Netflix Launches In Pakistan

In an audacious move, Netflix has announced that it’s launching its service in 130 countries, including Pakistan.

For those not familiar with the video streaming giant, it’s a monthly subscription service that offers a wide variety of TV shows and movies. In addition to fan favorites from other networks, Netflix also has its own original critically acclaimed TV series like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Daredevil and the recently released Narcos.

Just to give you a rough scale of how massive Netflix is, it accounts for nearly 38% of all downstream traffic in the North American market.

In a keynote at CES 2016, co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings said:

Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network. 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.

Here’s what Netflix will cost in Pakistan:

  • Basic: $7.99
  • Standard: $9.99
  • Premium: $11.99

Each tier differs mostly in how many people can stream at the same time from an account and whether or not HD & UHD quality is available. For Pakistanis though, ‘just how terrible is my internet?’ will be the determining factor when choosing a package.

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If you want to signup for Netflix, just head here. The first month is free so there is no reason at all not to check out what the fuss is all about.

P.S. Watch Narcos, House of Cards and Daredevil.

Also Read: Netflix: Who Exactly Is It For in Pakistan?

Talal is the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani.


  • Ali Rizvi

    Moment of silence for Ptcl Broadband…No actually for all Pakistani ISPs.

    • aslamweb

      Waja

      • Bil

        Go for ptcl 8mb plus if u cn afford it.

        • aslamweb

          But why ???

          • eyescreaman

            but why! !

    • Ishtiaq

      It’s not free at all, you can’t get free access until you enter your credit card details.

      • Sohaib

        Obviously, otherwise you’d only need 12 fake email accounts to enjoy Netflix for a whole year.

        • Ishtiaq

          How?

          • Hassan

            1st month free :D

      • Ishtiaq

        Here i won the free lottery with this free Netflix today. Seems to be a lucky day. But i can distribute this lottery amount with propaki users or simply donate it to propaki admin for his tireless efforts.
        Remember, early bird catches the worm.

        • KMQ

          Wah Ishtiaq bhai, aap ki kismat dekh kar Ishtiaq horaha hai. Aap tu croron pati hogaye, kab shift horahe hain Dubai?

          • Ishtiaq

            Yar Dubai aik saath shift honegey, main tumhain akeela nahi choronga yahan. Per us se pehle aik Netflix k free account ka bandobast karo.

        • Bahawal Hussain

          this is clearly a scam as these people know when you made an account that you are probably somebody who has a credit card
          so their target is to make you put sensitive information in their
          panels so they could mis use it ,in other words fuck you up . beware of the scammers dude.

          • Ishtiaq

            Yes exactly. If it’s free it should be free having nothing to do with ur credit cards or eid cards. I got excited after reading this big bannered blog “Netflix in Pakistan”, i was like really? :). I wasted no time after reading this line “if you want to signup for Netflix, just head here”. i headed accordingly but to surprise i was asked for credit card details i looked some way out to skip that part but to vain. So i pointed out here that it’s not free. Someone said make 12 fake ids and enjoy a year but still didn’t tell “how?”, i Hope that good soul will come back n tell me “how?”.

            • hassan

              Every thing is not free. I subscribed by papal. First month was free and now they emailed me asking for next month subscription. In that case they will charge.

            • Karsten

              The 12 free months was a joke. The point is if you do not give your credit card, you can see netflix for free until you run out of “fake” email addresses. Netflix will of course not allow that business plan, otherwise they will never make any money after the first free month.

    • Fahad

      It’s not a moment of silence for the ISPs but is a good sign for them. Netflix is not an ISP but a video streaming channel where you can watch series, movies etc without the need of downloading them.

      People will move on higher speed internet which is good for Pakistani ISPs but not a “moment of silence”. Sorry to ruin your comment though. LOL

      • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

        Its more than moment of silence for users of Pakistani ISPs as they dont have enough speed on PTCL to run Netflix or either has a speed on 3G/4G but not a volume to run Netflix

        • Fahad

          Totally disagreed! I suppose you haven’t used Zong 4g yet. It gives you seamless streaming experience and I am talking about 1080p videos.

          • Fayez Najeeb

            I think you rushed too much and didn’t read his whole comment else you wouldn’t disagree. Zafar is right it’s a moment of silence for the users.

            • Fahad

              I totally understood what he said and zong offers 50 GB in 2000 PKR which is enough for the streaming!

              • Fayez Najeeb

                Just got this from Netflix website. I hope this helps you in understanding “Watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. This can create headaches for Netflix members who have a monthly bandwidth or data cap on their Internet service.”

              • Fayez Najeeb

                It obviously depends on person to person. 50GB might be enough for you but for me it won’t even last 15 days..

          • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

            Dear I am using Zong 4G on my Mobile and Zong 4G MBB in my house and getting 20-35 Mbps speed but the fact that you missed is, How much costly would it be to use Netflix on Zong 4G as Packages are limited. In 50 GB against 2,000 PKR One can only watch Trailers of programs in HD

            • Fahad

              I meant no offense to you brother and you have your own opinion. I am also using Zong’s 50 GB package and I stream videos and even download the series/movies from torrents. At the end of the month I am down to 40 ~ 42 GB. IMO 50 GB would be sufficient for Netflix.

              • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                A movie in Actual 1280*720 size normally has 1.5 t o 2.5 GB volume depending on length, than how is it possible to watch Netflix whole month in 50 GB besides using it for other purposes as well?

                • Fahad

                  Brother you can easily watch around 15 HD movies in this bandwidth. But seriously who has the time to watch this much movies a month? I suppose using Netflix on Zong 4G would be a sane decision.

                  • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                    If some one doesnt have time to watch 15 movies than why Netflix? Who get netflix connection just to watch 7-8 movies in a month irrespect of the connection?

          • Syed Arslan Tahir

            bhai jan ,, Data limited hay … like 50 GB for 2000PKR on zong. and agar 1080p use karin gyy tu kafi data use ho ga.. but PTCL 8MB also sucks..

            • Fahad

              kitna use hoga “bhai jaan”? 50 GB is enough! I am using PTCL 8mb as well and it really sucks no doubt!

              • Syed Arslan Tahir

                Fahan i mean to say k quality HD ho tu ziada istimal hota hay Data.. and PTCL k sath sab say bara issue yeh hay k stable speed nahi hay .. koi file download karoo tu 8MB tak complete speed ajati hay , but not consistent.

                • Fahad

                  obviously ziada hota hai but 50gb kafi data hota hai.. and no doubt PTCL stable ho hi nai sakta!

            • BaiG

              Dear if you want to get unlimited data volume then you have to pay for it. Even the case is same in the rest of the world Zong, PTCL are not different from the rest of the world.

        • Arif Ahmed

          Well, I use Netflix with PTCL 3 to 4 MB speed.. I watch tonnes of show and movies, no problem. I use DNS services to watch netflix..

          • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

            Same is not the case for all. If you are getting exact speed on PTCL you are luckiest man in the world. :P

          • Fahad

            You are one lucky guy my brother!

          • TechTnT

            doing same for a year. but i am using a premium paid dns :)

        • Sohaib Razzaq

          I have a 12Mbit unlimited internet connection. What are you trying to say?

          • Haroon

            kOn log han jinka 50GB me Poora Month Nikal jata ha :O me Karachi me Fariya ka Cable net use karta hun, And Mri Net se Har Month More Than 1 TB Ki Downloading ha.

    • Anwaar

      NAYAtel Fiber to the Home!

  • And Jessica Jones. It’s also very good.

    • eyescreaman

      The killing….

  • TheCardWalla

    That is truly great news. As many readers already know, TheCardWalla inventory included Netflix vouchers. They are available currently through Bank Alfalah online banking at the cost of 1,900Rs for a USD15 voucher. Delivery is immediate via SMS. Our distribution network will be rapidly expanding with many banks and telecoms coming on board in the next months. In addition, through a partnership we have with OCS, Netflix vouchers will be available COD at no additional cost. This is going live in the next 2 weeks.

    To celebrate the Netflix launch with Propakistani readers, the next 10 Netflix voucher buyers through Bank Alfalah online banking will receive a free USD15 Netflix voucher (Free vouchers will be distributed via SMS on January 31, 2016). The recipients of the free vouchers will be listed in this thread.

    • Taha Najam

      This is called shameless advertising.

      • Umz

        I would consider it relevant advertising. Instead of in-Your-Face banners, they have posted their service politely and relevant to the topic.

        • Taha Najam

          It’s shameless exactly because it’s not in the designated place for ads on the site, rather exploiting the comments section, and i suppose, without paying a penny to the site admin.

          • TheCardWalla

            Dear Taha,

            Sorry if we offended you. I understand you point. We have contacted the site owners and requested information on becoming an advertiser.

            We felt that since the site had done an interview with us in October on our launch it wasn’t as inappropriate.

            Thank you

            ThaCardWalla

            • Anwaar

              Give me more details. Simplified

          • Someone

            So what ads are appropriate for u? Amman Bibi Bangalan? Or uzu e khas type ads? Aur hakeem shams kapoorthalla wala?
            What is wrong if he’s giving information about their services? And it’s useful for us. If u r not interested then simply ignore it. Why are you trying to be Khwaja Asif of this forum by calling it shameless n all? You should say sorry to him if u have some guts or moral values. U think U have the right to post ur pathetic comments but he doesn’t have right to post about his services? Shame on u.

            • Taha Najam

              Man, you need some serious help. I suggest Karachi Psychiatrist Hospital.

          • aamir7

            Yes, they haven’t paid any thing :(

      • Fahad

        @tahanajam:disqus There is no link and no banner etc at all. I don’t think it’s “shameless” IMHO but it’s rather appropriate. Letting the potential customers know about the services they are offering isn’t a shameless move!

        @thecardwalla:disqus thanks for the information. Will definitely look into it

    • TechTnT

      sham.e service by you. i purchased apple card by Bank Alfalah net banking > card walla> itunes.

      never received code the black friday deals expired & did not even received the code.

      then after lot of calls & emails i finally received refund yesterday.

      first proper integrate your service then do marketing.

      most importantly you are using B.U.LL-Sh-iT Courier OCS.

      • TheCardWalla

        Dear TechTnT,

        Please contact our customer support via e-mail at [email protected] so that we can discuss your issues in more detail. We would like to see how we change can your view of the service that has been enjoyed by hundreds of your colleagues.

        As for OCS, they are our distribution partner and we have full confidence they will do a fantastic job in distributing voucher codes. We would suggest that when the service launches, you try it out and then pass judgement.

        • TechTnT

          will contact on your email if i face any issue with future purchase. (so far no issue bcaz i have the refund now). but one thing i suggest again is get proper integration with B.AF

          however regarding ocs if you start believing in cheaters & stupid people then its your fault not their.

          personally faced lot of losses by these people in both inbound & out bound service. i not only me just do a market servey & you will find you have made a wrong decision by collaborating with these A.S-S.H-OL-ES

          • TheCardWalla

            Dear TechTnT,

            Sorry to hear of your past experiences with regards to our distribution partner OCS. You may not be aware but the company was acquired recently by one the the oldest and most respected companies in Pakistan. Major changes have been initiated and we are confident we have picked a good partner. Regardless, we will stand behind our products regardless of the channel you acquire them from and are always here to make it right.

            We won’t comment on the Bank Alfalah integration because it has been working near flawlessly since launch. Again we are sorry you had an issue and would be more than happy to get further into it offline.

  • Arsalan Ali

    Netflix and Chill..!!
    anybody ? :P

    • aamir7

      Not many would understand this term — but as more ppl will get aware, I will have to block such comments :P

      • Arsalan Ali

        then i would say.
        i meant “Netflix and ChilliMilli” :D

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          There are so many people chilling without netflix earlier as well. ?

      • Saqib

        from urban-dictionary:

        “aye you wanna Netflix and chill?”
        “no I’m only 14”

      • Test

        I had to Google, after seeing it here and one hashtag on Twitter. Seems like I’ve been living under a rock.

    • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

      maybe do Halal Netflix and chilling :P LoLz

  • Mainichi

    Finally ಥ_ಥ

    • Mainichi

      Couldn’t even find Breaking bad or House of cards in there.

      • Adnan

        Yes, even I cant find house of cards

  • Rastul Makhund

    As per PEMRA rules this is illegal. You need a license to operate TV distribution service.
    If it is legalized, all cable tv, iptv and mobile tv operators can give back their licenses and not have to pay PEMRA fee or crazy FBR taxes yippie!

    • TechTnT

      a similar service icflix operating via PTCL . did they acquired license ?

    • Mainichi

      Is this even considered TV?

  • Paul

    Why would Pakistani’s have to pay in dollars whereas premium package only cost 800 rupees in India.

  • Anwaar

    Netflix charged me on credit card the amount of Plan. I just talked to their Support. They said it will be refunded in day or two, it is just the check if Credit Card is valid :P

    • Saqib

      it is normal, most of the services charge your credit card for test purpose, I was charged when I signed up for google wallet and later the amount was refunded.

