Netflix Australia vs Quickflix: How do the two services differ?

While Netflix has become incredibly popular Down Under, Quickflix is still providing value to veteran customers.

Netflix Australia Quickflix
What service is available? Streaming Streaming and DVD rental
What content is available? TV shows and movies TV shows and movies
How to buy Click here for full details Click here for full details
Starting price per month
  • Single stream - $$9.99
  • Double stream - $13.99
  • Four-device stream - $17.99
  • Streaming - $0 (pay-as-you-go)
  • DVD + Blu-ray rental - $20
Maximum streaming sessions Depends on plan (up to four streams) 3 devices
Popular content
  • Arrival
  • Moana
  • Doctor Strange
  • Passengers
How much data does it use?
  • SD - 1GB/hr
  • HD - 3GB/hr
  • Ultra HD - 7GB/hr
  • SD - 675MB – 1.3GB/hr
  • HD - 2.3GB/hr
  • Pros
30 day free trial, great for kids Wide range of shows
  • Cons
Their cheapest option only offers single streaming Premium shows are expensive
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What is Quickflix?

Quickflix started out back in 2003 as a platform offering the same online DVD rental service Netflix was perfecting overseas. It targeted Australia and New Zealand and eventually launched a paid streaming service in 2011 to keep up with SVOD trends.

Due to the growing popularity of competitors like Netflix and Stan, Quickflix started to struggle in the past few years. The company went into administration in April 2016, but was resurrected by US-based privately owned Karma Media Holdings and shifted its focus to offering more blockbuster titles on a pay-per-view basis, as well as maintaining their DVD rental service.

Nowadays, Quickflix is still running the DVD and Blu-Ray rental service, dubbed Red Carpet. You can also get a streaming plan which provides free access to the library and allows you to pay-as-you-go for the titles you want to stream.

However, it looks like Quickflix’s blockbuster section is currently gathering dust. While the platform gained some traction after the relaunch with popular titles like Moana or Wonder Woman, the most recent releases now listed on their website include Bushwick and The Hunter’s Prayer, both B movies from 2017.

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What is Netflix?

The popular platform started out as a DVD delivery service in the US and switched to offering a streaming service in 2011. It quickly began to expand internationally, currently being available in nearly 200 countries around the globe - including Australia, since 2015. The library was initially small, especially compared to the US one, but it steadily grew over the course of the following years.

Netflix offers a subscription-based service that allows you to watch as many titles as you want for a monthly fee. There are three subscription plans available. You can pick based on how many people will be using the account and the quality you’ll want for the streams.

The service offers a balanced mix of televisions and movies from all genres, with a big focus on original content. Popular Netflix original shows include Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and The Crown. Notably, the platform won its first Academy Award in 2017, for the impressive documentary Icarus.

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What’s the difference in pricing?

Netflix offers three subscription plans. The Basic Plan costs $9.99 and includes streaming in SD on one device at the time. The Standard Plan, priced at $13.99, offers HD streaming on two devices simultaneously. Finally, the Premium Plan comes with 4K streaming on four devices simultaneously for $17.99/month. Netflix doesn’t offer a DVD rental service in Australia.

On the opposite side, Quickflix’s Access plan, for streaming, is free. Anyone can sign up to access the platform’s library and then pay as they go for the titles they actually want to watch, with prices starting from $5.99 to rent. Once signed up, you can choose to pay $6/month to gain unlimited access to a decent catalogue of movies available to stream. This also buys you one new release rental monthly.

Quickflix’s Red Carpet plan costs $20/month. This enables you to take out two disks at a time, return as often as you like to get new disks sent. No late fees apply.

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What's the difference in data?

Streaming video burns through your data allowance. That’s a given. How much data you’ll burn watching a movie, however, will depend on your connection and the quality of your stream.

In order for Quickflix streaming to work, the service recommends having between at least 1.5 Megabits - 3.0 Megabits per second speed for SD content and at least 5.0 Megabits for HD content. They don’t disclose exactly how much data streaming burns, but this works out at roughly 675MB – 1.3GB of data used per hour when streaming in SD and approximately 2.3GB per hour when streaming in HD.

