Netflix: We Have No Plans For Australia...Yet

Rumours continue to swirl over the potential availability of Netflix in Australia, but the low-cost streaming service has told us today that it still has nothing scheduled.

We reached out to Netflix today to double-check whether the low-cost streaming service had plans to launch in Australia, and received this from their internal spokesperson:

No current plans to launch in Australia. We do want to be global, so one day we should be there, but we have no current Australia launch scheduled.

This denial follows intense speculation that Netflix would launch within 12 months in Australia, despite the fact that the streaming service already has around 200,000 users using VPN tunnels to obtain Netflix "illegally".

Netflix knows Australia exists, it just isn't ready to move here yet.

In the meantime, here's how to use VPN services to get access to Netflix in Australia.


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    No current plans to launch in Australia. We do want to be global, so one day we should be there, but we have no current Australia launch scheduled.
    As long as they don't make any moves to block those Australians that are currently accessing their service, the lack of a local option doesn't bother me at all.

      It does me, because then there's still no competitive for Foxtel.

        Not much "direct" competition, no (unless you count Quickflix as competition).

        But still, pretty sure Foxtel are just as well aware of how many Australians are accessing Netflix as we are. Even though it's indirect competition, it's still competition.

          The question is, what are they doing about it? SFA, or at least "very little".

        At this stage, if there were a new service introduced, Foxtel would lose a LOT of customer due to their terrible reputation alone. Foxtel have no choice but to try and keep competitors out of reach.

      "After your inquiry, we looked up Australia on Bing. Lawls, I thought it was in Europe, and Smitty thought it was in Africa. But yah, we're like, the world series of baseball, we're everywhere man. One day we'll make it 'down under' to Austria, for reals."

    I am very happy with my recently acquired American netflix account. I would only endorse an Australian version if it contained the same content and was around the same price.

    Knowing how we get shafted consistently It's more likely we would pay $30 a month and have less content to pick from

      That's my concern as well. The UK and Canadian Netflix don't have the same content as the US one. I don't need another catch up streaming service for terrible local TV.

      Price is less of a worry for me. My household gets more then enough value out of our Netflix use to justify even $30. Of course $8 is much better but I'd still be happy to pay the equivalent of 1.5 movie tickets for a month worth of on demand viewing.

        Yeah well I know these VPN services advertise to UK and Canadian customers too because everyone wants the content that is given to the Yanks.

    Knew it. Doesn't bother me anyway, I'd most likely of kept my US account for more, and quicker content anyway.

    Are they not coming because we are getting a CBN instead of an NBN :-(

    Netflix knows Australia exists, it just isn’t ready to move here yet.

    More like:
    Netflix knows Australia exists, the local "competition" just aren't ready to let them in.

    One of the biggest back doors for a competitor I have ever seen. The "internal spokesperson" probably cost the company big time. All Telstra or another ISP need to do is strike a deal on a comparable service with some content providers before Netflix get their $hit together.

    But all the same, I have no plans for Netflix either!!!

      All Telstra or another ISP need to do is strike a deal on a comparable service with some content providers

      *will never happen, ever.

    No current plans to launch in Australia. We do want to be global, so one day we should be there, but we have no current Australia launch scheduled.

    Translation: "When Australia's Internet does not resemble something that belongs in a museum, we'll reconsider."

    Last edited 26/05/14 4:37 pm

      I've had Netflix including on ADSL2 slower than ADSL1, works fine, and even on the shitiest setting looked better than foxtel on xbox.

        Just because your experience is OK does not mean it is a reflection on the whole.

        The infrastructure has to be there and I do not see the Internet in Australia having the future resistance needed to entice Netflix here.

        Last edited 26/05/14 5:08 pm

          Netflix works fine for me too, so, don't knock it unless you try it. You seem to want it to fail. The US in many many areas has the same speed internet as we have here. I think you protesteth too much.

            HEY MAN! yeah i use netflix too with no issues whatsoever. BUT imagine if EVERYONE was using it! at the same time!

          When Netflix wrote a blog post about how Germany was a great place to go because of their high broadband install rate, probably right.

          But if you can get ADSL, you can run Netflix, and that's with no local servers.

    This would be the perfect opportunity for another similar to get a foot hold on Australia before Netflix gets here.

      It's called quickflix play (streaming), or if you want an overpriced alternative with no TV shows there is Foxtel Presto. Both launched this year. The content between them varies and is no-where near what is available on netflix. If you had both it would be $30 per month and you still wouldn't get House of Cards or Game of Thrones.

        You don't get Game of Thrones without a cable sub in the US anyway, and House of Cards is a Netflix original.

    Doesn't bother me whatsoever. I'll keep using netflix over vpn.

    Legal/Illegal ....... doesn't really matter as we are the a***hole of the world (Paul Keating's words came true)

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