10 Facts About Netflix Singapore (Updated in 2021) You Should Know Before Signing Up


Last Updated on 2021-03-12 , 2:14 pm

Netflix: it’s the next best thing after bubble tea in Singapore. Almost everyone has an account or someone else’s password, because a night without Netflix is akin to a night without Internet: it’s meaningless.

After all, Netflix in Singapore (Netflix Singapore and Netflix from other countries have different shows) offers a wide range of movies, from romance to comedy, from horror to suspense at a relatively low price.

But if you’re one of the few who’s still wondering whether you should sign up for it, or whether the new Disney+ is a better choice, here are five facts about Netflix Singapore you probably should know.

Netflix Singapore Cost

Well, first thing first: the cost.

When Netflix just landed in our shore, the cheapest plan started from $10.98.

Well, no more.

Why the Ridout Road Colonial Houses Saga is Actually NOT a Saga:

In 2021, the cheapest plan starts from $11.98 which is for one screen, $15.98 for two screens and $19.98 for four screens. But of course, the goody thing is that the selection of contents have also increased; back in 2016, you can practically binge-watch everything in a week (figuratively, of course). Now, you won’t be able to do so in their entire lifetime (literally, I think).

Watch (Almost) Anything and Everything 

When Netflix Singapore just landed on our shore back in 2016, the offering is so limited, people wondered why they’ve even come to Singapore in the first place.

But now, it’s a different story altogether.

Netflix Singapore now offers a variety of popular films and original TV series. Throwback with Rachel and her iconic hairstyle in F.R.I.E.N.D.S or watch people trying to date through a wall on Love is Blind.


If you’re into addictive Korean series, I recommend watching A Korean Odyssey or Strong Girl Bong-soon. They not only give you the Oppa vibes but they will activate your tear ducts as well.

Prepare some tissues and snacks for this is going to be a long night.

On the other hand, if you cannot find some of your favourite series on Netflix, it is safe to say that those shows have been banned– or at least not available in Singapore YET

One of those shows that were banned in Netflix Singapore is The Last Hangover. It was removed after written demand from IMDA.

Stream Anytime Anywhere

Remember back in the days where you have to sprint to the toilet during the commercial breaks and hop over the furniture to get back before your show starts again?

Wait, can’t you just pause the show? *oldjoke*

Oh honey, if you are asking that question, you are too young for shows that contain nudity.

The good thing about Netflix is you are not only able to pause the show when you go to the toilet, but you can watch the show on your phone when you go to the toilet. Of course, that is if you get a plan that has more than one screen.

To get the best wifi connection in your house, you might want to watch this video to the end:

Also, the Netflix app will stream the quality of the contents based on your Internet connection, so if the connection in your toilet is bad, fret not; it won’t buffer forever. Instead, it’ll just look a lot more grainy because you’re so not used to 480p.


Instead, you’re familiar with…

Watch UltraHD or 4K Netflix shows

If you still prefer going to the cinema because the shows there are much better quality, Netflix’s UltraHD or 4K will change your mind.

By searching “4K” or “UltraHD”, you can find blockbusters like Mad Max or Father of the Year.

Do note, you will need a 60Hz TV or computer monitor that is compatible with Netflix’s Ultra HD streaming. Your internet connection will also need to be at least 25 megabits per second or higher. Plus, only certain plans supports HD Content so do check your plan before you call to complain.

Netflix Singapore has an Office in…Singapore

Yes, so if you want them to bring in certain shows, you can head down to Marina Bay Financial Centre to pester them, though you might not even get past security.

Back in 2016, when the office, which is their APAC HQ, was just opened, it housed about 50 employees. It’s unknown how many people work there now, but judging from how Netflix has become such a staple in Singapore, I bet there would be more.


Maybe…11 more? #Netflixinsidejoke

Adjust Buffering

Most of the time when we are watching a show and it keeps buffering, we normally either:

  1. Deal with it and stone
  2. Rage at your device

However, did you know that you can adjust the buffering manually? There is a hidden menu for adjusting buffering and bit rate. Every device is different so do take note:

PC: Press Shift, Alt, and left-click. That will launch a troubleshooting menu. From that menu, you can adjust the bit rate of the stream. Also, I wonder why you’re watching Netflix with a PC.

Mac: Press Shift and option. If you press that while streaming, it will bring up a diagnostic screen. Click on Screen Manager when you see the diagnostic screen. Choose Manual to alter the streaming rate. Lower numbers mean lower image quality but it helps remove the buffering in between the most interesting takes.


Video Gaming Console/ Other Sevices: Deactivate Netflix first with the following cheat code: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up. After Netflix is deactivated, reboot it. And no, this isn’t a joke.

Apple TV: There’s no way to remove the buffering. You will have to deal with it. On the hand, at least your device is compatible with UltraHD or 4K shows. You win some, you lose some.

Netflix Singapore’s Social Media Accounts Are Run Like Singapore Civil Defence Force’s Accounts

What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase Singapore Civil Defence Force?

Good-looking dudes in uniform saving a baby from a fire.

Other than that, you’d think that they’ve the best-est social media admins, coming out with witty and engaging contents. Lest you’re not aware, Netflix Singapore’s social media accounts aren’t losing out to the life-saving force; I mean, check out this post:


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Anyone who dares to mess with Yishun is a winner.

Every Parent’s Sidekick

“Just one more?”


Every parent will face this problem: the child pleading to watch one more show although it is way past their bedtime. That is where Netflix comes to the rescue. From fake New Year’s Eve countdowns to five-minute videos, Netflix offers various ways to trick your child to bed.

Additionally, you do not have to worry about Momo popping out on your child’s screen for Netflix offers many kid-friendly shows and a kids channel that only shows G-rated programs.

Though seriously, do you really have a Kids’ Account?

Mobile Phone Remote Control

Do you know that you can use your mobile phone as your remote control for Netflix even if you’re not streaming from your phone? Gone are the days where you have to find out where your family place the remote or struggle with the game control to choose your show.

This applies to your PS3 as well. All you have to do is to sync your mobile device with your PS3 using your WiFi, load the Netflix app on both devices and use your mobile device as a remote.

Do note that this option is only available for Android devices. If you are an Apple TV or Roku user, you can download a remote control app on your iPhone.

Netflix Singapore is Engaging (a Lot of People)

Yes, if you’d like to work in a company that prides itself in killing billions of productive hours every day, then why no consider working for Netflix, right here in Singapore?

As of time of writing, there are a whopping 18 positions open. Given that it’s the HQ for APAC, you can bet that they’re always looking for talents, so time to bookmark this page lest you’re thinking of a career change.

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