It’s been a long time coming, but Netflix is officially available in Malaysia now.
Yeah, you read that right 😉 The Internet video streaming giant company is expanding its service to more than 130 new countries around the world and that, of course, includes Malaysia.
The announcement about the expansion was made during a keynote by Netflix Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016. The expansion is part of Netflix’s massive global rollout by the end of 2016.
“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” Hastings said in an official statement.
He also said:
With this launch, consumers around the world — from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo — will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously — no more waiting.
“With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device,” he added.
Netflix is home to original programming such as ‘‘House of Cards’’, the award-winning “Orange Is the New Black”, as well a catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies. Titled “Fuller House”, the upcoming “Full House” reboot is also a Netflix series.
Some of the Netflix original series that members can enjoy for one monthly price include:
- Marvel’s Daredevil
- Marvel’s Jessica Jones
- Grace and Frankie
- Marco Polo
- Bojack Horseman
Not forgetting the controversial true-crime saga, “Making A Murderer“.
In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, 2 dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials, and 30 original kids series. All of them are available at the same time to members everywhere.
Hastings also announced today that the company is adding Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.
From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix.
“We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world,” he added.
However, the Internet streaming service company is not entirely going global as it is not available in China yet. It also won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea, and Syria due to US government restrictions on American companies. It will continue to explore options for providing the service.
As the world’s leading Internet television network, Netflix revealed part of its global expansion plan earlier in September last year. It announced that it will expand its streaming service to 4 Asian countries including Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea by the first quarter of 2016.
To date, Netflix is available in more than 50 countries and boasts a global subscriber base of 65 million. The US version of the service reportedly offers over 7,500 movies and TV shows, while the UK version has over 3,000.
Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
The monthly fees for Netflix in Malaysia are listed at RM33 for Basic, RM42 for Standard, and RM51 for Premium. Malaysians can try Netflix for free for one month first by signing up at its official website.
The streaming service is also available on virtually any device that has an Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs, and game consoles. It 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. Advanced recommendation technologies with up to 5 user profiles help members discover entertainment they’ll love.
Check out the announcement video below:
For a full list of countries and territories where Netflix is now available, see here.