That Australians are the torrent pirate kings of the world is an indisputable fact. However, there are also some of us who are willing to pay for content even if it means using a VPN to connect to Netflix USA. They do this because the legal alternatives to streaming content in Australia cannot compare to what’s available in the US.
The above article was written in Sept 2014, and even though Netflix Australia has now launched here, the situation has not improved.
Of the 158 movies that topped Australian box office takings between 2010 and 2014, just 26 are available on Netflix Australia. While older flicks have a better chance of appearing, even in 2010 less than a third of the chart-topping movies have made their way to Netflix. That doesn’t mean you won’t have a lot to watch — but if you think of a popular movie, the chances are it isn’t on Netflix right now.
Even when the desired content becomes available, we are waiting too long and paying more for it than people in the US.
So once again like the last time when I tried to legally rent and stream “The World’s End” without much luck, I’ve decided to conduct a very scientific study of one to prove the points listed above. Spoiler alert: I came to the same conclusion as previously.
One fine weekend, I wanted to watch “22 Jump Street”. I searched the two streaming services that I know of in Australia that do not require a subscription (I’ll never pay for one!): EzyFlix TV and Bigpond Movies. Both of them don’t have the movie available to rent. A bit more research via streamin.it shows that the only rental options in Australia require subscriptions (Quickflix and Fetch TV).
Needless to say, I then did the easiest thing. Not going to say what but suffice to say, I was entertained by Mr. Hill and Mr. Tatum over the next two hours. So there you go – until the content providers fix the cost and availability issues for Australian viewers, Australians will continue to pirate content. Even with this legal precedence being set: