After a protracted launch that has seemingly taken years, the Netflix Australia website is now live. The site is now offering users a free months access, with plans starting from $8.99/month.
The site offers users the option to sign up for their first free month, with options for an 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 plans are month-to-month so you can upgrade or downgrade your plan at any time.
A welcome sight on the Netflix page is of course the FAQ which answers quite a few questions. But it’s even nicer to see a 1800 number (1800 071 578) listed on the site if you have any questions.
The options for streaming depend of course on your TV, with options for FullHD(1920×1080 resolution) or Ultra HD/4K (3840×2160 resolution) content. The quality of stream is also dependent on the quality of your internet access, with Netflix advising the following speeds will be required :
- 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
- 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
- 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
- 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
- 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality
Bandwidth usage is also something to consider, with Netflix offering approximate usage scenarios based on quality :
- Low (0.3 GB per hour)
- Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
- High (best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD, 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)
There’s quite a bit of support for Netflix in terms of devices, with a long history in the US, there’s compatibility with almost every Android device made – as well as full support to Chromecast your stream to a larger screen.
For a look at which content is available you can check out the leaked list that came out last night, or you can simply search through the library that’s available once you sign up for your free trial. If you’re interested in checking out Netflix, head on over to the website and sign up for your free trial – you’ll need a Credit Card or PayPal account to get under way, but it’s fairly simple to do.