Netflix Arrives in Malaysia, Mired with News of VPN Clampdown
There's no need for us to sugarcoat this news, so we'll get straight to it. Just last month, Netflix, the world's beloved streaming service for video entertainment, made itself officially available for subscription in Malaysia.
That's right. For a mere RM33 a month for the basic subscription, Malaysians can now stream movie and TV content from the U.S.-based OverThe-Top (OTT) service. The other two subscription options, Standard and Premium, cost RM42 and RM51, respectively. As its description suggests, the Premium subscription will give you access to Ultra HD content (where applicable).
Unfortunately, this bit of good news is not without its own set of bad news. Not long after the subscription was made available, news that Netflix was going to clamp down on VPN and proxy subscribers began to surface. This was soon followed thereafter with an official blog post from Netflix.
"In the coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are," said David Fullagar, Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture at Netflix.
The large majority of Netflix's global revenue actually stems from subscribers accessing their content via proxies and VPNs. This is due to the licensing agreements and content restrictions that each individual country implements. As it stands, Netflix in Malaysia only has access to about an eighth of the content that is available in the U.S., and even then, we're actually being rather generous about that estimate.
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Netflix is now available for streaming in Malaysia, albeit with limited content.