How much SVOD content is Australian? Here are the facts

As SPA focuses on SVODs in Screen Forever next week, an RMIT report lays out the realities of Australian content. And the need for family friendly creativity.

When we blunder around the SVOD catalogues looking for Australian content, we soon discover that the international suppliers do not give an emu’s blink about the cultural origins of their programs. At the top level It is never labelled by nationality – the closest seems to be a sad category on Netflix called International. 

Dr Ramon Lobato & Alexa Scarlata of RMIT have been deep diving on content for an annual survey, now called  ‘Australian content in SVOD catalogs: availability and discoverability – 2019’. The conclusions are: 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.