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Netflix Australia prices up again: What are the cheaper alternatives?

Posted: 17 September 2020 12:35 pm
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Australia's most popular streaming service is going to empty your pocket even more.

Today Netflix has upped the prices on both its Basic and Standard plans. There is no change to the cost of Premium plans which increased by two dollars per month in October 2019.

Prices will increase by a dollar per month on Basic plans moving from $9.99 to $10.99. The Standard plan is jumping up from $13.99 to $15.99, so you'll be up for an extra two bucks per month. This is the first price rise on Basic and Standard Netflix Australia plans since 2017.

It's a very bold move from Netflix given that there has never been more competition in the Australian streaming market. What it also tells us is that Netflix doesn't feel threatened by the competition.

It was only in March of this year that it binned Australian free trials. Netflix must simply be of the belief that its customer base is loyal and its content is superior. And with its monster share price, it's not like you can say it doesn't know what it's doing.

Netflix alternatives

Is this price rise the straw that breaks the camel's back for you? Well, no worries, cancelling Netflix is easy. Best of all there's an abundance of streaming free trials available, allowing you to get over your Netflix break up quicker than you can find a rebound on Tinder.

Some of the most noteworthy free trials include:

While free trials are certainly handy, price is the all important factor here. Both BINGE and Stan's basic and standard packages cost $10 and $14 per month each. So you could swap your Netflix subscription straight out for either of them leaving your bill at the same price. Stan also has a 30-day free trial available.

If you're looking to cut even more costs from your monthly streaming bill, Amazon Prime Video, hayu and iwonder are just $6.99/month. Of those, Prime Video is the only one that offers 4K streaming. There are also added benefits like free shipping and Amazon Music. Prime Video's TV shows library also recently surpassed Netflix with over 2,000 titles.

Speaking of added benefits, yesterday Apple announced the launch of Apple One subscriptions. Its own streaming service Apple TV+ alone is $7.99/month, but you can now bundle it with Apple Music, Apple Arcade, iCloud storage and more, so it's somewhat similar to Amazon.

Then there's, of course, the family-friendly service Disney+ available for $8.99/month or $89.99 annually. Like Netflix, it too no longer offers a free trial. You can see a full list of Netflix alternatives here.

Netflix comparisons

Still not sure what to do from here? We have several Netflix comparison guides to help you out.

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