Compare Australian streaming video providers

Understanding the differences between streaming providers and their services is the first step towards choosing the best option for you.

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Name Product Simultaneous streams Max video quality Free Trial Period Monthly Price
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video
3
4K
30 days
$6.99
Disney+
Disney+
4
4K
N/A
$11.99
Binge Basic
Binge Basic
1
SD
14 days
$10
Foxtel Now - Essentials
Foxtel Now - Essentials
2
HD
10 days
$25
BritBox
BritBox
4
4K
7 days
$8.99
Acorn TV
Acorn TV
4
HD
7 days
$6.99
Apple TV+
Apple TV+
3
4K
7 days
$7.99
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With choice on the streaming market at an all-time high, it can be difficult to figure out which service is actually worth your cash. After all, streaming was supposed to save us money in the long run, acting as an entertainment replacement for expensive pay TV packages.

Fast-forward to the present and subscribing to all the platforms available is anything but cost-effective. While neither one will break the bank on its own, get three or more and suddenly you'll be wondering if cutting the cord is actually worth it.

That's why it's important to figure out which of Australia's streaming services will offer the most bang for your buck.

Some services, like Netflix and Stan, offer a monthly subscription in order to access a large, constantly evolving catalogue. Other services, like ABC iview, let you watch shows that have aired on television for a limited window after the broadcast period. Then there are the iTunes platforms of the world, which let you buy a licence to a program to keep, which you can download and watch on a range of devices without needing an Internet connection.

If you want access to an enormous volume of content but don't want to spend a huge amount of money, you'll want a subscription streaming service.

On that note, here's a comprehensive rundown of all major streaming players currently on the market. Compare and contrast or mix and match until you find the combo that best suits your entertainment needs.

Streaming subscription service providers

BINGE

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Foxtel-owned BINGE is the newest streaming service in the Australian market. While it has the same shows and movies as Foxtel, the library is full of heavy hitters. It incorporates many of the existing Foxtel channels including content from HBO, NBCUniversal, BBC, Viacom CBS, FX, Warner Bros. and more.

That means the content library is full of binge-worthy shows. In fact, BINGE is trying to hang its hat on this, stating at launch it had 6 of the 10 top-rated TV shows of all time on IMDb. Though this quickly changed from 6 to 5 as The Last Dance entered the rankings, knocking out Game of Thrones.

Some of its top-rated shows include Sex and The City, The Wire, Planet Earth,The Big Bang Theory and The Sopranos. More recent productions are Mare of Easttown, The Flight Attendant, The Nevers, The Undoing, Young Rock, The Walking Dead, Chernobyl, Lovecraft Country, Big Little Lies and Westworld. There are also a wide range of movies.

BINGE is available in three price points very similar to that of Stan and Netflix. However, there's one clear difference and that is BINGE's maximum resolution is HD not 4K. The Basic package starts at $10/month for a single stream in SD. There's also a $14/month subscription for HD and 2 devices. The Premium package costs $18/month and supports 4 concurrent HD streams.

To begin with BINGE has a 14-day free trial which gives you enough time for a taste of the service. BINGE works on your standard array of streaming devices, but currently lacks game consoles and most smart TVs, though this is on the roadmap.

BINGE's only really unique feature is the Surprise Me function. This aims to bring channel surfing to streaming. When you can't decide, let it dish something up for you. Netflix recently implemented a similar function as well.

BINGE verdict

With it being cheaper than Foxtel Now it'll increase the chances of exposing Australians to the Foxtel brand. You could do worse than pausing your similarly priced Stan or Netflix subscription for a month and giving BINGE's content a trial. For the immediate future it'll be Australia's version of HBO Max. Over time it'll be interesting to see if a Kayo Sports and BINGE bundle arises, similar to the ESPN+ and Disney+ offer in the US.

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Disney+

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Disney+ became available in Australia in late 2019 and has made waves globally. With a generous content library consisting of more than 1,000 titles, it's easy to figure out why. The platform offers a plethora of family-friendly TV shows and movies, which makes it a clever choice for big households and diehard Disney fans.

Add the fact it also streams content from all of its subsidiaries and you've got yourself a hit. The list includes Pixar, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, 20th Century Fox and Marvel.

That means that, content-wise at least, Disney+ is a virtual godsend for lovers of big, crowd-pleasing blockbusters. Think Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Up or Beauty and the Beast. The content line-up includes Disney Channel shows as well as documentaries and original series.

Most notably, you can watch The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, exclusively on Disney+. Or, tune into Marvel shows like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and WandaVision, feel-good original family series like The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers and animated gems like The Bad Batch.

Prior to the launch, Disney content was distributed among other Australian providers, like Foxtel Now and Stan.

However, all family-oriented Disney titles will soon be exclusively available on Disney+, giving fans the chance to pay for only one streaming service to access them.

