Update (7 Jan 2016): Netflix Launched in Malaysia but with Limited Library
Netflix has been officially launched in Malaysia after the announcement made by Reed Hastings at CES 2016. Netflix expanded its service to 130 new countries around the world including Malaysia being one of the locations. However, there is a catch!
The content available in Netflix Malaysia won’t be as expensive as content available in Netflix USA. This is where using a VPN comes into play. With a VPN by your side, you can access Netflix library of any region and watch your favorite shows or movies online.
In addition to expanding your online viewing content, you can also avail Netflix subscription at low prices by changing your IP address using a VPN. For instance, in Malaysia the price of Netflix monthly subscription is RM33 but if you change your location to Brazil, the price drops to around RM21.6 per month.
Netflix is one of the world’s largest online streaming services that offer thousand of movies, TV shows, and other media for your online entertainment. Now if you are located in Malaysia and are looking to access Netflix, then I am afraid you will run into the problem of geo-restriction.
Netflix is a US based video on–demand streaming service. Although Netflix is available in various other countries around the world, it is yet to officially launch in Malaysia. So when you try to access movies or TV series on Netflix while being in Malaysia, you will see the following message.
Disappointing isn’t it! So how do you access Netflix Malaysia?
How to Watch Netflix in Malaysia
To watch Netflix in Malaysia, you need a tool that changes your virtual location. There are two ways through which you can achieve this and watch Netflix in Malaysia.
- Use a VPN Service
We recommend that you use a VPN service to watch Netflix Malaysia. A VPN has servers located in numerous countries and helps you unblock Netflix in Malaysia. A VPN also hides your true IP address and location; which is not achieved by a DNS service.
The IP cloaking ability of a VPN is what allows you to watch Netflix in Malaysia. This also prevents any chances of your Netflix account being blocked or banned for accessing it outside a restricted region. To help you select, below are some of the best VPN services for watching Netflix in Malaysia.
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Is Netflix better than Astro?
In short, yes! There are many features offered by Netflix that outweigh Astro by a long mile. Astro might have 65% penetration into Malaysian TV households, but it cannot match the collection of media offered by Netflix.
Netflix has around 14,000 titles in total across all of its regions. Although Netlfix adds and removes content in various regions, the US Netflix contains the largest library of movies and TV shows and it is estimated to have around 7,500 titles. With Astro, you don’t get these many movies or TV shows to watch and also you cannot control what you watch.
Another compelling reason for forgetting Astro is the price difference. A Netflix account cost $7.99 a month, which makes it around RM 36 per month. Combine that with a VPN and you are spending approximately RM 50 a month to watch thousands of shows and movies of your choice.
On the other hand, the lowest package offered by Astro is worth RM 84.80 per month. That is a hefty price to pay for watching movies or shows on repeat. This makes Netflix a much better option than Astro as you get uncut, ad free, and unlimited choice of movies and TV shows to stream.
Which Devices Can I Use to Watch Netflix in Malaysia?
Netflix has exclusive apps for iOS and Android devices, smart TVs and set top boxes. So apart from your computer, you watch Netflix on various other devices as well. You can download the app from the US Google Play Store or Apple Store for watching movies and shows on handheld devices.
The latest smart TVs come with built in app of Netflix (you can also download it from the respective app store). Various set top boxes like Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc. offer Netflix app as well. The above listed VPN services are also compatible on these devices.
Many of these VPN providers also allow simultaneous connections; meaning you can configure VPN on your PC, mobile device, router, and other devices at the same time. A VPN also helps you download the Netflix app from US Google Play Store or Apple Store, bypassing geo restriction altogether. This helps you watch Netflix in Malaysia no matter which device you use for streaming.
Netflix is growing at a staggering rate and is opening shop in various countries. Unfortunately, it has yet to launch its services in Malaysia. But using our guide and methods listed above, you watch Netflix in Malaysia without any difficulty.
A VPN service will help you unblock Netflix in Malaysia. It will also allow you to access Netflix library of any region. Just switch to the server from where you want to access Netflix and enjoy thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and much more.
So if you are thinking about cutting the cord soon or are tired of watching the same old movies and TV shows shown by your cable operator, Netflix in Malaysia plus a VPN service is your best option.