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.

Netflix Malaysia

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.

Final Verdict

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.

Ameer Abbas

Ameer Abbas is a senior editor and a most viewed writer on Quora in Internet Privacy, Cyber Security, VPN and Torrents. He has continued work as a privacy advocate with Best VPN Provider and is working towards becoming an established privacy & security author online. Ameer takes a keen interest in technology, geo-political affairs and international cyber laws. Ameer loves outdoor sports including cricket, swimming, athletics, and football.
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34 Responses

  1. Infacq says:

    netflix provide subtitles? at least it’s in english..

    • @z! says:

      Yes Netflix does provide subtitles and has added more languages to its existing database. When you select a movie or a show to watch on Netflix, you can choose the audio or subtitle of your choice.

  2. ohlala lala says:

    Netflix now available on ps asia store (PS4), Rm33 a months

  3. Suresh says:

    since there is going to be restrictions with the content for malaysian viewers, is it possible to watch the US version of netflix right here from malaysia? is VPN a valid option?

    • @z! says:

      VPN is certainly a valid option as you can use it to change your location (IP address) to US and access Netflix USA library.

  4. Effexy says:

    Hi can you please explain the legal implication of using a VPN in Malaysia? Wont your account be blocked? and how safe are your card details with these VPN providers?

    • @z! says:

      There are no laws that prevent you from using a VPN in Malaysia as yet, so you are safe from any kind of legal implications. As far as using a VPN to access Netflix goes, Netflix won’t ban your account.

      According to The Guardian, Netflix will restrict you to access only Malaysian Netflix library and not access Netflix of other regions. However, Netflix has not defined the process through which it will crackdown proxy or VPN users.

      One method to safeguard your Netflix account is by using a dedicated IP; this way you will have a specific IP address of any region of your choice and it will make it very difficult for Netflix to track down if you are using a VPN.

      Although it is safe to share your card details with a VPN providers; alternatively you can use BitCoin or other payment methods if you are not feeling comfortable in providing card details.

  5. Bryan Yeo says:

    Any recommendation on which Smart TV to get for best Netflix experience?

    • @z! says:

      It really depends on your budget, I believe. According to Netflix, LG, Panasonic, Hisense, and Phillips as the top brands for Smart TV to use. For LG, it recommends series 6000 and higher. You can check out their ‘Devices’ page to get the full details.

  6. Bill T says:

    Since Netflix it is now available in Malaysia starting from RM33, can I understand how a VPN is needed. And any comment of how to watch Netflix with a normal tv instead of a smart tv?

    • @z! says:

      Thanks for your comment Bill. Yes Netflix is now available in Malaysia but the content library is very limited, i.e. if you compare it to other regions like USA or UK. You won’t get all the shows and movies on Netflix in Malaysia. This is where a VPN helps you out! By switching your location using a VPN, you can access Netflix library of other regions and expand your streaming options.

      • Bill T says:

        Great! Thanks Z for the reply! How bout the smart tv? I don’t have one so I am thinking which will be the best option for me, a set box? Blu ray player?

        • @z! says:

          Your welcome Bill! The best option really depends on what you have in mind in terms of streaming for the long run. A smart TV will get rid of all the additional devices you might need, but for now, a streaming player like Google Chromecast or Roku makes more sense.

          The latest blue ray players now also allow you to stream Netflix shows and movies but you’ll have to check which blue ray players are supported by Netflix. Alternatively, you can also use your gaming consoles like PS3, PS4, Xbox360 or XboxOne to stream on Netflix. You can check out the full list of devices supported by Netflix on their ‘devices.netflix.’ page.

          • Bill T says:

            Alright! Cool! Thanks for the reply! very helpful! I’m gonna kill off my Astro soon! Yay! But I’m gonna missed sports channel *darn*

  7. razfan mn says:

    been using netflix in Malaysia via one of the VPN provider for almost a year but currently it no longer work. Looking for alternative now. Can you confirm your service is workable in Malaysia?. I’m using Roku 3 and my PC to watch it.

    • @z! says:

      Thanks for your reply. Could you please let us know which VPN provider were you using previously? As to our knowledge, ExpressVPN and PIA users are not experiencing any problem yet in accessing US Netflix.

      Alternatively, one solution to this Netflix VPN blockage is to get a dedicated (static) IP of US from a VPN provider. This minimizes any chances of Netflix blocking your IP address & restricting you from access US Netflix.

  8. Kam Yee Lai says:

    Hi Aazim, I’m totally blurred about setting up VPN. Currently I’m using Sharp smartTV, running on Unifi to access some internet channels, how can I enrol to Netflix?
    1. What will be the first step? Enrol to VPN then proceed to Netflix (via their US main website)?
    2. Upon signing up with VPN, how to proceed? Do I need to hook up a laptop to configure my unifi IP address?
    3. Upon signing up with Netflix, where do I download the Netflix app? Just from my smarttv Google browser?

    Thanks and look forward to your favorable reply. I am not a tech guy, so sorry for asking the steps.


    • @z! says:

      Hi Kam! Thanks for your query, I’ll try my best to help you out. You can either get a VPN first and then Netflix or the other way around, both would work. However, if you want to access US Netflix library, I would suggest to get a VPN first and then subscribe to Netflix (via US webpage).

