Netflix Launching in Australia and New Zealand in 201518 Nov, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix Nov. 18 announced it will launch service in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015 — bringing the number of countries with access to the subscription streaming pioneer to more than 50.
The launch will take place six months after Netflix bowed service in six European countries, including France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.
Netflix will be available at launch on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers and video game consoles and set-top boxes. Additional details on pricing, programming and supported devices will be available closer to launch date.
Broadband users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to watch a curated selection of movies and TV shows in high-definition or even 4K where available. Content offerings will include upcoming original series “Marco Polo,” “BoJack Horseman” and DreamWorks Animation’s “All Hail King Julien,” among others.
In addition, Netflix will stream documentaries “Virunga” and “Mission Blue,” and stand-up comedy specials “Uganda Be Kidding Me, Live,” from Chelsea Handler and Jim Jefferies’ “Bare,” among many others.
Separately, Netflix has pulled a planned post-Thanksgiving stand-up comedy special with Bill Cosby following allegations by women regarding sexual misconduct at the hands of the venerable comedian.
“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77,’” Netflix said in a statement.