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Netflix Australia Launch Date Revealed: 24 March 2015

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Netflix has just announced it's launching in Australia and New Zealand on 24 March 2015. Before you sign up, here's everything you need to know.

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Its official: Netflix will be streaming across the two countries at the end of March. All the details are beginning to stream in and we're keeping on top of them. What else can we tell you? Heaps.

Starting prices have already been leaked and they're penned to rival its biggest errr- rival, Stan. The cheapest package you can get with Netflix is going for a crazy $8.99 (per month). However, this package will only deliver streamed content in standard definition and is limited to one device. Pay more, and you'll get higher def and be able to hook up multiple devices to the service. Compared to Stan, this minimum option is $1 cheaper, but Stan's $10 package does offer you high definition at that price, so you weigh up your options.

Speaking of subscriptions, they will be on a three tier system, which includes: a single-stream standard definition plan ($8.99 per month), a two-stream high-definition plan ($11.99 per month), and a four-stream 4K ultra-high definition "family plan" ($14.99 per month). This is similar to the US model.

Customers will be able to purchase Netflix gift cards in denominations of $20, $30 and $50 from participating Aussie retailers including, Woolworths, Coles, Big W, 7-Eleven, Australia Post and Officeworks.

Start saving up now.

The short of it: Netflix is a streaming service set to rival Foxtel, Stan, etc. that allows members to access an enormous amount of content (TV series, movies and TV programs) on demand and for a small monthly subscription fee. The service is very popular in the US and UK, and its move to Australia will be highly anticipated.

Netflix Australia at a glance

  • Netflix Australia Release Date: 24 March 2016
  • Price: Starting at $8.99 a month
  • Plans available: Single-stream standard definition, two-stream high-definition, four-stream 4K ultra-high definition.
  • Where can you buy credit? Woolworths, Coles, Big W, 7-Eleven, Australia Post, Officeworks
  • Broadband providers: All major broadband providers will be able to stream Netflix.
  • Smart TV compatibility: Netflix will be available on Smart TVs by Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense, and Fetch TV's second-gen set-top box.
  • Game console compatibility: Netflix will also be available using: Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3™) and PlayStation 4 (PS4™), Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U
  • Other compatible devices: Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Apple and Android tablets and smartphones.
  • What shows will be available: One word: HEAPS. Specifically we're personally eyeing: House of Cards, Downton Abbey, Vikings, Marco Polo, Homeland, Luther, The Killing, Doctor Who, Sparticus, Arrow, Orange is the New Black, The Originals, The IT Crowd, Arrested Development, Pompeii, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Torchwood, Summer Heights High, Great Expectations, Top Gear, House Suits and a plethora of children's titles. Because who else is going to babysit them, right?

What does Netflix offer?

Netflix dominates US and UK markets with its stellar selection of top-rated series, sports and movies. Netflix subscribers have immediate and on demand access to series such as Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Breaking Bad (and spin-off, Better Call Saul), and Orange is the New Black, as well as classic movies, TV shows, and new release films.

The content Australian subscribers will have access to through the soon-to-be-launched local version is still just speculation. But if your ears are pricked about a new way to watch, check back with finder.com.au over the next few weeks for the latest updates. When we get them, we will examine the details and what they will mean for Australian viewers.


How do I get Netflix for free?

Like it's competitors, Stan and Presto, it's been said that Netflix will be offering free 30 day trials so Australians can try the streaming service before they buy. Clear your calendars, this is going to be one mammoth month of free entertainment.


iiNet customers quota-free access to Netflix

This will no doubt be the first quota-free access agreement of many, but Netflix has announced that it has teamed up with major broadband provider, iiNet to provide hours of entertainment - including the first three seasons of House of Cards - with none of the usage counting toward your home data cap. Seriously. Go nuts.


Get Netflix with your Vodafone plan

Netflix has announced that they will be offering Vodafone customers (in New Zealand, sorry Aussies!) with several months of prepaid service alongside specific plans.


Get Netflix with your Microsoft's Xbox One

In the market for a new XBox? Your timing is impeccable: Netflix will be offering three months of prepaid service to customers who purchase Microsoft's next-gen console at select stores. This offer is for a limited time only so be quick.


What Netflix won’t offer (and how to get around it)

Many believe that the Australian version of Netflix will be weak on content compared with its US and UK counterparts due to licensing conflicts, but from what we hear, their entertainment offerings still remain quite diverse.

