Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service

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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.

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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.

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73 months ago

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.

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.
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73 months ago

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.

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.

http://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/policies-and-guides/fact-sheets/minimum-workplace-entitlements/minimum-wages#current-national-minimum-wage

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.

http://www.afr.com/business/banking-and-finance/cba-offers-contactless-payments-on-all-android-mobiles-20150311-140v6m

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/25/visa_to_swap_card_numbers_for_tokens_in_au_eu_2015_roll_out/

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.

http://delimiter.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/AE408483.pdf
http://delimiter.com.au/2014/06/10/apple-australia-locks-harsh-agreement-retail-staff/
http://www.smh.com.au/business/genius-deal-apples-staff-paid-less-than-coles-checkout-workers-20140606-39nvc.html
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73 months ago
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.
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73 months ago

Oh really? Cool. I was thinking I'd have to use my friend's US account. Makes it much easier.


This will make sense if you're in NZ or be gibberish if you're in AU :)

Yesterday Orcon/Slingshot changed NZ Netflix to be the default, so you'll need to log into your account settings and toggle Global Mode for Netflix if you want to see the US catalogue.

If you're using FFM then you'll need a third-party service as they have discontinued Netflix global mode. If you're using Mynxnet then you don't have to do anything.
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73 months ago
Also keep in mind that the A$1 is worth about .79¢ when converted to US dollars
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73 months ago

If only my internet connection was fast enough!


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!
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