Netflix Australia pricing, content leaks: will you be signing up?

By David Flynn, March 22 2015
Netflix Australia pricing, content leaks: will you be signing up?

It'll be easier for Aussie globetrotters to tune into Netflix when the streaming video service launches in Australia this coming Tuesday, March 24 – but how much will you pay, and what shows will be on offer?

If a leak discovered by a canny user of the Reddit forum is on the money – and there's every sign that's the case – a Netflix Australia subscriptions will range from $9 to $15 per month, depending on the quality of video and how many screens you want to use at the one time.

The entry-level $8.99/month deal gets you standard definition video on a single screen – be it your TV, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone. That'll require about 3Mbps as your download speed.

A more detailed HD stream will cost $11.99/month and includes a second simultaneous stream onto another device, as long as your Internet speeds can deliver a reliable 5Mbps downstream.

A mix of 4K ('Ultra HD') and HD streaming to up to four screens will set you back $14.99 per month, with 4K demanding a fully-fibre NBN connection with download speeds north of 25Mbps.

Update: Netflix has now confirmed these prices.

For a sneak peek at the Netflix Australia shows, check out these alleged screenshots from the service's content library.

We know that many Australian Business Traveller readers already subscribe to Netflix in the USA by dint of some clever technical work-arounds.

But for those who've been waiting for Netflix to launch in Australia, making its vast catalogue of TV shows and movies available with zero hassle, are the reported prices and show roster hitting the mark for you to sign up?

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David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2011

Total posts 232

eh - nah.

Have too many other things to be doing than to sit down for hours, day & months watching stuff. Maybe one day after all those things done I'll think about it.

By then we'll probably use 3D printers to make our own 1,000,000K holographic TVs and all that content will cost $1,000,000,000 after adjusting for inflation.

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

It's a good thing you managed to find some time in your too-busy-to-watch-TV schedule to post comments on the internet!

Mal
Mal

14 Jun 2013

Total posts 360

$9 per month is pretty good, I'd watch mainly on my laptop or tablet so don't need HD. Pretty tempting.

22 Mar 2015

Total posts 4

That's really aggressive pricing from Netflix AU. I already subscribe to Netflix US on their USD$8 plan which actually costs me something like AUD$10.50 on the current exchange rate. On top of that I pay for a VPN to access the US service. If Netflix AU has the same content as the US for AUD$12 then it's a no-brainer for me to switch.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

Total posts 715

I agree Cameron, low cost is fine but it's content that matters most. if it has aired in the US, it should be available here at the same time, but often there are long delays due to local restrictions vested interests have created here (or it isn't offered at all).

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

27 Jan 2015

Total posts 29

My biggest question is how do switch from USA pricing to AU pricing while still keeping the same account with all of my history and data.

It would be great not to have to pay the exchange rate ontop of the cost, as I am currently paying around AU$15 per month for the HD 4 Screen package.

If anyone has any tips how to do this, that would be great

I'm going for $15 subscription. With VPN I can be watching shows while travelling internationally. 

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

Great, now can we do something about internet pricing?

When I lived in the US, I got unlimited broadband data down my cable TV cable for $49.95 a month. That was pretty good. I watched a lot of Netflix.

Then I moved back to Australia, and it turned out every single plan has some data limit. And not some huge theoretical data limit designed to stop you running a commerical data centre from your apartment, but piddly little data limits that mortals can easily use up if they're not careful. "But luckily", I thought, "the NBN is being rolled out to my area soon, so once that happens it'll be better!"

Nope. I've got a fibre optic cable (old-school Labor Party NBN) and I still can't get unlimited data. In fact, data isn't any cheaper! It still costs the same ridiculous amount, except now I can run through a monthly quota in, like, five seconds if I'm not careful.

So I've given up on home broadband internet and I just use mobile data.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

Comparable pricing to stan and presto definitely give it a look

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 533

uhh Netflix, When they announanced about coming to Australia I suddenly lost access via the Roku, but still had access via mac, windows, ipad, iphone etc. After hours and hours of trouble shooting I can not still get the **&^&% Roku working.

 


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