Netflix is the most popular OTT platform in the world, with over 221.8 million paid streaming subscribers as of December 2021. Everyone wants to watch movies, web series and other forms of entertainment with their friends and family. However, not everyone can afford their monthly or annual subscription plans, especially in a price-sensitive country like India. Netflix charges Rs 499 and Rs 649 per month for its Standard and Premium packages, respectively.
There is good news for all Airtel customers as well as all OTT subscribers in India.
India’s second-largest telecom operator Airtel offers free Netflix subscriptions to its customers, but only on certain postpaid plans.
Airtel Postpaid Plans for Free Netflix Subscription
Netflix is now available with two Airtel Postpaid family plans, priced at Rs 1199 and Rs 1599.
Airtel’s Rs 1199 postpaid plan offers free Netflix Basic subscription, which was previously priced at Rs 999. Apart from a free Netflix subscription, this new plan offers up to 150 GB of data with a data transfer feature, unlimited local and STD calls and 100 SMS per day. Customers will also get free subscriptions to Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime and Airtel Xtreme.
Airtel’s Rs 1599 postpaid plan offers free Netflix Standard subscription. Customers will also receive free subscriptions to Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar and Airtel Xtreme, in addition to a free Netflix subscription. On top of that, customers will also get unlimited local, STD and roaming calls, 500GB data transfer and free add-on with unlimited calls as part of their subscription.
Both plans include free handset protection.
How to get free Netflix on Airtel
- If you are a new Airtel postpaid subscriber, you can purchase (or upgrade to a postpaid customer if you are an existing customer) one of the two Airtel Netflix postpaid packages on the Airtel website (www.airtel. in) or via the Airtel Thanks app.
- Once you have selected a plan, you will receive an activation SMS on your registered phone number.
- You must then activate your Netflix account by clicking on the link in the SMS.
- After activating your account, go to the “Discover the Thank You Benefit” page on the Airtel Thanks app, scroll down and search for “Netflix” in the “Enjoy Your Rewards” section. On the Netflix product description page, click “Claim” and then “Continue”. To complete the activation process, the customer will be redirected to the Netflix website.
It’s a win-win situation for Airtel and Netflix
By 2026, India is expected to have over 200 million SVOD subscribers. This means that one in four broadband subscribers will use at least one OTT platform. Therefore, all OTT players, Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime and many more, continue to invest heavily in content in order to gain significant share in the country.
Netflix’s StreamFest, mobile-only plans and other initiatives are all contributing to Netflix’s growth in India. The company has never disclosed the number of subscribers in the country, but it is expected to reach nearly 40 million by the end of 2022.
On the other hand, Airtel has over 210.07 million telecom subscribers in India as of December 2021, which is second only to Reliance Jio. A whopping 98% of them are wireless subscribers.