Netflix to undercut rivals by $1 a month in Australia
NETFLIX will undercut its main rivals by a $1 a month when it launches in Australia on Tuesday.
Netflix monthly pricing options, which were first leaked on Reddit, include:
• Single-stream standard definition plan for AU $8.99
• Two-stream high-definition plan for AU $11.99
• Four-stream 4K ultra-high definition "family" plan for AU $14.99
A free, one-month trial of Netflix will be available to all new members signing up at www.Netflix.com.
Stan, which is owned by Fairfax Media and the Nine Network, is priced at $10 per month, but offers high definition streaming at that price.
Netflix's other key rival, the Foxtel- and Seven Network-backed Presto, is priced at $9.99. It only offers content in standard definition.
Members can catch up on seasons one and two of the critically-acclaimed series Orange is the New Black, in advance of season three's global premiere on June 12, where Australians will also find the entire new season on Netflix the same day it's available around the world.
Netflix will also be the exclusive premiere home for season three of the political drama, House of Cards.
Netflix members will be able to instantly watch an array of Netflix original series, stand-up comedy specials and documentaries, including the family thriller, Bloodline, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek and Kyle Chandler.
Also available will be the epic adventure story of Marco Polo; the sharp and witty Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live; Aussie comedian Jim Jefferies: Bare; DreamWorks Animation's The Adventures of Puss in Boots; and the Academy Award-nominated documentary Virunga.
In the coming months, Netflix members will enjoy the gritty action drama Marvel's Daredevil; the dramatic thriller Sense8, the highly-anticipated movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny and comedy series Grace and Frankie.
Content providers include Warner Bros., BBC, FOX, NBC Universal, Village Roadshow Entertainment, Beyond Distribution, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and The Walt Disney Company.
Netflix says many titles will be available in high-definition, Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and Ultra HD 4K, where available.
Members can stream on nearly any Internet-connected screen including smart televisions, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Apple iOS, Windows and Android tablets and smartphones.
Data charges may apply for mobile and home broadband connections.
The service also will be available on Fetch TV's second-generation set-top box. Film and TV fans can also access Netflix on game consoles, including Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3™) and PlayStation 4 (PS4™), Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo's Wii U.
Consumers also will be able to purchase Netflix gift cards in denominations of $20, $30 and $50 at participating Australian retailers, including Woolworths, Coles, Big W, EB Games, 7-Eleven, Australia Post and Officeworks.