Netflix vs Stan vs Foxtel Now vs everyone else

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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?

ServicePriceKey contentAdditional informationPurchase
Netflix(Aus)$9.99 per month (minimum)Marco Polo, BoJack Horseman, Bloodline, Virunga, Mission Blue, Uganda Be Kidding MeMany of the shows popular on the US Netflix, including Breaking Bad, have rights owned by other Australian streaming services.See content
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Stan$10 per month (minimum)Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, CommunityThere's plenty of home-grown Aussie drama and comedy to be found here (Kenny, Summer Heights High etc). Compatible with Apple products.See Content
More info
Foxtel Now$10 a month (minimum)Game of Thrones, Westworld, Wentworth, Veep, Supergirl, Mr Robot, Silicon Valley, The Americans, The Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire, NBA, NHLThe 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 monthBotched, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of New York City, Second Wives Club, Southern Charm, Made in ChelseaExclusively 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 VideoUS$5.99 a monthThe Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Seinfeld, Justified, BoschAmazon 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
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How much do the streaming services cost?

ServicePackagePrice Quality Devices Connect Free trial?
StanBasic$10Stan's Basic plan is limited to SD quality and below. Stan also supports bit-rate adaption tech 16See Content
StanStandard$12Stan's Standard plan is limited to SD and HD quality streams. Stan also supports bit-rate adaption tech 36See Content
StanPremium$15Stan's Premium plan supports SD, HD and 4K UHD quality streams. Stan also supports bit-rate adaption tech 46See Content
Netflix (Aus)Single Stream$9.99Standard (SD) 16See content
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Double Stream$13.99High definition (HD) 2630 days (then $13.99 per month unless you cancel online prior to this date)
Four Stream$17.994K Ultra HD 4630 days (then $17.99 per month unless you cancel online prior to this date)
Foxtel NowDocos/Lifestyle/Kids$10720p HD25More info
Drama/Pop$15720p HD25More info
Movies$20720p HD25More info
Sport$29720p HD25More info
hayuStandard$5.99HD153-month free trial
Amazon Prime VideoStandardUSD $5.994K Ultra HD (with HDR support)350See content
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Everything else about every competitor you might need to know

Pay TV or IPTVContract Hardware ContentMobile Extra info
NetflixIPTVMonthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytimeAny computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TVPremiumYesFor 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
StanIPTVMonthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytimeAny computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TVExclusive content from Sony and MGM, SBS and Showtime, among othersYesOptimised to stream HD on lower bandwidth connections
Foxtel NowIPTVMonthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytimeAny computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TVPremiumYesHome to live sports coverage you won't find on free-to-air or competing services
BigPond MoviesIPTVPay-per-titleTelstra TV, web browser, smart TV, mobile devicesMovies can be bought or rentedYesRentals can cost anywhere between $1.99 and $6.99, depending on the title
FetchPAYTV/IPTVMonthly subscription + pay-per-title moviesFetch Mighty/Mini set-top box, mobile devicesMovies can be bought or rented, channel packs are streamed
YesFor $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
hayuIPTVMonthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytimeAny computer, tablet or smartphone, or Apple TVPremiumYesSupports downloading up to 25 episodes of shows to watch offline
Amazon PrimeIPTVMonthly subscription with the ability to cancel anytimeAny computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TVPremium and some exclusiveYesFree trial available
MubiIPTVMonthly subscriptionNone, you just need an Internet connectionContent available on demand for one monthYesMubi is curated and aimed at quality and lesser known titles
CrunchyrollIPTVMonthly subscription. Users can choose between an anime subscription or all-accessAny computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-enabled TVPremium (unlimited) availableYesCrunchyroll is dedicated to anime and Asian media
ChromecastIPTVOne-time purchase cost of the Chromecast dongle, plus the subscription you needChromecast device needed to plug into your HDMI portN/ANoCompatible with Windows and IOS
CloudloadCloud-based storage and streaming serviceFees are based on storage and are charged monthlyAny Internet-enabled deviceN/AYesDownload content to your Cloud account and stream it quickly and easily
iTunesMedia shop, library and playerFree to use software. Pay per file (song, movie etc.)iTunes is software that works on most Internet-enabled platformsAll content is available for purchaseYesAll files are protected by copyright laws and can’t be shared without permission
Hulu PlusIPTVMonthly or yearly subscriptions availableOnly an Internet connection is necessaryContent is streamed according to specific agreement. Purchasing is not availableYesOnly 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 PlayCloud-based store and storageFree to use. Content is for purchaseOnly an Internet connection is necessaryAll content is available for purchaseYesPurchased media cannot be rented, shared or sold without permission
VuduIPTVFree to sign up. You pay for streaming abilityOnly an Internet connectionOptions to pay to stream or to purchaseYesOnly available in the US. Free two-week trial available
YouTubeInternet video channelsFree to useOnly an Internet connection is necessaryFree to streamYesCopywritten content may be taken down without notice
EpixIPTVMonthly subscriptionOnly an Internet connection or streaming hardware is necessaryParamount, Paramount Vantage, MTV Films Nickelodeon MGM, United Artists and LionsgateYesOnly available in the US. Films owned by competing studios may be restricted
CrackleIPTVFreeOnly an Internet connection is necessaryNo new releasesYesSome content is available with closed captioning. Ad-supported service
Cinema NowIPTVMonthly subscriptionOnly an Internet connection is necessaryMovies can be bought or rented and streamedYesOnly available in the US and the UK
Sling TVIPTVFree to sign up. Pay per movieOnly an Internet connection is necessaryMovies are rentedYesOnly available in the US. For high-quality HD movies, a minimum connection speed of 7 mbps is required

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    DianneNovember 16, 2017

    You say:
    Many of the shows popular on the US Netflix, including House of Cards and Breaking Bad, have rights owned by other Australian streaming services.

