The Jakarta Post
The Netflix logo is pictured on a television in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas, California, the United States, on Jan. 18, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
Streaming giant Netflix has rolled out some of its most popular original series and movies for free in nearly 200 countries where it is available.
“We’re looking at different marketing promotions to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience,” Netflix said in a statement.
In the free section, a welcoming message reads, “Netflix is the premiere destination for all your entertainment needs. But don't take our word for it–check out some of our favorite movies and TV shows, absolutely free.”
The movies include Bird Box, The Two Popes and Murder Mystery, while the original shows are Stranger Things, Grace and Frankie, Boss Baby: Back in Business, Our Planet, Love is Blind, When They See Us and Elite.
Bird Box and Murder Mystery were included on the platform's list of best-performing original movies, revealed in July. Bird Box ranked second with 89 million views while Murder Mystery was in fifth place with 83 million views.
It is worth noting that although the titles are available to stream without a Netflix account, only the first episodes of the series are free.
According to CNET, the company noted that the movies and shows available for free may change from time to time.
The titles are currently only available on desktop and Android devices.
After entering into a US$1 million partnership with the Education and Culture Ministry in January, Netflix seems to be intent on having a firm position in Indonesia. It started with a bumpy road in 2016 with the platform being blocked by state-owned telecommunications company Telkom Group, citing a permit issue and unfiltered content.
Netflix made its second partnership with the Education and Culture Ministry in June by airing its documentaries on state-owned television network TVRI. In the same month, Telkom announced that it would allow its users to access Netflix.
The streaming service also joined forces with the country’s filmmakers to produce its original movies, namely production house Starvision and director-producer Nia Dinata.
Netflix might face a new competitor in the country, as subscription video on-demand streaming service Disney+ Hotstar launched officially in Indonesia on Saturday. The platform carries more than 500 movies and 7,000 episodes of global and Disney+ original content, including Marvel Studio films, all 12 Star Wars films, Pixar Animation Studio films and more than 300 Indonesian films. (wng)