Netflix Australia | Price, features and content compared

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Netflix has taken Australia by storm. With offline viewing, 4K streams and heaps of original content, here is what you need to know.

Before Netflix officially launched in Australia in March 2015, it was estimated that over 200,000 Australians have been accessing the USA version using VPN to hide their IP address. Since then though, Netflix has become an essential part of the Australian streaming landscape, with an affordable asking price and huge amount of local and international content.

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 free. If they choose to continue service plans start at $8.99 for a single standard definition stream. There are no contracts with Netflix so you can cancel the service at anytime, but your credit card that was used to sign-up will automatically be charged for the service each month.

If you have obtained a coupon code for Netflix services, you can get your discount when you sign up for the service. 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)$8.99$11.99$14.99
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 anytimeYesYesYes
First month freeYesYesYes

Not only can you cancel at anytime, you can change your plan if your needs change. Differences in rates will be prorated to account for the difference.

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.

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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:

Computer

  • PC
  • Mac

Gaming console

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox 360
  • Wii U
  • Wii

Tablet and mobile

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iPod Touch
  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • Windows tablets
  • Windows Phone

Smart TV, streaming media player and other

  • 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

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 through your computer.

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Why is Netflix in Australia and why it's 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 $6.5 million US dollars (USD). 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.

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The international expansion of Netflix

Netflix began offering its video streaming services to Canada in September of 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 they 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 makes it impossible for Netflix to provide the exact same content to foreign 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 Australia and New Zealand video streaming market, 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 our international Netflix TV and movie lists.

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Where can I buy a Netflix gift card?

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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
  • 7-11
  • Target
  • Woolworths
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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: Approx. 300MB p/hour
  • Standard Definition (SD):  Approx.  700MB p/hour
  • High Definition (HD): Approx. 3 GB p/hour
  • Ultra High Definition (UHD): Approx. 7GB p/hour

Not sure what quality you're streaming at? There is a way to check (see below), but essentially, if you're paying for the basic package, you're streaming in SD, up to HD with the standard package and up to 4K (assuming you have a 4K capable television) 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. If you do have a data limit, however, or even worse, you're streaming on a mobile network, data usage is something you should seriously consider, as 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 you want to do the opposite and maximize 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 are 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 will.

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 on at the same time?
A: This will depend on the membership plan that 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 has changed the video streaming industry instantly, as Australians now have more choices than ever before when it comes to choosing a video streaming service provider. Before you make any final decision, check and compare the features and prices to find the one that has what you want for the right price.

Q: Am I charged in USD or AUD when using Netflix Australia?
A: You would be charged in AUD for the services, Netflix processes the payments locally so that you don't have to be worried about exchange rates.

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165 Responses to Netflix Australia | Price, features and content compared

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    Trevor | January 12, 2017

    Hi,
    If I pay for a monthly subscription, what other cost are involved?

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      Jason | January 12, 2017

      Hi Trevor,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      You’ll only need to pay the monthly subscription fee of Netflix, but you may also take in consideration the cost of data or Internet subscription from your service provider since Netflix requires Internet connection to work.

      Kind regards,
      Jason

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    Marj | January 7, 2017

    Hi, once I sign up to Netflix, do I have to pay any additional costs to view movies selected? Thanks.

      Staff
      Jason | January 7, 2017

      Hi Marj,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      You do not need to pay additional fees to view shows and movies in Netflix. However, you may upgrade your Netflix subscription to gain access to additional features such as HD, Ultra HD and additional number of screens you can watch at the same time for a higher monthly plan.

      Kind regards,
      Jason

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    Valerie | January 4, 2017

    Hi,i have 3 flat screen tvs but they are several years old. Does the tv have to smart tv to be able to view Netflix
    thanx

      Staff
      May | January 4, 2017

      Hi Valerie,

      Thanks for your question.

