Introducing Netflix Australia
Netflix has grown rapidly since its launch in Australia back in 2015. The streaming giant offers an impressive library of TV shows and movies, from classic episodes of your favourite series as well as brand-new content. Recently the company has had an increasing focus on original productions, with their 2018 production Roma winning several Academy Awards and gaining popular acclaim. And while Netflix has gone from strength to strength, there are signs it is getting even better, primarily by addressing its Achilles’ heel – content being unavailable in some regions but being available in others. Netflix is working on securing a global library, meaning that we should all gain access to the entire Netflix catalogue in the near future.
What makes Netflix unique?
Until then, there’s still plenty to binge. Not only has Netflix amassed an incredibly impressive library in a relatively short period of time, but the network has completely changed the way we watch TV. Instead of circling our favourite programs in the calendar and counting down the days, we now watch when we want to watch – not when the networks want us to. The influence has been so significant that Netflix has pushed its competitors to do the same, revolutionising the television market to create what’s now known as ‘streaming’.
In the network’s early days of streaming, Netflix made its name by buying up rights to popular shows and movies – just like a video store would. Over time however, Netflix has come to pride itself on its original content, ranging from award winning Netflix TV shows to documentaries, movies and kids series. Black Mirror, Orange Is the New Black, Stranger Things, Narcos, Master of None and The Crown are only a few of the shows that brought the streaming giant both critical acclaim and numerous awards.
In addition to a focus on original titles, Netflix consistently seeks to expand its library with some of our favourite shows. Just recently Netflix added Seinfeld to its global library, letting fans re-watch while also bringing the sitcom to a new generation. In addition, Netflix’s stand-up specials – a focus for the past few years – have swept up awards across the globe and are worth the price of admission alone.
How much does Netflix cost?
Netflix offers three subscription plans. For those who have subscribed to networks with ‘tiered’ plans before, you’ll be happy to know that all Netflix packages grant access to the entire Netflix Australian library. Even better, there is no ‘on demand’ component – which can significantly bump up the cost when it comes to pay the bill at the end of the month. Whatever plan you take, you can be sure that you’ll pay no more than that set amount come bill time.
The cheapest, at $9.99, offers SD streaming on one screen at a time. The Standard Plan costs $13.99 and bumps the quality to HD, allowing you to watch on two screens simultaneously. Meaning you can easily share the subscription with a friend. Finally, the Premium Plan, at $17.99, comes with 4K streaming on four devices at the same time, which is perfect for families or larger households. Don’t forget that all Netflix plans come with a 30-day free trial which lets you try before you buy.
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How much data will Netflix use?
With Netflix, there are four data settings. You can access the Your Account page from a web browser and select Playback Settings to pick your desired one. On Low, it will burn around 0.3 GB of data per hour. On Medium, around 0.7 GB per hour for SD. On High, the recommended setting, you’ll get the best video quality, but it will consume approximately 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD. Finally, there’s the Auto setting – adjusts playback automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current Internet connection speed. Read more about how Netflix uses data here.
Add Netflix to your Telstra account
Already with Telstra or thinking about signing up? Telstra’s partnership with Netflix gives you another reason to go with Australia’s biggest telco. Taking Netflix with Telstra is quick and easy; just add the streaming service in your Telstra plan and you’ll be able to access all of your TV content through the one interface – while also only receiving one bill. You can also do so with Netflix’s 30-day free trial – for more information and a guide on how to sign up, check out our Netflix from Telstra review.
What devices are compatible with Netflix Australia?
Pretty much any device you can imagine. Netflix works on PCs, Macs, mobile devices, streaming devices, game consoles, smart TVs, and so on. Plenty of Australia’s main pay TV networks will incorporate a Netflix app into their set-top box – Telstra for instance has seamlessly integrated Netflix into its offerings. These days, it’s almost impossible to find a device that doesn’t play Netflix.
|Smart TVs||Yes|| Select Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony|
|Gaming Consoles||Yes|| PS3, PS4, PS VITA, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Nintendo Wii U|
|Blu-ray Players||Yes|| |
Select LG, Samsung, Sony
|iQ4 Set Top Box||Yes|
|PCs and Mac||Yes|| |
Microsoft Windows XP 3 or later; Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later (Google Chrome 37+, Firefox 3+, Safari 8+, Internet Explorer 6+, Microsoft Edge)
|Amazon Fire TV||Yes|
Alternatives to Netflix in Australia
If you’re not particularly keen on the Netflix library, there are alternatives. Local service Stan offers a slew of exclusive content to catch your eye. Foxtel Now is a worthy competitor as well, throwing live TV into the mix as well, as well as allowing users to watch shows on demand anytime. Amazon Prime is catching up, but while their library is large – much of their content is only available on an ‘on demand’ basis, which can end up costing you plenty. For more information, compare streaming services here. And rest assured, they all offer free trials and come with no contracts. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t try them all to find out which one – or ones! – tickle your fancy.
Contact Netflix Australia
For any issues regarding your Netflix subscription or inquiry on their services, you can get in touch with their customer support team through their website live chat or by calling them using the Netflix app on Android or iOS.
Netflix has revolutionised the television experience for millions of Aussies. It is remarkable to think that Netflix has only been around in Australia since 2015. Now, Netflix shows rank among some of our absolute favourites and the company is amassing a library few can compete with. The focus on original content and the news that the company is moving towards a ‘global library’ is just another reason why Netflix is here to stay.