10 reasons to ditch the American service and purchase your Netflix on home soil.
Welcome the clash of the online entertainment giants – Netflix versus itself! Before the release of Netflix Australia on 24 March 2015, it was estimated that up to 200,000 Australians were already signed up for Netflix US, and were accessing their content through VPN providers.
Now that we have our own Netflix over here, things are a whole lot simpler. If you're still mucking about with VPN settings and Netflix proxy errors, here are the top ten reasons to switch from Netflix US to our very own Netflix Australia.
Ultimately, Netflix's biggest draw is the vast library of movies and TV shows available to its users. Admittedly, when the Australia version was released it drew some criticism for having a much smaller library than its US counterpart. However, now that it's had a few years to hit its stride, there are thousands of high-quality titles to choose from, with dozens more arriving every single week.
To see just how massive the Australian Netflix library has grown, simply head on over to our complete list of Netflix Australia TV shows and Netflix Australia movies. With so many thousands of titles, you're bound to find something to tickle your fancy.
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2. One subscription
To access US Netflix, you need to pay not just for a Netflix subscription but also subscribe to a VPN service. Depending on the particular service, this could end up costing you just as much as Netflix on its own, making it quite an expensive proposition.
What's more, using a VPN comes with its own slew of problems, from the technical to the ethical. On the technical side, Netflix has recently ramped up its VPN countermeasures, blocking the IP addresses of many popular VPN servers to prevent users from accessing content outside the country they're based in.
While there are workarounds for this, it's a frustration you don't have to deal with by sticking to Netflix Australia.
3. Free month
All new subscribers to Netflix Australia get their first month absolutely free. Plus, there's no obligation to stick around, so if you decide you don’t really want it after all, you can cancel at no cost. Also, certain Internet service providers and subscription services like Xbox Live are offering up to three months free as part of their subscriptions.
4. Generous pricing
At finder.com.au we love value for money, and that's where Netflix shines. The plans range between $9.99 for the basic package to $17.99 for the premium plan. When you consider the generous amount of on-demand shows and movies you get for the price, it makes it hard to complain.
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5. Quality not quantity
While the Australian Netflix library has grown significantly since launch, there's still no denying that the American catalogue has it beat in pure numbers. However, quantity isn't everything and the calibre of movies and TV shows lining Netflix Australia's digital shelves more than makes up for the US size advantage.
Not only does Netflix Australia get plenty of blockbuster movies and hit US TV shows, it benefits from Netflix's keen focus on original content. Since Netflix Originals like The Crown, Stranger Things and Daredevil release at the same time around the world, Aussies get to watch some of Netflix's best content just as soon as America does. (And if you want a full list of the titles available on Netflix Australia, then click here for a look-see).
6. Australian content
Netflix has already commissioned its first original Australian series, with the supernatural thriller Tidelands beginning production in Queensland sometime in 2018. Combined with the increasing number of Australian-made movies and TV shows available on Netflix Australia, it's clear that the streaming service knows its audience. You certainly won't be getting any Upper Middle Bogan if you stick with the American Netflix, that's for sure.
If you’ve got kids, Netflix is your best friend. The kids selection that Netflix Australia offers is among one of its greatest benefits. With hundreds of hours worth of content, a range of parental controls and shows like Power Rangers, Beetleborgs and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you simply can't go wrong (and you're bound to get a kick out of some classics like Digimon as well). Click here to see the range of kid's content available on Netflix Australia.
Like most Internet users, Australians have the need for speed. When accessing Netflix Australia, most Aussie Internet connections have no trouble streaming your favourite shows and movies at high quality without a hitch.
However, if you take the VPN route to watch the American Netflix, it's quite likely you'll experience slower Internet speeds and even complete dropouts due to the way the technology works. This makes for a poor viewing experience, and is especially frustrating when it occurs right in the middle of a critical scene and jolts you back into harsh reality.
How many Internet-connected devices do you have? Two? Three? Most of us have a least one screen in our lives, and Netflix Australia will allow you to watch premium content on up to four devices at once on the premium package. That daily commute is about to get much easier. Click here to find out how to set up Netflix on your device.
10. The best is yet to come
Netflix Australia has already improved by leaps and bounds over what it was when it first launched. The library has grown significantly, yet it still maintains a high bar of quality that the American catalogue lacks.
As Netflix continues to push its own original content and wrangles more deals with Australian publishing companies to get local content onto its shelves, the Down Under streaming service is only going to edge out its American counterpart even further. There's already more great content on Netflix Australia than any one person could hope to watch in their lifetime, and it's only going to get better as time goes by.