Jump on these deals and you could get Internet TV for up to 27 months for free.
Internet TV services like Netflix and Foxtel Now offer veritable smorgasbords of entertainment just waiting to be gobbled up by hungry film and TV buffs. Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, though, it's understandable if you don't want to plonk down your hard-earned cash until you know that the feast within is actually worth it.
This is where free trials come into play. Almost all of the major Australian streaming services now offer free trials for new customers, saving you from unwittingly signing up for a service that only has enough good content to last you a week or two of binge-watching, tops.
Free trials aren't the only way to score access to top-quality streaming TV at no cost, either. More and more Internet providers are throwing in free streaming subscriptions with their broadband plans, perfect for customers who are looking to upgrade their Internet connection anyway.
Want all the TV shows and movies? You can get a free trial with each of the streaming Internet TV providers below:
Step 1 - Get your free trial
This is your bare bones, commitment-free, no-money-required option for streaming your favourite shows and movies for nada. That's right: NADA. Most Australian Internet TV (IPTV) providers are giving up to 30 days free access to their entire content libraries for new and eligible returning users. As usual, some terms and conditions apply, and you'll want to remember to cancel your subscription before the trial period is over so that you don't get charged for a full month.
Internet TV providers offering free trials
||Access||Terms and conditions||Available with any other offer?||Purchase|
|Netflix||30 days||New users and eligible former users only (contact Netflix for details).||Access to your choice of three subscription packages (single-stream, dual-stream or four-stream)||To avoid being charged beyond your trial period, you must cancel your membership at any time during the one month free period.||No||
|Stan||30 days||New subscribers only.||Access to their TVs and movies.||To avoid being charged beyond your trial period, you must cancel your membership at any time during the one month free period. Promotional offers may be charged if they consider it is being abused.||No.||
|Foxtel Now||14 days||New subscribers to Foxtel Now only.||Access to all Foxtel Now channel packs and on-demand content.||To avoid being charged beyond your trial period, you must cancel your membership at any time during the two-week free period. You might be charged a pending fee on your credit card in this period. This is to verify your credit card details and will be cancelled once verified.||No.||
|hayu||30 days||New subscribers only.||All on-demand seasons plus the latest episodes of current reality TV shows.||To avoid being charged beyond your trial period, you must cancel your membership at any time during the 30-day free period.||No||Start your trial|
|Amazon Prime Video||7 days||New subscribers only.||All Amazon Original content along with all TV shows and movies in the Amazon Prime library.||To avoid being charged beyond your trial period, you must cancel your membership at any time during the 7-day free period.||No, though you do get a free subscription to Twitch Prime if you link it to your Amazon Prime Video account.||See content|
Step 2 - Buy a connection plan with a bonus Internet TV subscription
Because a good broadband connection is vital to enjoying high-quality, uninterrupted Internet TV, many streaming services partner with telecommunications companies to provide packaged bundles that include Internet TV subscriptions as well as a traditional broadband service.
While these packages get you more streaming goodness than the free trials, they do require shelling out cash for the basic broadband service. You may also need to jump through a few hoops to switch telcos and take advantage of these offers, which can be a bit of a pain.
Telecommunications providers offering free streaming bonuses
|Provider||Plans||Value||Bonus IPTV months||Deals||Terms and conditions||Unmetered data for streaming?|
|Optus||Fetch (single channel pack)||$399 for the Fetch Mighty plus $6 a month||Life of the plan||Home broadband: Get the Fetch Mighty set-top box and a single Fetch channel pack when you purchase a $80+ home broadband bundle or broadband only plan.||Offer is available to both new and existing customers who connect to an eligible plan. The Fetch Mighty set-top box is provided on a rental basis and must be returned when you cancel your service.||Eligible plans already include unlimited data.|
|Telstra||Foxtel Now (Starter pack)||$240 - $360||24 months||Sign up to Telstra's 24-month Entertainment plan and you'll receive a Telstra TV streaming device plus a 24-month subscription to a Foxtel Now Starter Pack of your choice.||Foxtel Now offer must be redeemed by 30 January 2019. If you've previously redeemed a Starter pack, that Starter pack cannot be redeemed again.||Eligible plan already includes unlimited data.|
Watch the latest reality TV with a 30-day free trial from hayu
Take advantage of hayu's limited 30-day month trial and access thousands of hours of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Made in Chelsea and so much more.View details
Step 3: Enjoy!
There you have it: a bunch of options for scoring free or, at least, bonus subscriptions to Australia's top Internet TV services. If you're keen on making the most of these offers, you could even jump from one to the next like so:
Netflix trial (30 days / 1 month)
Stan trial (30 days / 1 month)
Foxtel Now trial (14 days / 0.5 months)
hayu trial (30 days / 1 month)
Amazon Prime Video trial (7 days)
Telstra Entertainment broadband plan (Foxtel Now for 24 months)
$99 x 24 = $2376
= 27.75 months (cost $2376)
Just remember that going all-in as above requires locking yourself into 24-month contracts with Telstra, so you'll want to ensure that the accompanying Internet service meets your needs before making the long-term commitment. It's also worth noting that the savings above are a guide only, and may differ depending on your entertainment preferences.