The Netflix Expansion Continues

It’s taken years, and certainly months of speculation but the world of media entertainment is about to change in Australia and New Zealand – yes Netflix is finally arriving. The US based subscription service announced this week that they would be launching it’s latest region service next March. It’s likely to have a huge impact on traditional TV services and the established channels.


Why is it such big news? Well there’s no doubt that Netflix has made a huge impact wherever it has opened but traditionally the Australian/New Zealand TV space has always been very un-competitive. From my own experience I found it to be much less watchable than TV stations in other English speaking channels, there was a distinct lack of quality compared with say British or Canadian TV. I should stress that my opinion was only based on a few brief holidays over the years.

Although popular opinion seems to think something similar, with many Australians often seeming to complain about the quality of free-to air TV broadcasting. The risk is however much bigger for the Pay-to-view services, with the cost of Netflix expected to be at a similar price to the current offerings in Australia. Netflix is a big player on the world media stage, with services spread across North America and most of Europe already, they are planning to invest almost $7 billion in content next year – something that the local pay per view stations will struggle to match.

However there are more complications, one of them being that 200,000 people in Australia already access the US version of Netflix. They set up accounts and then use a US based VPN to access the content, needed to hide their IP addresses – check this out – which shows one such advanced method. Whether Netflix will do anythign about this remains to be seen, after all they’re already customers, the circumvention doesn’t stop customers paying for the service merely being blocked from the service.

Here’s a lost of the shows promised to headline in Australian Netflix for 2015 –

  • Bloodline: A thriller investigating “the demons that lurk beneath the surface of a contemporary family”. Stars Australian Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Daredevil: Superhero action series based on the Marvel comic character, starring Charlie Cox with Vincent D’Onofrio and Deborah Ann Woll.
  • Grace and Frankie: Comedy starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda about two women forced to cooperate when they learn their husbands are planning to run off together.
  • Sense8: Science fiction drama co-written and co-written by the teams behind The Matrix and Babylon 5.
  • Marco Polo: Adventure series following the early years of explorer Marco Polo in the court of Kublai Khan.
  • BoJack Horseman: Animated sitcom following a four-legged celebrity trying to restart his career in a world where horses and humans communicate.
  • All Hail King Julien: Spin-off from the successful Madagascar films following the island’s Lemur king.

For further details on the technical modification required above, please see this video