SBS On Demand Offers Free, Unlimited Access to Programs & Films

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

SBS-OndemandCatch up on your favourite SBS programs and watch hundreds of great movies for free with SBS On Demand.

About SBS On Demand

SBS, the Special Broadcasting Service, is an Australian public broadcasting network that was founded in 1978. SBS is one of Australia’s five main free-to-air TV networks and its purpose is “to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia's multicultural society”.

SBS Online is the network’s online portal and plays host to SBS On Demand, a video streaming service. This service allows Australians to watch more of their favourite SBS programs anytime and without having to pay a fee. Users can browse through thousands of TV series, documentaries, movies, news and sport programs and watch them whenever they wish.

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SBS On Demand offers a free video streaming service to people all over Australia. Streaming provides a special technique for transferring multimedia data, allowing it to be sent in a steady uninterrupted stream. This means that users can watch videos from a provider in real time, as opposed to downloading a video file to their computer for later viewing.

SBS On Demand offers thousands of programs for viewing. Some of the programs available through SBS on Demand include:

  • Documentaries
  • Comedy series
  • Drama series
  • Cooking shows
  • News programs
  • Sports highlights
  • Movies

The best part about SBS On Demand’s video streaming service is that it is entirely free. There are no subscription costs and there is no need to fork out any money at all to utilise the service, plus you can use it whenever you want. There’s also no limit to how many times you can view a program, but keep in mind that shows and films will expire after they have been featured on the website for a certain period of time. Videos expire because SBS only has the rights from each production company to offer programs for a limited period.

To watch a video, all you have to do is click on it and it will start playing. You can search for a particular program, or browse through categories such as Programs, Film or News & Sport. You can view programs that have been recently added or that may be expiring soon, while you can also search for shows in your favourite genre, for example the arts or comedy.

While you don’t need to subscribe or become a member of SBS On Demand to use the video streaming service, you can sign up for an account using your Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn details. This allows you to create playlists, see programs that have been recommended for you and personalise your SBS On Demand experience. You can also subscribe to a whole series so that you never miss an episode of your favourite show.

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Compatible devices

SBS On Demand is available on a wide range of devices, allowing you to watch your favourite shows in your preferred format. Compatible devices include:

  • Phones and tablets. You can watch SBS On Demand on iOS devices and iPod Touch, Android phones and tablets, Samsung Mobile, Kindle Fire devices, and Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices.
  • Personal computers. SBS On Demand is available on all PCs.
  • Internet enabled TVs. Watch on Sony TVs and Blu-ray players, Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, LG TVs, Panasonic TVs, Hisense TVs, TCL TVs and HbbTV-enabled TVs and devices.
  • Gaming consoles. You can view your favourite SBS programs on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and Playstation 4.
  • Set-top boxes. You can also access SBS On Demand through Telstra T-box set-top boxes, FetchTV set-top boxes and Humax set-top boxes.
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Frequently asked questions

How can I save a video to watch later?

To do this you will need to access your playlist, which can be done on any device that allows you to watch SBS On Demand. You can add a video to your playlist by clicking the ‘+ Add to playlist’ button in the description dropdown for each video. Once you see a green tick appear, the video has been successfully added to your playlist.

How do I know which devices are compatible with SBS On Demand?

See a full list above under the ‘Compatible Devices’ heading.

Is SBS On Demand available outside Australia?

No. Rights agreements mean that SBS On Demand can only be accessed from within Australia.

How can I find the program I want?

You can search for a particular program by typing its name into the search box at the top of your screen. If it doesn’t show up in results, the program may have expired or SBS may not have the rights to screen it through its On Demand service.

How long are programs available for?

This varies depending on the rights agreement in place for each program. Some shows, for example RocKwiz and Go Back To Where You Came From, are available indefinitely. Others may be available for seven days, 14 days or even 30 days. Movies are available for one year and new titles are regularly added.

Is unmetered viewing available?

No, SBS does not have any deals in place with internet service providers to offer unmetered viewing. Watching programs on SBS On Demand will count towards your monthly download limit.

How much data will I use when I watch a video?

SBS provides the following guide for data usage:

  • 60 minute video: up to 675MB of data
  • 30 minute video: up to 340MB of data
  • 10 minute video: up to 115MB of data
  • 5 minute video: up to 50MB of data

Check with your ISP to confirm what your monthly download limit is.

How fast does my internet connection need to be?

You’ll need an internet connection speed of 1.1 Mbps or above to use SBS On Demand.

Which web browsers does SBS On Demand support?

You’ll need to use Firefox 3.5 or above, Internet Explorer 8 or above, Google Chrome or Safari.

How can I enable closed captions on my video?

Once the advertisement at the start of your video has finished, click the ‘CC’ icon in the video’s control panel. At the time of writing, closed captions were only available through the SBS On Demand website and not through any of the SBS On Demand apps.

Can I watch SBS On Demand on my Samsung Smart TV?

Yes you can. If you’re experiencing any problems with video playback, you may need to update the software to the latest version.

What are the minimum technical requirements for using the SBS On Demand app on an Apple device?

