Netflix planned Australian launch on Tuesday the 24th has been apparently pre-empted by a leak of what appears to be pricing and a dump of their entire catalogue of both TV Shows and Movies. The dump comes from a user on the /r/Australia subreddit who was able to login to the site using a workaround and check out the pricing and then take screenshots of the content catalogue.
As previously announced, there will be three tiers of pricing, a single stream SD plan for $8.99/month, a two-stream HD plan for $11.99/month and a four-stream 4K UHD ‘Family’ plan for $14.99/month. The plan page has a rider at the bottom which reads:
All plans offer unlimited TV shows and movies, on as many devices as you want High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD) availability subject to your internet service and device capabilities. Not all content available in HD or UltraHD.
HD quality streams are offered in 1920×1080 resolution while Ultra HD or 4K content will be offered in 3840×2160. Netflix original series such as Orange is the New Black are all filmed in UHD to flesh out the companies 4K offerings.
Netflix has confirmed this pricing is correct this morning.
In terms of catalogue, this has been the big question for a number of Australian customers already using VPN services to access US or UK based Netflix accounts. There are definitely differences between US and UK, and with various streaming deals already in place it’s assumed that there will be differences with the service on offer here in Australia.
We haven’t had a huge chance to look through the catalogue as yet, but you can check out each category as shown in the screenshots below. The Australian content includes a couple of titles, but is depressingly small. It should be fleshed out more as Netflix becomes more adopted and hence builds more clout to negotiate with local distributors for world-wide distribution.
If you’re wanting to sign up, you should be able to as of Tuesday morning when Netflix will officially launch. The Netflix Android app is already live in Google Play for Australians to download, but you’ll not be able to sign up as yet.
What are your thoughts on Content and the Pricing? Will this make a dent against QuickFlix, Presto and Stan?