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 a Director and the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


      • 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.

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

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

        • 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.

          • 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?”.

            • 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.

            • 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.

    • 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

      • 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

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

          • 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.

              • 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.”

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

          • 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

            • 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.

              • 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?

                • 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.

                  • 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?

          • 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..

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

              • 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.

            • 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.

        • 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..

          • 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.

  • 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.

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

        • 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.

          • 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

          • 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.

      • @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

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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

          • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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


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