Comparing Netflix Australia and Quickflix side by side - who comes out as better?
|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 your first month free|
|Starting price per month|
|Contract type||No lock-in||No lock-in|
|Hardware||Smart TV, desktop, gaming console or mobile device||Smart TV, Chromecast|
|Compatibility on your mobile phone||Yes||Yes|
|Compatibility with consoles||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum streaming sessions||Depends on plan (up to four streams)||3 devices|
|Closed captions||Select programs||No|
|Quality||From SD to 4K Ultra||SD and HD available|
|Content (approx)||220 TV shows, 900 movies||275 TV shows, 2,025 movies|
|Hours of content(approx)||5,000 hours||7,000 hours|
|Affiliates include||Netflix USA, Disney, Warner Bros, BBC Worldwide, 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, Village Roadshow, ABC Commercial||Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Disney, Lionsgate, HBO, BBC Worldwide|
|How much data does it use?|
|Who's offering unlimited data on these providers?||N/A|
|30 day free trial, great for kids||Wide range of shows|
|Their cheapest option only offers single streaming||Premium shows are expensive|
Sam McDonagh, Bill Keech and Stephen Langsford created Quickflix in 2003 in Perth, WA. Quickflix aimed to become Australia and New Zealand’s answer to Netflix (which was booming overseas) by offering the same online DVD rental service. And just like Netflix, Quickflix eventually launched a paid streaming service in July 2011.
The Australian owned service boasts around 2,300 titles in its catalogue, with around 275 of those being television shows. Quickflix primary differs from Netflix in its pricing and range. Whereas Netflix offers unlimited access to their entire library for a monthly fee, Quickflix offers a limited range for a monthly fee with extra 'premium' television shows and movies coming at a cost.
Now, let’s take a look at the competition…Back to top
The streaming and DVD delivery service that started it all has finally arrived in Australia. Though we’re only just receiving the service here in Australia, the company has been around since 1997. Just like Australia’s own Quickflix, Netflix began as a DVD delivery service in the US, and in September 2011 began to expand internationally as a video streaming service.
With our current streaming options here in Australia failing to impress consumers, people have gone to extreme lengths to be a part of the Netflix action. Well, the wait is over and as of March this year Australians got the chance to experience the Netflix library without circumventing geoblocking. But, what is Netflix exactly and how does it work?
Netflix relies its own global network of storage servers, known as a content delivery network (CDN), to cache content. This massive network consists of around 1,000 storage systems, with each server storing up to 100TB of data. Not only does this allow for between 10,000 and 20,000 simultaneous streams but it also helps each stream go off without a hitch.
Their massive media library consists of around 220 TV shows and 900 movies in Australia (which will continue to grow every month), including Netflix exclusives like House of Cards, Bojack Horseman and Daredevil.Back to top
Though both services offer wide-ranging selections, they do differ in many ways.
Netflix in Australia only offers Internet streaming, but for a small expense, Quickflix will send you a DVD from their massive collection if it’s not available in their streaming database. Though, there are many scornful reviews around the Internet about the Quickflix delivery system (shoddy DVD quality and poor customer service), so that mightn’t be a worthy reason to ignore the arrival of Netflix.
When you pay for a Netflix membership you get unbridled access to their catalogue, whereas Quickflix, while offering a substantial offering for unlimited streaming, also lock off some content as 'premium' resulting in transactional streaming for more specialised content, like new releases. This is definitely something to consider when choosing a provider, because although Quickflix is priced closely to Netflix, you will likely be forking out extra cash for newer releases.Back to top
It’s also worth considering other ways streaming services may hit your wallet. Firstly, it’s not even worth considering streaming any subscription service if you’re running off mobile broadband.
You’re likely to hit your cap within a matter of hours and incur some pretty drastic excess fees. But even if you are lucky enough to have fixed-line broadband installed, you may still be limited to your usage unless you’re paying for a premium unlimited service. This is why it’s worth considering which providers offer unmetered streaming (streaming that doesn’t count towards your monthly allowance). Currently, Quickflix have no partnerships with any Internet service provider (ISP), so regardless of who you’re with, using Quickflix is going to take up a fair chunk of your monthly data.
