After all the speculation and rumours (and the occasional hissyfit from Quickflix for not being fair), it all came down to one surprise announcement in the form of a press release. Yes, Netflix has finally confirmed that it will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March next year.
“Internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or even 4K where available,” the company said in a press release today.
Netflix didn’t reveal too many details about the launch, except to say that many of its original programming – including its new series Marco Polo – will be available from launch day. That does not mean all of its programming will be available though, as Foxtel currently has the rights to two of Netflix’s famous originals: House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. However, there is a report from the Daily Telegraph that says Foxtel may have lost the rights to House of Cards and has one more year before Orange is the New Black heads to Netflix.
But for all other content, Netflix refused to say. The company also has not revealed the subscription prices, but does say that those interested in subscribing should visit their website if they want to be notified when it is released.
We’ll keep you updated on any news from Netflix’s Australia/New Zealand launch.