Streaming TV

Your guide to streaming with Australian Internet TV and IPTV services


Don't know the first thing about streaming?

Join the cord-cutting revolution by comparing on-demand video services.

Why should you compare streaming providers? For a long time, Australians have been paying through the nose for their news, sport and entertainment. With new players on the block like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, accessing premium entertainment is easier and more affordable than ever. Comparing what each service offers and how much it costs could save you a fortune in the long run.

streaming

What do I need to compare?

  • The price of the service
  • The content on offer
  • The streaming quality supplied
  • The devices that are supported

There are many things you need to consider before signing up with a streaming provider but it essentially boils down a few comparable factors: price, content, quality and compatible devices.

That's just the start. Which services offer a free trial? Which services have a lock-in contract?

We've done the hard yards for you and answered all those questions and more in the table below.

If you'd like to dig a little deeper we answer some commonly asked questions and explain why streaming is taking over further down the page.

Name Product Service type 4K/UHD? Simultaneous streams Free trial? Price What's next?
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video
On-demand streaming
Yes
3
30 days
$6.99/month
hayu Standard
hayu Standard
On-demand streaming
No
1
30 days
$6.99 per month
10 All Access
10 All Access
On-demand streaming
No
3
30 days
$9.99 p/month
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
On-demand streaming
No
1
1 month
$9.99
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
On-demand streaming
No
2
1 month
$13.99

Compare up to 4 providers

What is Internet TV and streaming exactly?

Internet Television is televised content that is delivered to all sorts of connected devices, from personal computers to smartphones to video game consoles.

Also referred to as "IPTV' or "streaming", this technology enables viewers to watch television shows, movies, news and sport in real time over the Internet.

The streamed content is viewed through a website or native application that gives the viewer access to a live stream or library of television shows and movies.

With a steady Internet connection and compatible device, there is little difference from what traditional broadcast options offer.

I’m sold but I don’t know if I have the right equipment. Which devices can I use to stream?

This is a common deterrent for people looking to make the switch to streaming but don't worry, there are plenty devices you can use to stream Netflix, Foxtel and more. In fact, you’ve probably got one or two in your home already.



  • Computer

    If you’ve got a PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer, you’re already halfway to streaming most major streaming services. Every streaming service in Australia can be accessed by the web browser you use every single day (with the exception of hayu).



  • Smartphone and tablet

    One of the more popular devices to stream video on, smartphones and tablets allow you to binge TV shows, movies and news on the go. Most major streaming services are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones and even offer offline viewing options so you don’t chew through your data.


  • Game consoles

    Why fork out for a new television when you probably own a streaming-enabled device already? Game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have native apps for Netflix, Stan and more. The 4K-ready PS4 Pro and Xbox One X also allow you to stream 4K/UHD content (when connected to a 4K TV).


  • Streaming media devices

    If you’re not looking to fork out for a Smart TV, there is a huge selection of affordable streaming hardware options, like Google Chromecast, Apple TV and Fetch TV that will essentially transform your standard television into a Smart TV.

There's a whole suite of devices and gadgets you can stream on but device compatibility varies from service to service. Find out more about your streaming hardware options with our guide.

Understanding your streaming options

Why is streaming taking over? Convenience. While you can live stream TV shows and movies as they happen, the main draw of streaming television is the thousands and thousands of classic movies and recent blockbusters available with the press of a button.

The wide selection of compatible devices also means you don't have to wait until you're home on the couch to catch up on the latest news and premium TV shows. Streaming and Internet TV can be accessed from your office computer, from your smartphone on the commute home and when you get home, you can continue what you were watching on your Smart TV without missing a beat.

Streaming is also relatively cheap. For years, entertainment in Australia has been dictated by cable and satellite providers who charge upwards of $100 per month for the privilege of their services. Netflix, on the other hand, charges just $9.99 per month at its lowest tier and offers quality original content and options for HD and 4K (Ultra High Definition) streaming at its higher tiers.

Compare the differences in content, pricing and packages from Amazon Prime Video, Stan, Netflix Australia and Foxtel Now before you decide on one.

What are my options for streaming?

There are various ways you can view content over the Internet. Some are convenient but take a toll on your data while others take longer but allow offline viewing. Let us break down the differences.

Which service has the most content and what can I stream?

Each month, TV shows and movies are added and removed from streaming services in Australia.

Tables last updated December 2018. Notice something wrong? Get in touch.

Natalie
Nat

In the table below, we keep track of how many TV shows and movies are available.

Provider Number TV shows Number of Movies
Netflix 1604 3545
Prime Video 1214 4921
Stan 475 1485

Now that we've weighed up how each service compares, let's find that TV show you're looking for. Simply type the title of the movie in the search bar provided to track down where it is streaming in Australia.

Looking for a particular movie? Head over to our movie search engine.

Frequently asked questions

How is the content delivered to my device?

This is all well and good but how exactly did Daenerys and her dragons end up on my smartphone? While it’s not breathing fire or raising the dead, it’s still quite magical. Let us show you how it’s done.

More FAQ

More questions? You're not the only one. See what other people are asking.

Stay on top of the latest news and announcements


A weekly column that digs up TV's hidden gems.


Your weekly digest of streaming news.

