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Netflix stops 30-day free trial offer in India with immediate effect

The free trial option is no longer available when users go to set up a new account on Netflix.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | October 13, 2020 | Updated 23:04 IST

Highlights

  • Netflix has stopped its 30-day free trials across all markets.
  • Phillip Swan who first noted the development speculates that the streaming category getting increasingly crowded could be one of the reasons why Netflix cancelled free trials.
  • Netflix offers mobile plans starting from Rs 199 that can be cancelled anytime.

All free things are good but all good things are (unfortunately?) not free. Netflix seems to have taken this seriously as it has cancelled its 30-day free trial period. The development was first spotted by Phillip Swan, who notes developments in the TV world on his website The TV Answer Man.

"Free trials are not available, but you can still sign up and take advantage of all Netflix has to offer," Netflix states on its Help Centre Page. "There are no contracts, no cancellation fees, and no commitments. You have the freedom to change your plan or cancel online at any time if you decide Netflix isn't for you. As a Netflix member, all our plans give you access to our full catalog of TV shows and movies. Choose a plan that works for you and sign up for Netflix!"

Swan noted that the streaming category getting increasingly crowded could be one of the reasons why Netflix cancelled free trials. Another reason could be to generate revenue. However, there is no official announcement from Netflix yet.

Currently, the free-trial option is not available across all markets. India Today Tech can confirm this as we tried setting up an account and the usual "30-day free trial option" is not available. However, Netflix gives monthly subscriptions starting right from Rs 199 which can be cancelled anytime. It is npt clear if the users who were already in the middle of a 30-day trial have also been stripped of free streaming.


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