View Finder: Forget winter, the streaming shows are coming

Nick Broughall 14 July 2017 NEWS

Bojack horseman

And let's not forget about the impact of that Netflix price hike.

Earlier this week, the streaming team here at finder decided to crunch the subscription prices for Netflix around the world, taking note of our affordability ranking both before and after the recent GST-related price hike.

The results were hugely surprising. Before 1 July, when the GST charge was added to each subscription tier for the streaming platform, Australia was the 9th cheapest country in the world to access Netflix when you averaged out the price of each subscription tier.

After the price went up, our ranking dropped to 170.

Now, it's worth noting that for many countries, Netflix charges in US dollars at the same price point that Americans have to pay. As such, the price increase simply saw our average price become slightly higher than the US, and in turn, a huge part of the rest of the world.

But it's still quite the fall from grace. And while I'd still vehemently argue that a Netflix subscription is well worth the price of entry, it's a shame to know that we're now one of the most expensive places in the world to get a Netflix subscription.

If you do want to save money on your Netflix subscription, perhaps consider a move to Mexico, where you will only have to pay an equivalent of $11.62 for the premium 4K plan.

Gaming of Thrones

Foxtel was cutting it a bit fine with the launch of its PS4 Foxtel Now app. With Game of Thrones set to return on Monday for Australians, finding a legal avenue that delivers a HD (albeit 720p) stream to the big screen was going to be a challenge.

But the Now app launched earlier this week, and now owners of the PlayStation 4 will be able to watch the battle for Westeros on the big screen effortlessly.

Get ready to give up sleep

Usually I take a small amount of time in this column to highlight a few of the cool new trailers that have been released over the previous week, but this week has been insane.

Netflix, while fairly quiet on the trailer front, has been going crazy with air-date announcements. In news that should excite every human and horse on the planet, Bojack Horseman is back on 8 September. Season 3 was spectacular, and it's exciting to see how the dysfunctional horse can top that in its fourth season.

2016 breakout hit Stranger Things will be back for season 2 on 27 October. How will the return of Will Byers impact the town of Hawkins? How did Eleven come to terms with the glory of 80s hair metal after the end of season one? (Probably just livin' on a prayer). I can't wait to find out.

Then there was the news that Netflix is adapting The Umbrella Academy comic into a series. There definitely won't be a shortage of shows to watch on Netflix in the closing months of 2017 and beyond.

Across the steaming platform divide, Stan announced that its newest Aussie original, The Other Guy, will be available on 17 August, and it released the first trailer:

Given the recent calls for more Aussie content, the timing for the show is perfect.

Also in August, Amazon Prime Video subscribers will finally get something new and exciting to watch since the end of American Gods, with the full launch of Peter Serafinowicz's The Tick. The trailer looks pretty exciting, and while there will undoubtedly be a huge, ongoing debate about whether Serafinowicz or Patrick Warburton wore the blue costume better, the mere fact this made it to a full season is enough to celebrate.

Each week, View Finder rounds up the latest news in TV and movie streaming in Australia.

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