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Foxtel’s BINGE streaming service: Price, features, comparison and content

Everything you need to know about the BINGE TV streaming service and app. Is it better than Netflix, Stan, Disney Plus and Prime Video?

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BINGE is an Australian streaming TV service that entered the market as a rival to an abundance of streaming providers and as an alternative to Foxtel Now. BINGE is made by Streamotion, a subsidiary of News Corp and a sister company to Foxtel. While not technically a Foxtel product, BINGE does have access to the same content rights purchased by News Corp for Foxtel.

As a result, BINGE was originally thought to be an app that would do to the Foxtel Drama pack what Kayo Sports, also made by Streamotion, did to Foxtel's Sport pack. As in, providing a means to access specific Foxtel content without paying for all the generic channels in Foxtel's Pop and Lifestyle packs.

However, it offers a far more diverse selection. Unlike Kayo Sports, the content available through BINGE isn't all from a single Foxtel add-on. Instead it's a more curated catalogue of titles, providing a selection of content from across Foxtel's Drama, Lifestyle, Pop, Docos, Kids and Movies packs. The content is built up with big name providers such as HBO, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros.

BINGE was released across Australia on 25 May 2020. Below you will find all the information you need to know about BINGE, but for a deeper analysis you can read our detailed BINGE review.

What to expect from BINGE

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There are 3 price tiers: the Basic plan ($10 a month), Standard plan ($14 a month) and the Premium plan ($18 a month). The same content is available across all 3 tiers, though the Basic plan only offers SD content. Of the 2 higher plans, there is no 4K option. Instead, you can get access to more simultaneous streams on the Premium plan.

There is no option to purchase a year-long subscription at a reduced rate or bundle BINGE in with Kayo Sports. BINGE opts for monthly instalments and no-lock-in contracts.

Does BINGE have a free trial?

New customers can trial BINGE over 14 days for free. The whole sign-up process is very easy. If you need help we have a step-by-step guide to get you started.

Which TV shows and movies does BINGE have?

When BINGE launched it boasted over 10,000 hours of content. It came mostly in the form of full boxset TV series and via the inclusion of more than 800 movies, which has since grown to over 1,200 films as of October 2021.

While the BINGE app cherrypicks content from across all the Foxtel channels, the most popular content is usually pulled from FOX SHOWCASE. This is best known to be the home of HBO content in Australia.

BINGE launched with every episode of Game of Thrones, Westworld, Chernobyl, Succession, Big Little Lies, True Detective, The Wire, Band of Brothers, Sex and the City and more.

Since then BINGE has added the likes of The Big Bang Theory, Raised By Wolves, every Harry Potter film, the new Gossip Girl, Mare of Easttown and Friends. However, none of these are exclusive to BINGE, they're also on Foxtel.

The most popular series on BINGE to date has been The Undoing starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant.

Some of the highlights joining BINGE in December 2021 and beyond include:

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BINGE device compatibility

BINGE is available on PC and Mac, as well as on iOS and Android devices. Additionally, you can watch BINGE via Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV and Samsung TV.

BINGE has revealed plans for native apps to appear on more smart TV models and video game consoles. From what was said to us, PlayStation looks like it is the primary focus, but additional smart TV support should be in the works too.

Something originally missing from BINGE at launch were closed captions, but they are now available on all devices. We've got a summary of devices below, which link out to how to set up BINGE on each device.

Streaming devices

Smart TVs

  • Android TV (v7.0 operating system or higher)
  • Samsung smart TVs (2017 and later)

Mobile devices

Is Foxtel's BINGE Australia's version of HBO Max?

HBO Max was one of the biggest launches in the streaming market for 2020. It's similar to what Disney did with Disney Plus, but HBO Max is the home of all content from WarnerMedia. At least, it is in the USA. HBO Max is not coming to Australia and won't be anytime soon, with reports suggesting the new Foxtel WarnerMedia partnership extends through to 2025.

As such, Foxtel, and by extension BINGE, will be the only place to watch content made by HBO in Australia. This extends to broader WarnerMedia content as well, including Warner Bros. movies.

However, the partnership between Foxtel and WarnerMedia doesn't extend to all HBO Max Originals. So hopefully these will be added at a later date.

Notably, Stan has anthology rom-com Love Life, Made for Love, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air special and 2021 hit Hacks. However, BINGE has had Zack Snyder's Justice League, Genera+ion, the new Gossip Girl, The Flight Attendant, superhero extravaganza DOOM Patrol, the Friends reunion, Unpregnant and more.

So while Foxtel doesn't own 100% of the rights, you could argue that it owns the majority.

It's inaccurate to say that BINGE is Australia's HBO Max. The services offer different user interfaces, features and experiences, while HBO Max will broadcast non-HBO content that Foxtel does not have the rights for in Australia.

That said, while BINGE isn't Australia's HBO Max, it can effectively be considered as much. It's as close to HBO Max as Australians are going to get for the foreseeable future.

