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Netflix internet TV service will launch in Australia on March 31

Netflix will launch in Australia on March 31 with a three-tier pricing system that will start at $9.99 a month.

This date and pricing was confirmed by a Tech Guide source during the International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

Netflix, which is also present at CES, were tight-lipped about any details about the Australian service.

We attended a briefing with Netflix yesterday and they refused to answer any specific questions about the Australian service including the launch date and pricing structure.

Our information was confirmed by another source.

Netflix were busy defusing what turned out to be a false story that they were kicking Australians who’d joined the US service through a VPN (virtual private network) to fool the geo-blocking feature off the service.

Marco Polo - an orignal series from Netflix
Marco Polo – an orignal series from Netflix

The imminent launch of the hugely popular content subscription service is already making huge waves in the Australian TV market.

Existing subscription services like Presto and Pay TV provider Foxtel are already bracing themselves for the arrival of Netflix with value offerings and the promise of fresh and exclusive content.

Netflix revealed its hit original series Marco Polo – which follows the famed explorers exploits in the 13th Century – will return for a 10-episode second season.

Netflix also announced the premiere dates of more original series that will be available globally in all territories where the service is available.

These include:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Friday, March 6, 2015

From creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, this half-hour single-camera comedy series stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who escapes a doomsday cult and decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City.

Bloodline – Friday, March 20, 2015

When the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the family, threatening to tear them apart.

Bloodlines will be available on Netflix from March
Bloodlines will be available on Netflix from March

Marvel’s Daredevil– Friday, April 10, 2015

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Grace and Frankie – Friday, May 8, 2015

In this irreverent and touching series, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as Grace and Frankie, a pair of frenemies whose lives are turned upside down – and permanently intertwined – when their husbands leave them for each other.

 

About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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