Before you sign up to anything, see how Netflix compares to Stan compares to Foxtel Now compares to.... well, you get the idea.
The days of waiting months for American TV shows to reach Aussie shores are long over. Thanks to streaming services like Stan, Foxtel Now and of course, Netflix, Australians can now keep up with the latest episodes of their favourite shows often day-and-date with the US.
There's only one downside to having so much entertainment available on-demand: how do you decide which service to sign up for? They all have their own pros and cons so we've broken down what each one brings to the table to help you make the right choice.
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How much will I pay and what can I watch?
|Service||Price||Key content||Additional information||Purchase|
|Netflix(Aus)||$9.99 per month (minimum)||Marco Polo, BoJack Horseman, Bloodline, Virunga, Mission Blue, Uganda Be Kidding Me||Many of the shows popular on the US Netflix, including Breaking Bad, have rights owned by other Australian streaming services.||See content|
|Stan||$10 per month (minimum)||Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, Community||There's plenty of home-grown Aussie drama and comedy to be found here (Kenny, Summer Heights High etc). Compatible with Apple products.||See Content|
|Foxtel Now||$10 a month (minimum)||Game of Thrones, Westworld, Wentworth, Veep, Supergirl, Mr Robot, Silicon Valley, The Americans, The Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire, NBA, NHL||The only service to stream live sports like NBA and MLB. Also offers a premium movie package featuring titles like Star Trek: Beyond and Jason Bourne.||2-week free trialMore info|
|Quickflix||$6 a month (minimum)||Dallas Buyer's Club, Jobs, Clockwork Orange, Beetlejuice, Beauty and the Beast (Premium), Moana (Premium)||On top of its subscription service, Quickflix offers premium movies for rent on a per-title basis. Most of Quickflix's content is shifting to this model, making the subscription service less attractive.||More info|
|hayu||$5.99 a month||Botched, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of New York City, Second Wives Club, Southern Charm, Made in Chelsea||Exclusively focused on reality TV – you won't find any drama or documentaries here. Also serves up the latest news in the world of reality TV, so you can keep up with the Kardashians even when they're not on the air.||See contentMore info|
|Amazon Prime Video||US$5.99 a month||The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Seinfeld, Justified, Bosch||Amazon is making significant investment in original programming, making it the only place to watch shows like The Grand Tour and Mozart in the Jungle.||See contentMore info|
How much do the streaming services cost?
|Stan||Basic||$10||Stan's Basic plan is limited to SD quality and below. Stan also supports bit-rate adaption tech||1||6||See Content|
|Stan||Standard||$12||Stan's Standard plan is limited to SD and HD quality streams. Stan also supports bit-rate adaption tech||3||6||See Content|
|Stan||Premium||$15||Stan's Premium plan supports SD, HD and 4K UHD quality streams. Stan also supports bit-rate adaption tech||4||6||See Content|
|Netflix (Aus)||Single Stream||$9.99||Standard (SD)||1||6||See content|
|Double Stream||$13.99||High definition (HD)||2||6||30 days (then $13.99 per month unless you cancel online prior to this date)|
|Four Stream||$17.99||4K Ultra HD||4||6||30 days (then $17.99 per month unless you cancel online prior to this date)|
|Foxtel Now||Docos/Lifestyle/Kids||$10||720p HD||2||5||More info|
|Drama/Pop||$15||720p HD||2||5||More info|
|Movies||$20||720p HD||2||5||More info|
|Sport||$29||720p HD||2||5||More info|
|hayu||Standard||$5.99||HD||1||5||3-month free trial|
|Amazon Prime Video||Standard||USD $5.99||4K Ultra HD (with HDR support)||3||50||See content|
Everything else about every competitor you might need to know
|Pay TV or IPTV||Contract||Hardware||Content||Mobile||Extra info|
|Netflix||IPTV||Monthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytime||Any computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TV||Premium||Yes||For a better experience or to watch movies in HD you will need a fast Internet connection. Netflix is location based, so certain content may be unavailable to you|
