Netflix Price Plans in Asia: Which Countries Pay the Most and Least?

Priscilla Lee
Netflix Price Plans in Asia: Which countries pay the most and least?

Wondering if it’s worth piggybacking on your Thai friend’s Netflix for a cheaper subscription? Or whether signing up in the US would get you access to better shows?

It’s no secret that Netflix’s subscription pricing varies by country — as do their available titles. Today, we’ll dig a bit deeper into the Netflix pricing model in Asian countriesWe’ll uncover:

  1. Why the Netflix subscription pricing varies by country
  2. What different Asian countries are paying for Netflix
  3. Which Asian countries pay the most and least for Netflix
  4. Number of available titles by country
  5. Who pays the most in terms of cost-per-title

Why Does the Netflix Subscription Price Vary by Country?

Netflix content varies from country to country because of copyrights and royalties.  The different laws and regulations around intellectual property also make it hard to synchronise video libraries across the world.

If you’re wondering why ‘Naked Director’ was removed from Singapore’s Netflix, or why your buddies in the US are watching a whole lot more interesting titles than you are, here’s your answer.

You’re also billed based on the country you sign up in rather than the country you access Netflix from. (The available titles are tagged to the country you’re accessing Netflix in.)

That means if you’re looking to cut costs, it’s worth getting a sense of which country has the cheapest plan.

What Are Asian Countries Paying for Netflix? 

Netflix has three price plans across all countries – Basic, Standard, and Premium. There’s also a mobile-only plan being tested in certain markets, but it’s not a fixed plan in most Asian countries.

All subscribers are entitled to unlimited movies and TV shows on Netflix and can stream on their laptops, TVs, mobile phones, or tablets. However, there are a few significant differences when it comes to the number of streaming devices and video resolutions for different plans:

Service FeaturesBasic PlanStandard PlanPremium Plan
Number of screens allowed to stream at the same time124
Number of phones or tablets allowed for downloads 124
High Definition (HD) streaming YesYes
Ultra HD streaming  Yes

Pricing for each country varies, but what’s consistent is that every higher-tier plan has a proportionate increase in price:

CountryBasic PlanStandard PlanPremium Plan
BruneiUS$7.99US$9.99US$11.99
CambodiaUS$7.99US$9.99US$11.99
Hong KongHK$63 HK$78HK$93
IndiaRs 499Rs 649Rs 799
IndonesiaIDR120,000IDR 153,000IDR 186,000
Japan990 yen  1,490 yen1,980 yen
MalaysiaRM 35RM 45RM 55
MyanmarUS$7.99US$9.99US$11.99
PakistanRs. 950Rs. 1,200Rs. 1,500
PhilippinesPHP 369PHP 459PHP549
SingaporeS$11.98S$15.98S$19.98
South KoreaKRW 9,500KRW 10,500KRW 14,500
TaiwanTWD 270TWD 330TWD 390
ThailandTHB 279THB 349THB419
VietnamVND180,000VND220,000VND260,000

Which Asian Countries Pay the Most and Least?

A quick review of the Basic Plan gives us an idea of which Asian country is paying more or less than others:

CountryBasic PlanBasic Plan in S$ Rank(Cheapest to Most Expensive)
BruneiUS$7.99S$10.845
CambodiaUS$7.99S$10.845
Hong KongHK$63 S$10.987
IndiaRs499S$9.132
IndonesiaIDR120,000S$11.3810
Japan990 yen  S$12.0512
MalaysiaRM 35S$11.359
MyanmarUS$7.99S$10.845
PakistanRs. 950S$7.581
PhilippinesPHP 369S$9.823
SingaporeS$11.98S$11.9811
South KoreaKRW 9,500S$10.906
TaiwanTWD 270S$13.1713
ThailandTHB 279S$11.268
VietnamVND180,000S$10.754

Who’s Paying the Least for the Basic Plan:

If you’re by yourself and dead set on getting the best deal, Pakistan’s Basic Plan (S$7.58) is the cheapest option. Second place goes to India (S$9.13) and third to the Philippines (S$9.82).

Who’s Paying the Most:

Meanwhile, Taiwan has the most expensive Basic plan (S$13.17), followed by Japan (S$12.05) and Singapore (S$11.98).

