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Netflix set to launch next year in Australia, where it already has thousands of subscribers

By Himanshu Arora · 6 replies
Jun 27, 2014
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  1. Web-based subscription TV service Netflix is gearing up for a launch in the Australian market, according to Graham Burke, co-CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures, a leading Australian film company that has released some major Hollywood motion pictures including The Great Gatsby,...

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  2. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,230   +229

    Come on Netflix! come to the Philippines! (but I doubt it. :) )
    existing ladndline and satellite cable companies will doubt roar against Netflix entry.
    if my info is correct, at least one cable provider based in metro manila is already offering Netflix-like services. (sky cable hd?)
  3. Why not just VPN like Australians?
  4. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,230   +229

    I can't use VPN since it all boils down to my monthly data cap at 10GB. to my knowledge (though I may be wrong), all Philippine ISPs have monthly data cap.
    if Netflix partners with my ISP and eliminate my data cap, I'll be one of the first to sign.
  5. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,762   +435

    This won't end the issue unfortunately. Foxtel has exclusive deals on much of the major content. Eg. iTunes used to have GoT but now does not (at least not for months after season start) in Australia.

    We need real streaming services with real content and competition for Murdoch. Once we have that, I have no doubt Aussie piracy will drop dramatically.

    $8/mon for a streaming service rather than a $120/mon foxtel subscription is a decent bit more palatable.

    Foxtel Go or whatever it is called might be a reasonable offering/alternative but it's still $30/mon and I'm not sure what the content is compared to their main pay packages.

    Doesn't line up compared to Netflix US now does it?
    avoidz likes this.
  6. “With an estimated 50,000 to 200,000 subscribers, Netflix is already quite popular down under without officially launching, where people use VPNs to get around geo-blocking. Experts say that while streaming itself would not amount to any violation of copyright law in Australia, breaching the terms of use to access a streaming site could be considered a crime.”
    What a bunch of crap! Breaching the terms of use IS NOT A CRIME! It is a breach of contract and a breach of contract is nearly always grounds for termination of said contract. Breach of contract is a civil matter, not a criminal matter.

    Some accurate reporing on such matters is important... you wouldn't want to be perceived as biased towards content owners! Maybe they are providing the "expert" and you didn't check the facts.
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,762   +435

    Calling it criminal sounds like it's from the RIAA and MPAA marketing department.

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