Netflix hikes up Australian subscription pricing

Alex Kidman 28 June 2017 NEWS

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From today you'll pay more for your streaming fix, but is it cheaper to just sign up for a US Netflix account?

The imminent introduction of the so-called "Netflix Tax" on online goods and services has made itself apparent at Netflix Australia itself, with the company announcing new pricing on all plan levels for its popular streaming service.

From today, or whenever your next billing month accrues charges, the cost of your Netflix Australia plan will rise by either $1, $2 or $3 to $9.99, $13.99 and $17.99 per month respectively. Here's how the new and old plan pricing compares:

Netflix Australia pricing
Plan name Basic Standard Premium
Old monthly price $8.99 $11.99 $14.99
New monthly price $9.99 $13.99 $17.99
Stream quality SD SD/HD SD/HD/Ultra HD
Maximum simultaneous streams 1 2 4

Many Australians signed up for Netflix US before it launched here using a VPN, so it might be tempting for some to look at what Netflix US charges. Using Netflix US is supported in Australia, but only (officially) with the Australian content catalogue available to you. So how does US pricing compare to what we're going to pay?

Netflix Australia vs Netflix US pricing
Plan name Basic Standard Premium
Australian monthly price $9.99 $13.99 $17.99
US monthly price US$7.99 US$9.99 US$11.99
Equivalent Australian price* $10.53 $13.17 $15.81
Stream quality SD SD/HD SD/HD/Ultra HD
Maximum simultaneous streams 1 2 4

*Conversion rates as of 28/06/17

If you only want the basic plan, Netflix Australia is still your best option, but a US account for either the standard or the premium plan is somewhat cheaper. We haven't added in any commission or transfer fees that you may have to pay for using US currency either, as those can vary depending on your financial institution. We also haven't included any US sales taxes in those equations, which could apply depending on which state in the US Netflix thinks you live.

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