Netflix launched in India last month (with 128 other countries), and they have this one month free sign up period where you get access to ALL of the content on the regional website. I HAD to try it out, and I did. There’s a lot of good and not so good about the service. In a nutshell, the good is that with services like these, you don’t need your traditional cable connection anymore. The bad being that it does not cost any less, and nor does it provide as many movies / series. The good part, again, is that all the content is always there, and you don’t need to worry about saving anything on time, and it all resumes where you left off.
As long as you have at least a 2Mbps connection, I think you are good to go for the HD pack (It’s the second one I guess.)
Once you sign up, you’ll be greeted with the welcome page that lets you select the number and types of devices you would be using Netflix on. In this package you can select upto 3 devices to use your account via Netflix’s app.
Then you enter the number and names of people who’d be using the app so that you can create different profiles. These profiles help suggest personalised content based on usage. You can have upto 4 profiles.
It’s great to see that Netflix gives special consideration to kids and you can select which one of the profiles belongs to a child, so that they get access to the special Kids section and get recommendations likewise.
You are then taken onto a page where you have to select atleast 3 shows you like already or may be interested in. I obviously went with the obvious Netflix Productions Narcos, Jessica Jones and Daredevil amongst all others. I thought I had selected Beasts of no Nation, but evidently I hadn’t. I still hugely missed House Of Cards though.
I ended using up all 15 of my choices and hoped to get a very good personalised recommendation list. As you can see, it says ‘We’re looking for movies and TC shows we think you’ll love.’
Once your profile is ready with recommendations for first use, you get to select which one profile you would like to access.
And here it is, in all it’s glory, your Netflix account. As you can see, the first strip has priority to it’s Netflix Originals Produced movies and series, the next is based upon my previous selections’ recommendations, and the third strip is India centric, but throwing everything it has in our face. No recommendations there apparently.
As you can see, the only movie even worth considering is Piku. The other movies in there just make you feel so sad. It’s as if they almost don’t have anything Indian to show us.
There are many english movies and series too. I liked most of the movies up there, but I have already watched them, and probably you have too, so nothing new there. We binge-watched the f*#k out of Making a Murderer,Narcos and Jessica Jones (reviews coming up for all of them, obviously).
When you hit ‘Browse’ you’ll see all the categories that Netflix has to offer. As interesting as they look, there isn’t much of content in there. This is mostly due to the pre-existing contracts the productions houses are binding to in India, showing the movies and series on Indian Television channels. I really hope, they renew these contracts considering Netflix’s presence now.
Now, the video quality as you can see is pretty good. I use a 2 Mbps (Unlimited) broadband internet connection to access it, and I can safely say that there were no glitches or bufferings. You just hit play, wait for a few seconds for the initial buffering and you’re good to go. (There’s a full screen option too BTW.)
You have a quick access to the episode guide, and once an episode finished, it gives you a nice little context of the next one. The overall viewing experience and the way the UI is designed is really beautiful.
As I mentioned earlier, there’s a special Kids section, and as you can see below, it looks lovely. #FunFact: The Prince of Egypt was the first movie I went to without my parents, with my little cousin brother. I loved the movie, but came home in the Intermission, because I thought the movie ended there since people started to walk out, and I got kinda scared with the thought of being alone in an empty dark theatre e. 😛 (I was 10 back then)
Here’s a screenshot of the My Account page. This is where you get to manage your Plans, Payments, Avatar, Parental Controls and other account settings and priorities.
So, there you are. If you need any further information though, hit me up in the comment section.
Kshitij runs The Patil Post and Zetabyte Solutions Pvt. Ltd. - a web development company focussed on E-Commerce implementations. Loves to eat, sell, write and talk. He is an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveller and trekker at heart.
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