Netflix Australia has been growing steadily since its launch in Australia back in 2015. The streaming giant offers an impressive library of TV shows and movies, with a special focus on original productions. Plus, the service is working on securing a global library. Which means that, if all goes well, we should gain access to the entire Netflix catalogue sometime in the near future.
What makes Netflix unique?
Until then, there’s still plenty to binge. Netflix prides itself on its original content, ranging from award winning Netflix TV shows to documentaries, movies, and kids series. House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Stranger Things, BoJack Horseman, Master of None, The Crown are only a few of the shows that brought the streaming giant both critical acclaim and numerous awards. Furthermore, the library refreshes periodically, so there’s no chance of running out of titles to watch.
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How much does Netflix cost?
Netflix offers three subscription plans. All plans 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 $17.99, comes with 4K streaming on 4 devices at the same time. Perfect for families.
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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.
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. It’s almost impossible to find a device that doesn’t play Netflix.
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. Most recently, it delivered the new Twin Peaks series express from the US. 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 slowly – their library isn’t very generous at the moment. 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.
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.
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Netflix Australia FAQs
How do I watch Netflix on my TV?
With many years of US service under its belt, Netflix has the lead when it comes to ease of watching its content on your big-screen TV at home. No matter what sort of TV you’ve got, if you have an internet connection ready to go, then there’s a quick and easy way to get Netflix onto the TV. For the huge number of households that own one of the current or previous generation game consoles, you’ve already got the device you need sitting right there – just download the Netflix app to it, sign in and go. The vast range of devices that you can plug in to your TV range from the bargain-priced (Google’s Chromecast dongle, which lets you browse and stream Netflix from your phone or tablet) through to popular “streaming hub” devices like Apple TV. Many recent-model “smart” TVs also have a Netflix app built right into the TV’s menus.
What sort of internet connection will I need to stream Netflix?
For starters, you’ll need a broadband connection, and because of the amount of data that Netflix uses (like all other streaming services) we’d highly recommend you don’t opt for a 4G-based “mobile broadband” connection.The speed of your connection is the main decider of just how high-quality the resulting picture can be; Netflix uses a clever streaming system that adjusts the quality of the show being streamed to you, based on how fast you’re able to stream it. The very minimum speed you need to get Netflix to work at all is only 0.5 megabits/sec, but the recommended speeds are 3 Mb/sec for SD, 5Mb/sec for HD and a hefty 25 Mb/sec for 4K “Ultra HD”. This puts HD streaming within reach for a vast number of people even on copper-line ADSL broadband; if you want to check your own broadband speed, pop over to any speed test available via a Google search, and run their quick test to see whether your home broadband is HD-ready.You can also limit the amount of data Netflix uses (at the expense of quality) if you’re restricted by a small monthly data allowance. Streaming 1080p Netflix uses about 3GB of data per hour – that quickly adds up, and you’ll want to make sure your broadband plan can handle the load. Many large ISPs now offer “unlimited” plans that take the worry of the monthly cap away completely, and they’re well worth looking into if you plan to be doing a lot of binge-watching!
Where’s the latest season of Netflix Originals?
While Netflix offers a vast array of TV shows and movies, the model that they use for the service is different to that of the free-to-air TV channels and pay TV. TV shows are offered in full seasons, completely free of advertising and almost always starting from the very first episode, but the most recent season of a show generally won’t show up on Netflix until a year or so after it has finished airing on broadcast or pay TV. If you add your favourite shows to your watch list, Netflix will let you know when a new season arrives. In the meantime, there’s an enormous amount of drama shows, sitcoms, movies and documentaries to discover.Based on what you’ve been watching (and especially how you’ve rated it – you can rate everything out of five stars) Netflix will start recommending things that you might like, too. It’s like having an entire video library’s worth of content on tap wherever you are.The exception to this is, of course, Netflix’s collection of first-run shows (and soon, movies) that they’ve produced themselves. These include acclaimed shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bloodline, Sense8, Daredevil and even animated comedy in the form of BoJack Horseman. These shows will always be seen on Netflix first and, in most cases, can’t be seen anywhere else.