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Netflix of­fers three sub­scrip­tion plans: Ba­sic, Stan­dard and Pre­mium. And the im­por­tant thing to know is that the plan does not de­ter­mine ac­cess to con­tent, mean­ing to say that there's no need to worry that a cheaper plan might not be able to watch some shows that only those with pre­mium plans can.

One of the key dif­fer­ences be­tween the plans is the res­o­lu­tion you can watch at and also the num­ber of devices that can log on si­mul­ta­ne­ously. With a Ba­sic sub­scrip­tion, which costs RM33 a month, you will only be able to watch videos at 480p. That's not ideal given that any­one who has bought a new TV in the past three or so years is likely to have a Full HD TV. Like­wise, if your note­book and mo­bile de­vice is rel­a­tively new, it is likely to have a dis­play that sup­ports Full HD res­o­lu­tion and be­yond too. Plus, with a Ba­sic sub­scrip­tion, you can only watch Netflix on a sin­gle de­vice at any one time.

A Stan­dard sub­scrip­tion is rec­om­mended for most users as it will give you ac­cess to videos in Full HD (1080p) res­o­lu­tion. Fur­ther­more, it will let you watch on two devices si­mul­ta­ne­ously, which is great for cou­ples or fam­i­lies who want to watch dif­fer­ent shows. The Stan­dard plan is only slightly pricier at RM42 each month.

For cinephiles, the Pre­mium plan is for you as it al­lows you to watch shows up to Ul­tra HD or 4K. It also lets you watch Netflix on up to four devices si­mul­ta­ne­ously, which is great for large fam­i­lies. One thing to note, how­ever, is that not all shows are avail­able in Ul­tra HD, though most of the newer and more pop­u­lar ti­tles are. Of course, it goes with­out say­ing that you need a 4K dis­play to be able to take full ad­van­tage of the 4K con­tent as well. The Pre­mium plan is the most costly at RM51 a month.

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