I scream, you scream, we all scream for the Netflix stream.
Netflix launched in Australia today. TODAY. The future is here. All those pop-culture references, all those memes about staying in and netflixing? They are now US. Because our fair country has joined the 53 million members that drink up this on-demand TV like the thirsty bunch of marathon TV viewers we are.
But before you cancel all your weekend plans, call in sick to work, pull your tracksuit pants on and order chinese, here’s the dummies guide to what it is and what all the hype is about. And the big question: should we all get it?
So let’s play 20 questions.
1. What is it?
It’s TV and movies that you watch through your internet. It’s kind of like iview, except with incredible shows like Orange is the New Black instead of Oranges: A Historical Journey of the Citrus Industry. (FYI We love you ABC, and oranges are important). The Aussie version has content from Warner Bros., BBC, FOX, NBC Universal, Village Roadshow Entertainment, Beyond Distribution, Disney and more.
2. Why is there so much hype?
Cos’ it’s cheap and you can watch TV or movies any time you want to, legally, without pirating anything or scabbing USB dongles from the black market of pirated TV shows. There are no ads. And channel surfing to ‘find something good’ is OVER.
3. Is it a box? Is it a plug? Will a cable guy come over and do something in my house?
Nope. It’s kind of like an an app that you subscribe to. You just need the internet.
4. Do I play it on my TV or on my computer?
Both. Or either. It plays on any internet-connected device, including smart TV’s, tablets, smartphones, computers and a range of Internet-capable game consoles like Playstation 3 and 4, X box, and Nintendo Wii U. Also set-top boxes. It’s also compatible with Apple TV and Google Chromecast. And you can start watching on one device, and then pause and pick it up where you left off on another.
BUT HOW DO I GET IT IN MT TV????
5. How much is this wizardry?
If you are watching it on one screen it’a $8.99 a month. That’s standard definition.
If you want two-streams of high-definition content, so you can watch something and your partner/housemate/significant or non-significant other can watch something else, it’s $11.99 a month.
Or, the four-stream ultra high-definition “family” plan where every member can watch something different and you never talk again is $14.99.
This price has undercut its rivals, with Fairfax/Channel Nine joint venture Stan charging $9.99 per month and Foxtel’s Presto service charging $14.99 a month for the film and TV package.