      Netflix can be accessed through Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Sony Smart TVs and Panasonic Smart TVs. If your old TV can be connected to your laptop or PC through an HDMI cable, then you should be okay to stream Netflix from your PC/laptop to your TV. All you have to do is log in to your Netflix account using your laptop/PC and make sure that the HDMI cable is connected to the HDMI ports on your TV and laptop, then you’re good to go.

      Other devices that Netflix is compatible with are listed above.

      Cheers,
      May

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    Julie | January 2, 2017

    I have foxtel can I get Netflix as well

      Staff
      Anndy | January 2, 2017

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Yes, you can set-up Netflix even if you already subscribed to Foxtel. Please refer to this link for our guide on how to set-up Netflix.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Ian | December 29, 2016

    I’d still vote the US Netflix to be much better. I was just few clicks away from cancelling my subscription but then tried PureVPN, helped me access the US Netflix. You can praise the AU Netflix all day but US Netflix still beats it.

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    Chris | December 27, 2016

    I have had a $50 Netflix card in use since late September, and the TV screen now goes blank when I try to sign in to view movies. How long does the $50 card last, is it a monthly time frame or how many programs/movies I have watched?

      Staff
      May | December 27, 2016

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your question.

      The card will last depending on the plan you chose. Netflix also charges the service monthly not per program watched. So let us say, you’ve chosen the standard package for $8.99 per month, then you can use your $50 gift card for 5 months. Once your gift card balance is consumed, you will need to add another gift card or payment method to your account to continue the service.

      Hope this has answered your question.

      Cheers,
      May

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    Craig | November 29, 2016

    With the netflix basic standard and premium packages. Do they vary in what movies you get and if you get new releases?
    I have basic and the same movies have been there for so long.
    How do i get new downloads or update the package?

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      Anndy | November 29, 2016

      Hi Craig,

      Thanks for your question.

      All Netflix packages (single, double and 4-device) give you unlimited access to shows and movies included in their library. These packages differ in terms of cost, device that can access Netflix contents and availability in HD and Ultra HD.

      New contents will be automatically available to you. If you intend to upgrade your package, you can do so by logging into your account, but be sure to do it before your billing cycle ends.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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      Craig | November 29, 2016

      Hi when does the library update the movies and how often does this happen?

      Staff
      Anndy | November 30, 2016

      Hi Craig,

      Thanks for your follow-up question.

      Netfilix has not definite dates for adding new titles. More often, the release date depends on their contract with studios. More often, a bunch of new titles are added at the beginning of the year.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Johanna | October 28, 2016

    How do I cancel my subscription?

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      David | November 2, 2016

      Could you please cancel my Netflix subscription?

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      May | November 2, 2016

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Sign into your Netflix account, at the top right, will show you your profile. Click on that and it gives you an option “Your Account,” click it and you’ll see “Cancel Membership.” Once you cancel, your account will close out at the end of that billing cycle and you won’t be charged again.

      Cheers,
      May

      Staff
      Anndy | October 28, 2016

      Hi Johanna,

      Thanks for your question.

      To cancel your Netflix subscription, just go to Netflix website and log in to your account. Click the drop down menu located next to the username, then select “Your Account.” Under Membership and Billing, click “Cancel Membership.”

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Max | October 7, 2016

    I have 1 screen and pay $8.99 P.M. how many films or series
    can I view per month for this amount?

      Staff
      Chester | October 7, 2016

      Hello Max,

      Thanks for your question,

      Netflix lets you stream as many movies or series as you want until the last day of your billing cycle. There is no limit on how much you can watch.

      Cheers!
      Chester

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    David | October 5, 2016

    There are no contracts with Netflix so you can cancel the service at anytime, but your credit card that was used to sign-up will automatically be charged for the service each month???

    Sounds like a bit of “Irish” to me. A customer may cancel the service at anytime; “but your credit card that was used to sign-up will automatically be charged for the service each month???” This infers that a customer will be charged even after cancelling the service???

      Staff
      Anndy | October 5, 2016

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your honest comment and feedback.

      To clarify, with Netflix, your credit card will be automatically charged each month unless you cancel your subscription before your billing cycle ends.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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