How much Netflix costs in Australia
It was one of the first international streaming services to launch in Australia, and since 2015, more than 12.2 million of us have binged the likes of Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton and The Queen’s Gambit. So, if you’re one of the few who haven’t signed up (or have let your membership lapse for a couple of years), you may not know exactly how much a Netflix subscription will set you back.
Here’s a full breakdown of the damage.
Netflix prices in Australia
There are a few different Netflix plans available, ranging from $10.99 per month for the bare-bones service to $19.99 per month for the whole shebang.
You might expect that paying less will give you access to less content, but that’s not the case. Each plan, from Basic to Premium, comes with access to Netflix’s full library of movies and TV shows. The only thing that really sets each plan apart is the stream quality (ranging from SD to 4K), the number of simultaneous streams, and the number of devices able to download content to watch offline.
|Resolution||SD||HD||Up to 4K|
|No. of simultaneous streams||1||2||4|
|No. of offline download devices||1||2||4|
If you haven’t been subscribed to Netflix for a few years, you’ll notice the prices have gone up slightly. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, here’s a comparison of all the streaming services currently available in Australia and their prices.
|Service||Monthly price||Max. Video Resolution||Devices||Free trial|
|$11.99||4K||4||No free trial|
|$10 – $18||HD||1 – 4||2 weeks|
|$10.99 – $19.99||4K||1 – 4||No free trial|
|$10 – $17||4K||1 – 4||30 days|
|$25 – $104||HD||2||10 days|
|$25 – $35||HD||2 – 3||2 weeks|
Which Netflix plan is right for me?
The right Netflix plan really depends on how many people on the account will be likely to be watching on different devices at the same time. It also depends on whether or not each person plans on watching content offline, and what resolution you prefer.
If you’re not keen on sharing your Netflix account with anyone else and can tolerate Standard Definition, a Basic account will do you just fine. For couples and small households, the Standard plan will put an end to fighting over how many people can watch at once, plus you’ll get that crisp HD resolution. For those with fancy TVs or a larger household, we’d definitely recommend Premium. With 4K stream quality and up to four simultaneous streams, it’ll keep everyone happy.
One thing to keep in mind is that, because Netflix plans are contract-free, you can switch tiers at any time if you find you need more (or less) simultaneous streams or simply want to watch your favourite shows in higher resolution.
Is there a Netflix free trial?
Unfortunately, no. Like many streaming services, Netflix used to offer a 30-day free trial in Australia as a way to attract new users. However, now that basically everyone in the country knows about Netflix and what movies and TV shows it has to offer, sadly for us, they no longer need to offer a free trial. The cheapest way to try Netflix is to simply sign up to the Basic plan for a month and cancel if you’re not satisfied.
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How can I watch Netflix?
As the streaming service that’s been around the longest (and has the most subscribers), it’s no surprise that Netflix is available on basically every device you can think of, or simply accessed via your chosen PC or Mac browser.
|Smart TVs||Gaming consoles||Set-top boxes and streaming devices||Smartphones , tablets and more|
|Hisense||PS3||Fetch||iPhone (iOS, App Store)|
|LG||PS4||Foxtel iQ3 and iQ4||iPad (iOS, App Store)|
|Panasonic||PS5||Telstra TV||Android Smartphones (Google Play)|
|Philips||Xbox 360||Amazon Fire TV Stick||Android Tablets (Google Play)|
|Samsung||Xbox One||Google Chromecast||Surface Tablets (Microsoft Store)|
|Sony||Xbox Series X | S||Apple TV||Sony, Samsung and LG Blu-ray players|
How much data does Netflix use?
To get the best watching experience with as little buffering as possible, you’ll need to see if your internet plan is equipped to handle Netflix’s data usage.
Here’s how much data each plan (or more specifically, each streaming resolution) will eat up, and the recommended internet speed.
|Basic (SD)||Standard (HD)||Premium (4K)|
|Data usage||1GB per hour, per stream||3GB per hour, per stream||7GB per hour, per stream|
|Recommended internet speed||3Mbps||5Mbps||25Mbps|
If you’re a regular Netflix user, we’d recommend going no slower than NBN Basic II speed, which clocks in at up to 25Mbps. However, unless you live alone, we’d suggest opting for an NBN Standard plan which, at speeds of up to 50Mbps, should be more than enough to give everyone in the household a smooth and snappy internet experience.
Here are the most popular NBN 50 plans today.