News: Netflix Arrives In AU & NZ Next March
It hasn’t been a well kept secret that Netflix will arrive in Australia and New Zealand soon, but now, thanks to an upside down tweet by the streaming giant, a date has finally been announced.
This is rather huge news for both countries since Netflix is already the largest on-demand IPTV streaming provider (despite not yet officially available) in either Australia or New Zealand.
But if Netflix’s tweet is anything to go by, we should see two new libraries arrive on the scene within the next four months.
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 18, 2014
No word yet on pricing, but Netflix hasn’t made a reputation of itself for massive differences between their current countries, and they will no doubt want to appear very competitive to the currently active local scene.
As for content, Netflix usually brings a range of American, British and international series and films, as well as local shows – including some in-house productions, and has the following to say:
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 Animation’s All Hail King Julien.
Netflix, available on hundreds of Internet-connected devices, will also be home to the critically acclaimed documentaries Virunga and Mission Blue, and stand-up comedy specials Uganda Be Kidding Me, Live, from Chelsea Handler and Jim Jefferies’s BARE, among many others. The Netflix ANZ selection will expand in 2015 to include highly anticipated original series family thriller Bloodline starring Ben Mendelsohn, Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini and Sam Shepard; the gripping Super Hero tale Marvel’s Daredevil featuring Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson and Vincent D’Onofrio; Sense8, a new globe-spanning thriller series from the creators of The Matrix trilogy and Babylon 5, and, from the creator of Friends, Grace and Frankie with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
Would this mean the end of Australians and New Zealanders accessing Netflix via Smart DNS or VPN? Probably not, as a great deal of content is already tied up with local competitors, and Smart DNS in particular will enable existing or new Netflix subscribers to continue accessing Netflix’s entire global library.