Netflix tests RM17 mobile-only plan in Malaysia

Netflix’s mobile only plan costs just RM17 a month, compared to its Basic plan which costs RM33. — Reuters pic
Netflix’s mobile only plan costs just RM17 a month, compared to its Basic plan which costs RM33. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Netflix Inc is testing a mobile-only subscription plan in Malaysia priced at roughly half its current basic plan in the country, the global leader in video streaming said yesterday.

Netflix’s mobile only plan costs just RM17 a month, compared to its Basic plan which costs RM33.

The company declined to give additional details about which countries it was testing in.

Chief Executive Reed Hastings on Friday quashed speculation that the streaming video company would cut prices for the hotly competitive India market but other officials have suggested it could trial cheaper plans in small markets.

“We are testing to understand consumer interest in a mobile-only plan in some countries,” Netflix said in an emailed response to Reuters questions.

“Generally, we try out lots of new ideas at any given time, and they can vary in how long they last and who sees them. We may not ever roll out the features or elements included in a test.”

Research firm Statista estimates that Netflix has 132,000 subscribers in Malaysia, making it one of the smallest markets for the streaming giant. — Reuters