Including Norway, also Sweden, Luxembourg, and Belgium the Netflix giant is getting more expensive in these countries. Netflix’s reason for this is a tale saying that they focus more on local content than before. But is that the case at all?
More local and interactive content on Netflix
For this time it is only for the premium price package. It is revealed on Tek.no that the price increases from 139 to 159 Norwegian kroner. But that’s not my reason for increasing the size of my ibrowse. It is the fact that Netflix says that the reason for the increase is because of increased focus on exclusive Norwegian content. Also the last bit in the announcement saying “better technology”. I would like to know what this “better technology” means?
The entertainment giant says in the press release that the technology improvements are their interactive content part of the service which includes “Bandersnatch”, as well as the ability to download content for offline viewing. The Bandersnatch feature was released in 2016 yet they use this as a reason for increasing the price? Also, they write that they keep the lower package prices at the same to get customers.
Norwegians pay More for Less
Norwegians have often ended up poor in lists showing how much they pay for power services compared to using other countries.
A survey that was made back in 2015, when the highest price for a Netflix subscription was at 119 Norwegian NOK, showed that Norwegians paid 63 percent more than Americans on average for a Netflix subscription tek.no writes. American Netflix is also known for having a much larger content library than other types of Netflix services all over the world. This is due to license rights and what the competitors have rights have.
In Norway with only 5 million people, there are several competitors
- TV 2 Sumo: 99 – 449 NOK, Norwegian kroner (HD quality)
- Netflix: 89 – 159 NOK, Norwegian kroner (HD and 4K quality)
- HBO Nordic: 109 NOK, Norwegian kroner (HD quality)
- Viaplay: 119–329 NOK, Norwegian kroner(HD quality)
- CMore: 99 NOK, Norwegian kroner (HD quality)
- Amazon Prime Video: 60 NOK, Norwegian kroner (HD and 4K quality)
- Dplay: 79-159 NOK, Norwegian kroner (HD quality)
- Apple TV +: 59 NOK, Norwegian kroner (4K Quality)
- NRK TV: 0 NOK, Norwgian kroner (HD quality)
As you see there are many choices for the Norwegian people. The list is from the most expensive to the cheapest service available is quite huge.
TV2 Sumo is the worst in content and is also the most expensive one while NRK TV which is the national TV service in the country has free to watch stream service for everyone that pays the NRK license. The content is mostly from other national broadcasters such as SVT, DR, and BBC. But you also find international movies and tv-series. With a VPN that’s not trackable then NRK TV streams can be seen from anywhere in the world.
Netflix is the winner for Norwegians even though they have less content. You really don’t need to go for the premium subscription at all. I’ve had the 89 NOK subscription for many years now and it is as good for sure. So when you come here you have lots of streaming options.
Netflix Introduction FAQ
What is Netflix?
It is a company that began operating in 1997. Netflix’s initial business model included DVD sales and rental by mail, but Hastings abandoned the sales about a year after the company’s founding to focus on the initial DVD rental business.
Since 2010 their focus on streaming service. The company expanded internationally in 2010 with streaming available in Canada, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean. Netflix entered the content-production industry in 2012, debuting its first series together with the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK to be able to show Lilyhammer.
Subsidiaries of Netflix?
Netflix Pte. Ltd.
Netflix Services UK Limited
Netflix Streaming Services International B.V.
Netflix Streaming Services, Inc.
Netflix Global, LLC
Netflix Services Germany GmbH
Netflix Luxembourg S.a r.l.
Netflix Entretenimento Brasil LTDA.
Paid users of Netflix?
About 148 million users is paying for watchin Netflix in the world.
Where is the main office of Netflix located?
The answer is Los Gatos, California, USA. California is the state with cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Source: tek.no, Wikipedia