In Short: Pros and Cons of Netflix in India

The pros and cons of Netflix in India is a topic that needs to be analyzed now. After the company announced its Indian edition and the packages available, it had become the talk of the town. But what is Netflix actually, and what is it hiding?

Netflix: What Is So Special in it?

Speaking of the pros and cons of Netflix in India, let’s put frst things first. Streaming services like Wink Movies and Hotstar (in India) provide content which is regional. Hence, there is not much of Hollywood content. Netflix, on the other hand, provides us with most of the Hollywood content and little of regional content. It provides content in various quality starting from SD to Ultra HD. Started with DVD rental service in the USA it had become one of the largest video streaming services in the world with about 47 million users only from America. As it has more of Hollywood content, it gets special attention from lovers of those genre in India.

What to Worry For?

Clause 4..6 under Netflix terms of use says 4.6.   “The quality of the display of the streaming movies and TV shows may vary from computer to computer, and device to device, and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as your location, the bandwidth available through and/or speed of your Internet connection. The minimum connection speed for SD quality is 0.5 Mbps; however, we recommend a faster connection for improved video quality. HD and Ultra HD availability is subject to your Internet service and device capabilities. Not all content is available in HD or Ultra HD and not all subscription plans allow you to receive HD or Ultra HD content. A download speed of at least 5.0 Mbps per stream is recommended to receive HD content, which is defined as 720p or better. A download speed of at least 25.0 Mbps per stream is recommended to receive Ultra HD content, which is defined as resolution greater than 1080p. You are responsible for all Internet access charges. Please check with your Internet provider for information on possible Internet data usage charges. The time it takes to begin watching a movie or TV show will vary based on a number of factors, including your location, available bandwidth at the time, the movie or TV show you have selected and the configuration of your Netflix ready device.”

So, does it pay for the internet data we consume? A Big No.

How Must do I Need to Pay to my ISP?

This is the most tricky part when it comes to the analysis of pros and cons of Netflix in India. Let us first start with the data consumed to watch an Ultra HD video of length 90 mins. According to the above clause, you need 25mbps of speed (i.e.) 3.125MB/sec. Let us round it off to 3MB/sec. So for 90 minutes, we get 3*60*90=16,200 MB which is 15.8GB.

You need a minimum of 15.5 GB for watching an Ultra HD video for 90mins and for the same length, the amount of data consumed for an HD version comes around 3.3GB. 

Pros and Cons of Netflix in India

The best ISP for Netflix in India would be ACT broadband and the bill that you would have to pay is Rs.2000 to 3000 per month if you are watching very little UltraHD content (2 movies per week) and average use of HD content. You have to pay Rs 5000(plus tax) if you are watching more of Ultra HD content (one movie every day).

Will it Get More Attention in India?

It’s just a gamble. In India, spending around 6500 rupees for just side entertainment (not for news, serials, live sport) is not a good idea, especially for the mid-income class. With that, you need to spend another 300 rupees for main entertainment(news, sports etc).

So, Rs 7000 per month is still an average count. The main downside is the ISP. We cannot battle with it. We can see the service to be a hit at metros and major towns where access to free Wifi can be found – like colleges, IT offices etc.

These are the pros and cons of Netflix in India. You might want to decide if you really need it now.