Standard Plan Comparison Across Asian Countries

Here’s the ranking for Standard Plan across Asian countries:

CountryStandard PlanStandard Plan in S$ Rank(Cheapest to Most Expensive)
BruneiUS$9.99S$13.596
CambodiaUS$9.99S$13.596
Hong KongHK$78S$13.627
IndiaRs 649S$11.902
IndonesiaIDR153,000S$14.518
Japan1,490 yenS$18.2113
MalaysiaRM 45S$14.619
MyanmarUS$9.99S$13.596
PakistanRs. 1,200S$9.541
PhilippinesPHP 459S$12.244
SingaporeS$15.98S$15.9810
South KoreaKRW 10,500S$12.023
TaiwanTWD 330S$16.1111
ThailandTHB 349S$17.0412
VietnamVND 220,000S$13.145

Who’s Paying the Least for the Standard Plan:

  • Again, Pakistan (S$9.54) and India (S$11.90) but this time, South Korea (S$12.02) is the third cheapest.

Who’s Paying the Most:

  • Japan (S$18.21) has the most expensive Standard Plan, while Thailand (S$17.04) and Taiwan (S$16.11) are the next most pricey.

Premium Plan Comparison Across Asian Countries

CountryPremium PlanPremium Plan in S$ Rank (Cheapest to Most Expensive)
BruneiUS$11.99S$16.306
CambodiaUS$11.99S$16.306
Hong KongHK$93S$16.245
IndiaRs 799S$14.632
IndonesiaIDR 186,000S$17.679
Japan1,980 yenS$24.2113
MalaysiaRM 55S$17.8710
MyanmarUS$11.99S$16.306
PakistanRs. 1,500S$11.931
PhilippinesPHP 549S$14.653
SingaporeS$19.98S$19.9812
South KoreaKRW 14,500S$16.617
TaiwanTWD 390S$19.0411
ThailandTHB 419S$16.888
VietnamVND 260,000S$15.554

Who’s Paying the Least for the Premium Plan:

  • Pakistan (S$11.93) and India (S$14.63) take the first two spots again, but the third place goes to the Philippines (S$14.65).

Who’s Paying the Most:

  • That would be Japan (S$24.21) again, followed by Singapore (S$19.98) and Taiwan (S$19.04).

Overall, Pakistan, India and the Philippines are the cheapest places to sign up for Netflix while Japan, Singapore and Taiwan are the most expensive.

Does Every Country Access the Same Number of Shows and Movies?

Nope. And the pricing of their subscription plans aren’t proportionately adjusted, so it may seem a tad unfair.

Here’s a quick comparison of the number of shows/movies available on Netflix across 10 Asian countries:

CountryTotal Library Size (TV shows and movies)
India5,591
Indonesia4,684
Hong Kong3,861
Japan5,065
Malaysia4,898
Philippines4,913
Singapore4,768
South Korea4,065
Taiwan3,611
Thailand4,864
Source: Surfshark

As you can see, Taiwan has the fewest available titles even though its price plans are among the most expensive. (Maybe they have higher quality titles, but we doubt it.)

Who Pays the Most in Terms of Cost-per-Title?

Since Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan have the most expensive Premium plans, let’s take a look at their cost-per-title:

Japan:

Basic Plan – S$12.05 / 5,065 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0024

Standard Plan – S$18.21 / 5,065 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0036

Premium Plan – S$24.21 / 5,065 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0048

Singapore:

Basic Plan – S$11.98 / 4,768 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0025

Standard Plan – S$15.98 / 4,768 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0034

Premium Plan – S$19.98 / 4,768 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0042

Taiwan:

Basic Plan – S$13.17 / 3,611 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0036

Standard Plan – S$16.11 / 3,611 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0045

Premium Plan – S$19.04 / 3,611 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0053

Taiwan is consistently paying more than Japan in cost-per-title by 10-50% and 26-44% when compared to Singapore – making Taiwan the most expensive Asian country for Netflix subscriptions.

Compared to India? Taiwan is paying a whopping 1 – 2.25 times more!

India:

Basic Plan – S$9.13/ 5,591 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0016

Standard Plan – S$11.90/ 5,591 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0021

Premium Plan – S$14.63/ 5,591 = Cost-per-title is S$0.0026

Of course, these conclusions are based on price alone. There could be many underlying factors such as infrastructure, licensing, tax and legal issues that aren’t transparent to us. They might be the key reasons why Netflix prices are so much more expensive in Taiwan.

Fundamentally, the reviews here are meant to help those who have the option to sign up for Netflix at different locations and determine the best locations to do it. The savings can range from S$3.68 to S$12.28 per month but if this is a negligible sum, then just sign up wherever is most convenient for you.