Work from home has become such a norm during the pandemic’s sophomore year. According to BBC News, TV-watching and online streaming significantly surged during the lockdowns.
Luckily, Malaysia has an additional streaming service that will soon be available. Disney and Marvel fans are in for a treat as Disney+ Hotstar announced that they will launch this feature in Malaysia on 1st June, 2021. Long story short, there’s another highly anticipated alternative streaming platform for Malaysians during this boring MCO 3.0.
In conjunction to this, iPrice Group gathered the existing streaming platforms in Malaysia, such as Netflix, HBO Go and Amazon Prime Video, to determine which offers the best price and amount of exclusive content available. This study aims to be a guide for online shoppers to make the best decision and spend more wisely. The prices indicated were obtained from the official websites.
Which Platform Offers the Most Exciting Deals?
With the most titles and catalogues, Netflix premium yearly subscription costs RM660 with 4 screens you can watch simultaneously. It seems like this is the most expensive deal. According to iPrice’s research, this amount is equivalent 77 cups of boba milk tea.
Consequently, if consumers stop drinking these sugary drinks today (yay or nay?), they can enjoy the largest exclusive catalogues, which has 2246+ videos while being able to share their account with closest friends and family members under the same roof. Moreover, Netflix offers varying prices, starting from as low as RM17 (mobile only), to RM33 (Basic). Other offers include Standard (RM42) & Premium (RM55) monthly subscriptions.
On the other hand, with plenty of films and TV series episodes, Disney+ Hotstar offers the lowest subscription price on the list. This is an affordable alternative of a trip to the cinemas as the price of this subscription is equivalent to 13 movie tickets.
Disney+ Hotstar’sRM54.90/quarterly or RM220/yearly subscription allows consumers to watch their iconic Disney, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic movies. It offers more than 18,800 films and episodes. Therefore, if consumers save up all the movie tickets spending on GSC for one year, they may enjoy years’ worth of streaming videos on the couch with their beloved families. Or giving up 26 cups of boba can allow them to enjoy Disney+ Hotstar too.
At the same time, it’s important to note that each registered Disney+ Hotstar account can support two concurrent streams. However, users can only watch one Multiplex movie on only 1 device at a time. Hence, if a user started watching a certain Multiplex movie on his or her laptop, he or she can’t continue watching this movie in another device.
Meanwhile, HBO Go also offers 2 concurrent streaming services. Although HBO Go has the least exclusive content, with an RM419 yearly subscription (or 49 cups of regular size boba), users may experience top titles such as “Westworld”, “His Dark Materials”, and more must-see content.
Last but not least, Amazon Prime is the only entertainment platform derived from e-commerce. This has many advantages. Subscribing to Amazon Prime enables the streaming feature and the privilege of priority delivery when shopping in Amazon.
Subscribing to Amazon Prime is the same amount as 59 packs of curry-flavoured Maggi. By paying the subscription fee, you can enjoy 286 exclusive videos and stream on up to 3 different devices at the same time. It is worth getting access to your favourite original series such as “The Boys”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, and many more if you sacrifice drinking 35 cups of boba.
For a fair comparison, this study only includes top movie and TV streaming sites/apps that require a subscription on all devices. The list of top streaming apps in Malaysia was taken from App Annie’s top grossing chart. The number of contents were scraped from title lists of Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ respectively. The price comparisons to movie tickets, boba, and Maggi were based on GSC, Tealive, and Maggi.
Why was GSC chosen?
With the amount of 356 screens countrywide, GSC is the largest cinema chain in Malaysia.
Why was Tealive chosen?
Tealive is the signature bubble tea brand in Malaysia, with over 150 outlets.
Why was Maggi chosen?
Maggi curry (77gx5) was specifically chosen for this study because it is the most common and measurable price. The price was obtained from iPrice.my.
Subscribers can sign up on DisneyPlusHotstar.my or download the Disney+ Hotstar app on Android and iOS devices to start streaming a selection of Ultra HD 4K shows with Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio, for RM54.90 for three months.
Special packages are available for Astro Movies Pack customers, while other Astro customers can find out more at astro.com.my/Disney.
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