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Netflix launches in India, plans start at Rs 500

This video on demand service works on Internet and can be viewed on any Internet-connected device that offers a Netflix app, such as a computer, gaming console, DVD or Blu-ray player, HDTV, set-top box, home theatre system, phone or tablet.

twitter-logoNidhi Singal | January 7, 2016 | Updated 17:15 IST
Netflix launches in India, plans start at Rs 500
Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, delivers a keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. Photo: Reuters

The popular video on demand service, Netflix, has been officially launched in India. During the keynote at CES Las Vegas, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced the availability of this service in more than 130 countries including India.

Starting with a one month free trial, the subscription starts for Rs 500 per month. Netflix is offering three different plans to the Indian users. For Rs 500 per month, one can access SD content on a single screen. By paying Rs 650 per month,  you can watch HD content on two screens at a time. There is also an option to watch 4k content on up to four screens simultaneously, which costs Rs 800 per month.

This video on demand service works on Internet and can be viewed on any Internet-connected device that offers a Netflix app, such as a computer, gaming console, DVD or Blu-ray player, HDTV, set-top box, home theatre system, phone or tablet.

According to Netflix, the minimum required connection speed is 0.5 megabits per second but will require a faster connection for improved video quality. A download speed of at least 5.0 Mbps per stream is recommended to receive HD content and a download speed of at least 25.0 Mbps per stream is recommended to receive Ultra HD content.

As the service works on Internet connection, streaming one hour of SD content on Netflix will consume 0.7-1 GB of data whereas the HD content can consume 3 GB data in an hour and 7 GB per hour for streaming 4k content.

Netflix has over 70 million members in over 190 countries with more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series.

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