Tuesday, November 29, 2011
After announcing expansion to Canada (here), Latin America (here) and the UK (here) - Bandwidth caps and copyright issues prevent Netflix from offering its streaming services in New Zealand.
See for example - broadband plans from Telecom New Zealand (here). When the monthly cap is reached the subscriber can "Choose what happens when you exceed your data allowance: Continue at broadband speed for $2 [US$1.5] per extra GB or surf at reduced speed (64Kbps max) at no extra cost".
Note that for Canada, where bandwidth caps was an a major issue during the last months (here), Netflix offers a reduced quality option that "use 2/3 less data on average, with minimal impact to video quality. Now Canadians can watch 30 hours of streaming from Netflix in a month that will consume only 9 GBytes of data, well below most data caps "
See story at New Zealand Herald - "Netflix turned off by low data caps" - here.