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Netflix Launches In Australia With Prices Starting At A$8.99 A Month

Netflix has said it wants to expand its service to as much of the world as possible, and now the time has come for residents Down Under to fire up the streaming service. According to AusDroid, Netflix is now available in Australia,with streaming plans ranging from A$8.99 to A$14.99.

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The cheapest plan offers only standard definition streaming on a single screen, while the most expensive option supports 4K and streaming on up to four devices.

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Netflix Update Slims Down The Video Player With Sleeker Toolbars And Flatter Icons [APK Download]

The latest Netflix update brings in some changes to make your viewing experience feel a bit less cluttered. The interface now sports a more modern look, replacing the bubbly toolbars that appear during shows with something carrying a little less weight. Here's a direct look at what has changed.

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Netflix Lays Out A Vision For The Future In Which They Don't Have All The Content, Just The Best Content

In a document posted to their corporate website, Netflix sought to describe their long-term plans. The piece reads like a fascinating mixture of investor relations propaganda and fantasy or media theory. While it touches on all kinds of different aspects of their business and the changing environment it exists in, perhaps the most intriguing part has to do with how they are describing their ideal content catalog.

We don’t and can’t compete on breadth of entertainment with Comcast, Sky, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, or Google.  For us to be hugely successful we have to be a focused passion brand.  Starbucks, not 7-Eleven.  Southwest, not United.  HBO, not Dish.

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PSA: It's Not Just You, Netflix Is Down For Everyone [Update]

Here we are getting toward the prime Netflix window and everything's all busted. You are not alone in your inability to access Netflix. It appears to be down for everyone.

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Netflix Q4 2014 Financial Report Shows Plans To Produce Tons Of Original Content And Rapidly Expand Internationally Throughout 2015

Netflix has released its fourth-quarter 2014 financial results along with a letter to shareholders, posting both to its website. These documents show plans to increase its amount of original content, rapidly expand internationally, continue its DVD-by-mail service, and more.

First, some numbers. Netflix picked up 13 million new members in 2014, an increase from 11 million the year before. The video on demand provider now boasts 57.4 million subscribers, and it expects to end the first quarter of the new year with 61.4 million.

Earlier this year, Netflix raised its price from $7.99 to $8.99, a move it believed cost it subscribers throughout the months that followed.

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Get A Free Year Of Netflix And Milk Music Premium When You Buy A New Galaxy S5, Note 4, Tab S, Or Any Samsung 4K TV, Starting Today

In the market for a new high-end Samsung gadget? Then you're also eligible for some free streaming video and music. In the latest round of Samsung perks, the manufacturer is giving away a year of free access to both Netflix and the premium version of its own Milk Music service. You can get in on the new deal by purchasing a new Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Tab S tablet (in any size or capacity, including carrier versions), or a Samsung 4K television.

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The promotion is a valuable one: access to Netflix alone is $7.99 a month, and the premium upgrade for Milk Music is $3.99 a month, so a free year of both is a $144 value.

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Netflix Is Coming To Australia And New Zealand In March Of Next Year

Netflix has announced that its TV and movie streaming service is coming to Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The wait shouldn't be long either—we're talking a period of just a few months, with Netflix set to go live Down Under sometime in March.

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At that point, folks living in Australia and New Zealand will also get the ability to stream content to their Android phones and tablets. They can also use other devices, such as laptops and TVs, where they can pump their stream up to 4K in places that support doing so.

Following this expansion, over 50 countries will have access to Netflix around the world.

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Netflix App Version 3.8 Adds Grid-Based Search Results, Profile Management, And A Quick Resume Notification

Netflix version 3.8 for Android is now available, and it has some considerable improvements over the previous edition. The one you'll probably notice first is that the search function has been revamped: instead of a standard vertical list of movies, television shows, and actors/directors/what have you, you'll now see a grid of results. This mirrors Netflix on the web, though it might be a little slower, since the preview images tend to be a little pokey when they're loading up.

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Left: Netflix 3.7.2. Right: Netflix 3.8.0.

There's also a new notification that appears when you're actively watching a Netflix video then switch focus to the homescreen or another app.

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Netflix Continues Its European Expansion With France

You may have been enjoying Netflix's streaming video service for a few years, but not everyone the world over is so lucky. Netflix announced earlier this year (and clarified in July) that it was going to expand the service into Europe this month, and it's starting with France.

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[Update: It's Live] Netflix Says The Post-Play Binge Watching Experience Is Coming To Chromecast In The Next Few Days

Update: Aaaaaaand it's live. You can download the latest version of Netflix here. It looks like it's on a slow rollout, so don't be surprised if you can't get it right it away.

Enhanced integration with Chromecast, including a new "Post-play" experience to easily continue watching at the end of TV episodes.

 

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Confession: I watched four 90-minute episodes of Sherlock in a single sitting, thanks in no small part to Netflix's auto-advancing "Post-Play" feature on the web. It's that little pop-up interface that automatically goes to the next episode in a TV series if you don't press anything. Netflix added it to the Android app back in June, but if you want to watch the next episode via your Chromecast, you have to grab your super-powerful space age phone and tap it with your meaty fingers.

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