Popular TV and Movie streaming service Netflix will be making its way to Australia in 2015.
So Netflix is a pretty great way to stream movies and TV shows for a single, monthly fee... if you happen to live in the US of course. For those of us in various other countries around the world, we're SOL, and considering that some things are exclusive to the service, there's actually no legal way for us to watch them. Thankfully, Netflix has now finally announced plans to expand Down Under, promising to bring (some of) the content US users currently enjoy to Australia and New Zealand.
"Internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or even 4K where available. At launch, the premium and unique Netflix offering will include such original series as Marco Polo, BoJack Horseman and, among many kids titles, DreamWorks Animations All Hail King Julien," said the company in a press release. The key word here is "curated," which is the fancy way of saying "you're not gonna get everything."
However, Netflix did promise that the ANZ service would expand in 2015 to eventually offer Bloodline, Marvels Daredevil, Sense8 and Grace and Frankie. There's no word on when the rest of the US content will make it down to the ANZ region, but we can probably assume it will happen slowly over the next couple years.
Netflix will be available at launch in Australia and New Zealand on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers and a range of Internet-capable game consoles and set-top boxes. Additional details on pricing, programming and supported devices will be available at a later date.
It's great to see the big US streaming services make their way down to Australia. Now, if only we can get Hulu to notice us...