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Irony is You will not get full refund on your credit card as there will be some bank charges against return transaction. So service is not free for you my bro :)

      • Anwaar

        My Dear Friend It was Prepaid Visa CARD residing outside Pakistan ;)

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          Still there will be transaction charges.

          • Anwaar

            Prepaid Card is outside :) Wo Insaan k bachay hain

            • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

              check your return balance when it will credit and came back

        • Mainichi

          Which prepaid visa card are you using?

  • AG

    Guys, mind that you will have selective content for Pakistan. You will not find many TVShows and Movies available for streaming in Pakistan. You can compare catalog by using VPN & then direct connection. I think at least 80% of content is not available.

  • Zarak Khan

    Let’s watch narcos
    oh wait i saw that illegally

  • ZONG 4G is the service you need to run Netflix ;)

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      and what about limited volume?

      • halakoo

        yeah with limited volumes on offer it will be very difficult to stream HD content, it will be highly expensive. an hour show in full hd will easily consume 7 to 10 gb band width.

      • There are multiple packages, everything is not for free :)

  • Aamir

    پی ٹی سی ایل …. کی طوفانی سپیڈ اور ٣ جی کمپنیوں کے ٥٠ MB والے پیکج سے کچھ نہیں ہونے والا …… اس کے لئے تو سپیڈ چاہے جو یہاں بلکل نہیں

  • EffEff

    who will pay $10/month in Pak when you can download all content free via torrents????

    • TechTnT

      once you enjoy it on 8mb connection you will feel its worth to pay

    • halakoo

      absolutely on the point, no need to watch simultaneously with the world. just download it thru torrent free of cost of whatever quality you wanna watch. but its a gud thing for people who are crazy about us series and shows.

    • mrtomatohead

      Well the people who don’t want to support piracy and actually want to support the content creators will pay for it.

      • iBzOtaku

        You forgot people who don’t want to bother searching for torrents.

        • Mainichi

          Yea, Netflix is so much easier.

    • Mainichi

      1000PKR isn’t that much considering the amount of content they have up there.

      • iBzOtaku

        Yeah. Spotify has the exact same rate. Easily doable when you’re gonna use the service daily.

        • Mainichi

          I’m using Spotify as well and it’s great too lol.

  • Saracen

    I am using it and steaming HD on Zong Mifi is going great , will update on the PTCL soon

    • monis

      i can’t play any movie :( giving me same error on every film

      there was an unexpected error. please reload the page and try again

      • Saracen

        I am streaming the movie on my iPhone, and HD is great

      • Saracen

        Register yourself on their Website first

    • Fayez Najeeb

      Won’t it just consume all of your data limit in few hours?

      • Saracen

        Will update you on the data usage , right now checking quality.

      • Mainichi

        It will. Don’t even think about using it on a capped package.

      • Waqas Tariq

        1. Low (0.3 GB per hour)
        2. Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
        3. High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)

  • Mainichi

    You can access all the shows (even those unable in Pakistan) by signing up to a free US DNS service like TVUnblock

  • Haris Javaid

    please help me understand why i need netflix on top of a very good DSL or 4G to watch movies or series when i can download pretty much anything on torrent as soon as it is aired.
    thanks

  • Mujtaba

    Hey, Netflix and chill?

  • Muhammad Yasir

    people starting the netfilx n chill shitstorm in 3…2…

  • Ali K

    I would like to understand the regulatory challenges……… Are there any ?

  • Ishaq

    Whoever has Netflix Pakistan can you tell me which Netflix shows are available?

  • Faizan Warraich

    Thankx for give such a good news.Not all the giants came this year to PAK but its better then nothing.Slowly but gradually we will make it :)

  • Atif

    ok so without reading all the comments, ill just fix few things…
    im a netflix user of 3 or more years
    have used netflix free for 3 months before running out of email id. (_dont make it a habit your card will be blocked)
    when you signup you have to enter credit card details but it will not be charged, so well before 1 month say 3 4 days before cancel it.
    netflix has the best streaming algorithm, better than youtube or any other service, you can easily watch netflix on 1 mb connection with zero to few buffers. on 2 mb and up zero buffers.
    ptcl is all fine with netflix, im using dsl for last 3 years.

  • Kamran Khan

    Dont even think about netflix if you dont have 4MB of internet. with 1 or 2mb shared internet you will get SD quality with hell of buffering after every 10 secs