Netflix US vs Netflix Australia and Why You Should Stay with Netflix Australia

Information verified correct on October 21st, 2016

10 Reasons to ditch the American service and purchase your Netflix on home soil.


Netflix-AustraliaWelcome 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.

1. Content

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 we love value for money, and that's where Netflix shines. The plans range between $8.99 for the basic package to $14.99 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.

7. Kids

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.

8. Speed

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.

9. Devices

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?

Frequently asked questions

Can I watch Netflix on a TV if I use the Google Chromecast? Does this work in Australia?

The Google Chromecast is compatible with Netflix, and is available in Australia. To use it you simply plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port on your television, download the Netflix app and you are free to access all of your Netflix content straight through your TV.

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network is an internet service that allows users to hide their location on the internet, amongst other uses, this allows internet users to pretend they’re in other countries and access geo-blocked content. If you want to know more about VPN providers and what they offer, take a look at the comprehensive guides and special offers on our website.

What channels do I get with Netflix?

Netflix doesn’t offer live channels, all of its content is available on demand. At the moment most of the content offered is American, so if you like watching live TV, sports or events then you’ll need a standard TV package alongside your Netflix subscriptions. We’ve got some in depth guides available, so have a look around the website to pick your provider.

How is streaming in rural areas?

Internet speeds do vary from place to place, but with the National Broadband Network attempting to connect the whole country to fast, fibre optic internet, most people should have the option of getting hooked up. Netflix also publishes a handy guide to recommended internet speeds, which is here:

  • 0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed
  • 1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed
  • 3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality
  • 5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality
  • 25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality

It’s worth checking with your provider or online what speed your internet is before you choose your Netflix package.

Can Australians still sign up for Netflix in the US?

It is possible to view the US version of Netflix in Australia, for that you will need to subscribe to a Virtual Private Network provider, and then subscribe to the US version of Netflix. Signing up to the Australian Netflix will not give you access to the US version, or vice versa.

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