Netflix Offers Free Upgrade to Standard, Premium Plans for First 30 Days in India

Free HD / UHD access and up to four screens at a lower price.

Netflix Offers Free Upgrade to Standard, Premium Plans for First 30 Days in India

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  • Only available to new Netflix members, not existing ones
  • Applicable to Rs. 499 ‘Basic’, Rs. 649 ‘Standard’ Netflix plans
  • Benefits include free resolution upgrade, more screens

Netflix is offering free one-tier upgrades to a more expensive plan for the first 30 days of your subscription, in what is another new promo by the world's biggest subscription-based streaming service. The offer is only available to new Netflix members, and is applicable to the Rs. 499 “Basic” and Rs. 649 “Standard” Netflix plans. That means if you pick “Basic”, you'll be upgraded to “Standard” for the first 30 days at no additional cost. And if you pick “Standard”, you'll get a month of “Premium”, which otherwise costs Rs. 799 per month.

The Netflix plan upgrade from “Basic” to “Standard” brings access to high-definition (HD) video resolution and allows simultaneous viewing on two screens. “Basic” is limited to standard-definition (SD) and one screen only. An upgrade from “Standard” to “Premium” entails further benefits along those lines: ultra-high-definition (UHD) video resolution, up to 4K, and the option to watch on four screens at the same time.

At the end of the 30-day free upgrade, Netflix will ask members if they wish to stay on the higher plan. From there on, you'll need to pay the usual cost — Rs. 649 for “Standard” or Rs. 799 for “Premium”. If they chose not to pay extra, you'll be demoted to the plan that you originally chose. By giving members a taste of the additional features one tier up, Netflix is hoping to entice users to pay more going forward.

In a statement to Gadgets 360, a Netflix spokesperson said: “We're looking at different marketing promotions in India to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience.”

Netflix has previously tested free plan upgrades in other markets, and it's currently running the offer in countries outside of India as well. Gadgets 360 has asked Netflix for specifics and we will update if we hear back.

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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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