided your screen is smart or is yoked to an Android box or Apple TV. Alternatively, you can use Chromecast as the Netflix apps is supported by the streaming dongle. You can watch the shows on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, or use a MHL or HDMI cable to mirror this on your television.

Is bandwidth in India and issue?’

Since this is the first question most people are asking, we decided to test this bit. I used the service on a MacBook Pro using a 1 Mbps wi-fi connection and the streaming was quite smooth after 30 seconds or so of initial buffering. The picture quality does scale down at times, but it restores within seconds. On a iPhone 6S Plus running LTE, the picture quality was great and the streaming seamless. I switched to 3G on the same phone and the experience was more or less the same except for the initial buffering.

Does India have the full catalogue? 

I did find the catalogue limiting and a lot of content is not even showing up on search. For instance, I could not search and find House of Cards, which is a Netflix production. However, all the new titles are there and there is no dearth of titles that India has never had access to.

Are there other Netflix like options in India?

Yes, there are services like Hooq and BoxTV that offer similar services at cheaper price points. But they cannot compete with Netflix that creates a lot of exclusive content that is popular globally. Also, not all services are able to offer seamless play on all four screens (smartphones, tablets, laptops and televisions).

Will the service find takers in India?

Yes, because this gives access to content otherwise not available in India — at least not legally. A lot of users with expensive UHD televisions and will finally have access to high-resolution content that put their TVs to full use. Also, globally Netflix has been responsible for a cultural shift is how video content is consumed. And it is to cater to this binge watching phenomenon that the company released full seasons of its popular series House of Cards exclusively online.

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First Published on: January 8, 2016 12:50 am
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    Jawaid Hasan
    Jan 11, 2017 at 9:38 am
    use torrent for free and enjoy..lol
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      Jagadeesh Mt
      Jan 7, 2016 at 9:35 am
      Need Kannada movies, Kannada dubbed moves, Kannada Cartoons to stream in NetFlix.
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        Aakash
        Feb 14, 2016 at 7:18 am
        I can not sign up with my google id from which I am sending this it say wrong email id or pword help me😩😩
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          kavya
          Jan 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm
          Netflix is pointless in India if one can't have 100mbps unlimited access
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            Royjbiv
            Jul 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm
            Netflix very best and demanded films come in USA on DVD in mail, with the rest streaming. One day hopefully all will be streaming.
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              Kristin
              Jan 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm
              **correction. They will use an authorization amount of 500 rs when you initially sign up.. not the 70 quoted in this article. It'll show up on your card and then be refunded or made available to you again within the next day or two.
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                Aditya
                Jan 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm
                Does it really make sense? First pay for watching Netflix then pay for Internet company! Then comes fup by majority of isp!
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                  akshita
                  Dec 19, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                  can we watch old seasons in netflix like greys anatomy season 4 or 5
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                    Amita mehta
                    Mar 15, 2016 at 8:20 am
                    why dont you make it chargeable as in cash as we get tatasky and other services charged ? it would make it very conveneint.
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                      Apurba Behera
                      Jan 7, 2016 at 8:26 am
                      internet speed must be too high for watching UHD or 4K programs in Netflix. So in india Internet speed is major concern and rest are left aside.
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                        Jul 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm
                        not worth it if u know how to torrent
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                          Ashwin Panemangalore
                          Jan 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm
                          Pretty limited list of movies I browsed allflicks for several genres to find an average of 114-150 in each Many of the films are listed in multiple genres ie comedies, dramas, action (cant imagine a movie being in all these three !! )so dont think the library stretched beyond 800 Few are the kind one would love to watch asides of Oscar nominees or winners which are even fewer Even the hindi moves are the average or below average variety I think Star Movies Select has better quality even though one doesnt have a choice and I am not gonna fork out Rs 500 for this offering
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                            AvgIndian
                            Jan 8, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                            Tested on MacBook Pro and iPhone 6S - because that is what the majority of Indians use, here in India. WTF
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                              Rajesh
                              Jan 7, 2016 at 6:08 am
                              One, thank God its not censored. We dont need ic Indian censorship of everything. Two, thank God there is no local content. We dont need a lot of sh*t Bollywood movies ruining it.
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                                Raj
                                Jan 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                                Overcharging and under developed catalog - and we are supposed to be "Grateful" ? Plus let's not forget that fast broadband to enjoy UHD content in India is a luxury for even 1%ers in India. For $9.99 in the USA you get access to a mive collection of thousands of TV shows, movies from around the world. In India that number is less than 500 according to some sites. Indians are better off getting a VPN and signing up for the US Netflix.
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                                  Mr. Willie
                                  Jan 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm
                                  Here's a list of everything available on Netflix India:
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                                    jiban
                                    Sep 2, 2016 at 8:17 am
                                    I was hooked by THE GOOD WIFE.. In netflix India I can only see upto season 6lt;br/gt;How do I see season 7 and 8
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                                      Venkataraman Jagadesan
                                      Oct 16, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                                      Do we get Holly wood Movies also in the Netflix India? In USA the Netflix provide Bolly wood films as well as various regional language movies. Confirm.
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                                        George Cruz
                                        Jan 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm
                                        NetFlix will be global network and it will benefit Indian consumers, the Indian economy in terms investment by the IT industries, and more job creation in India. It is a plus..plus for both US and India.
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                                          ashok
                                          Jan 7, 2016 at 7:03 am
                                          Thank god we dont have BJP controlling censors
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                                            kc
                                            Jan 18, 2016 at 5:26 am
                                            hi could anyone help me with the Netflix India office details..??
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