Netflix is now available in the Philippines

MANILA - Time for Pinoy movie enthusiasts to rejoice, Netflix is now available in the Philippines!

Netflix’s streaming services is now available in the Philippines
Netflix’s streaming services is now available in the Philippines. Photo credit: @Netflixhelps
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced the good news at the recent Consumer Electronic Show (CES) held on Wednesday, January 7 in Las Vegas. As part of its expansion, the phenomenal 'global TV network' just brought the convenient access to a wide array of films and popular television series to an additional 130 countries including the Philippines.

“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” said Hastings as his group solidifies its stand as the premier digital platform to gain instant access to entertainment.

Pinoys can enjoy Netflix access for only 370 pesos a month

One of the biggest assets of Netflix is that it offers a drastically low rate to its potential users.

In Japan which is one of the first countries being served by Netflix, the basic plan rate is roughly about PHP260 per month while in the United States the rate stands at the same price of PHP370 as in the Philippines.

Aside from the very economical rate, Netflix can be enjoyed free for the first month of subscription by interested users. The Philippine subscription to Netflix ranges from: PHP370 for basic (one device at a time), PHP460 for standard (two devices at a time), PHP550 for premium (four devices at a time)

Streaming services offered by Netflix can be enjoyed on any smart devices. Photo credit:

Not yet in China

While the number of new countries added by Netflix to its service has been overwelming, Asian superpower China is yet to experience it as the company is still trying to find other avenues to penetrate on it. Moreover, North Korea, Crimea and Syria aren't on the list too due to some U.S. government restrictions on American companies.

Death of piracy?

In 2014, the Philippine government though its agencies namely Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Bureau of Customs and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seized PHP9.34 billion worth of pirated items. Although the country is now out of the list of the U.S. Trade Representative Special 301 Watchlist, the image of the Philippines as one of the notorious places in Southeast Asia before in terms of producing and patronizing pirated versions of various multimedia products either through hard copies in the form of discs or online through illegal downloading is still there, but is the entry of Netflix signals the end of a ‘pirated’ era?

#NetflixPHShows trends online

Even the ‘Queen of All Media” became a subject of humor of netizens over the Netflix craze!

Will you join the Netflix fad?

- Michael Santiago, The Summit Express

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