Which countries pay most least Netflix

Over the last few years, we’ve regularly analyzed the differences in library sizes and monthly costs of Netflix subscriptions around the world, often finding a huge disparity. And this is no more so than in recent months.

So far, throughout 2022, Netflix has hit various countries with price hikes, including the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Argentina, Turkey, and Denmark (most of which saw similar price increases in 2021, too). In sharp contrast, however, Netflix recently announced it was slashing its prices in India in a bid to compete with Disney+ and Prime.

Previously, our study has often found that India is one of the most cost-effective countries to get a Netflix subscription in–and that was before its prices were decreased.

So, is India the place to be to get the most bang for your buck? And where are Netflix prices the least cost-effective?

Please note: the prices included in our study are the base price as advertised by Netflix. They do not include the various taxes and other charges users may face. We are aware that several countries, including Argentina, have these charges but our study focuses on the price charged by Netflix.

Is Netflix in your country good value?

To gather this data, we’ve taken a look at several different factors.

First, we looked at the figures based on the number of TV shows and movies available in 88 countries as per JustWatch and uNoGS. We then divided the total number of titles available by the monthly subscription price to establish each country’s cost per title per month. For the standard and premium plans, we also factored in the number of users for each account (2 and 4, respectively), multiplying the library total by this to give the number of titles available to all users.

Second, we evaluated the cost per month in each country and how these shape up against others (based on current exchange rates at the time of writing).

The results?

Our study shows a massive disparity when cost per title is analyzed between different countries.

Due to their incredibly cheap prices across all three plans, Pakistan, India, and Turkey are the most cost-effective countries to watch Netflix in. But with their near-average library sizes, Pakistan and India offer the best value for money. With library sizes of 5,974 and 6,086 titles respectively (compared to the average of 6,029 and Turkey’s 5,512) these two countries seem to get more while paying less.

This idea that you get more while paying less continues when we look at the countries with the biggest library sizes and their cost per month. The central, eastern, and northern European countries of Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia have access to the most titles (over 7,500 titles each) at a cost per month of €7.99, €9.99, and €11.99 for basic, standard, and premium plans. This sees them featuring within the top 20 countries for cost-effectiveness across all three plans.

While the UK also has a reasonably large library (7,193 titles in total), its recent price hikes have seen it plummeting through the rankings, especially for standard and premium plans.

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Top 10 places where Netflix is good value for money

As we have seen, when it comes to value for money, Pakistan, India, and Turkey win hands down on cost-per-title value across all three plans.

The average cost per title for basic plans is $0.00127. Pakistanis, Indians, and Turks pay $0.00032, $0.00040, and $0.00045 respectively. This makes their cost per title 95 to 119 percent cheaper than average. They also pay at least 55 percent less per title for standard and premium plans respectively.

However, Argentina overtakes India when it comes to cost-effectiveness for standard plans. Despite having a below-average library size of 5,535 titles, Argentinians pay just 0.00049 per title for a standard plan, making it the third most cost-effective country.

Top 10 most cost-effective countries for Netflix basic plans

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizePrice per Title
Pakistan450 PKR1.942,301 3,673 5,974 0.00032
India199 INR2.442,316 3,770 6,086 0.00040
Turkey45.99 TRY2.481,910 3,602 5,512 0.00045
Argentina429 ARS2.922,039 3,496 5,535 0.00053
Colombia16900 COP3.762,031 3,614 5,645 0.00067
Brazil25.90 BRL4.822,004 3,667 5,671 0.00085
Hungary2490 HUF5.851,359 5,381 6,740 0.00087
Ukraine4.99 EUR4.842,233 3,312 5,545 0.00087
Philippines369 PHP6.272,418 4,340 6,758 0.00093
South Africa99 ZAR5.542,222 3,667 5,889 0.00094

Top 10 most cost-effective countries for Netflix standard plans

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizePrice per Title
Pakistan800 PKR3.452,301 3,673 5,974 0.00029
Turkey69.99 TRY3.781,910 3,602 5,512 0.00034
Argentina799 ARS5.442,039 3,496 5,535 0.00049
India499 INR6.132,316 3,770 6,086 0.00050
Colombia26900 COP5.992,031 3,614 5,645 0.00053
Philippines459 PHP7.802,418 4,340 6,758 0.00058
Slovakia9.99 EUR9.702,163 5,827 7,990 0.00061
Hungary3490 HUF8.201,359 5,381 6,740 0.00061
Bulgaria9.99 EUR9.702,162 5,619 7,781 0.00062
Lithuania9.99 EUR9.702,157 5,464 7,621 0.00064

Top 10 most cost-effective countries for Netflix premium plans

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizePrice per Title
Pakistan1100 PKR4.742,301 3,673 5,974 0.00020
Turkey93.99 TRY5.071,910 3,602 5,512 0.00023
India649 INR7.972,316 3,770 6,086 0.00033
Philippines549 PHP9.342,418 4,340 6,758 0.00035
Slovakia11.99 EUR11.642,163 5,827 7,990 0.00036
Argentina1199 ARS8.162,039 3,496 5,535 0.00037
Bulgaria11.99 EUR11.642,162 5,619 7,781 0.00037
Lithuania11.99 EUR11.642,157 5,464 7,621 0.00038
Estonia11.99 EUR11.642,158 5,453 7,611 0.00038
Latvia11.99 EUR11.642,156 5,444 7,600 0.00038

The 10 places where Netflix isn’t good value for money

At the other end of the scale are Liechtenstein, Israel, and Switzerland where none of their plans are cost-effective.

