Last Friday was Netflix Australia's second birthday.
This post is the equivalent of flowers from a petrol station.
Yes, we forgot. We're sorry, Netflix. But we still love you.
In the last two years, Netflix in Australia has gone from strength to strength. We've seen some great new features — like offline downloads! — and some awesome original series like Stranger Things and co-productions like Travelers.
Netflix's catalogue in Australia might not be as comprehensive as it is in the US, but it's still chock full of some great programming. Without Netflix, we probably wouldn't have The Expanse in Australia, for example; we might not have The Force Awakens, we defintely wouldn't have Chef's Table or Jessica Jones or Luke Cage.
For $8.99 per month, it's honestly a bloody bargain. How do they do it for the price?
Here's to another two years!
Netflix has declared 2017 the year of High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming. The popular streaming service has already dramatically expanded its 4K HDR content - and there's a lot more to come in the months ahead. Last year, we were invited to check out the company's state-of-the-art colour correction suite in New York where Netflix Originals receive a fresh lick of digital paint in the HDR conversion process.
Netflix is now allowing users to download select movies and TV shows for offline playback. The feature, which users have been asking for FOR YEARS, has been rumoured to be in the works since June. Back in November, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos alluded to the feature in an interview with CNBC, but it seemed like it might only be targeted at countries without solid internet access.
Netflix recently made an appeal to the Federal Government to allow a self-classification system, bringing streaming services on par with broadcasters and the digital games industry - ultimately meaning Aussies don't have such huge delays between when shows become available, and when we get to see them. And it has worked.
Wi-fi enabled domestic Qantas flights are getting some pretty sweet entertainment options later this month - Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify, to be exact - with the rest of the fleet to follow suit "from mid-2017".