Netflix’s arrival in Hungary is not as big of a deal as the premiere of the new Star Wars movie was. If we ask 50 pedestrians on the street, probably 35 haven’t heard about it. Internet streaming media is not too popular in Hungary yet…but if Netflix continues spreading this dynamically, then it’ll definitely be as popular as it is in the USA.
Netflix Inc. is an American worldwide provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States, where mailed DVDs and Blu-ray are sent via Permit Reply Mail. As of October 2015, Netflix reported 69.17 million subscribers worldwide, including more than 43 million in the U.S.
Index.hu writes that the subscription costs 8 Euros/month and the first month is free. This was announced by the company at CES, global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow in Las Vegas. The managing director said that when they founded the company they hoped to provide billions of people. Today there are 3,2 billion internet users in the world which is a big growth compared to the 400 million internet users of the 2000s. You can use Netflix unlimitedly for 8 Euros/month on one device in low resolution, for 10 Euros on two devices in HD and for 12 Euros on four devices in UltraHD.
According to index.hu, the movie supply is a bit odd. Horror fans might not be amazed by the supply, the sci-fi selection is a bit poor and there aren’t too many classical movies. They also write that they haven’t found Hungarian as a language or subtitle choice so this might not be for everyone so far. It is believed that older movies and series will be synchronised, while newer ones will have Hungarian subtitles.
The TV-series supply is much more diverse. There are many series that you cannot find in your television or they are only starting to broadcast in Hungary. The seasons are adjusted to the American seasons, which is good news. What’s strange is that House of Cards, the flagship of Netflix is not available in Hungary. There’s also no The Big Bang Theory, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. House, How I Met Your Mother, Friends or Gilmore Girls. You can decide after the first month if you want to pay for this selection.
Becoming a global service provider is a real challenge. This is mostly due to broadcasting rights. However, people want an affordable service everywhere instead of pirating. Netflix is now available in 130 countries, including Hungary.