Don't chuck your VPN away just yet: Netflix's Australian library has some serious content problems when it comes to geeky TV shows.
This morning I decided to do a little test to see what Netflix had in Australia compared to what the service offers to stream for its US customers. What I found was pretty gobsmacking.
At random, I chose 20 TV shows that resonate with Gizmodo Australia readers. Everything from The X-Files to Archer right through to Hawaii Five-0 and Xena: Warrior Princess were thrown on the list.
I collated how many seasons were available in the US, thinking that while Netflix's Australian library might have a few of the shows in question, the number of episodes on offer could differ.
As it turns out, of the 20 shows I chose at random, not one of them is on the Netflix Australian library. Here's the list:
|Show||US Netflix availability||AU Netflix availability|
|Parks And Recreation||6 seasons||Not available|
|The Office US||9 seasons||Not available|
|Bob's Burgers||3 seasons||Not available|
|Archer||5 seasons||Not available|
|Family Guy||12 seasons||Not available|
|30 Rock||7 seasons||Not available|
|Dexter||8 seasons||Not available|
|Weeds||8 seasons||Not available|
|Portlandia||4 seasons||Not available|
|The Following||2 seasons||Not available|
|The X-Files||9 seasons||Not available|
|Cosmos||1 season||Not available|
|Hawaii Five-0||4 seasons||Not available|
|Revolution||2 seasons||Not available|
|Dollhouse||2 seasons||Not available|
|The 4400||4 seasons||Not available|
|Alphas||2 seasons||Not available|
|Sliders||5 seasons||Not available|
|Xena: Warrior Princess||6 seasons||Not available|
|Caprica||1 season||Not available|
Thankfully, these titles are just a switch away with a browser-based VPN like Hola.
This isn't to say Netflix's Australian offering is bad. It's just missing a few geeky shows you might like. It's still great for movies and even has some stuff the US library doesn't have like Stargate: Atlantis, for example. Netflix offers a 30-day free trial for you to check out the library without paying a cent, so you've got nothing to lose by checking it out.
Our friends over at Lifehacker have taken a look at the movies on offer for Netflix's Aussie users, and the situation is about as bleak.