Netflix Hits Australia, New Zealand March 24

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We've known Netflix was readying its launch in Australia and New Zealand with March in mind, and today the company has announced a specific date.

Netflix will land in Australia and New Zealand on March 24.

"Many Aussies and Kiwis have heard a lot about Netflix over the years, and we're excited they'll get to experience our unique blend of Netflix original content, local series and films, and popular movies and TV shows from around the world, all for a low monthly price," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

"Netflix will be available on all major Australian broadband operators. Customers of iiNet, the nation's second-largest DSL Internet provider, will be able to enjoy hours of entertainment, including all three seasons of the political drama House of Cards, family thriller Bloodline and other movies and TV shows from the Netflix catalogue, with no fear of the usage counting against home data caps, under the first un-metering agreement announced with a major broadband provider in Australia," says Netflix.

Netflix has been rather vocal about its plans for world domination, saying it hopes to be in 200 countries by 2017.

“Our international expansion strategy over the last few years has been to expand as fast as we can while staying profitable on a global basis. Progress has been so strong that we now believe we can complete our global expansion over the next two years, while staying profitable, which is earlier than we expected. We then intend to generate material global profits from 2017 onwards,” said Hastings at a recent earnings call.

Netflix most recently moved into Cuba, which was seen as a not much more than a symbolic gesture, considering the country's internet access struggles. The company plans to launch in Japan this fall.

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Josh Wolford
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