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NETFLIX AUSTRALIA

Plans, pricing and content in one handy guide.

Everything you need to know about Australia's most popular streaming service.

Because Netflix is now a global force, it is committed to creating high-quality original shows and movies that can't be seen anywhere else, with a strategy built around binge watching.

With partnerships with companies like Disney and Dreamworks to create exclusive shows for its audience, Netflix is aiming to create engaging programs for audiences of all ages.The recent addition of offline viewing is also taking the platform to the next level.

Netflix subscribers can now download certain shows and movies to their iOS and Android devices to watch offline, which truly makes the concept of watching Netflix anywhere a reality.


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How much does Netflix Australia cost?

For a limited time, Australians are invited to try Netflix for one month for free. If they choose to continue, service plans start at $9.99 for a single standard definition stream. There are no contracts with Netflix so you can cancel the service at any time, but until then your credit card that was used to sign up will automatically be charged each month.

If you have obtained a coupon code for Netflix services, you can get your discount when you sign up. Simply wait to be prompted during check-out and enter the code where indicated. You will see the discount applied on your first billing statement.

There are three plans offered by Netflix that you can choose from: Basic, Standard and Premium. The one you pick will depend on the types of features you want with your Netflix subscription.

BasicStandardPremium
Australian price (per month)$9.99$13.99$17.99
HDNoYesYes
Ultra HDNoNoYes
Number of screens you can watch at the same time124
Watch video on laptop, TV, smartphone and tabletYesYesYes
Unlimited access to TV shows and moviesYesYesYes
Cancel any timeYesYesYes
First month freeYesYesYes
Not only can you cancel at any time, you can change your plan if your needs change. Differences in rates will be prorated to your account.It is important to note that your account is going to be automatically billed by Netflix. If you wish to cancel you will need to do so before your billing cycle ends.

In order to watch a video streamed from Netflix on your PC or laptop you will have to have the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in installed. This is a free download that enables Netflix to run properly on your computer.

Why is Netflix in Australia and why is it a big deal?

Back in 1997, Netflix changed the way movies were rented in the United States. Subscribers could view the company’s selection of movies online, order what they wanted and have the DVD delivered to their mailbox. The customer would watch, pop the movie back in a pre-paid envelope and send it back to Netflix. In 1999 they introduced their customers to monthly subscriptions and stopped offering single rentals by 2000. This was the start of a movie rental concept with no due dates or late fees and unlimited rentals per month for a flat fee.

The business plan took a few years to catch on, but by 2003 Netflix posted its first profit of US$6.5 million. By 2005 Netflix was shipping a million DVDs out to subscribers daily from a stock of over 35,000 different film titles. Ten years after its introduction, Netflix had delivered its billionth DVD and was looking towards introducing video on demand using the Internet.

Online streaming of video through Netflix turned the company from being one of the post office’s biggest customers to being the largest source of Internet traffic in North America by 2010. By 2011 Netflix began to acquire content that would be exclusive to their service. Major blockbuster shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black put them on the map, while partnerships with Marvel for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist expanded the audience. Now, Netflix is investing billions in original content for the coming years to cater to its rapidly growing international audience.

When did Netflix launch in Australia?

Netflix launched in Australia and New Zealand on the 24th of March 2015. While there was some early dismay around Netfix ANZ's comparatively shallow library, it has since grown to rival some of the bigger international TV and movie catalogues. As of January 2018, Netflix's library had grown by 114% with 2400 TV and movie titles, compared to the much smaller launch offering of 1120 titles.

The Netflix Australia and New Zealand launch was just the beginning; one year later the streaming giant revealed its plan for international expansion.

The international expansion of Netflix

Netflix began offering its video streaming services to Canada in September 2010 followed by a large expansion into Central and Southern America including Mexico in 2011. This proved to be very lucrative, especially in the Canadian market.

By 2012 it had become available in the UK and Northern Ireland, which was even more successful than their introduction into Canada. From here they slowly integrated into most of the rest of Europe over the next two years. Distribution rights make it impossible for Netflix to provide the same content to all countries, but they attempt to make up for this with their exclusive series and movies as well as adding localised content for their overseas subscribers.

In the early part of 2015, Netflix entered the Australia and New Zealand video streaming markets, followed by Japan and Singapore later that year.

Then, at CES 2016, Netflix shocked the world by switching on in almost 200 different countries around the world. Currently, Netflix is available in every country around the globe except China, Crimea, North Korea and Syria, though the content libraries vary greatly. For a full rundown of what's available on Netflix around the globe, check our international Netflix TV and movie lists.

