With over 53 million subscribers, the U.S. subscription-based video streaming service, Netflix, will be heading to Australia and New Zealand in March 2015.
Australian and NZ users will be able to subscribe to Netflix, for a "low monthly price" and stream from "a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows" in HD or 4K (where available) on smart TVs, computers, tablets, smartphones, Internet-capable game consoles and set-top boxes.
No further details on pricing has been revealed, nor has details on whether we can expect any content difference between the US and local.
Australia and New Zealand will join 50 other countries including Canada, the U.K. and Ireland, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland.
This past September saw Stephen Langsford, CEO of Australian streaming service Quickflix, challenge Netflix to "come through the front door" in Australia and New Zealand and accused the American based streaming service of looking the other way in letting a large number of Australians and New Zealanders get away with using certain measures to mask their Australian IP address and use the website, which according to Mumbrella, approximately 200,000 Australians already do.
I will be very interested to know what exactly they mean by "low monthly price" and "a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows".
I do believe Netflix can come out on top but only if they bring over a lot of their American catalogue of TV shows and movies, if they do then they can sign me up.