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.

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:

  • PC
  • Mac
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox 360
  • Wii U
  • Wii
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iPod Touch
  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • Windows tablets
  • Windows phone
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • LG Smart TVs
  • Sony Smart TVs
  • Panasonic Smart TVs
  • LG Blu-ray players
  • Google Chromecast
  • Apple TV
  • Boxee Box
  • Rock-Box
  • Western Digital (WD) set-top boxes
  • Strong Digital Media Receivers
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    jimSeptember 20, 2017

    Do you get a set top box with Netflix?

    • Staff
      JhezelynSeptember 21, 2017Staff

      Hi Jim,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Set-top box sometimes is called an Internet TV media streamer, these connect to the TV and Internet to allow for you to watch Internet TV. Now you can switch from live TV to Netflix right from your set-top box.

      To connect your Partner set-top box to your Netflix account, start from the Home screen and choose from the options below.
      1. Connect from the Remote Control
      – Press the Netflix button on your remote control.
      – Select OK to launch the Netflix app.
      – Once in the Netflix app, select Sign In.
      2. Connect from the Menu
      – Press the Partner button on your remote control.
      – Under the Home menu, select Netflix.
      – Select OK to launch the Netflix app.
      – Once in the Netflix app, select Sign In.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    JeanSeptember 20, 2017

    How do i change my bankcard no?

    • Staff
      HaroldSeptember 20, 2017Staff

      Hi Jean,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      You just need to be logged into your account and go to http://www.netflix.com/YourAccountPayment and in there you will be able change it.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    TracyAugust 29, 2017

    Hi I’m looking at something that I can watch all my shows.

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    WaughAugust 19, 2017

    Please can you advise how I can cancel my Netflix subscription. Thanks

    • Staff
      LiezlAugust 19, 2017Staff

      Hi Waugh,

      Thanks for reaching out. The instructions on this page will guide you how to cancel your Netflix subscription.

      Cheers,
      Liezl

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    NoelAugust 16, 2017

    We have Foxtel and record Death in Paridice , Midsomer Murders , Father Brown , Highway patrol, Australian story. Ancestors ,Bondi Rescue . We watch 7’9,10 SBS news. Are these available on netflex for recording or should I stay with Foxtel.

    • Staff
      JhezelynAugust 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Noel,

      Thanks for you comment.

      Netflix videos are a bit harder to download and only stream for a period of time, but like any other video sharing sites it can’t stop you from recording your screen. If you want to capture Watch Instanly streaming movies and save them onto your computer or portable devices, read the following guide.

      Step 1. Download, install and run Any Video Recorder software to your PC.
      Step 2. Define Output File Directory and Video Name
      Step 3. Customize Output Video Quality, Change the conversion settings to your personal preferences.
      Step 4. Click Record Now button to start recording videos

      Navigate to your Netflix stream. The software should automatically detect the stream and open the recording interface. You can also manually set the wanted area for video recording. Press the red “REC” button to begin recording the Netflix video.

      Step 5. Click the red button or press hot key Ctrl+F7 to stop recording.

      You may refer to this page for a complete list of Australian Netflix content and programs.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    KayleneAugust 8, 2017

    I am watching Outlanders on Netflix…episode 10 series2….comes up title unavailable in US….I am in Australia…how do I continue watching

    • Staff
      ArnoldAugust 8, 2017Staff

      Hi Kaylene,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Upon checking with Netflix, it has been determined that there was no issue with the show Outlander. The error was mostly due to minor glitches on the site. Here are some tips that might fix the problem.

      1. Make sure you are connected to the internet
      2. Sign out and Sign in again with you Netflix Account
      3. If you are using a mobile device, please make sure the GPS is turned on.
      4. Try rebooting your device.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    RobyneJuly 27, 2017

    I need to change the credit card number for my netflix fees. How do I do that?

    • Staff
      RenchJuly 27, 2017Staff

      Hi Robyne,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Please note that we are not affiliated with Netflix or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      1. Log into the Netflix website.
      2. Open your account page.
      3. Click the “Update payment method” link.
      4. Select the payment method you would like to use.
      5. Call your credit card company or bank if your card cannot be verified.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    VickyJuly 24, 2017

    I joined NetFlix 2 weeks ago and when I try to watch a movie I only get to see about 5 mins of it and it goes into that constant red circle going around or I get “We are having trouble playing this title right now select a different title ” which I do, just to get the same over and over again.
    Very disappointing what is the reason for this?

    • Staff
      RenchJuly 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Vicky,

      Thanks for reaching out to us.

      This might be beacause of your internet connection/speed. Netflix requires 3Mbps and above to work properly. You may get helpful tips on this page and you may also do a speed test on your internet. You can get basic troubleshooting steps on this page.

      It’s also possible that it’s the Netflix application that has the issue. You can try to reinstall or relaunch Netflix and log in to your account.

      If the issue persists, please seek technical assistance from the manufacturer of your device where you access Netflix.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    ElizabethJuly 12, 2017

    I have tried to click on to Netflix but nothing is happening.

    • Staff
      ArnoldJuly 12, 2017Staff

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      If you want to set-up Netflix, please follow our step by step guide and Enjoy streaming videos in no time.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    PatsyJuly 9, 2017

    Can I still get Netflix if I don’t have a smart TV?

    • Staff
      RenchJuly 9, 2017Staff

      Hi Patsy,

      Thank for your inquiry.

      Yes, you can still get Netflix without a smart TV. There are many ways to get Netflix. Please go to this page for helpful info.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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