Netflix to launch in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015

Kevin Spacey in the internet session House of Cards
Kevin Spacey in the internet session House of Cards

ONLINE TV network Netflix will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March next year.

Anyone with an internet connection will be able to sign up to the service, which includes movies, documentaries, comedy shows and original TV dramas.

The company is the world's most popular internet movie and TV subscription service with more than 53 million members.

"Internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or even 4K where available," the company said in a statement.

"At launch, the premium and unique Netflix offering will include such original series as Marco Polo, BoJack Horseman and, among many kids titles, DreamWorks Animation's All Hail King Julien."

A Netflix ANZ spokesman told APN a basic ADSL speed of 0.5Mbps was the minimum recommended download speed and that the service will scale the quality of shows based on the quality of a user's internet connection.

A minimum of 3Mbps will be required to view programs in DVD quality.

Since launching in 2007, Netflix has grown in popularity thanks to its commissioning of award-winning dramas including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, both of which currently air on Foxtel's Showcase channel.

The Netflix ANZ service will also include Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn's new family thriller Bloodline and superhero tale Marvel's Daredevil, starring Rosario Dawson.

Australian and New Zealand users will be able to sign up for a one-month free trial, with programs available to view across internet-connected devices including smart TVs, tablets, game consoles and smartphones.

The company said it will release details on pricing, programming and supported devices at a "later date".

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