Netflix has officially launched in Australia but it has been revealed the online streaming service’s local offering carries 7,000 fewer titles than its U.S. version. Tech blogger Kenneth Tsang extracted all the movies and TV shows on offer in each country and put them in a spreadsheet, finding 1,116 titles in Australia compared with 8,499 in the U.S. A Netflix spokesman said the libraries vary from country to country, adding that they change every day. ‘Our aim in Australia is not to replicate the American library,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
But competitor Stan – a joint partnership between Fairfax and the Nine Network – charges $10 per month for HD streaming on three screens. Like Netflix, this is inclusive of TV shows and movies. Stan’s exclusive series include Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, season six of Community and Transparent along with a number of Channel Nine shows. Presto – a Foxtel-Seven West Media partnership – charges $9.99 per month for TV shows or movies only, or $14.99 for both. All packages are standard definition. Presto carries Channel Seven content and a number of older HBO and Showtime series including The Sopranos, Sex And The City and Dexter but most of those networks’ series still in production – including HBO’s Game Of Thrones – are not included. All three SVOD (subscription video on demand) services are offering a free month trial.