On top of original Netflix series and some Netflix favourites, customers will also be able to access content from distributors including Roadshow, Beyond Distribution, ABC, and Disney. Stay tuned for more details as they come in on what entertainment they will and won't offer.

Netflix (and all legal streaming services) operate on a location basis and must adhere to the licensing laws of each region. It’s for this reason that Australia is technically geoblocked out of the Netflix content. However, there are already thousands of Australian Netflix subscribers who have been using location blockers and other work-arounds to access the content.


Netflix VPN: Netflix’s plan to block VPN users and what this could mean for Australians already streaming movies online

Netflix’s move to Australia has a lot of tongues wagging, but the Australian viewers of Netflix are among some of the most worried. There are a number (some estimate in the thousands) of Australians using VPNs to access (and pay for) the US version of Netflix.

Since Netflix announced its Australian launch, some Australian subscribers who have been accessing Netflix have reported being blocked from accessing the site.

It should be noted that these reports (reported by CNET, TorrentFreak and Forbes, among others) remain unconfirmed. Netflix is also denying both that it is blocking VPN users from accessing the site, and that there are a significant number of subscribers who are hacking the geoblocks.

The theory is that with the impending move to Australia, Netflix wants Australian subscribers to sign-up for its location specific service, and is blocking users trying to access the site from a VPN or similar service. The fear is that the Australian version will be far weaker in the range of content offered.

It is impossible to detect and block all traffic arriving from a VPN (DNS spoofing is easier to detect). The better VPN services will change their server’s frequently to avoid problems like one of the IP addresses getting noticed and blocked. There are a number of little tweaks you can easily make to your settings if you’re having problems.

How do VPNs and Netflix work?

VPNs. VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) mask your true IP (your identification number), encrypt your data, and protect any identifying information that you send out when you use the Internet. They are normally used for privacy purposes. They can also be used to ‘change’ the appearance of your IP address. So, instead of your native IP showing up when you try to access a site (for example Netflix), a different IP address will appear in its place. For example, one originating from the US. There are different types of VPNs, but as a rule, VPNs will affect all the information that travels between your computer and the Internet (including apps). Most VPNs require you to download and install a software to your computer and most of the better (more secure) services are available for a small monthly fee.


How does Netflix compare to Foxtel, Stan, and other on-demand services?

There's a lot of hype around Netflix finally (finally!) coming to Australia, but how does it compare to other services?

Netflix is most similar to Stan, in that you can watch both through IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), pay on a monthly basis (that you can cancel anytime), and you can watch both on multiple devices. Netflix will likely require a higher internet connection than Stan. Foxtel, on the other hand, locks you in to a 12 month contract, although you can still access it through multiple devices.

We've compared every streaming and on-demand service side by side, so you can make a better decision before you decide on any one of them.


Netflix Review | Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Convenience. Netflix is a major player in the new generation of TV and video entertainment, providing on demand, easy-to-access content that is streamed directly to your computer, TV or mobile device.
  • Price. Netflix and similar sites are cheaper compared with traditional Pay TV models.
  • On Demand. All content on Netflix is available ‘On Demand’ so you don’t need to wait for your favourite show to come on. You can just click a button.

Cons

  • Restrictions. Netflix enjoys such popularity in the UK and US because it owns the rights to an enormous range of quality and in demand content. A large percentage of this content won’t be available to Australians using the Australian version of Netflix .

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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16 Responses to Netflix Australia Launch Date Revealed: 24 March 2015

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    Ilonka | May 27, 2016

    With the one device plan, can I move my Apple TV to another TV and watch it from there.

    • Staff
      Alex | May 31, 2016

      Hi,

      That shouldn’t be a problem as the account should sign in regardless, as long as you’re not also watching Netflix on another device at the same time (say, a laptop or a phone).

      Regards,

      Alex.

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    tomas | March 23, 2016

    i want to change my payment option as i have a new credit card number
    .

