I always found Australia's lack of a Netflix alternative on console disturbing, but starting from tomorrow all Australian PS3s will have access to Quicklflix — a subscription based service that allows users to stream video content through their consoles.
The service costs $14.99 per month and provides access to a library of content that is constantly updating. Apparently Quickflix is also offering the first three months for $4.99 for early adopters.
"PlayStation 3 in Australia has today made another leap forward in our home entertainment on demand offering with the exciting addition of the home grown Aussie movie subscription service, Quickflix, to our platform," said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia. "It’s great to be partnering with an innovative, fast growing Australian company making inroads in the multichannel delivery of movie content that will provide our customers even more entertainment choices."
Previously Sony Australia launched MUBI locally, and while its a great service, MUBI didn't really provide the kind of mainstream movie content required to really break through to a broad audience. I love MUBI — I'm a terrible movie snob — but I'm also interested in a slick, easy way to stream other movies onto my home television. This Quickflix thing may end up being a decent solution.