|Stan||IPTV||Monthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytime||Any computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TV||Exclusive content from Sony and MGM, SBS and Showtime, among others||Yes||Optimised to stream HD on lower bandwidth connections|
|Foxtel Now||IPTV||Monthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytime||Any computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TV||Premium||Yes||Home to live sports coverage you won't find on free-to-air or competing services|
|BigPond Movies||IPTV||Pay-per-title||Telstra TV, web browser, smart TV, mobile devices||Movies can be bought or rented||Yes||Rentals can cost anywhere between $1.99 and $6.99, depending on the title|
|Fetch||PAYTV/IPTV||Monthly subscription + pay-per-title movies||Fetch Mighty/Mini set-top box, mobile devices||Movies can be bought or rented, channel packs are streamed||Yes||For $1 a month, a Fetch Movie Box subscription will get you 30 pre-selected movies to watch, with new titles cycled in each and every month|
|hayu||IPTV||Monthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytime||Any computer, tablet or smartphone, or Apple TV||Premium||Yes||Supports downloading up to 25 episodes of shows to watch offline|
|Amazon Prime||IPTV||Monthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytime||Any computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TV||Premium and some exclusive||Yes||Free trial available|
|Mubi||IPTV||Monthly subscription||None, you just need an Internet connection||Content available on demand for one month||Yes||Mubi is curated and aimed at quality and lesser known titles|
|Crunchyroll||IPTV||Monthly subscription. Users can choose between an anime subscription or all-access||Any computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TV||Premium (unlimited) available||Yes||Crunchyroll is dedicated to anime and Asian media|
|Chromecast||IPTV||One-time purchase cost of the Chromecast dongle, plus the subscription you need||Chromecast device needed to plug into your HDMI port||N/A||No||Compatible with Windows and IOS|
|Cloudload||Cloud-based storage and streaming service||Fees are based on storage and are charged monthly||Any Internet-enabled device||N/A||Yes||Download content to your Cloud account and stream it quickly and easily|
|iTunes||Media shop, library and player||Free to use software. Pay per file (song, movie etc.)||iTunes is software that works on most Internet-enabled platforms||All content is available for purchase||Yes||All files are protected by copyright laws and can’t be shared without permission|
|Hulu Plus||IPTV||Monthly or yearly subscriptions available||Only an Internet connection is necessary||Content is streamed according to specific agreement. Purchasing is not available||Yes||Only available in the US. Hulu does not currently have the rights to make all of their content available on all devices. Most shows have ads. Hulu is an advertising-supported platform|
|Google Play||Cloud-based store and storage||Free to use. Content is for purchase||Only an Internet connection is necessary||All content is available for purchase||Yes||Purchased media cannot be rented, shared or sold without permission|
|Vudu||IPTV||Free to sign up. You pay for streaming ability||Only an Internet connection||Options to pay to stream or to purchase||Yes||Only available in the US. Free two-week trial available|
|YouTube||Internet video channels||Free to use||Only an Internet connection is necessary||Free to stream||Yes||Copywritten content may be taken down without notice|
|Epix||IPTV||Monthly subscription||Only an Internet connection or streaming hardware is necessary||Paramount, Paramount Vantage, MTV Films Nickelodeon MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate||Yes||Only available in the US. Films owned by competing studios may be restricted|
|Crackle||IPTV||Free||Only an Internet connection is necessary||No new releases||Yes||Some content is available with closed captioning. Ad-supported service|
|Cinema Now||IPTV||Monthly subscription||Only an Internet connection is necessary||Movies can be bought or rented and streamed||Yes||Only available in the US and the UK|
|Sling TV||IPTV||Free to sign up. Pay per movie||Only an Internet connection is necessary||Movies are rented||Yes||Only available in the US. For high-quality HD movies, a minimum connection speed of 7 mbps is required|