    • Staff
      Brodie | March 31, 2016

      Hi Tomas,

      Changing your payment method with Netflix is simple. Follow the steps below:

      - Visit the Netflix website and log in with your account details
      - Click the profile image in the top-right hand corner of the screen
      - Click “Your Account”
      - Under “Membership and Billing” click “Update payment info”
      - Enter your new credit card details or PayPal info and click “Update payment method”

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    Ian | January 15, 2016

    I have a skymesh wireless connection can this be used to watch netflix movies, can this be used to transfer movies to the tv. When I use this service am i charged for the data I use from my service provider

    • Staff
      Brodie | January 18, 2016

      Hi Ian,

      You should have no problem streaming Netflix to your TV with a Skymesh broadband connection. However, there are two factors to consider before signing up. Firstly, do you have enough data? Netflix will use roughly 1GB (standard definition) – 3GB (high definition) of data per hour, which is fine if you have a large amount of data included on your broadband plan, but a little problematic if you have anything lower than 100GB per month. Secondly, do you own a Netflix compatible device? There are many ways to watch Netflix, including, but not limited to smart TVs, PC, video game consoles, smartphones and tablets.

      Check out our guide to watching Netflix without a smart TV by clicking here.

      Hope that helps,
      Brodie

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    Kerrod | January 11, 2016

    Good day team,

    I have had Austar installed in my house for over 15 years now, but I have recently disconnected due to the amount of movie repeats, and especially the amount of adds, so basically I was paying around $ 90 a month to watch old repeated movies as well as the adds.
    I am interested in getting Netflix Australia premium, but will this interfere with my normal free to air channels that I get now? And /Or, do they have the Australian free to air stations as well. And are there any adds on Netflix?

    Cheers
    Kerrod

    • Staff
      Alex | January 12, 2016

      Hi Kerrod,

      Netflix is delivered purely through your internet connection, so it will make no change whatsoever to your free to air channels at all. However, as they use a delivery on demand model — so you select the program you want to watch and it streams at that point — they don’t carry Australian (or indeed any) free to air channels at all. There are no advertisements on Netflix.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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    Newtotvstreaming | August 31, 2015

    I can see that plans start at $9 something per month. Where do I find out the information on the different plans?

    • Staff
      Brodie | September 1, 2015

      Hi Newtotvstreaming,

      You’ve come to the right place. Check out our Netflix Australia review for everything you need to know about plans and pricing. At this page you can also compare Netflix Australia against other streaming providers, like Stan and Presto.

      Thank you,

      Brodie

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    Janne | June 7, 2015

    i already have Foxtel with 3 boxes, what can Netflix offer me that I don’t get with Foxtel. I have 3 TV sets, 1 desktop computer, 2 laptops, an android tablet and an iPad, can I get Netflix on all of these?

    • Staff
      Brodie | June 9, 2015

      Hi Janne,

      Please note that finder.com.au is an online comparison service and does not represent Netflix Australia or Foxtel. Netflix and Foxtel are two very different services. Netflix offers on-demand streaming and a massive library of television shows and movies, meaning you can watch what you want when you want. Foxtel, on the other hand, still sticks to scheduled viewing. In our opinion, the main benefit that Foxtel still holds over Netflix is its live coverage of sports.

      For a monthly fee of $14.99, you can stream Netflix Australia on up to four devices at any given time (including each of the devices you’ve listed above). You can install Netflix on as many devices you like, however, on the basic plan you will only be able to stream one of those devices at a time.

      Hope that helps,

      Brodie

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    mops | May 8, 2015

    will Netflix enable us to watch sporting events from USA and Canada

    • Staff
      Brodie | May 11, 2015

      Hey Mops,

      Unfortunately not. Netflix only offers prerecorded television shows and movies. The only paid service in Australia that has comprehensive sports coverage is Foxtel (Fetch TV has a small range of football channels).

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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    Brian | April 3, 2015

    If I watch one movie per day, what will my approx. cost be per month. Standard Definition

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      Stephanie | April 7, 2015

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your question.

      How much you’d pay per month would depend on a number of things, including what broadband plan you are on (data / data cap fees), the quality of your stream, and how many hours of play you’re using,

      According to Netflix, you use up about 1GB of data per hour for each stream in standard definition, and up to 3GB per hour if you’re in HD.

      Assuming you only stream in standard definition, and each movie is approximately 2 hours long, you’d be using 2GB of data per day on Netflix. That would equate to 62GB per month (in a 31-day month). The subscription fee for this month’s Netflix is $8.99, and the rest you’d pay would depend on what your broadband plan is and how much data it allows. If you’re on an unlimited broadband plan, you won’t be charged any more than the plan’s amount for whatever data you use, however if you’ve got a data cap, you might be charged more for going over it.

      I hope this helps,

      Stephanie

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