BINGE TV's unique viewing features

BINGE Centre: In line with BINGE's plan to be the new home for true lovers of scripted television, the BINGE Centre acts as a hub page for all the peripheral information around a particular series. You can dive deeper into cast and crew, find making-of documentaries, see behind-the-scenes footage and view some key interviews.

BINGELists: When you're browsing through the over 10,000 hours of content, you will likely come across shows of interest that aren't right for that moment in time. So, you can add them to your BINGEList and come back to them at a later date. Alternatively, you can watch multiple series concurrently, starting where you left off in each by accessing them through your BINGEList.

Surprise Me!: As its name suggests, this feature puts the fate of your viewing future in the hands of the BINGE editors and the software's AI. They will help select something for you to watch and hopefully find your next big thing.

Adaptive Discovery: BINGE uses machine learning to ensure the AI that surfaces content becomes ever smarter at predicting what you want to see when you search. You can also search by situations or moods, not just by genre or title.

Live TV channels: Something else that surprised users at launch were the 17 live Foxtel TV channels that are available. They allow subscribers to catch weekly episodes of new series live rather than waiting for them to be uploaded to the on-demand library. You can see the full list of channels in our FAQs section.

Is BINGE TV the same as Foxtel?

There are 2 variants of the Foxtel service: Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now. While both services provide the same content, Foxtel iQ is really built to be a different kind of experience. It's the traditional set-top box, cable TV service that Foxtel built its brand around over the past few decades. It provides the ultimate access to the content, with the ability to record shows, 4K support and greater stability thanks to its wired connection. But you pay for it.

Foxtel Now is the streaming alternative and more comparable to BINGE. Foxtel Now offers a broader range of content than BINGE. You'll find more in the way of news, reality TV, lifestyle, movies and legacy content.

There are also add-on packs for Sport, Movies, Docos, Drama and Kids that you can add onto the base pack. So, you've got more versatility and flexibility, but it starts at $25 a month and goes up sharply from there.

BINGE focuses in on the latest and greatest "showcase" series, hand-picking some of the best content from across the broader Foxtel packages to create a unique offering at a relatively cheap price. It also then offers features that enable people to binge on boxsets. If your favourite Foxtel Now channel is FOX SHOWCASE, then BINGE is likely to offer you a more tailored experience.

However, there are some things that Foxtel is withholding from BINGE such as the on-demand rights to Wentworth. You can see a full breakdown in our BINGE vs Foxtel comparison.

Will BINGE have original content?

It is unlikely that BINGE will make its own original content for exclusive broadcast on the service in the foreseeable future. We do know that WarnerMedia and Foxtel have partnered to co-produce local, Australian-made content.

How does BINGE compare to Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon, Apple TV Plus and Stan?

The number of streaming services is growing rapidly. Each brings with it exclusive rights to broadcast certain content in Australia. While there is overlap, in particular between Foxtel Now and Stan, it's the exclusivity of the content and how it fits your tastes or household needs that best dictates your choice.

BINGE has access to HBO, NBCUniversal, Discover, ViacomCBS and BBC content, as well as Foxtel Originals. We may not see content from all those sources on BINGE, but those are the options available to Streamotion. So, you won't get any of the Netflix, Prime Video or Apple TV Plus originals on BINGE. Or likely none of Disney's portfolio (Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar).

BINGE does offer a other point of difference in its BINGE Centre, BINGELists and Surprise Me! features. While the user interfaces between the streaming services are quite similar, these features do offer something extra for the target audience. That being those who enjoy bingeing TV.

However, BINGE's price point and restrictive quality (no 4K and no Dolby Atmos) means its unlikely to pull across viewers with a fringe or blasé interest in HBO content.

Competition is always growing in the streaming market, so it's a good idea to explore your options. For instance, Paramount Plus arrived in Australia recently. See how BINGE compares to Paramount Plus.

Is BINGE the right streaming TV service for you?

If you love to dive head-long into multiple seasons of the best, award-winning TV in the world, BINGE is quite compelling. While other services, notably Amazon and Netflix, have a stack more content and Disney has all the blockbuster brands, BINGE has set its focus on quality. There is a lot of high-quality TV on BINGE.

If you've been scared off Foxtel Now by the price and bloat, BINGE is also a welcome arrival. It gives you a chance to take a shortcut straight to the good stuff and at a cheaper price, too. This is your chance to feast on the likes of Game of Thrones, The Waking Dead and Westworld with reckless abandon.

The library is diverse, so there's something for the entire family, including reality TV shows, docos and kids' programming. If you're a fan of cutting-edge technology, you'll likely be frustrated by the lack of 4K and Dolby Atmos support. Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus offer this as standard, as well as more simultaneous streams, at a much lower price.

With no lock-in contract, any TV connoisseur is going to very easily get their money's worth. Especially as more new content emerges from HBO Max. Grab the free trial and give it a go.

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