With its library size being just below average (5,982) and its cost per month being well above average, Liechtenstein is the least cost-effective for basic, standard, and premium plans. Its cost per title is $0.00203, $0.00162, and $0.00106, making it around double the average cost. Switzerland shares the same price as Liechtenstein, but its above-average library size of 6,759 titles makes it slightly better on a cost-per-title basis.

Israel, meanwhile, has one of the worst library sizes with just over 5,000 titles. This, along with its above-average monthly costs, make it the second least cost-effective country for Netflix subscriptions.

When compared to the cheapest plans, Lichtenstein’s cost per title at least five times more expensive.

The US also features as one of the least cost-effective countries across all of its plans. This is due to its below-average library size and above-average monthly costs. It ranks as the sixth, fourth, and sixth least cost-effective country for its basic, standard, and premium plans respectively.

Top 10 least cost-effective countries for Netflix basic plans

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizePrice per Title
Liechtenstein11.90 CHF12.172,221 3,761 5,982 0.00203
Israel32.90 ILS9.331,693 3,356 5,049 0.00185
Switzerland11.90 CHF12.172,064 4,695 6,759 0.00180
Denmark79 DKK10.311,767 4,338 6,105 0.00169
French Polynesia8.99 USD8.992,088 3,258 5,346 0.00168
United States9.99 USD9.992,162 3,833 5,995 0.00167
Costa Rica8.99 USD8.992,032 3,429 5,461 0.00165
French Guiana8.99 EUR8.732,032 3,427 5,459 0.00160
Uruguay8.99 USD8.992,032 3,601 5,633 0.00160
Moldova7.99 EUR7.761,678 3,248 4,926 0.00157

Top 10 least cost-effective countries for Netflix standard plans

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizePrice per Title
Liechtenstein18.90 CHF19.332,221 3,761 5,982 0.00162
Israel54.90 ILS15.561,693 3,356 5,049 0.00154
Switzerland18.90 CHF19.332,064 4,695 6,759 0.00143
United States15.49 USD15.492,162 3,833 5,995 0.00129
San Marino12.99 EUR12.611,832 3,246 5,078 0.00124
Denmark114 DKK14.881,767 4,338 6,105 0.00122
Andorra12.99 EUR12.611,843 3,355 5,198 0.00121
Costa Rica12.99 USD12.992,032 3,429 5,461 0.00119
Uruguay12.99 USD12.992,032 3,601 5,633 0.00115
French Polynesia11.99 USD11.992,088 3,258 5,346 0.00112

Top 10 least cost-effective countries for Netflix premium plans

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizePrice per Title
Liechtenstein24.90 CHF25.472,221 3,761 5,982 0.00106
Israel69.90 ILS19.811,693 3,356 5,049 0.00098
Switzerland24.90 CHF25.472,064 4,695 6,759 0.00094
San Marino17.99 EUR17.471,832 3,246 5,078 0.00086
Andorra17.99 EUR17.471,843 3,355 5,198 0.00084
United States19.99 USD19.992,162 3,833 5,995 0.00083
Denmark149 DKK19.451,767 4,338 6,105 0.00080
Saudi Arabia61 SAR16.201,984 3,480 5,464 0.00074
Oman15.79 USD15.791,986 3,355 5,341 0.00074
Costa Rica15.99 USD15.992,032 3,429 5,461 0.00073

The cheapest places to get Netflix

Turkey’s, Pakistan’s, Argentina’s, and India’s unbeatable cost-per-title prices are, undoubtedly, due to their incredibly cheap costs per month–and that’s even after Turkey’s and Argentina’s recent price increases.

For example, despite increases of 50 cents to $1 across its plans, Turkey’s plans are up to four times cheaper than average. Turkey’s premium subscription of $5.07 per month is also over a whopping $20 cheaper than Switzerland’s and Liechtenstein’s huge cost of $25.47.

On a cost-per-month basis, the US doesn’t fare well as it features as the fourth most-expensive country for a Netflix subscription across all plans.

With the average cost per month being $7.58 for basic plans, $10.70 for standard, and $13.91 for premium, the US is over $2 more expensive for its basic plan, nearly $5 more expensive than average for its standard plan, and over $6 more expensive than average for its premium plan. It’s also $15 more expensive per month than Turkey’s premium plan.

How expensive is Netflix relative to average income?

We’ve analyzed the monthly cost of Netflix relative to the average monthly income in a country to determine where Netflix may “feel” more expensive.

 

The most expensive places to get Netflix

What’s clear from the above is that the most expensive monthly subscriptions for Netflix tend to be in European countries and the US.

What’s more, if you live in Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you’re paying over $4 more than average for a basic plan, nearly $9 more than average for a standard plan, and almost $12 more than average for a premium plan.

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Sources

For the full datasheet for all countries and plans, click here.

JustWatch.com

uNoGS.com

https://www.imdb.com

https://data.oecd.org/earnwage/average-wages.htm

https://www.worlddata.info/average-income.php

http://www.salaryexplorer.com/

https://www.worldbank.org