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Some Netflix customers will pay more if they subscribe at the weekend, under a controversial new trial being run by the streaming company.

The new pricing tier is AU$3 (£1.72) more at the weekend than during the week. Users signing up on a week day would not be liable for the higher charge.

According to Netflix, this is only a temporary trial and is designed to help it better understand its users' behaviour. It also isn't applicable to all users in Australia.

"We continually test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time," the streaming firm said in a statement. "In this case, we are testing slightly different price points to better understand how consumers value Netflix.

"Not everyone will see this test and we may not ever offer it generally."

The firm has also announced its first ever Australian original show. 'Tidelands' is a supernatural crime drama that follows a former criminal as she returns to the small fishing village she calls home. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she has to uncover the town's secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants. Production will start in 2018.

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