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 24th March this year, it was estimated that up to 200,000 Australian’s 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 should be a lot simpler. Here we give you the Top 10 reasons to switch from Netflix US to our very own Netflix Australia.
Ultimately the biggest draw of Netflix is its vast library of movies and TV shows available to its users. Now, admittedly, when the Australia version was released it drew some criticism for having a much smaller library than its US counterpart, yet it still has over a thousand different titles, and countless hours of great entertainment right at your fingertips.
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2. One subscription
Users of the US Netflix in Australia must also pay for a VPN service, a service that allows people to watch restricted content from another country. If you use the Australian Netflix, then you only need one subscription– one less cost to consider. It may only save you a few dollars, but hey, that’ll get you another round– provided the round is about half a pint.
3. Free month
All new subscribers to Netflix Australia get their first month absolutely free. Plus, there is no obligation, 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 3 months free.
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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 and when you consider the amount of on-demand shows and movies you get for that, it makes it hard to complain about the range of content.
5. Quality not quantity
You might have heard that the Australian Netflix is about 6000 titles short of the US Netflix library, and this might be true, but even if you were the most devoted Netflix viewer in the history of on-demand TV, you still wouldn’t even get close to watching that much. Think about quality, not quantity, and Netflix Australia still gets some of the best exclusives, like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Daredevil, at the same time as the US. (And if you want a full list of the titles available on Netflix Australia, then click here for a looksie).
6. Australian content
Okay, bear with us on this one. Netflix hasn’t officially announced that it will commission exclusive Australian content yet (though, founder Reed Hastings did hint towards the idea), but if Aussie made content, like Danger 5 and Angry Boys, makes a splash on Netflix it’s a sure bet that they will consider it. Making shows for such a global network would be an awesome boost for our homegrown industry and we should all be in favour of that.
If you’ve got kids then Netflix is about to be your best friend. The kids selection that Netflix Australia offers is amongst 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 some classics, like Digimon as well). Click here to see the range of kid's content available.
Like most Internet users, Australians have the need for speed, and the relatively quick speeds bode well for Netflix. They allow you to get your favourite content through faster than you can say The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Additionally, purchasing Australian Netflix will negate the need for a VPN, which can sometimes slow down your Internet connection.
How many 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
As time rolls on and Netflix keeps unpicking the complicated licensing issues relating to popular shows and movies, the library will keep getting bigger and better. Netflix Australia is looking to add new content every month, so in time, we might have just as much as the US. Why not get in now and be there as the new content rolls out?