    And while this is partially true, it is NOT true for House of Cards, which is a Netflix Original.

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      MattNovember 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Dianne,

      Thanks for pointing this out! You’re right: Netflix owns the rights to House of Cards in Australia. We’ve updated the article to reflect this.

      Regards,

      Matt

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    Ben123August 19, 2017

    Is Cloudload a legitimate source? I cant find out much about it. They say anything is available there.

    • Staff
      MattAugust 19, 2017Staff

      Hi Ben,

      Thanks for your question. The way Cloudload works is by storing your video and music files on its servers and letting you stream them to any device over the Internet. This in itself is fine, so long as you own the rights to stream the video or audio in question. So uploading and streaming the music CD you bought would be fine.

      On the other hand, Cloudload also lets you add content to your account from sources like YouTube and torrents. Unless the particular content you add is explicitly free-to-distribute (like an independent film the creator has relinquished the rights to), it’s illegal to stream this content without purchasing it.

      In short, Cloudload is only legitimate if you own the rights to the content you stream through it.

      I hope this helps!

      Regards,

      Matt

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    LSprattApril 11, 2017

    My mother in law was thinking about getting foxtel but i was thinking netflix or stan was probably better for her.
    Shes a big series fan but not much for reality sports action stuff eg:drwho, NCIS, Flash, Arrow, DCLOT, MASH, Midsomer murders, Frost, etc
    we have a old laptop we were going to donate to her for connection but shes not very tech savvy doesn’t even have facebook
    she often goes out and finds series on sale and buys them usually out of order
    she recently got a new tv im pretty sure with laptop connectability.
    which provider would you suggest for her?

    • Staff
      ArnoldApril 12, 2017Staff

      Hi Logan,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Based on the information you gave, I would suggest getting Netflix for your mother in law.
      Before you choose, please check the channel listings of each provider at http://www.finder.com.au.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    LukeAugust 31, 2015

    What sort of data usage would I be looking at

    • Staff
      BrodieAugust 31, 2015Staff

      Hi Luke,

      You can find information on data for each of these services under the “Data and Broadband” tab of this page.

      Hope that helps,

      Brodie

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    MicheleAugust 15, 2015

    HI and thank you for this very informative table. I Think 2 information are missing.

    1. Subtitles support?

    2. Provided audio quality (e.g. AC3, DTS, AAC), which would be useful especially for people with a dolby amplifier. I know this will be dependent on the move but at least I would like to know if a platform supports it or not.

    Thank you!

    Michele

    • Staff
      BrodieAugust 18, 2015Staff

      Hi Michele,

      Thanks for the great feedback. Currently, we have a comparison of services that provide closed captioning here but nothing on audio quality. I’ll keep your email address handy and let you know when we add the information to our comparison table.

      All the best,

      Brodie

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    HelenMay 30, 2015

    will Wentworth be on next lick in Australia soon .

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      BrodieJune 1, 2015Staff

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for the question. Please note that finder.com.au is an online comparison service and does not represent Netflix Australia. If you would like to keep up to date with program releases, please keep visiting this page and follow Netflix Australia’s social media channels.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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    SpottyzebraMay 20, 2015

    How come some Australian shows (eg X Factor) post their full episodes on the internet to allow people to watch them up to 3 weeks after the show has aired whilst others (eg Married at first sight) doesn’t?

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      BrodieMay 25, 2015Staff

      Hi Spotty Z,

      That is odd, but it would likely have to do with the deal the creators have with the network. Shows like X-factor are a sure hit, so it makes sense for the network to pay more to have it readily available on their website, whereas Married at First Sight is brand new and is yet to prove it’s worth.

      Hope I’ve helped,

      Brodie

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    ShaeytApril 3, 2015

    When will Netflix Au have the same variety as the US version, and will any Australian streaming have all the shows foxtel does?

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    RoseashmFebruary 10, 2015

    I am looking for the best Free Movies for my Samsung TV with HDMI point ,not using chromecast.

    • Staff
      AlexFebruary 13, 2015Staff

      Hi Rose, thanks for getting in touch.

      I might be a bit confused, but if you’re connecting your Samsung TV with an HDMI cable, it will serve as a monitor only (not a TV).

      As far as accessing free movies goes, if you have a Smart TV you should be able to watch free movies using services like SBS On Demand.

      There aren’t many legal ways of accessing free movies, but many of the services above have movies included as part of their package. You view their content on offer online. Most packages start at around $10 a month, so while it’s not free, it’s not overly expensive, either.

      I hope this helps, and please feel free to get in contact again if this didn’t fully answer the question.

      Cheers,
      Alex

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