View Finder: Let’s talk about more Aussie content

Nick Broughall 27 January 2017

Glitch

Australian streaming services are getting an influx of local content, which is great news across the board.

I was (belatedly) reading the New York Times' review of the best TV shows of 2016 this week when I noticed the inclusion of the ABC's Glitch in the best International TV list. While its presence makes perfect sense, the fact that Netflix was confirmed to co-produce the second season was news to me, and was a key reminder of the importance of local content in the streaming battleground.

Netflix has long been the service dragging its heels on local content. Stan was quick out of the gate with No Activity and the Wolf Creek miniseries, and more on the way. Even Presto, rest its soul, had Home and Away exclusive specials and mini web shows.

While the Glitch news wasn't actually new news, it was a stark reminder of the importance of locally produced content on the range of streaming platforms. Especially given that this week we've seen a huge focus on Australian content.

First up there's Ozflix, the all-Aussie video on demand platform that launched on Australia Day. While it's still definitively in its infancy both in terms of its content range and its app support, the promise of being able to rent every Australian movie ever made is a huge one. The service launched with 200 movies, and aims to offer over 2,000 eventually.

Foxtel also jumped on the Aussie content bandwagon this week with confirmation it would be offering the second season of Let's Talk About, which originally debuted on Presto. Both seasons of the short series will be available to stream on Foxtel Play (now Foxtel Now) and Foxtel Anytime from 19 February, with Foxtel extending the length of each episode in season 2 to 11 minutes each.

On top of that, we already know that Stan is committed to a heap of local content for 2017, from satirical drama Merchants of Misery to Matt Okine's The Other Guy plus shows Chaperones and All Thumbs.

So basically, Netflix has been dragging its heels on the local content play, but it's still positive to see it is dipping its toes in the Aussie pool with Glitch. Here's hoping the show's international success gives the streaming giant confidence to stick its whole foot into the pool soon.

Small win for Android Netflix users

Last night I dragged my wife out of a reverie by audibly whooping while browsing Facebook. While she was expecting some huge success, I was simply celebrating Netflix's latest update to its Android app which now lets users download shows to an SD card.

The inability to download shows to an SD card on Android was the only issue I had with the offline features of the service, so armed with a 128GB microSD card, I guess I'm destined to watch a whole lot more Netflix on my commute now.

Get Streaming this week

Last week I may have mentioned how I've been watching a lot of the CW's DC superhero shows recently. Well, this week Netflix Australia is going to be offering Riverdale, the US network's take on Archie. This is one of those shows that will be made available in Australia week by week following its US airing, rather than dropped in one big friendly bingefest.

This isn't exactly a new strategy for Netflix, as it's offered the same weekly option for other shows like Designated Survivor. Stan has also been in the weekly programming game for a very long time with series such as Ash Vs Evil Dead, for example. But it's interesting to see that Netflix is beginning to offer more and more programming in this fashion.


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