While there is much excitement amongst consumers with Netflix launching in New Zealand next Thursday, there has been much talk about the fact that the New Zealand version of Netflix’s streaming catalogue will have limited content compared to other regions.
The popular US-based movie and TV streaming service has announced its services will begin in New Zealand and Australia come March 24.
Netflix, who announced it had partnered with Vodafone to bring its services to Apple and Android tablets and smartphones, is direct competition of similar local services Lightbox (Spark) and Neon (Sky TV).
According to UnoTelly, a DNS and VPN provider that helps people legally bypass geoblocking restrictions in order to access Netflix content, 200,000 Australians and Kiwis are already accessing Netflix using geoblock-circumvention tools.
Netflix Australia and New Zealand will have an estimated 1600 titles whereas the entire Netflix catalogue totals over 15,200 titles worldwide. Furthermore, some popular Netflix Original shows will not be available on Kiwi screens.
UnoTelly says DNS and VPN tools can still be used after Netflix arrives next week, allowing users to have access to all of the Netflix regions around the world. “That gives Kiwis the chance to get more content at a fair price,” it says.