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Netflix coming to Aus: report
Netflix coming to Aus: report

US-based streaming behemoth Netflix is planning a launch in Australia, with reports suggesting the service is coming next year.

According to tech news site ZDNet, film production and distribution company Village Roadshow confirmed Netflix is in negotiations with it to access to its content for a local Australian launch.

Although Village Roadshow did not reveal an expected date for the launch, reports from other media outlets have suggested Netflix will launch at some point next year.

When contacted by earlier this month, the company declined to reveal when or if it was coming to Australia.

Netflix, which produces and screens US-shows such as the hugely popular House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, has exploded in popularity in the US and today has more than 32 million subscribers.

The company, which is now worth $US26 billion, offers a smorgasbord of TV programs and movies at anytime for a $US7.99 monthly subscription fee.

An estimated 50,000 to 200,000 Australians access Netflix through virtual re-routing.

It comes as local commercial networks are making moves into the world of streaming and on-demand TV.

Subscription video on demand - or more specifically, internet- powered streaming services - enable the viewer to watch what they want, when they want, for a nominal monthly fee.

Locally, Perth-based Quickflix has made the first - albeit stuttering - steps in the streaming world with about 100,000 streaming customers. Foxtel's Presto and Play streaming services are both in their infancies.

Australia's major commercial networks are all understood to be working on deals to launch subscription services.

The West Australian

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