Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    It's March 24 in Australia and New Zealand, which means Netflix is now live in the country as promised. New Netflix subscribers in Australia and New Zealand will be able to access Netflix content on their Apple TVs, through the Netflix channel that is now available.

    Netflix plans in Australia are priced at A$8.99 for single-stream access to standard definition content, A$11.99 for two-stream high-definition access, and A$14.99 for four-stream Ultra HD access. All new Netflix subscribers in the two countries can sign up for a one-month free trial.

    At the current time, it appears that content available to Netflix subscribers in Australia and New Zealand is somewhat more limited than content available in the United States. Movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Silver Linings Playbook, World War Z, and The Croods are available on Netflix in the U.S., but are not available in Australia and New Zealand.

    According to The Sydney Morning Herald Australian Netflix has several thousand fewer titles than the U.S. version of the service, but it has 693 shows that are not available in the U.S. or Canada.

    Netflix has said that content available in Australia will improve in the near future as it continues to add additional shows and movies.

    Article Link: Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service
  2. randyj macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2004
    Just tested this and it is working for the US netflix.

    I have been swaping my location back and forth on the iTunes store from Australia to US just for the App to show up. (on Apple TV)

    Now there it is under Australia and it is working fine. (I am using a vpn service to access this)
    Now to sign up for the free Australian trial and compare the 2 services...
  3. mmartinezs macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2014
    What vpn service do you use? I thought netflix was blocking user with vpn services
  4. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    It's also available on the App Store. Finally!
  5. mcfmullen macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2012
    They said content would be better in Canada too when they came here and we're still waiting for that to happen!
  6. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    They never did that. I think there was a spoof article suggesting they would do it.
  7. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    Just a note to everyone thinking 14.99 is expensive for Netflix, Australia's minimum wage is a lot higher than here in the US... In US dollars, it's 14.81.
  8. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Socialists! We here in the greatest country at the center of this flat Earth demand the freedom to ensure that McDonalds workers can only afford to survive eating McDonalds.
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    A few places (generally in the sense of cities/localities essentially) in US are doing something like $15.00/hr as minimum wage, but certainly not many at all.
  10. retroneo, Mar 23, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2015

    retroneo macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    Here's a few comparisons:

    A$16.87 per hour is the minimum wage for employees with the full set of conditions - two weeks sick leave, four weeks holiday leave, long service leave (3 months leave every 10 years), 10 public holidays, 38 hour week before overtime etc.

    For casual employees, like at McDonalds, the minimum wage is 25% higher = A$21.09 per hour = $16.62 USD.

    On top of that your employer must pay you at least an extra 9.5% to a retirement account of your choice.

    Healthcare (free) and prescription drugs (~$30 copay) are included and an additional level of private health insurance is encouraged as well. No tax is payable on the first $18000 of income, and the total income tax paid is 23.9% on an A$80000/US$63000 income (about the average wage).

    Already, more than 60% of credit card transactions are conducted via NFC in Australia - so Apple Pay will be an instant success here. Over 75 million NFC transactions were conducted per month last year - in a country of 23 million people.

    But houses close (<10km/6mi) to the inner city are very expensive to buy here now - making apartments the only choice for a first home unless you choose to live further away.

    Here, the lowest paid Apple Store Retail staff get A$25.69 per hour = $20.25 - highly controversial as it is lower than the major supermarkets.
  11. Aussietaster macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2015
    If only my internet connection was fast enough!
  12. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University so I know all this, I just decided to simplify it for the forum readers. Australia's higher minimum wage is also part of the reason of why I will be moving back there as soon as I graduate so I can pay off my $125,000 student loans "relatively" quicker.
  13. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    You would have to be an illiterate economic numpty to think that the minimum wage has anything to do with price setting at Netflix.
    It would be: what are our costs? And in those costs would be the copyright charge to the 'value adders' that own the copyright to American shows in Australia. What margin to do we want? At that margin what is the likely number of customers, and how many would our competitors get?
    They will be targeting early adopters. They won't be targeting low wage earners. They would only get targeted once the wealthy and middle class markets had been saturated.

    The biggest constraint to adoption here will be the fact that monthly downloads are capped for most people.
  14. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    What? Who's complaining? A$11.99 per month is CHEAP!
  15. therockyroad macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2011
    Bandwidth needed for Netflix?

    What is the minimum bandwidth for Netflix to be usable? I'm in a capital city in Australia but my ADSL2 maxes out at around 3MBits due to my distance from the exchange. No NBN fibre due here for a few years either.
  16. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Here's the specs:

    The require at least 0.5 but recommend 3.0 for SD streaming and 5 for HD.
  17. therockyroad macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2011
    Thanks for that. Sounds like it is worth my trying it out. My TV is not "full HD" anyway.

    Is that quoted price per month or per week?
    (edit: ok I checked and it is monthly)
  18. Zutarano macrumors newbie


    Jun 1, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Yea, for those who don't realise, the 4 screen "Family Plan" is US$11.99 which is roughly A$15.22. So in fact, we are cheaper. No Australia Tax included for once.
  19. AppleP59 macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2014
    But with thousands of less titles.
  20. MacrumoursUser macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2014
    You don't need vpn just DNS like blockless which I'm using and am very happy. Plus it offers DNS adblock.
  21. JoshAlfie macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Yes!! Finally something decent other than Foxtel.
  22. Rusty33 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2011
    Don't fret - you will have all the house of cards you can handle by the time the NBN rolls out in your area by 2078!
  23. ttss6 macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2014
    Also keep in mind that the A$1 is worth about .79¢ when converted to US dollars
  24. mfvisuals macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2009
    SacTown, CA
    So is the news that Australia was given access to Netflix at all or that they are able to access it through Apple TV now?
  25. jsmith189 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2014
    It'll be interesting to see how the contents grows. I've been using a VPN to access my American account and there are thousands more on there. Not a bad selection for launch, though.

Share This Page