One of the most popular video streaming services, Netflix, has finally confirmed its official launch date in Australia. After postponing and rescheduling, Netflix will start streaming on the 24th of March.
With the video-streaming giant entering Australian market, many questions emerged, and in today's article, we will answer these most pressing.
What broadband do I need to get decent viewing quality?
Movies and TV shows from Netflix can be viewed in variety of different video qualities—all of them depending on your broadband speed. In this aspect, Netflix is quite similar to Youtube.
Low quality videos require broadband speed of 1.5Mbps--with 0.5Mbps being the slowest connection possible for the service to run.
For standard-definition (SD) movies and TV shows, 3Mbps are recommended.
Viewing high-definition shows and movies requires broadband speed of minimum 5Mbps, according to the official Netflix statement; however, it's safe to assume that videos in HD would need 7-8Mbps. Note that the quality of HD shows is usually 720p and higher.
To get Ultra HD quality your broadband speed has to be at least 25Mbps. Bear in mind that Ultra HD can only be streamed with an NBN connection or through a cable connection, and not through ADSL+.
What about the Data Cap?
Recently, iiNet has struck a deal with Netflix--a deal that is undoubtedly the most important part of Netflix's upcoming launch. Customers who use iiNet's fixed line broadband (regular broadband, NBN, Naked DSL, iiNet TV plus Fetch) will be able to view Netflix Australia with unmetered access. That covers all of the iiNet related brands such as iiNet, Internode, Westnet, and Adam.
Quota-free access excludes connection via Satellite, NBN Wireless, Mobile Voice, Mobile Broadband, and Business customers.
Optus will be offering its customers the quota-free access, as well.
Shows and Movies Available at Launch
Although a lot of world-wide popular shows like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones won't be available on Netflix Australia at its launch date, a great number of critically acclaimed shows such as House of Cards, Bloodline, Marco Polo and Disney's Frozen will.
But that's not all of it. Netflix Australia will offer its customers a variety of movies, series, and programming from many different networks and sources. All of it to provide Australians with unique viewing experience that made Netflix famous around the globe.
Devices on which Netflix Can be Run
There is quite a long list of devices compatible with Netflix. These devices include: smart TVs from LG, Panasonic, HiSense, Samsung, Sony, Philips; gaming consoles like Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, Wii U; Google Chromecast and Apple TV, tablets and smartphones.
Although viewing Netflix won't affect your monthly data allowance if you're a customer of iiNet or Optus, your everyday Internet browsing will be far from pleasant if you're not going to ensure that everything is alright with your computer and nothing interferes with your connection. Therefore, when you're experiencing poor performance, contact us and we'll Speed Up Your Computer. We can also help you out with setting up Netflix on the devices at your home.