Netflix, the streaming juggernaut from the US, is set to launch in Australia in March. While the exact date of the launch, or fees for the service, have not yet been made public, Netflix has announced that local Australian productions will be part of their streaming catalog.
Netflix has made a deal with Australian producer and distributor Beyond Distribution to offer several comedy and children’s television shows for their Australian subscribers. These shows include the comedy specials “Jimeoin: Something Smells Funny”, Kitty Flanagan: Hello Kitty”, and “Carl Barron: A One Ended Stick” among others.
For younger viewers Netflix Australia will have several seasons of the mermaid shows “H2O: Just Add Water” and “Mako: Island of Secrets” as well as the series “Lightning Point” which follows two girls from another galaxy who end up in a small Australian seaside village.
The popular science reality show “Mythbusters” will also be available on Netflix. Many of these shows are already available to US subscribers of Netflix.
VP of Sales for Australia and New Zealand at Beyond Distribution, Joanne Azzopardi, mentioned in the press release “Netflix has been a very successful platform for our content worldwide and we are thrilled to now be extending this relationship to include Australia and New Zealand.”
Sean Carey, VP of content acquisition for Netflix continued the praise for the Netflix/Beyond partnership by saying the following, “We’re excited to include these top-notch local titles on our Australian and New Zealand services. The partnership with Beyond Distribution will bring Netflix members entertainment from local shores and abroad that we know they will spend many hours enjoying.”