This is just too exciting! We have an Asian version of Netflix, catered to Asian audience (obviously), at the monthly rate of RM8/RM10! Take that, Astro! (I have a personal agenda against their monopoly in the Malaysian market)
I was idly browsing Facebook on my phone and came across iflix‘s Facebook ad haha wtf. Curious, I went to google about it and saw that it was pegged as the Asian Netflix and seems rather legit!
I was excited because we’ve got a smart android TV kind of thing at home and not wanting to go through the trouble to access American Netflix (I don’t even know how to do that on that thing), this is awesome! But apparently it’s not available on smart TV yet wtf giving me false hope.
And it comes with Asian content too, but very limited, unfortunately. It would’ve been perfect if it comes with TVB drama that my dad and grandmother fancy. (S/N: is there like a Chinese or Hongkie version of Netflix?)
Guess Astro’s keeping its’ crown.
But keeping in mind that it was launched only a week ago, it has much room for improvement but it’s not bad at all.
Having used the Canadian and American Netflix, iflix’s user interface is not as smooth or extensive as Netflix, but still pretty user-friendly. iflix doesn’t really have the personalized recommended content thing that Netflix does.
Content wise, it’s not even close to the amount that Netflix has. It’s very limited right now. It is possible that American Netflix might have even more Asian content than iflix :( But if so, definitely not as localised, can’t find Malaysian anything on Netflix. But they do have all seasons of Friends, the Lord of the Rings movies, Grease hahaha, so, score!
Apparently they’re gonna offer subtitles for English content, that’d be nice, sure, I love watching with subtitles so I don’t miss a thing (nerd alert), but I don’t really care. But Chinese and Malay subtitle will probably attract the not-fluent-in-English population.
I watched an episode of Friends there and the video quality is pretty good, it paused twice to buffer a little bit but otherwise perfect! It saved my watching progress as well, and will resume from where I stopped watching the last time.
I even know about its customer service wtf. I messaged them on a Sunday and they replied me a few hours later! Woah, you go iflix! Astro would never.
I hope they’ll eventually add more content though. Otherwise I’m not sure that it’ll really take off. And maybe offer a 30-day trial instead of 14-day, give people more time to get used to it. Pretty sure the trial is what got so many people to subscribe to Netflix.
As of right now, I think it’d be a pretty good Asian alternative for Netflix if you consume a lot of American media, or alternative for TV if you don’t want to support Astro’s monopoly like me, or if you’re like most college students nowadays – don’t even have a TV. Well worth the RM8/10 a month I’d say. You don’t even have to go through the very confusing IT trouble to access American Netflix, so it’s old-people or IT-dummy friendly too.
Sign up for iflix‘s free trial, and maybe subscribe if you like it? It’s good to finally have Internet TV in Malaysia, let’s keep it!
(It may sound like an ad, but I swear, this post came out of sheer excitement!)