Netflix has announced its Australia launch date

Kevin Spacey in Netflix series House of Cards. Photo: Getty Images.

US media streaming giant Netflix will launch in Australia and New Zealand in two weeks.

Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO, says the internet television network will begin streaming in the two countries on March 24.

Starting today, the latest updates on Netflix content and social happenings can be seen via the company’s local Twitter and Instagram (@NetflixANZ), Facebook and Tumblr (NetflixANZ) accounts.

Netflix will be available on major Australian broadband operators including Optus and iiNet which have an un-metered agreement with Netflix so usage won’t be counted against data caps.

All three seasons of House of Cards will be streamed as part of Netflix’s local offering.

Netflix will be available on smart televisions manufactured by Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense and Fetch TV’s second-generation set-top box.

Film and TV fans can also access Netflix on game consoles, including Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U as well as Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

Local competitors include Stan, a $100 million Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment joint venture, local player Quickflix and Foxtel and Seven’s Presto.

Stan is heading toward 100,00 subscribers by the end of this month.

Netflix is said to have more than 100,000 subscribers already from the US who use services to get around geoblocking.

The Netflix subscription price in Australia is expected to be $9.99 per month.

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