The Jakarta Post
On-demand Internet streaming and DVD service Netflix is now available in Indonesia as part of the US-based company's global expansion.
According to Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, with the launch of the global operation, Netflix was now available in more than 130 countries around the world.
Netflix is offering a month of free services until Feb. 7. Afterward, customers will be charged a monthly rate that starts at Rp 109,000 ( US$7.84 ) for a basic package, Rp 139,000 for a standard package ( including HD and 1080p content ) and Rp 169,000 for a premium package ( Ultra HD, 2160p ).
'Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network. 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; [there will be] no more waiting,' Hastings said during a presentation at the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Netflix supports Asian languages such as Korean, Japanese and Chinese ( traditional and simplified ). Indonesian has yet to be included on its list of supported languages but Hastings promised to add more to the list.
"We will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,' he said.
The service requires an Internet speed of at least 0.5 Mbps, but the recommended speed is 3.0 Mbps to comfortably watch a Standard Definition ( SD ) movie, 5.0 Mbps for HD contents, and 25 Mbps for Ultra HD movies.
Netflix will not be available in China, but the company said it was working on a way to enter the market. People in Crimea, North Korea and Syria will also be unable to enjoy the service due to a US government restriction policy. ( kes )( + )