Where can I buy a Netflix gift card?

Netflix Australia offers gift cards priced at $20, $30 and $50. These can be gifted to a friend or family member, or even used by yourself if you're particularly concerned about storing your payment details online. Below is a list of stores you can purchase Netflix gift cards from in Australia.

  • Australia Post
  • Big W
  • Caltex
  • Coles
  • EB Games
  • MYER
  • Officeworks
  • 7-Eleven
  • Target
  • Woolworths

How much data will Netflix use?

This depends on what quality you're streaming Netflix at. Usage varies depending on whether you're streaming in SD, HD or 4K. Below is a guide to how much data Netflix will consume at each quality grade:

Low quality:
300MB/hour

Standard definition (SD):
700MB/hour

High definition (HD):
3GB/hour

Ultra HD (UHD):
7GB/hour

Not sure what quality you're streaming at? There is a way to check (see below), but if you're paying for the basic package you're streaming in SD, the standard package gets you HD and up to 4K (assuming you have a 4K capable television) is available on the premium package.

If your Internet service provider (ISP) offers unmetered Netflix streaming or you're signed up to an unlimited broadband plan, data usage isn't going to be of much concern to you.

However, if you do have a data limit, or even worse, you're streaming on a mobile network, data usage is something you should seriously consider. Excess usage can result in hefty charges from your provider.

To change video quality settings, simply access Netflix from your web browser and click on the profile image in the top-right corner of the window. Then, in the drop-down menu, select "Your Account". On the "My Profile" page, select "Playback settings" in the "My Profile" section. From there, you can manually select the video quality of your Netflix stream. In the case where you're experiencing lag, you're going to want to switch it to "Low" (you may have to wait up to 8 hours for the changes to be processed).

If your stream is constantly buffering, you're going to want to switch it to "Low" (you may have to wait up to 8 hours for the changes to be processed).

If you want to do the opposite and maximise your Netflix stream, check out our guide to speeding up your Netflix stream.


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Netflix Australia frequently asked questions

Q: Does Netflix stream in HD?
A: Yes, you will find that a large number of titles available through Netflix is available in HD. Of course, this quality will only be evident if you are streaming the video to an HD-equipped television.

Q: Will using Netflix affect my Internet quota?
A: Yes, Netflix is a metered video streaming service so your allowed usage will be affected. Keep in mind that streaming in HD uses a higher bandwidth and will affect your usage at a faster rate than watching videos in standard definition.

Q: How fast does my Internet speed need to be in order for Netflix to work?
A: The minimum connection speed is 0.5Mbps, but this will give you a poor quality image. The speed and the bandwidth of your Internet connection will have a direct impact on how you view the content, so you will want a high-speed connection for best results.

Q: On how many different devices can I use Netflix at the same time?
A: This will depend on the membership plan you have ordered.

Q: Is there a Netflix app?
A: Yes, the Netflix app will enable you to watch content from Netflix on any of your mobile devices. The introduction of Netflix changed the video streaming industry instantly, as Australians now have more choices than ever before when it comes to selecting a video streaming service provider. Before you make any decisions, check and compare the features and prices to find the provider that has what you want for the right price.

Q: Am I charged in USD or AUD when using Netflix Australia?
A: You will be charged in AUD for the services; Netflix processes the payments locally so you don't have to worry about exchange rates and conversion fees.

What devices are compatible with Netflix Australia?

One appealing aspect that Netflix has over other video streaming providers is the number of devices you can use to access the movies and TV series. These include:

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      brianJune 27, 2018

      Going away 3 months, how do I cancel Netflix till I get back?

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        JhezelynJune 28, 2018Staff

        Hello Brian,

        Thank you for your comment.

        To cancel your Netflix subscription, you can start by logging in to your Netflix account, click on your portrait in the right-hand corner and click on the options that read: “Your Account.”. You’ll see “Cancel membership” under Membership & Billing in your account preferences.

        After you cancel your subscription, you can rejoin when you get back. Just restart your Netflix account from your Account page. I hope this helps.

        Regards,
        Jhezelyn

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      SandraJune 22, 2018

      Do I need a fixed land line to get Netflix??

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        AshJune 22, 2018Staff

        Hi Sandra,

        Thank you for contacting finder.

        No, you do not need a fixed line to have a Netflix account or be able to watch your favorite TV Shows and Movies. You just need to have an active subscription with Netflix and stable internet connection. Kindly refer to the different subscription prices above and the equivalent data inclusion that you should have.