Streaming essentials

Store Discount
Kayo Sports Kayo Sports
Stream Kayo Sports for 14 days FREE and no lock-in contract
Amazon AU Amazon AU
30-DAYS FREE: Sign up to Amazon Prime Video's free trial today
WWE Shop WWE Shop
Stream the WWE with a FREE 30-day trial

Popular Streaming deals Internet TV coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
11 Jul 2018 $10 off the fastest premium speed plan for Netflix with Aussie Broadband FIN****
27 Nov 2018 Stream Kayo Sports for 14 days FREE and no lock-in contract ********
6 Dec 2018 30-DAYS FREE: Sign up to Amazon Prime Video's free trial today ********
13 Sep 2018 Stream the WWE with a FREE 30-day trial ********
21 Sep 2018 Stream NFL LIVE with a 7-day FREE trial of Game Pass ********

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.

46 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    December 6, 2018

    Hi

    I am after a mobile plan TV streaming plan and internet plan at home.

    Where do I start?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniDecember 11, 2018Staff

      Hi Craig,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Kindly check out this PAGE to compare streaming providers that would suit your needs. There are many things you need to consider before signing up with a streaming provider such as price, content, quality and compatible devices. While on this page, kindly enter your address to check if nbn is available and compare plans that you may apply for. It is best to contact your top 3 providers to seek further assistance on how you may apply for an internet plan for your home.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

  2. Default Gravatar
    BillFebruary 14, 2018

    How do I sign up for 9Now on my computer?

    • finder Customer Care
      JonathanMarch 7, 2018Staff

      Hi Bill, thanks for your inquiry.

      You can sign up for 9Now by going to the 9Now website and pressing the ‘Login’ button.

      Best,

      Jonathan

  3. Default Gravatar
    CharlesOctober 11, 2017

    How to choose an NBN plan? I only use little internet and TV news. Now I’m using Optus. They want me to change to NBN $60 per month for 1 year. Can you tell me any cheaper one?

    • finder Customer Care
      RenchOctober 11, 2017Staff

      Hi Charles,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Please note that we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      You can have a look on this page and compare your options for NBN plans. You may click on the provider to see more details then you may click on the ‘Go to Site’ button on the page to direct you to their official site and purchase the plan.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Rench

  4. Default Gravatar
    davidOctober 22, 2016

    How can I stream live EPL Football games without an Optus account?

    • finder Customer Care
      JasonOctober 25, 2016Staff

      Hi David.

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Since Optus has gained the EPL broadcasting rights, you might need to subscribe with any eligible account with them to watch EPL Football games, the easy way, inside Australia. You can also try using Smart DNS proxies or VPN to stream EPL games online if you want the complicated option.

      Cheers,
      Jason

  5. Default Gravatar
    KatJuly 3, 2016

    I currently have foxtel and want to change to stan but do not have smart tv or any other device connection. I also have my Internet with foxtel will that work with stan for example
    Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      AlexJuly 4, 2016Staff

      Hi Kat,

      Stan should work without issues on Foxtel Internet, so you could watch through a laptop, tablet or phone for example, or pick up a cheap streaming device such as Google’s Chromecast to send content to your TV. You’d have to check with Foxtel directly about switching from a full Foxtel connection+broadband depending on your contract status, but from a technical level there’s no reason that shouldn’t work.

      Regards,

      Alex.

  6. Default Gravatar
    brettr1May 16, 2016

    is foxtel capable of providing me with an internet connection so i can use my apple tv as well? i only have mobile broadband on my property

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieMay 17, 2016Staff

      Hi Brett,

      Foxtel does offer broadband packages. I would recommend entering your address into our nbn tracker to check when you will be eligible for nbn.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

  7. Default Gravatar
    DavidApril 5, 2016

    I live in Wagga Wagga and am currently paying a lot of money for A Telstra bundle which includes platinum Foxtel. I mainly have for major sports coverages F1, Moto GP, Rugby. Is there another way without the lock ins and hopefully cheaper.

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieApril 6, 2016Staff

      Hi David,

      You could always opt for Foxtel Play. The minimum you will pay is $50 per month for the sports package and one additional package of your choice. Foxtel Play is month-to-month and requires no lock-in contract. Click here for more information on the service.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

  8. Default Gravatar
    DianneFebruary 18, 2016

    how long does it take to set up a new customer please

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieFebruary 22, 2016Staff

      Hi Dianne,

      You’ve come through to finder.com.au. We compare Internet TV providers in Australia, but do not represent Netflix, Stan or Presto. Though, signing up with Netflix, Stan or Presto won’t take any longer than ten minutes if you have your credit card and personal details on hand.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

  9. Default Gravatar
    kristi-annJanuary 15, 2016

    Hi, I bought a t-box hoping to watch movies with digital quality audio, nope, no one could even tell me if their BigPond movies had digital audio. I would choose another streaming service if only someone could tell me which, if any service provided digital audio sound. The t-box does actually produce digital audio, when tuned to HD tv channels, ie; HD one or sevens 73 mate.

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieJanuary 29, 2016Staff

      Hi Kristi-ann,

      Netflix, Stan and Presto all support 5.1 surround sound.

      Hope that answers your question,

      Brodie

  10. Default Gravatar
    mrsDecember 8, 2015

    i am trying to sign up for presto how do i do this because i have tried several times on line and it wont accept anything i put in

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieDecember 9, 2015Staff

      Hi Elaine,

      We’ve got a comprehensive guide to setting up Presto here. Please check it out and let me know if you have any further questions.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

Ask a question
Go to site