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Netflix is a pretty big deal these days, but its success hasn't gone uncontested. Rival services like Stan, Foxtel Now and Amazon Prime Video have emerged to provide Aussies with plenty of choice for getting their streaming fix. Each of these services offers something a little different, so we've broken down their core features below.
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Stan's basic package starts from only $10 a month, offering a huge range of premium content including Breaking Bad, Adventure Time, Dexter, Preacher and Doctor Who.
While the library of blockbuster movies and big-name TV shows available through Amazon Prime Video in Australia could be better, the selection of original content more than makes up for it. With critical darlings like The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle and American Gods available exclusively through Amazon Prime Video, the cheap $6.99 a month buy-in is definitely worth it.
For just $6.99 a month, hayu cuts right to the chase by offering nothing more or less than thousands of hours of reality TV fast-tracked from the US.
10 All Access is a joint venture between CBS and Channel 10. It combines Australian-made content like Neighbours and The Living Room with CBS mainstays like NCIS and The Good Wife.
iTunes provides a central location to download not just music but movies and TV shows, too. There are thousands of movies and TV shows to choose from so you can catch up on your favourite episodes at any time.
Build your own package and you could start watching Foxtel in just minutes. All your need to do is sign up online, install the app and you'll be able to access a range of content.
The highest streaming quality currently available is 4K Ultra HD. Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime Video all support 4K streaming, though only for select titles – mostly original content rather than traditional Hollywood fare. To stream in 4K through Netflix or Stan you'll need to purchase their top-tier subscription options, while Amazon Prime Video offers 4K streaming by default with its standard subscription.
Just bear in mind that streaming in 4K can chew through quite a large chunk of data: on Netflix, an hour of 4K streaming uses up roughly 7GB.
A basic Netflix subscription will set you back $9.99 a month, but this only gets you the ability to stream to one device at a time and limits you to streaming in Standard Definition (SD).
Stan prices its basic service similarly, charging $10 a month for SD streaming to a single device at a time. Its higher tiers match Netflix, too, with HD streaming and a three-device cap setting you back $14 compared to Netflix's $13.99 for HD and a maximum of two simultaneous devices. 4K streaming is slightly cheaper, with Stan charging $17 a month compared to Netflix's $19.99.
Foxtel Now's cheapest package is quite a bit more expensive than Netflix or Stan. For the basic Essentials package (a necessary purchase if you want to add on other channel packs), you're looking at $25 a month. Additional channel packs start at an extra $10 per month and go up to $29 a month. If you want to go all-in, Foxtel Now is going to set you back a lot more than competing streaming services.
Amazon Prime Video and hayu have the clear price advantage over the competition, both charging $6.99 a month for access to their entire catalogue. The catch there is that hayu only allows you to stream to one device at a time, and both hayu and Amazon Prime Video have far smaller content libraries than Netflix.
Content is king in the streaming video space, and Netflix has a sizeable lead on the competition in terms of the sheer number of TV shows and movies it offers. That said, quality is always more important than quantity, and there are plenty of top-notch titles available exclusively on Foxtel, Stan, Amazon Prime Video and hayu.
Here's a comparison of some of the top shows available on each service:
|Netflix||Stranger Things, BoJack Horseman, Orange is the New Black, The Crown, Black Mirror, Star Trek: Discovery|
|Stan||Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Preacher, Romper Stomper, The Other Guy, Wolf Creek, Electric Dreams|
|Foxtel||Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Supergirl, Legion, The Americans, Westworld, Silicon Valley|
|hayu||The Real Housewives of New York City, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Botched, The Hills|
|Amazon Prime Video||Transparent, The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, American Gods, This is Us|
|10 All Access||Happy Together, MacGyver, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, NCIS, Frasier, Cheers|
|iTunes||The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Pretty Little Liars, Downton Abbey, Revenge, State of Affairs, The Real Housewives|
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