N-Day: March 24th

» Netflix reveals Australian launch date and iiNet deal - SMH

The California-based company says it will start streaming in Australia and New Zealand on March 24, partnering with internet service provider (ISP) iiNet.

Netflix co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings said the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service would be available to all main Australian ISPs, but the iiNet deal was the first un-metering agreement announced with a major broadband provider in Australia.

This meant iiNet customers had "no fear of the usage counting against home data caps", he said

Oh happy day!


The Vulcan.

» This is the Vulcan, Aston Martin's craziest car ever - The Verge

Like the Roman god it borrows its name from, the British car maker's new, limited edition supercar is, well, blazing hot. Oh, and it shoots flames out of its side-exit exhausts. This is the most extreme Aston Martin ever made since the One-77, and just 24 will be going on sale. Each boasts a 7.0-liter V12 engine, upwards of 800 brake horse power, and a price tag of £1.5 million

I'm not a car guy really, but I'm very partial to an Aston and this sure is a pretty-ass one of those. They even teach you how to drive it.


» Brandis snubbed consumer groups, ISPs in piracy debate - ZDNet

The results reveal there were six meetings over the 10 months, including the first Australian Digital Alliance event where Brandis announced his copyright crackdown plans, but absolutely no meetings with consumer groups or internet service providers.

Brandis met Graham Burke, the co-CEO of Village Roadshow -- and vocal advocate for cracking down on online copyright infringement -- two times in the space of a month in August and September 2014. His company donated close to AU$330,000 to the Liberal Party in the last financial year*.

Quelle surprise.

It must be stated that Village Roadshow also donated $227,500 to Labor in 2013-14, well above the $22,000 from the previous year.

The week in SVOD.

» Netflix expands reach in Australia with Fetch TV app - CNet
This seems like a thing, but Netflix already supports everything ever. The Fetch set-top box will have an app at launch, but Netflix isn't bundled in to Fetch's price ($10-$20). The real story would be unmetered data but alas...

» Why SVOD is the catalyst for a TV evolution - OMD's Jeremy Gavin on Mumbrella
An advertising account manager's point of view on the penetration of SVOD in Australia. At least I think that's what a "digital trader" is. Mostly nonsense (500k Gallipoli viewers left Channel 9 for Stan to watch episode 2, apparently).
Read this piece from late last month instead.

» Vodafone Is Partnering With Stan To Bundle Video Streaming With Your Smartphone - Gizmodo
Here, the services are bundled, but it's not unmetered.