Netflix Ar­rives in Malaysia, Mired with News of VPN Clam­p­down

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

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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the iPhone 6s Plus. ________________________________

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Netflix is now avail­able for stream­ing in Malaysia, al­beit with lim­ited con­tent.

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