        I hope this helps.

        Let us know if there is anything else that we may assist you with.

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      frederickMay 3, 2018

      Could you please help with installing Netflix app -> will not install in Android v7.1.

      Do you have a different version of the app that will install in v&.1 ???

      thanks

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        JoelMay 4, 2018Staff

        Hi Fj,

        Thanks for leaving a question on finder. Please note that we are a comparison website and we do not represent Netflix.

        Can you try this on your Android Device?

        -Go to Settings.
        -Tap Settings.
        -Tap Security.
        -Put a check next to Unknown Sources: Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store.
        -Tap OK to confirm this change.

        If this does not work, you can contact Netflix directly to have this issue resolved.

        Cheers,
        Joel

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      TonyApril 12, 2018

      Would Netflix be able to advise when the Season 2 of Star Trex Discovery is due to be aired in Australia

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        JeniApril 12, 2018Staff

        Hi Tony,

        Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

        If you have subscribed with Netflix, YES you would be notified or advised about the airing of Star Trek Discovery Season 2.

        While there is no firm date yet, Star Trek Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman once said that “ideally” he wanted the show to be back on “the early side of 2019” so just stay tuned.

        I hope this helps.

        Have a great day!

        Cheers,
        Jeni

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      ZarinaApril 6, 2018

      I am wanting to connect what is the basic instructions for me to connect to the TV? What is the normal cost of it and how many devices can I connect this to please? Thanks Zarina

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        NikkiApril 6, 2018Staff

        Hi Zarina,

        Thanks for your message and for visiting finder – the leading comparison website & general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs. How are you doing today?

        Please note that we’re a product comparison website and we hold no affiliation with any company we feature on our site. We provide general information on products to assist you in your buying decision process hence we cannot recommend product/service that is rightfully fit for you.

        The basic plan of Netflix is $9.99, you can watch it with any device you have (phone, tablet, laptop,pc) however you can only use 1 screen at a time.

        To connect your device to your TV, you would need Google Chromecast to do so. Here is a link for your guide.

        Hope this helps!

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        Nikki

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      gpope8.cm@bigpond.com.auFebruary 14, 2018

      why am I not allowed first month free? never had netflix before.

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        JoshuaFebruary 25, 2018Staff

        Hi gpope8.cm,

        Thanks for getting in touch with finder.

        Netflix keeps a record of people who have already availed their free trial. Primarily, they check your payment information. If you use the same payment information even if you use a different email address, you won’t get the free trial.

        For this reason, it could be that someone has already used your email or payment information before. If you still want to enjoy the free trial, please use different payment information or email address.

        I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

        Have a wonderful day!

        Cheers,
        Joshua

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      KerryFebruary 1, 2018

      I dont have a smart Tv…so how can I stream Netflix with my old Samsung?

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        JonathanFebruary 26, 2018Staff

        Hi Kerry, thanks for your inquiry!

        Can you please confirm which model of Samsung TV you are using, so we can assist you further?

        This guide on how to stream netflix without a smart TV may help.

        Best,

        Jonathan

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      JennyDecember 17, 2017

      I have two Netflix accounts. I wish to cancel the cheapest one. How do I do this?

      Thank you
      Jenny

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        JasonDecember 18, 2017Staff

        Hi Jenny,

        Thank you for your enquiry.

        To cancel the cheaper Netflix account, you may need to sign in to that specific account through your web browser and follow the steps outlined on this page to cancel a Netflix subscription.

        I hope this helps.

        Kind regards,
        Jason

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      WandaDecember 11, 2017

      Do I still need Foxtel if I have Netflix?

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        MayDecember 12, 2017Staff

        Hi Wanda,

        Thank you for your inquiry.

        Well, we can’t really advise whether it’s a yes or a no. That would depend on your internet TV streaming needs. Subscribing to Foxtel is not really a requirement if you already have Netflix. If you are already happy with Netflix, then you should be okay without Foxtel. So yeah, it’s actually up to you if you like to have the two.

        Cheers,
        May

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      susanDecember 5, 2017

      how can i update my payment details please help

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        LouDecember 5, 2017Staff

        Hi Susan,

        Thanks for your question.

        To change your payment details, you can follow the following procedure:

        1, Log-in to your Netflix account.
        2. Go to “My Account” and then proceed to the “update payment method” page.
        3. You may now update your payment information. Don’t forget to save changes when you are done.

        I hope this helps.

        Cheers,
        Anndy

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