Netflix Australia | Price, features and content


Netflix has taken the country by storm but is it really your best option for on-demand video in Australia?

The biggest streaming service in the world needs no introduction but here's one anyway.

With humble beginnings as a DVD delivery service, Netflix essentially paved the way for streaming video-on-demand single-handedly. After a huge global launch in January 2016, the world's entertainment providers and media giants have tried to keep up.

With partnerships with companies like DreamWorks under its belt, Netflix is consistently rolling out high-quality original content for all tastes and ages. This consistent stream of quality originals is one thing but the company can attribute a big part of its success to innovative streaming technologies, like developing its own compression technology and toying with interactive television shows.

With that said, the company is far from perfect and might not necessarily be the best option for you. Read on for a deep-dive on Netflix plans and pricing and how it compares against the Australian competition.


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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/month 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.

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.

Updated July 20th, 2019
Name Product Details Service type 4K/UHD? Simultaneous streams Free trial? Price What's next?
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic

Netflix Basic

  • Service type

    On-demand streaming
  • Free trial?

    1 month
  • Price

    $9.99/month
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On-demand streaming
No
1
1 month
$9.99/month
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard

Netflix Standard

  • Service type

    On-demand streaming
  • Free trial?

    1 month
  • Price

    $13.99/month
View details
On-demand streaming
No
2
1 month
$13.99/month
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium

Netflix Premium

  • Service type

    On-demand streaming
  • Free trial?

    1 month
  • Price

    $17.99/month
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On-demand streaming
Yes
4
1 month
$17.99/month

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How much content does Netflix Australia offer?

We monitor Netflix content additions and removals daily. At any given time, there tends to be at least 1,000+ TV shows and 3,000+ movies.

To browse the complete TV show and movie libraries for Netflix, follow the links below.

How does Netflix compare?

Updated July 20th, 2019
Name Product Details Service type 4K/UHD? Simultaneous streams Free trial? Price What's next?
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic

Kayo Sports Basic

  • Service type

    Sports
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $25 p/month
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Sports
No
2
14 days
$25 p/month
Foxtel Now - Pop and Lifestyle
Foxtel Now - Pop and Lifestyle

Foxtel Now - Pop and Lifestyle

  • Service type

    On-demand streaming
  • Free trial?

    10 days
  • Price

    $25 p/month
View details
On-demand streaming
No
2
10 days
$25 p/month
The Pop pack includes premium HBO drama like Westworld and Game of Thrones and Foxtel Originals like Picnic at Hanging Rock. Lifestyle includes popular TV shows like Gogglebox Australian and Selling Houses Australia.
Foxtel Now - All Packs
Foxtel Now - All Packs

Foxtel Now - All Packs

  • Service type

    On-demand streaming
  • Free trial?

    10 days
  • Price

    $104 p/month
View details
On-demand streaming
No
2
10 days
$104 p/month
Kayo Sports Premium
Kayo Sports Premium

Kayo Sports Premium

  • Service type

    Sports
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $35 p/month
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Sports
No
3
14 days
$35 p/month
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video

  • Service type

    On-demand streaming
  • Free trial?

    30 days
  • Price

    $6.99/month
Go to site View details
On-demand streaming
Yes
3
30 days
$6.99/month

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What is Netflix?

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 it introduced its 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 its service. Major blockbuster shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black put it 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 24 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 and one year later the streaming giant revealed its plan for international expansion.

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 you 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.

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
  • 4K/Ultra HD (UHD): 7GB/hour

More information on data usage


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 South America (and Mexico) in 2011. This proved to be very lucrative, especially in the Canadian market.

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, North Korea and Syria, and the disputed territory of Crimea, 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.

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:

Netflix Australia FAQ

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    JenniferFebruary 11, 2019

    I need to update my payment plan

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      JeniFebruary 12, 2019Staff

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Kindly sign in on your Netflix account to update your Netflix payment method or any billing information. Click your account then at the right side of the screen you will see Update billing information link.

      If you are being billed through a third party and not directly through Netflix, please visit the third party’s website to update this information.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
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    KJTJanuary 2, 2019

    Can you stream sports on Netflix?

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      JohnJanuary 2, 2019Staff

      Hi KJT,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      As of now you cannot stream sports on Netflix. Currently, Sports streaming is not part of the library of Netflix. You may however check on other sports streaming applications if you are just looking at watching sports. Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    SylviaDecember 20, 2018

    I just paid with the card ending 6175 and it says on my I phone there is some error with the payment

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      JohnDecember 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Sylvia,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Netflix is a monthly service that will automatically charge you every month on the date you signed up. If your billing date is scheduled for a date that does not occur in a given month, you’ll be charged on the last day of that month instead. Your payment method will be charged at the beginning of your billing cycle, but it may take a few days for the charge to post to your account. If you are still encountering problems paying for your Netflix subscription, you may need to call the Netflix hotline for further assistance. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
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    TonyNovember 28, 2018

    Looked at the offers and do not understand. Where do I go to find what shows are actually offerred and what data speed do I need as I am out in western NSW away from hard wired lines. Your site appears complicated but that could be me. Is there a list of possible Internet providers who provide un metered data. I guess I would have to get a smart TV and/or some sort of house wifi. Is that correct

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      JohnNovember 28, 2018Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      You may check providers who offer broadband by clicking this link. Since you mentioned that there may be an issue with your address since it is away from hard lines, you may want to check satellite providers. Please click on this link to be routed to that page. Hope these help!

      Cheers,
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    PeterOctober 23, 2018

    How do I unsubscribe to Netflex ?

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      JohnOctober 23, 2018Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Please follow the steps below in cancelling your Netflix subscription:

      Sign in to Netflix.
      Click on the downward arrow at the top right corner of the page, next to your profile name.
      Select the Account section.
      Under Membership and billing click the grey cancel membership box.
      Next click Finish cancellation to confirm you want to cancel.
      And there you have it, you are now unsubscribed from Netflix. You will be able to use your Netflix account until the end of your current billing period or free trial. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    RobOctober 15, 2018

    why is the hobbit part 1 available on stan but parts 2 and three cant be found?

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      NikkiOctober 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      We are not certain why Stan hasn’t added Hobbit 2 and 3 to the list yet. It would be best to contact them directly for your inquiry. Once we get information about these movies, we will surely add them to our list as well.

      Hope this clarifies! Feel free to message us again for other concerns, we’d be glad to help.

      Regards,
      Nikki

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    KlausSeptember 3, 2018

    My Netflix “box” is overheating and started to smell,we thought it was burning.I disconnected it and i’m not sure where to get a replacement unit or just cancel my
    subscription?

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      JhezSeptember 3, 2018Staff

      Hello Klaus,

      Thank you for your comment.

      That’s alarming. It may have something to do with streaming the movies to your computer and or playing through the browser, this is CPU intensive. Anyway, the only resolution that’s legit is to report to Netflix so they can check this for you. Then that’s the time they would assess if your box is for replacement and also, that’s the time for you to decide if you’d cancel the subscription or not.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    brianJune 27, 2018

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

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      JhezJune 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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      Ash MunozJune 22, 2018

      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, 2018

      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,
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