It is hard to deny that Netflix’s entrance has made video streaming much more accessible for Australians. Before its official launch in the country in 2015, it was estimated that around 200,000 Australians visited the site through US VPN.
With plans starting at $8.99 per month and one-month free trial for new users, Netflix is accessible in laptops, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. Payment options include debit/credit card, Paypal, or gift cards (sold at retail shops).
Along with streaming popular TV shows from all over the world, Netflix also produces its own TV shows such as House of Cards, Narcos, Stranger Things, and more, as well as reboots/remakes of old series such as Gilmore Girls (A Year in the Life), Arrested Development, and Full House (Fuller House).
What’s the verdict? Well, firstly, the plans are designed a bit sneakily. While the $8.99/month plan is the one being advertised, it only offers Standard Definition quality – you will need to upgrade to the $11.99 plan to get HD quality in two devices, which makes it a bit more expensive than Stan ($10/month) and a number of Foxtel Play packages ($10/month).
Other than that, Netflix is quite reliable – with an extensive range of TV shows and films in various genres, the streaming service will satisfy you just fine. Indeed, you won’t be able to watch Game of Thrones (whose rights are owned by Foxtel) and Sherlock (whose rights are owned by Stan). However, with the stable website, the no-fuss billing and subscription system, and the wonderful, Netflix-exclusive shows that your friends are also watching, there’s no reason not to give Netflix a try.
- Extensive range of shows
- Stable streaming service
- Subscription and billing system that is easy to navigate
- Need to upgrade to a more expensive plan for HD quality and more screens
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars