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Netflix Australia: Price, features and content

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services on the market, but is it really your best option for on-demand video in Australia?

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Breaking News: Netflix has increased its prices on Standard and Premium plans in Australia

The biggest streaming service in the world really 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 content.

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.

What is Netflix?

We're pretty sure you know the answer to this, but just in case you've landed from outer space – back in 1997, Netflix changed the way movies were rented in the US. Subscribers could view the company's selection of movies online, order what they wanted and have the DVD delivered to their mailbox. Fast-forward a decade and, 10 years after its introduction, Netflix delivered its billionth DVD and was looking to introduce 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. Netflix is also investing billions in original content 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 Netflix ANZ's comparatively shallow library, it has since grown to rival some of the bigger international TV and movie catalogues. By January 2018, Netflix's library had grown by 114% with 2,400 TV and movie titles, compared to the much smaller launch offering of 1,120 titles. The Netflix Australia and New Zealand launch was just the beginning and 1 year later the streaming giant revealed its plan for international expansion.

Then, at CES 2016, Netflix shocked the world by switching on in almost 200 different countries around the world. As of August 2021, Netflix is available in every country around the globe except China, North Korea and Syria, as well as 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.

Does Netflix have a free trial?

While Australians were once able to enjoy 30 days of free Netflix that's no longer the case. Netflix removed the free trial in March 2020.

How much does Netflix Australia cost?

Netflix service plans start at $10.99/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 3 plans offered by Netflix that you can choose from: Basic, Standard and Premium. The plan you pick will depend on the types of features you want with your Netflix subscription.

Unfortunately, for Aussies as of November 11 2021, they will start paying even more for Netflix if they have a Standard or Premium plan. Standard plans increased for the second time in 14 months and now cost $16.99 instead of $15.99 a month. While Premium plans rose by 15% from $19.99 to $22.99 a month.

Name Product Simultaneous streams Max video quality Free Trial Period Monthly price
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
1
SD
N/A
$10.99
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
2
HD
N/A
$16.99
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium
4
4K
N/A
$22.99
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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

Netflix features

Netflix comes with numerous features that make streaming a seamless and accessible experience. You can set up multiple profiles, so every member of the household can create their own watchlist and get personalised recommendations. There is a special Kids profile and you can set parental controls. Streaming works well on all devices Netflix is compatible with.

Additionally, you can download content from Netflix to watch offline, watch with closed captions or subtitles and even adjust playback speed. Audio descriptions are available for a lot of titles. There's a Skip Intro button for when you're in a rush and the service auto-plays episodes so you can binge-watch for as long as you want. If you don't know what to watch, you can use Play Something and Netflix will automatically choose a title for you.

How can I download content from Netflix?

Netflix lets you download titles to tablets, smartphones and computers running Windows 10. That way, you can enjoy all your favourite Netflix TV shows and movies when you're on the go without burning through your mobile data.

We have an in-depth step-by-step guide on how to download from Netflix that will help you get started. Not all titles on Netflix are available for download, depending on licensing rights. However, a big part of the library is accessible offline as well.

How does Netflix compare?

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services in Australia, but the competition is getting fiercer each year. Services like Prime Video, BINGE, Disney+, Paramount Plus and Stan are worthy competitors, with niche services like Acorn TV and Shudder also available to cater to viewers with more specific tastes.

For more information we have done some direct comparisons, including Disney+ vs Netflix, Foxtel vs Netflix and Paramount Plus vs Netflix.

Name Product Simultaneous streams Max video quality Free Trial Period Monthly price
Disney+
Disney+
4
4K
N/A
$11.99
Binge Basic
Binge Basic
1
SD
14 days
$10
Paramount+
Paramount+
3
HD
7-days
$8.99
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video
3
4K
30 days
$6.99
BritBox
BritBox
4
4K
7 days
$8.99
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Which devices are compatible with Netflix Australia?

An 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:


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. Click the link below for a list of stores where you can purchase Netflix gift cards in Australia.

Find out which stores in Australia currently offer Netflix gift cards.

How can I cancel Netflix?

Netflix comes with no strings attached, so you can cancel your subscription anytime. Simply go the Account page and select Cancel Membership. You will still have access to your plan until the end of your billing period and you can restart your membership whenever you want. For an in-depth guide, we have step-by-step instructions on how to cancel Netflix.

Can I access US Netflix in Australia?

Not really. Depending on where you're located, you get access to the local Netflix library, which can differ from the US library due to licensing rights. So if you're in Australia, you get access to the Australian content library.

Keep in mind that Netflix original productions, which make up a huge chunk of the platform's library, are available globally. Plus, there's so much content on Netflix AU that it's doubtful you'll run out of stuff to watch anytime soon.

When will new content be coming to Netflix?

New content is arriving on Netflix on a regular basis – literally every week. We list new releases heading to Netflix at the beginning of each month to make it easy for users to plan their watchlist accordingly.

Alternatively, you can check the Coming Soon section in your Netflix app for a quick overview of upcoming titles heading for the platform.

Netflix Australia FAQs


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 2,000+ TV shows and 4,000+ movies. TV highlights include global hits like Stranger Things, Lucifer, The Witcher, Virgin River, The Crown and more.

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


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    TamSeptember 25, 2019

    Will I get ads in Netflix now if I change my subscription to watch through my Foxtel account?

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      JeniSeptember 28, 2019Staff

      Hi Tam,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      How you get to watch Netflix before your subscription has changed will just be the same.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    MaxSeptember 25, 2019

    How do i update my payment details?

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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,
      Jeni

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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,
      Reggie

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