The service also launched new channel Star, which includes content for a more adult audience. That means you can watch a wider variety of both TV shows and movies – with highlights including Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Felicity, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives, Black-ish, Deadpool, Alien and more.

Disney+ offers only one subscription tier, at $11.99/month or you can save some cash by getting a yearly subscription, which costs $119.99.

As for the streaming experience itself, it's pretty seamless. Selected content is available in 4K video quality, the service comes with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support, the interface is intuitive and you can stream on four simultaneous devices at once.

Disney+ works on a variety of gadgets, including laptops, mobile devices, smart TVs, game consoles and streaming media devices. You can read more in our in-depth Disney+ review.

Disney+ verdict

All in all, Disney+ is definitely worth looking into, making it a solid streaming choice the entire family can enjoy. In the US, you can purchase a Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu bundle. There are no deals between Disney and other Australian providers right now, though you can mimic the deal by packaging both Disney+ and Kayo Sports and enjoy a similar entertainment + sport experience.

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Netflix

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Streaming giant Netflix is still going strong, despite competitors' efforts to get ahead. With years of experience behind it, Netflix has come to know its subscribers very well, which makes it a force to be reckoned with. The global platform shows no signs of slowing down. Quite the opposite.

With the streaming wars in full swing, more and more distributors are pulling their content from Netflix in order to launch their own services. As a result, Netflix has given its original library a boost, to the point where it's releasing so much new content on a weekly basis that it's challenging to keep up. So while the platform suffers as far as licensed titles are concerned, it's doubling down on releasing original shows and movies to compensate.

Netflix's Australian library has never been able to compete with the US, but it's still fairly comprehensive, with more titles being added each month. The downside is that Netflix original titles are a mixed bag. For every The Crown you have The I-land and for every Roma you have The Ridiculous 6.

Still, there are plenty of titles to feed your binge-watching addiction, with TV hits including Bridgerton, Shadow and Bone, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Queer Eye, BoJack Horseman, Orange Is the New Black, Russian Doll, The Witcher, Tiger King and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Another great thing about Netflix is that it streams content from a wide variety of genres, offering kids' programming, documentaries and reality TV as well. If quantity and diversity is what you're after, Netflix remains a solid pick.

The service is also tough to beat when it comes to the actual streaming. Top features include multiple profiles, 4K video quality, a great interface, audio descriptions and offline viewing. Plus, Netflix is available on virtually every device imaginable.

As for price, that's what might make some would-be users think twice before signing up. At its cheapest, Netflix Basic costs $10.99/month, but this plan only enables you to watch content in SD quality, on one device at a time.

A Standard plan, which costs $15.99/month, gives you access to HD titles and two simultaneous streams, while a Premium plan lets you watch on four devices at the same time, in 4K, for $19.99/month. It is worth noting Netflix no longer offers a free trial.

Netflix verdict

If you're purchasing Netflix for a family, you could do with the Standard option, as long as watching in 4K quality isn't high on your must-have list. And given the multiple profile features, you can easily share your Netflix subscription with a friend (or more). The service remains an industry leader, so you'll have plenty to watch if you try it out.

Also read: Netflix vs Disney+


Stan

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Australia's home-grown streaming service Stan has been consistently improving its library ever since launch. It offers a healthy variety of TV series, some original productions and exclusive shows fast-tracked from the US. It doesn't particularly stand out on the movie front, especially with Disney taking back its blockbusters, but it does offer a decent variety of titles.

Stan's original shows have been earning plenty of praise, so you might want to prioritise those when signing up. The list includes RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, Bump, No Activity, Bloom and Wolf Creek. As for fast-tracked series, the service lets you watch fresh episodes of popular series like City on a Hill, Walker, Clarice, Power Book II: Ghost, Godfather of Harlem and Billions.

Stan really shines when it comes to enabling users' predilection towards comfort binges. The platform hosts hits like Lost, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Veronica Mars, Seinfeld and Scrubs. If you're a fan of re-watching favourites, this is definitely a worthy service.

As for pricing, Stan offers three tiers, similar to Netflix. For $10/month you get the Basic plan, which lets you watch titles in SD on one device at a time. The Standard plan, at $14/month, lets you watch on three screens simultaneously, in HD. To stream in 4K quality you'll need the Premium plan, which costs $19/month and lets you watch four concurrent streams. Either way, you get a 30-day free trial.

The platform also ventured into sports streaming, offering a $10/month Stan Sport add-on that offers live access to most domestic and global rugby union, as well as Wimbledon and Roland-Garros. You must have an existing Stan account first.

With offline viewing also available, Stan is compatible with an array of devices, including smart TVs, game consoles, tablets, mobiles, Apple TV, Chromecast, Telstra TV and Fetch. There are multiple profiles, closed captions and plenty of 4K content.

Stan verdict

Unlike Netflix, Stan won't recommend you titles based on your viewing habits, but its library is very intuitive. In short, if you're a TV enthusiast, you'll love Stan. If you're a movie buff, you might want to look elsewhere.


