On-demand Internet television service Netflix made its highly anticipated debut here on Thursday (Jan 7), with a basic package priced at S$10.98 per month. However, the response from television buffs, including those who already access the United States version of the service through VPN (virtual private network) providers, appeared to be mixed. “I already have a subscription, so if I’m not going to get any extra perks, and since there’s very little difference in pricing, there are no factors for me to consider switching to the Singapore provider,” said communications manager Ho Shu Fen.

Another Netflix viewer, who declined to be named, said: “I already have a US Netflix account that I access via VPN. Since that will still have a better library, I don’t think I will switch anytime soon.” However, he added: “I still am happy with this move because it will lead to more services coming in.” On the other hand, local musician Sezairi was one who signed up for the Singapore service despite already having a US subscription. “I am just really excited that now, I can download the app on my mobile devices,” he said. “Media streaming is the future, and it’s here now. Hulu, Netflix, Toggle, Spotify — it’s the way to go,” he added.