You can use the SBS app on the following Apple devices:

  • iPad: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generations (iOS 5 and above)
  • iPhone 4 & 4S (iOS 5 and above)
  • iPod Touch 4th Generation (iOS 5 and above)
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85 Responses to SBS On Demand Offers Free, Unlimited Access to Programs & Films

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    Maria | December 1, 2016

    Why are programs on SBS on demand on my computer different to my TV (which is connected to the Internet)?

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      Anndy | December 1, 2016

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you are referring to some SBS programs which you can’t access in your computer, this is true because SBS On Demand may not have the rights to offer them.

      Also, some programs that are available on SBS website may not be accessible to third party apps like iOS, and apps for Smart TVs, consoles, and devices because of rights agreements.


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    RobN | October 14, 2016

    I have a number of Western Digital Media Players on which I can watch everything from overseas but little from Australia. Can I watch SBS On Demand and how would I upgrade/set the box to be able to see SBS On Demand?

    • Staff
      Anndy | November 10, 2016

      Hi RobN,

      Thanks for your question.

      To watch SBS on Demand, please check if your device is one of the compatible devices listed above.


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    JL | October 13, 2016

    I have read in several places that you do not have subscribe or be a member and can simply tap on a program and watch- why Am I asked to set up a login before I can get to watching a program?
    I just want to watch not set up lists or anything, just simply watch!
    Is this possible? And if so how?

    • Staff
      Anndy | October 13, 2016

      Hi JL,

      Thanks for your question.

      You don’t have to sign-up to use SBS on Demand. Please note that there are a number of perks when you sign-up for an account with them such as adding videos to your playlist and subscribing to a particular series.

      If you are using a computer, just go directly to their website and start watching the available programs. If you are using other devices, be sure that is compatible with SBS on Demand and that you have downloaded the app for the device.


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    Alex | September 14, 2016

    So i download the movie or whatever on my laptop and can watch it there. abut how do I watch it on my TV?

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      Maria | October 10, 2016

      How can I obtain SBS on Demand directly on my Sony Tv or via my Panasonic Blueray player

    • Staff
      Brodie | October 17, 2016

      Hi Maria,

      Unfortunately, SBS On Demand doesn’t have an app for Sony TVs or Panasonic Blu-ray players. SBS On Demand’s website has a list of compatible devices here.


    • Staff
      Chester | September 20, 2016

      Hello Alex,

      Thanks for your question,

      You may be able to watch your favorite movies on your TV by connecting it thru a cable called HDMI. You may purchase this from any appliance and electronic shops. This cable will help you view your movies from your laptop thru your TV even browse the internet with a bigger screen.

      I hope this helps.


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    Ted | September 8, 2016

    Is there an sbs app suitable for chrome cast and a macbook computer?

    • Staff
      Chester | September 9, 2016

      Hello Ted,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes there is, an SBS on demand app is currently available for iOS. Though please be reminded that the SBS On Demand app can only be downloaded from the Australian iTunes App store, and is not available to other countries. Furthermore, rights agreements mean that SBS On Demand is only available in Australia. Even if you are an Australian citizen, the service is unavailable abroad.

      I hope I have answered your question.


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    tom | September 8, 2016

    how to watch sbs on demand on lg tv

    • Staff
      Anndy | September 8, 2016

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you have a compatible LG TV (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), you can watch SBS on Demand by first downloading the app through the link I’ve sent in your email.


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    sc0ut | September 8, 2016

    How do I set up sbs on demand on my samsung smart tv. I have it on my apple mac.

    • Staff
      Anndy | September 8, 2016

      Hi Scout,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you have a compatible Samsung Smart TV, you can download the SBS-on Demand app from the Smart Hub. Once you have installed the app and you have a high-speed broadband internet connection, you can readily access SBS on Demand contents.


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    Andyh | August 27, 2016

    Like other Australians living in remote areas I receive my internet through a satellite service (NBN). This provides very limited capacity during normal waking hours and more generous capacity between 1 am and 7am. The only practical way we could enjoy SBS on Demand would be to schedule and temporarily download an offering during the off peak hours and play it during a normal viewing time. For some reason SBS don’t seem to allow this so people like me miss out on a great resource.

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    Rob | August 14, 2016

    We have purchased a TCL smart TV and cannot down load a compatible app from sbs on demand, are we overlooking or trying too hard and it is not available.

    • Staff
      Alex | August 15, 2016

      Hi Rob,

      Unfortunately not every Smart TV model will have a compatible SBS On Demand app; in this case you may need to use an external box such as the Apple TV or Telstra TV to get your SBS fix.



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    marc | August 13, 2016

    I have a smart TV but everytime I Want to Use Your Service The Show Starts Ok But Stop Roughly Every 5 Minutes To Load. This Stop Us From Watching SBS on Demand. What Can We Do To Stop This From Happening
    Many Thanks

    • Staff
      Alex | August 15, 2016

      Hi Marc,

      At a guess, if it’s stopping and starting then the issue is with the speed of the connection; it simply can’t download enough to keep the stream constant. There’s not too much you can do under these circumstances as it’s often more to with your overall connection, but it may be worth minimising any other online activity in your home so that the SBS On Demand connection can get as much bandwidth as feasible.


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