Netflix Australia - The Major Player in Streaming
Last updated August 22nd, 2020
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, such as the hugely successful Sex Education and Tiger King.
What Is Netflix?
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.
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.
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 $19.99, 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.
Everything you need to know about Netflix…
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What Shows and Movies does Netflix Offer?
Neflix has a huge library that covers just about every TV and Movie genre ever made. Whether you like classic indie movies from Europe, true crime documentaries or binge-worthy series, Netflix more than has you covered. Here we’ve broken down some of their most searched categories to show you some of the standout content available.
Netflix Premium Drama
Thanks to their original content and partnerships with some of the world’s biggest production companies, Netflix features some of the biggest shows and series from the past and present. Here’s just a glimpse of what to expect.
Docuseries on Netflix
Netflix has become somewhat of a home for docuseries, specifically in the true crime genre. They say that ‘truth is far stranger than fiction’, and these shows below highlight that phrase perfectly!
Best Movies on Netflix
Nothing beats a good old fashioned movie to wind down in front of after a hard day at work or a long weekend. Netflix literally have hundreds of titles to choose from to perfectly fit your mood, a few of which we have listed below.
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.
Can I add Netflix to my 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.
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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.
Devices supported on Netflix
– Apple TV: Yes – Apple TV 2 and later
– Chromecast: Yes – Available on many Chromecast models
– Smart TVs: Yes – Select Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U
– Fetch TV: Yes
– Blu-ray Players: Yes – Select LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic
– iOS devices: Yes – App available on models running iOS 12.0 or later; earlier Netflix version may run on iOS 5.0 or later
– Android devices: Yes – Available on Android 2.3 or later; current version requires Android 5.0 or later
– Telstra TV: Yes
– iQ4 Set Top Box: Yes
– Windows Phone: Yes – Phones that currently have the Netflix app installed can continue to stream (Note: the Netflix app for Windows 10 Mobile has been discontinued)
– PCs and Mac: Yes – Via Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari browsers; Edge (Windows only)
– Amazon Devices: Yes – Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube
– Vodafone TV: Yes
– Foxtel Now Box: 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.
Is Netflix right for me?
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.
What’s On Netflix
With its massive library of original shows and movies being added to almost every single day, Netflix is a TV fan’s dream – but there can be so many new arrivals to dig through, it’s easy to miss some of the best that Netflix has to offer. That’s why our team of Netflix watchers makes sure to let you know about the latest must-see TV shows and movies on the world’s biggest streaming service. You can check out our monthly picks for the titles to start streaming first, and check out our picks for the top 10 shows to stream every month – all included in your Netflix subscription! And remember, if you’ve ever wanted to browse everything Netflix has to offer, we’ve got you covered with the complete list of Netflix movies and shows.