Netflix, however, have partnered with Optus and iiNet to provide unlimited streaming for their subscription service. So, if you’re already a customer of either of these ISPs you might be swayed to consider Netflix over Quickflix. All that said, neither company has any lock-in contracts and free trials, so the best way to decide is to try it out for yourself.Back to top
From the top, Netflix offers 220 TV shows and 900 movies, which adds up to about 5,000 hours worth of content, whereas Quickflix boasts 275 TV shows and 2025 movies, adding up to around 7,000 hours of content. This is a given, as Australians don’t have the same access to Netflix as US and UK users, and Quickflix have had a lot more time to spread their wings and build their repertoire in Australia.
But, in terms of content, each service has its ups and downs. When you sign up to Quickflix you’re getting access to some of the most wildly popular television shows around, like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. But again, these television shows are considered 'premium' and will set you back an extra $2.99 per episode. While Netflix Australia is yet to locally finalise rights to big name shows like Game of Thones and Breaking Bad, they do have an expanding roster of high-quality exclusives, like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Daredevil (and if you’re a Marvel fan, you’ll soon see the likes of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage joining the fight on Netflix). There’s also an admirable offering of children’s shows, and restricting your child’s use to the 'Kids' section will make sure they don’t stumble across any inappropriate content.
What’s more is that you will never be asked to pay a premium price to access this content, only your chosen subscription fee. And, if you’ve got a virtual private network (VPN) set up it is possible to circumvent the geo-blocking in place to access the US and UK Netflix libraries. While the legality of accessing another region’s Netflix service is still a little hazy, Netflix founder Reed Hastings views it as 'less bad than piracy' and our own federal communications minister Malcolm Turnbull recently suggested that, due to the wide range of legitimate VPN uses, they will not be a target in the government’s crackdown on copyright infringement.
Quickflix has the benefit of being Australian owned and offers an extensive catalogue that, so far, trumps Australia’s version of Netflix. However, if you want to stay on top of the latest shows, there’ll be a price to pay for premium content. When it boils down to it, the offerings yeah get included with your membership with Netflix far outmatch what’s included in the Quickflix lineup.
The launch of Netflix Australia was a huge success, so the roster of television shows and movies is bound to expand over the coming months, but even their current offering of boundless children’s shows and Netflix exclusives is worth the $8.99 per month. And with the general consensus of VPN use being 'go for it', the US and UK lineups are within reach.
Sorry Quickflix, Netflix Australia wins this round…
How do I sign up to Netflix?
You can sign up for your free trial through the official Netflix Australia website , just click the big 'start your free month button'.
Can I watch Netflix on a TV if I use Google Chromecast?
My broadband connection is quite slow with downloads at about 1.5mbps. Will I be able to stream Netflix? And what if I move to a rural area with slower Internet?
The minimum speed requirement for Netflix is 0.5mbps. So you’ll definitely be able to connect. However, the recommended connection speed for standard definition streaming is about 3.0mbps, so you might experience lag times while viewing. Remember, both Netflix and Quickflix have free trials, so it’s worth trying out for yourself.
Why is Netflix so limited in Australia? And how would I access the US Netflix library?
Netflix have yet to acquire the rights to distribute a number of shows locally in Australia. This is why we won’t see the exact same lineup. Netflix are working on that though, and we’ll begin to see more and more programs added each month. If you’re looking for a larger selection here and now, Quickflix might be for you. Just remember that premium shows will incur an additional fee. But if you are desperate to check out the US library, you could always sign up for a VPN. Check out our comparison list here.
What about new releases, how long after a DVD is released will it become available on Netflix or Quickflix?
It varies; neither company has any hard and fast rules about when they will release a title. It all comes down to the title in question and whether either company can acquire the rights to stream it at release. Netflix have been pretty ambitious on this front though, and in 2013 they claimed their aim was to release movies between 30 and 45 days after the theatrical release. Imagine that!