It has been a long time coming, but Netflix has finally launched in Thailand. Prices start from 280 Baht per month and you can get the first month for free to test it out. So, no longer do you need to pay for a VPN service to access your account in America or Europe. Although the price seems good, it should be noted that you don’t get all of the same content as back home. Nor is there any Thai movies or subtitles yet. Though hopefully some should be added soon. To sign up, just go to netflix.com. The URL will change automatically depending on which country you are in. You then need to enter credit card/debit card or paypal details. Your card won’t be charged until the end of the first month. So, don’t forget to cancel if you don’t want to continue!
Netflix made the announcement during a keynote speech at CES 2016. They also went live at the same time. But, it wasn’t just Thailand. Netflix is now available in more than 190 countries. This is the official announcement:
“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “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 — no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”
For one monthly price, members around the world will be able to enjoy Netflix original series including Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalog of licensed TV shows and movies. 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 — available at the same time to members everywhere.
In Thailand there are three plans available. Unlike other streaming services, a higher price doesn’t mean more movies. Everyone gets access to the same content. The difference is the number of screens you can watch at the same time and the quality of the image. The Basic package (280 Baht) is for one screen and the quality is SD. Standard package (350 Baht) is for two screens and the quality is HD. The Premium package (420 Baht) is for four screens and the quality is Ultra HD. It should be noted that not all movies and TV series are available in HD or Ultra HD and that if your Internet is a bit slow you will be switched automatically to a SD image. The best thing to do is sign up for the Premium service for free to test it out. For me, I have had no problems on my computer or the app on my iPad so far.
If you have used Netflix Thailand already, please let me know what you think in the comments below.