NETFLIX ADDS LOCAL FLAVOUR TO AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND SERVICE
Members Will Be Able to Enjoy Hilarious Stand-up from the Likes of Carl Barron and Popular Kids Hits Like Mako Mermaids
Launching in March 2016, Netflix Australia (and New Zealand!) have confirmed a few more shows in their local lineup. Stand-up comedy fans will be able to watch many of their favourite Australian comedians when Netflix launches in March. Among some of the great specials available include: Carl Barron: A One Ended Stick; Arj Barker: Harvest; Kitty Flanagan: Hello Kitty; Jimeoin: Something Smells Funny, and Umbilical Brothers: The Rehearsal. Netflix members in Australia and New Zealand also will be able to stream MythBusters, the Emmy-nominated hit series that proves or debunks urban legends.
Additionally, Netflix will be the exclusive streaming home of popular Australian kids titles including: Lightning Point, the first three seasons of H2O: Just Add Water and the first season of Mako Mermaids; as well as international favourites: Maya the Bee, Lalaloopsy, and The Hive. “We’re excited to include these top-notch local titles on our Australian and New Zealand services,” said Sean Carey, vice president of content acquisition at Netflix.
“The partnership with Beyond Distribution will bring Netflix members entertainment from local shores and abroad that we know they will spend many hours enjoying.” Joanne Azzopardi, VP Sales for Australia and New Zealand at Beyond Distribution, commented, “Netflix has been a very successful platform for our content worldwide and we are thrilled to now be extending this relationship to include Australia and New Zealand.” Beyond Distribution joins a slate of Netflix originals such as Bloodline, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marvel’s Daredevil, licensed content from The Walt Disney Company and many other titles for viewing on thousands of Internet-connected devices, including smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, game consoles and other set-top boxes – all for a low monthly price.
Stan and Presto have had mediocre responses in their last 2 months of release, can Netflix swoop in and dominate the local market? Personally I think they can and will, they already a trusted name with hundreds of thousands of Aussie’s already VPN’ing the service from the USA, the problem could lie in staple shows like Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards being already bought by Foxtel for Australian audiences. However if we look at the constant addition of original content Netflix is adding every year, this could trump these two shows and who knows what will happen when the streaming rights are up for renewal (seriously we all know what will happen, but still!)
Keep checking back in with Novastream for the latest official updates about Netflix Australia.
Article by Alaisdair Dewar