Netflix will begin streaming in Australia on March 24
NETFLIX has announced it will begin streaming in Australia and New Zealand on March 24.
The TV and movie streaming service has been available in the US and UK for years but has yet to come down under.
Starting today, consumers in Australia and New Zealand can find the latest updates on Netflix content and social happenings via the company's local Twitter and Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr accounts.
While the service is the same as the one available overseas, Netflix has confirmed the availability and timing of content will be restricted for Australians because of regional licensing agreements.
A Netflix representative pointed out that Netflix are working hard to solve regional licensing issues but could not provide a firm timeframe.
Netflix will be available on all major Australian broadband operators.
Pricing details have still not been released, but Netflix will partner with internet service provider iiNet to offer unmetered streaming.
Customers of iiNet, the nation's second-largest DSL Internet provider, will be able to use Netflix without it counting against home data caps, under the first un-metering agreement announced with a major broadband provider in Australia.
"Offering our customers quota-free access to Netflix is yet another demonstration of iiNet's commitment to providing our customers great, hassle-free entertainment experiences," said David Buckingham, chief executive officer of iiNet.
At launch, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) will be available on smart televisions manufactured by Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense, and Fetch TV's second-generation set-top box.
Film and TV fans can also access Netflix on game consoles, including Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3™) and PlayStation 4 (PS4™), Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo's Wii U, as well as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Apple and Android tablets and smartphones.
Mobile users who sign up for specific plans offered by Vodafone in New Zealand will receive several months of prepaid service, whilst consumers purchasing Microsoft's Xbox One at select stores will receive three months prepaid access to the Netflix service, starting 24 March and for a limited time only.
From launch, consumers will be able to purchase Netflix gift cards in denominations of $20, $30 and $50 at participating Australian retailers, including Woolworths, Coles, Big W, 7-Eleven, Australia Post and Officeworks.
Netflix will offer a single-stream standard definition plan, two-stream high-definition plan and four-stream 4K ultra-high definition "family" plan. Details on monthly pricing will be available at launch.
Internet-connected users will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or Ultra HD 4K where available.