Netflix is testing a cheaper mobile-only plan in some countries

Netflix is testing cheaper, mobile-only subscription plans

While Netflix doesn't now offer a cheaper, mobile-only option in the U.S., Malaysia's Basic and Standard plans come in at about the same price compared to the equivalent plans in the states.

The other big restriction is on stream quality, with the mobile plan only allowing for standard definition streams. The company stopped short, however, of saying how widespread the service is and what it hopes to achieve. It plans to offer mobile-only subscription at $2-5 every month in the emerging markets.

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Netflix did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on the mobile-only package. This is a mobile-only subscription that's priced at half of what its basic subscription costs in the country which is RM33 or $7.90 per month. For weeks, the content streaming giant has touted plans to create more content specifically for India and other Asian countries, and it is now testing out a low-cost version of its service that is available only for smartphones and tablets.

The company has been making more of an effort to court Asian users in recent years, with India, in particular, being Netflix's major focus in the region.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the trials were already up and running across Asia, and only one month ago Netflix held a huge event in Singapore announcing plans to create four Netflix original series and eight Netflix films specifically for India.

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According to a report by the Malaysian news outlet, The Star, Netflix is now testing a mobile-only subscription for the platform which users can sign up to at a discounted rate.

News outlets are also awaiting information whether these budget-friendly subscription plans would be a permanent component of Netflix if they prove to be successful outside the United States.

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