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Netflix in Switzerland: 12 questions and answers on series, subscriptions and costs

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Thousands of films and series streamed via the Internet – made possible by Netflix. Source: iStock / kasinv

Flat rate for series junkies: Internet users in Switzerland have been able to watch Netflix since September 2014. The popular US streaming service is now used by over 130 million users in 190 countries. comparis.ch answers key questions on subscription plans, pricing and the series and films on offer.

With some 130 million subscribers in 190 countries, Netflix is enjoyed in almost every country in the world. The video platform has been available to consumers in Switzerland since 2014.

comparis.ch answers twelve key questions on the streaming giant:

What is Netflix?

Netflix is a US company that enables its customers to watch films and series via the Internet. It is extremely popular in the US. Indeed, one-third of US Internet traffic is attributable to Netflix users.

In which countries is Netflix available?

Netflix is now available in almost all countries worldwide – 190, to be precise. It is not available in China, the Crimea, North Korea or Syria.

How can I access the series and films (TV/online)?

Netflix is highly flexible. It can be used on modern television sets (smart TVs) with Internet connections. For example, Netflix offers an app for Samsung and Toshiba smart TVs, via which its series and films can be watched.

But you can also watch Netflix if you don't have a television set: the Netflix app is also available for iPad and iPhone and for all Android smartphones and tablets. And if you have an Apple TV box in your living room, you can also use that to access the streaming service. You can even watch Netflix shows via gaming consoles like PS4, Wii U, Wii and XBox 360.

A Netflix app has also been available for the UPC TV Box since December 2016. You can find out more information here.

What content does Netflix offer?

Netflix tends to focus on promoting its own productions, but it also offers other series and films too.

What are the most popular Netflix series?

Here is an overview of some of the most popular series on Netflix.

Popular comedy series on Netflix

  • Orange is the New Black (Netflix production)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix production)
  • Suits
  • Master of None (Netflix production)
  • The Kominsky Method (Netflix production)
  • Maniac (Netflix production)
  • The End of the F***ing World (Netflix production)
  • That ‘70s Show
  • Alex Strangelove

Popular thriller series on Netflix

  • Narcos (Netflix production)
  • Breaking Bad
  • Altered Carbon

Popular political series on Netflix

  • The Crown (Netflix production)
  • House of Cards (Netflix production)

Popular action series on Netflix

  • Marco Polo (Netflix production)
  • Daredevil (Netflix production)
  • Arrow

Popular mystery series on Netflix

  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Riverdale (Netflix production)

Popular crime series on Netflix

  • Sons of Anarchy

Popular horror series on Netflix

  • American Horror Story
  • The Haunting (Netflix production)

Popular fantasy series on Netflix

  • Stranger Things (Netflix production)
  • Black Mirror (Netflix production)

Popular documentary series on Netflix

  • The Horn
  • Dark Tourist (Netflix production)
  • Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix production)
  • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix production)
  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
  • Follow This (Netflix production)

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Can the series and films be watched in their original languages too?

As a rule, Netflix offers all of its films in the respective original language version. Most of the content is also available dubbed into German or French. Netflix can also be set to play films or series in their original language with German or French subtitles.

How much does Netflix cost in Switzerland?

Netflix customers pay a monthly flat fee. They can then watch as many series and films as they want. Netflix offers different price categories depending on the required resolution and the number of devices on which you can simultaneously stream content.

Netflix subscription prices

Number of devices Resolution Price per month
1 device Standard resolution CHF 11.90
2 devices simultaneously HD resolution CHF 15.90
4 devices simultaneously UHD resolution CHF 19.90

Free one-month trial with Netflix

Netflix offers its customers a free trial month, during which they can test the service. If they decide to subscribe, they do not enter into a long-term contract, but can cancel their subscription at any time.

How do I pay for Netflix?

They can pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or by PayPal.

What type of Internet connection do I need for Netflix?

As a rule, any Internet connection provided by Swiss companies Swisscom, UPC, Quickline or Sunrise will be suitable. To watch films and programmes in HD quality, customers need an Internet speed of at least 5 MBit/s.

For ultra-HD resolution, customers need an Internet speed of at least 25 MBit/s.

Can I download series and films from Netflix?

You can use Netflix even if you do not have an active Internet connection. At the beginning of December 2016, Netflix launched an offline mode for its Android and iOS apps. To use this service, you will need the latest version of the Netflix smartphone app. Once it is installed, you can download individual series and films onto your device before watching them. Currently, most of the films and series available for download are Netflix original productions. Netflix has however promised to make many more films and series available for download over the coming months.

What are the alternatives to Netflix?

The modern-day practice of downloading several series and films from various sources and download platforms is legal in Switzerland. Commercial alternatives to Netflix include the video-on-demand services offered by Apple TV, Swisscom TV and UPC digital TV. Here, however, users have to pay an individual fee per film.

In Switzerland, an alternative flat-rate plan for films and series, like that offered by Netflix, is available from UPC. Just before Netflix arrived on the Swiss market, UPC launched its MyPrime flat-rate deal. Swisscom’s Teleclub Play is a similar service, but does not yet include original productions.

In mid-December 2016, Amazon Prime Video  also became available for subscription in Switzerland.

What makes Netflix better than its competitors?

Netflix offers a wide range of top-quality original productions. Its political series House of Cards made the service world-famous. Netflix was able to repeat this success with Narcos at the end of 2016. Today, Netflix boasts not just an extensive range of films on demand, but also numerous exclusive original productions. In contrast to competitors such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix will work on almost all end devices. So regardless of whether you want to watch your film or series on a smart TV, smartphone of any operating system, tablet or games console, Netflix will have an app for it.

Is there advertising on Netflix?

No. The series and films do not feature any advertising breaks and can be stopped and started at any time.

Summary

Netflix is great for film lovers and series junkies. But if you only watch a film or series every now and then, or are happy with what the regular TV channels offer, then it is probably not worth the price. Providers of replay TV such as Zattoo, Wilmaa, Swisscom, Sunrise and UPC also constitute strong competition for Netflix.

What remains strange is that the Netflix website does not inform its readers about the films and series it offers. Only once customers have entered their credit card number can they access this information. But the verdict of the Comparis editorial team? It's worth it.