      Once you have signed up for the services, now comes the tricky bit. For you to watch Netflix on your Sharp smart TV, you would either have to setup a VPN on your wireless router (if you have one) or share your internet connection with your smart TV. This is because smart TV’s don’t allow you to setup a VPN directly onto them. To help you setup a VPN for your Smart TV, here is a guide that explains both the processes: http://www.bestvpnprovider.com/5-best-vpn-for-smart-tv/

      For your Netflix app, yes you can look it up on Google browser or if there is an online app store for your Sharp smart TV, you can get it from there as well.

      • Kam Yee Lai says:

        Thanks so much Aazim. I’ll try it this week when I’m free. My concern is only the router part. Looks like have to hook up laptop to router which I’m completely noob and no idea about it. My TV is running on wifi at the moment same goes with all my mobile devices. Guess best would be do the setting at the router.

        Certainly will test it out pretty soon. Can’t stand ASTRO anymore 😜 Only naik and never turun the price. Will update or should there be any problem. Thanks again!

      • Kam Yee Lai says:

        Hi Aazim, managed to settle the VPN and accessed and registered NetFlix USA, but having problem to search for the Netflix App to launch in my TV. I browsed on Google, but no Netflix App applicable. Android TV can’t access to Play Store via browser. So now I’m stuck at the final stage :p Hope you can enlighten.

        Sharp Aquos Android TV: LC-55LE860M

        • /z! says:

          Hi Kam, I am glad that you managed through all the tricky stages. As for not finding Netflix app on Sharp Aquos Android TV, I did some digging and found other Sharp Android TV users also complaining the same issue. Here are some basic steps you can follow (if you haven’t tried them already):

          • Try opening Netflix from your browser instead from an app.
          • Check the ‘Pre-Installed App’ section on your Sharp Android TV. Some Sharp Android TV users reported that the Netflix app was found under this section.
          • Connect to a VPN (USA Server) and then access Google Play Store to find the Netflix app.

          If these don’t work, then try changing the Google DNS settings to US based DNS. This might sound tricky but you can get the information and all the steps (tutorials) from the respective VPN provider.

          And, if this doesn’t solves the problem then you might have update your smart TV’s firmware, although I would advise you to contact Sharp technical support first.

          • Kam Yee Lai says:

            Hi Aazim, it’s all done! Read a lot too and I called NetFlix USA too 😜 Anyway it’s all settled. Netflix-ing USA at home. Thanks again!

          • /z! says:

            WOW thats brilliant Kam! Glad that it all worked out. Happy Netflix-ing 🙂

  9. Darren says:

    Hi Aazim,

    I have subscribed to Netflix Msia and dowloaded the app to my note 5 to watch. But the shows i like are not in Msia library, is there any way i access to the US shows if i purchase a vpn.

    Please recommend the best vpn provider to subscribe and how should i do the setting on my phone?

    Thank you.

    • /z! says:

      Hi Darren, thanks for your comment. Yes with the help of a VPN you can access US Netflix library. You can choose from anyone one of the top two providers listed in the table above. Both are working fine for accessing content on US Netflix.

      Once you have subscribed to a VPN service, I would suggest that you can download their app from Google Play Store. This way you don’t have to do any (manual) additional settings on your Note 5. Once you are connected to the US server, access Netflix app from your Note 5 and you should be able to view the US library.

      • Darren says:

        Hi Aazim, really appreciate your reply. So should i subscribe to PureVpn first then go subscribe to Netflix Msia package or should i subscribe to Netflix US?

        Because last time i tried a Vpn for a month, and i was on Netflix Msia package, i keep having the error that i’m behind a proxy and i can’t watch.

        Please advise, thanks.

        • /z! says:

          Hi Darren, usually we recommend that you get a VPN account first and then subscribe to Netflix USA. Do note that you might have create a new account for this approach to work and don’t use your old Netflix (Malaysia) account.

          If you do decide to use your old Netflix (Malaysia) account, I believe they might already have your details such as country of origin. There is a slight chance that you might face the same error that you were facing before.

          If this does happens, I would suggest that you contact PureVPN live chat support, they will be able to assist you more appropriately. The last we contacted them about this issue, they have found some kind of work around this problem and perhaps it might help you out in accessing Netflix USA. Do let us know if you require further assistance.

        • Dr. Swag says:

          Instead of a Vpn, you should try smartdns. It doesn’t effect your network speed because instead of rerouting your traffic, it tricks the websites into thinking you’re from another country. I recommend unotelly

  10. Victor Ling says:

    Hi aazim, i m curently streaming netflix malaysia from apple
    Tv 3. May i know how to i stream netflix US from apple tv ? How to change the settings? And how to set up vpn?

    • /z! says:

      Hi Victor, thanks for your comment. Yes you can access US Netflix on your Apple TV by using a VPN. There are different ways through which you can configure a VPN on your Apple TV.
      First, you can setup a VPN on your router and then connect your Apple TV. Second, you can share your VPN connection from your PC or laptop with your Apple TV. Third, you can use a VPN via AirPlay.
      It might seem complicated but here is a complete guide that will help you setup a VPN on Apple TV in no time: http://www.bestvpnprovider.com/how-to-setup-vpn-on-apple-tv/

  11. Asfarina Asma Hj Mohamad says:

    how about unotelly? is it working for neftlix both for msia & US?

    • /z! says:

      Hi Asfarina. As far as the recent reports go, some users say that is working while others are reporting issues. If you do not have any DNS leaks then I guess it should work without any trouble. On the contrary, you can try out the top two VPNs listed above as they both work perfectly fine for changing Netflix regions. However, if you are looking for a new SmartDNS service, you can also check out our guide: http://www.bestvpnprovider.com/smartdns-providers/

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