Optus Announces Netflix Subscription Deal


It appears the great Australian streaming battle of 2015 is far from over. Streaming giant Netflix is continuing to develop its offerings in anticipation of its Australian launch on March 24, announcing a deal with the country’s second-largest telco, Optus.

Optus, owned by Singaporean provider SingTel, has announced that customers who sign up to certain postpaid home or mobile broadband plans will receive a six-month free subscription to Netflix. Prepaid customers will be offered three-month subscriptions.

The Optus deal follows a series of announcements by other providers in the lead-up to Netflix setting up shop Down Under, with rival streaming services Quickflix, Foxtel and Seven Media’s Presto, and Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment’s Stan snapping up licensing deals, while rival telco iiNet have announced an unmetered streaming deal in anticipation of the March 24 Netflix launch.

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In order to take advantage of the Netflix deal, Optus customers will need to sign up to an eligible plan between March 24 and July 5, 2015. Eligible plans include postpaid mobile broadband for $30 per month or above, or home broadband or postpaid mobile for $60 per month or above, all on 24 month contracts.

Other features of the deal will include unmetered Netflix streaming on multiple devices, and access to Netflix via Optus’ Fetch TV set-top boxes.