After years of service in other parts of the world, global streaming giant Netflix will finally be making its Australian & New Zealand debut on March 24th. While no pricing information was released, there was plenty of important information for prospective local customers.
When the service launches on March 24, you’ll not only be able to access Netflix from its website, but also through your PS3 & PS4, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Wii U, Apple TV, iOS & Android Smartphones and Tables, and will work with Google Chromecast devices. Netflix has also announced that customers of iiNet & Internode need not worry about their download caps, as they’ve signed an agreement with the ISP that allows Netflix content to be unmetered. “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. “iiNet is proud to facilitate consumers’ access to this great entertainment service.”
As far as what’ll be available day one, Netflix has confirmed that its own original content (House of Cards, Marco Polo), as well as content licensed from local distributors such as the ABC, Roadshow Entertainment & Beyond Distribution. In addition, Netflix will offer various plans at launch, a single-stream standard definition plan, two-stream high-definition plan and four-stream 4K ultra-high definition “family” plan. “Many Aussies and Kiwis have heard a lot about Netflix over the years, and we’re excited they’ll get to experience our unique blend of Netflix original content, local series and films, and popular movies and TV shows from around the world, all for a low monthly price,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive officer.
Netflix ANZ joins a growing number of local streaming services, including the recently launched Stan, Presto & Quickflix.