About Netflix

As the original all-you-can-watch streaming service, Netflix has been offering movies and TV shows to its customers in the US since 2008. Luckily for us, in recent years the streaming giant expanded to many other countries around the world, and Australia finally got its own local Netflix in early 2015. Three different subscription plans are offered, which vary in both the amount of devices that can be watched on the account simultaneously, and in the video quality of the stream itself. Content is continually being added to the library, with Netflix producing a growing range of quality shows itself, such as House of Cards, Daredevil, Bloodline, Jessica Jones, Sense8 and even the chat show Chelsea.
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All three of Netflix’s monthly subscription plans offer unlimited streaming of the entire library on any supported device. The entry-level plan, at $8.99/month, allows you to stream in standard definition to only a single device at a time. For $11.99/month you can stream in 1080p high definition on up to two devices simultaneously. And for $14.99/month, you can stream at resolutions up to 4K HD (what Netflix calls “Ultra HD”) on up to 4 devices at the same time. There is no lock-in contract on any of the plans, and you can switch plans at any time.

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Netflix Review

It’s been four years since the good ship Netflix first left its home port in the USA. It has docked in Canada, South America, and Europe. Now, the biggest name in streaming video on demand (SVOD) has finally anchored in Australia.

But what exactly has moored in our harbours? Is Netflix Australia the same mighty ship, plying wares from around the world? Or have legal storms and rights management whirlpools reduced it to bare timbers?

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Netflix FAQs

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.
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 http://www.speedtest.net 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!

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.

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