Meanwhile, watching content on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video.

Needless to say, streaming on mobile data isn’t a good idea. Quickflix doesn’t allow offline viewing – for that, you’ll have to rent out the DVDs. Netflix enables users to download content on their mobile devices when to on WiFi to watch later.

Even on WiFi, it’s best to keep an eye on your usage when you have a limited plan with a monthly data cap. If you’re the lucky owner of a plan with unlimited data, feel free to stream as much as your heart desires.

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What the difference in selection?

Quickflix’s content is quite limited as far as streaming is concerned. The platform offers movies – a mix of old and new. More recent blockbusters include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Arrival, Doctor Strange, and Passengers. Classic titles available on the service range from Dog Day Afternoon to Harry Potter. Some documentaries are also available. If you go for the Red Carpet subscription, you’ll be able to rent out TV DVDs as well.

Netflix, on the other hand, offers a balanced mix of movies and TV shows, with new titles added every month. The service is investing billions on original content, which includes movies, documentaries, TV series, and kids’ shows. At the same time, the platform is also streaming recent TV titles like Riverdale or Dynasty express from the US, with episodes arriving in Australia on a weekly basis. The most popular original titles streaming on Netflix include Stranger Things, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Black Mirror, Queer Eye, Narcos, and more.

Although quite extensive, Netflix’s Australian library is still smaller than its US one. It’s possible to circumvent the geo-blocking in place to access the US and UK Netflix libraries, but we advise against it as this is against Netflix’s terms of service. Plus, there’s more than enough content available in Australia to keep you glued to the screen for months to come.

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What's our verdict?

There’s no way around it – in a battle between Netflix and Quickflix, Netflix comes out on top thanks to its extensive library and affordable subscription plans. If you’re an avid streamer and value new releases, there’s a small chance that Quickflix will satisfy your content needs.

On the other hand, if you’re old-school and prefer to rent out DVDs, Quickflix is still a fine way to go. Since you can return DVDs as often as you want, the amount you’ll be able to watch ultimately depends on the speed of the Australian Post.

Sorry Quickflix, Netflix Australia wins this round…

FAQs

What devices can I use to stream content from Netflix and Quickflix?

Both streaming services work with a wide variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, game consoles, smart TVs, and Google Chromecast.

Can I watch Netflix and Quickflix with a slow connection?

The minimum speed requirement for both Netflix and Quickflix is 0.5mbps, so you can connect to both service with a slower than recommended connection, but might experience buffering.

How long after a new release will become available on Netflix/Quickflix?

This depends on various deals streaming services have in place with distributors, so we can’t provide a time frame. However, Netflix has been striving to make movies available as soon as possible. The highly-anticipated sci-fi flick Annihilation, for instance, was on Netflix Australia less than a month after its theatrical release in the US.

Why is Netflix’s Australian library more limited than its US one?

Not all shows available on US Netflix will be available in Australia as well. That depends on the various deals Netflix signs when acquiring streaming rights. It’s the same reason why certain titles can disappear from the library after a certain amount of time. Or why some titles are available to stream in Australia at a given time, but not in the US (it happens!).


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    JohnDecember 21, 2015

    I’m old, rather highbrow, have just one smart TV,(Samsung LS02)want to know who has the biggest selection of the sort of films I like: Woody Allen, Hitchcock, foreign films, documentaries, opera,…

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      BrodieDecember 23, 2015Staff

      Hi John,

      You’ve got great taste. Unfortunately, no Australian streaming service has a significant collection of Woody Allen or Hitchcock. I’d recommend searching for them on iTunes. Netflix does have a decent selection of documentaries though, check them out here.

      Cheers,
      Brodie

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    August 28, 2015

    I have a smart Samsung 55″ smart TV is your system compatible ?

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      BrodieAugust 28, 2015Staff

      Hi Rob,

      Please note that finder.com.au is an online comparison service and does not represent Netflix Australia or Quickflix. Both Netflix and Quickflix are compatible with most Samsung Smart TV models. If you could provide me with the model of your Samsung Smart TV, I could confirm its compatibility.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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    August 28, 2015

    Hi have you got a list of TV shows ?

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