Australian alternatives to Netflix
The best services similar to Netflix Australia for streaming TV shows and movies.
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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.
BINGE offers a solid selection of TV shows and movies, including HBO boxsets and recent blockbusters. The platform also hosts docos and reality TV series.
Subscriptions to BINGE start at $10/month and the service comes with unique features like Binge Centres, BingeLists and Surprise Me!
- Top-notch selection of the best content from Foxtel's channel packs
- Good device compatibility
- Sleek and functional look
- 14-day free trial
Offering thousands of hours of HD TV and movies and support for up to three streaming devices, Stan definitely gives Netflix a run for its money.
- Watch on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone
- Play via Chromecast or AirPlay
- First-month free trial
3. Amazon Prime Video
With an emphasis on original content you won't find anywhere else, Amazon Prime Video is one of the best-value alternatives to Netflix.
With the biggest library of movies and TV shows in Australia and a strong selection of original content Prime Video is somewhat of a hidden gem. With critical darlings like Fleabag, 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.
- Only costs $6.99 a month
- Plenty of exclusive content like Little Fires Everywhere and Mozart in the Jungle
- Offers a 30-day free trial
With a vast library of movies and a great collection of TV shows, including original productions, Disney+ is an excellent family-friendly alternative to Netflix.
The streaming service offers content not only from Disney, but its subsidiaries as well. That includes Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. Subscribers can also finally stream The Simpsons online in Australia.
- Generous library of family-friendly titles featuring TV series, docu-series and movies
- Highlights include The Mandalorian, Frozen II, Onward and Avengers: Endgame
- Subscriptions cost $11.99/month or $119.99/year, with no contract and a 1-week free trial
- Great device compatibility, titles available in HD or higher quality, offline viewing
5. Apple TV+
Apple's foray into streaming comes with a library of original titles, which makes it an appealing choice for peak TV enthusiasts.
The platform offers shows and movies from some of the world's best storytellers, including hits like Morning Wars (The Morning Show), anthology Little America, M. Night Shyamalan's Servant, sitcom Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet and the Chris Evans-led drama Defending Jacob.
- Subscriptions cost $7.99/month with a 7-day free trial
- Premium features like 4K video and Dolby Atmos audio on most content
- Good device compatibility
- Users can stream on six devices simultaneously
6. Foxtel Now
Foxtel's foray into the world of Internet TV, Foxtel Now offers an online, on-demand streaming service for all programming available on regular Foxtel.
Available on PC, Mac, Chromecast, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and LG, Samsung and Sony smart TVs.
- Packages start from $25 a month
- Enjoy TV shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Walking Dead
- Can also add sports content
If you love your reality TV, no streaming service gets you more juicy drama than hayu.
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, including every season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
- Supports a wide range of devices including computers, tablets and smartphones
- Lets you download episodes and watch them offline
- Offers a 30-day free trial
8. 10 All Access
The Aussie version of CBS All Access has plenty of TV shows new and old.
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.
- Features original CBS content exclusive to the streaming platform
- $9.99/month price point gets you everything with the ability to stream to 3 devices at once
- Offers a 30-day free trial
Organise your music, movies and TV shows and shop for the ones that you want. Streaming radio is also available with iTunes Radio.
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.
- Works on Mac, PC, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV
- iTunes Radio is free
- Gift cards are available to send to friends and family
Foxtel is a pay TV service that includes live programs and channels. If you prefer a streaming service, you can get Foxtel Now for all your favourite shows and movies.
Build your own package and you could start watching Foxtel in just minutes. All you need to do is sign up online, install the app and you'll be able to access a range of content.
- Two words (okay, maybe three): Game of Thrones
- Choose from channels like Fox8, Fox Sports, Lifestyle and Discovery
- Available in 4K
- Compatible on a range of devices including Apple and Android
Which Internet TV provider offers the highest streaming quality?
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.
How much do these alternatives cost compared to Netflix?
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 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 3-device cap setting you back $14 compared to Netflix's $13.99 for HD and a maximum of 2 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 catalogues. The catch there is that hayu only allows you to stream to one device at a time. Both hayu and Amazon Prime Video have far smaller content libraries than Netflix.
Which shows and movies do Netflix's competitors offer?
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, Tiger King|
|Stan||Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Preacher, Romper Stomper, The Other Guy, Killing Eve, Electric Dreams|
|Foxtel and BINGE||Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Chernobyl, Watchmen, The Americans, Westworld, 90 Day Fiance|
|hayu||The Real Housewives of NYC, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Botched, Vanderpump Rules|
|Amazon Prime Video||Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jack Ryan, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, Fleabag, This is Us|
|Disney+||The Mandalorian, The Simpsons, Frozen, Moana, Avengers, Star Wars, The Lion King, That's so Raven|
|10 All Access||Happy Together, MacGyver, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, NCIS, Frasier, Cheers|
|iTunes||Harry Potter, Contagion, Pretty Little Liars, Downton Abbey, Revenge, State of Affairs, The Sopranos|
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