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The leading SVOD platforms in Australia 2021: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, Apple TV+ and more

25 February, 2022

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Presented below is the section for Australia from The Global Television Demand Report. Enjoy!

Australia digital original genre and subgenre preferences

  • With a 16.8% share of digital original demand for comedies, Australia was one of the top three mostcomedy loving markets in this report.
  • Audience demand for digital originals in Australia closely mirrors the average demand breakdown acrossgenres for countries in this report.
  • Animation was one of the fastest growing digital original genres in Australia this year, increasing to a 6.7%share of demand from 4.7% in 2020.
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  • As in five other markets in this report, superhero series was the most in-demand digital original subgenre inAustralia in 2021.
  • Thriller was the third most in-demand subgenre in Australia in 2021. This is the highest rank for thesubgenre in this report, which it also achieved in Spain.
  • Romantic dramas also succeeded in Australia this year. It was the 9thmost in-demand subgenre for the yearin Australia and only ranked in the top ten subgenres in two other markets in this report.
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Australia platform demand share and digital originals demand distribution

  • Of all markets in this report, Australian audiences expressed the highest share of demand for digital originalseries from Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+, with 11.5% and 9.1% respectively.
  • However, these platforms have been moving in opposite directions. Amazon Prime Video’s share of demandis down from 13.1% in 2020 while Apple TV+ is up from 5.8%.
  • Netflix had the lowest demand share for the year in Australia of markets in this report. 38.6% of demand fordigital originals in Australia was for a Netflix original, well below the platform’s 47.1% share of demandglobally. The platform’s share of demand has declined consistently throughout the year from a high of 44.8% in January 2021.
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  • In 2021, the most in-demand digital original series in Australia is The Mandalorian, with 22.42 times the demand of the average show.
  • Australians’ love of comedy can be seen in some of the most in-demand shows of the year. Comedies like Star Trek: Lower Decks and Hacks ranked higher in Australia than in any other market in this report.
  • Ted Lasso, the globally popular comedy from Apple TV+, had 15.42 times the average series demand inAustralia this year. It ranked as the third most in-demand original series in Australia, the show’s joint highest rank in this report which it also achieved in Canada.
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Australia platform demand share for drama and action/adventure digital originals

  • Netflix has by far the smallest share of demand for drama originals in Australia of markets in this report (44.7%). Its share has trended down through the year and hit an all time low of 38.4% in December 2021.
  • With a 12.9% share, Amazon Prime Video originals made up a larger share of demand for dramas inAustralia than in any other market in this report. The platform achieved a larger share of demand inDecember 2021 (15.9%) than at any point in the past two years.
  • Hulu also saw a surge in demand for its dramas at the back half of the year. In September, Hulu’s dramas accounted for 16.4% of demand for digital original dramas, the platform’s largest share in two years.
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  • Similar to the drama genre, there was weak demand for Netflix’s action/adventure originals in Australia. The platform’s 21.7% share of demand in this genre was the second smallest of markets in this report.
  • As with all markets covered in this report, Disney+ originals made up the largest share of demand for action/adventure originals in Australia. Australia was one of four markets in this report where the demand share for Disney+ originals exceeded 40%.
  • Accounting for a 5.7% share of demand for action/adventure originals, Paramount+ achieved its secondlargest demand share in Australia of markets in this report.
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Top digital original series in Australia

Here are the top 20 most in-demand streaming original series in 2021 across all platforms:

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