Foxtel Now

Foxtel's streaming offering Foxtel Now can be a worthy alternative to a traditional pay TV subscription. Its main appeal is that it lets you watch content both live and on demand, so you can tune in to your favourite channels via the Internet, no strings attached.

The platform offers different channel packs, based on users' interests. You must get the basic Essentials pack, at $25/month, which comes with a mix of Lifestyle and Pop channels that include shows like Young Rock, Batwoman, Love It or List It, Wentworth and The Great Australian Bake Off.

From there, you can add more packs which are pretty self-explanatory: Sport ($29/month), Drama Extra ($10/month) and Movies ($20/month). You can subscribe to them all and get Kids and Docos as well for $104/month. Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial.

The Sport channel pack is Foxtel Now's main appeal, since it lets you watch over 50 sports from all over the world live. However, with Kayo Sports now available as a cheaper alternative, subscribers might be tempted to get their sports fix there.

On the TV show/movie front, Foxtel Now offers HBO hits like Euphoria, Industry, Succession, I May Destroy You, Game of Thrones, Watchmen, Veep, Barry, Silicon Valley and Chernobyl. The service also boasts a great library of movies, including recent blockbusters like Zack Snyder's Justice League. As far as quality content is concerned, there's plenty to binge.

Foxtel Now issues and devices

Unfortunately, Foxtel is still struggling with buffering issues and drops in video quality at peak times. That was obvious during the final season of Game of Thrones, when users became very vocal about their troubles with the service. There's also no 4K content or offline viewing function, but the device compatibility is pretty solid.

You can access Foxtel Now on laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app or directly on game consoles, smart TVs, Telstra TV, Chromecast/Airplay and the telco's Foxtel Now box. The service lets you stream on two devices at the same time.

So, should you give it a go? If you're really into watching live TV or a massive HBO and movie fan, Foxtel Now should be on your radar. Otherwise, the service is fairly expensive compared to some alternatives.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Prime Video became available in Australia when it went global at the end of 2016. Unlike then, the service is now offering a decent library of content and also comes free with an Amazon Prime membership. So if you shop on Amazon a lot and are thinking about getting Prime to enjoy expedited shipping, you'll be happy to know Prime Video comes as an extra perk.

An Amazon Prime membership will set you back only $6.99/month, which is affordable, especially as it gives you access to exclusive deals, discounts and free shipping on selected items, all with a 30-day free trial.

As for the streaming service itself, its biggest drawcard is its impressive slate of original content. That means shows like The Wilds, Invincible, Making Their Mark, Upload, Hunters, Star Trek: Picard, Transparent, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Man in the High Castle and Homecoming, to name a few.

As for licensed content, the library is less generous, but it does contain some notable hits at the time of writing likeSeinfeld, This Is Us andParks and Recreation. As we've already mentioned, the library isn't as rich in movies. However, it does offer some classics like The Godfather, Fight Club, Love Actually and Forrest Gump, plus recent blockbusters likeMidsommar,Coming 2 America,Sound of Metal andKnives Out.

The platform's interface is a bit clunky, so it can be difficult to find something to watch. Yet the streaming experience is seamless, so it's unlikely you'll encounter any issues. The service is compatible with a wide variety of devices, from smartphones to game consoles. There are closed captions and you can download titles to watch on the go.

In short, subscribing to Prime Video on its own may not be worth it. But if you want Amazon Prime, the streaming service is definitely a welcome bonus.

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hayu

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Unlike the previous services on this list, which offer content across most genres, hayu has a very clear niche: reality TV. The streaming service offers a fabulous library of reality shows, a lot of them fast-tracked from the US.

Content highlights include The Only Way is Essex, The Big Shot With Bethenny, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck and plenty of titles from the Real Housewives franchise. There are over 6,000 episodes available, so it should keep you busy for a while.

hayu costs $6.99/month with a 1-week free trial, which should be enough time to let you test-drive the platform and binge some addictive boxsets. It is easy to browse, boasting a user-friendly interface and useful categories like True Crime, Lifestyle and Body Modification.

You can watch on a variety of devices, including via the web, on smartphones/tablets, Telstra TV, Android TV, compatible smart TVs and more. Offline viewing is available and you can watch content in HD (no 4K).

All in all, hayu is definitely worth subscribing to if you're a devoted reality TV fan. It might not work though if you're looking for something the entire family can enjoy.


Apple TV+

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Having launched in 2019, Apple TV+ focuses on quality over quantity. The service launched with a small roster of original content, but has big plans for its streaming future, with many intriguing titles currently in development.

So far, highlights on the platform include a remake of The Mosquito Coast, feel-good show Ted Lasso, animated gem Central Park, drama Morning Wars, space series For All Mankind, post-apocalyptic show See, anthology Little America and comedy Dickinson. Or you can enjoy exclusive movies like Palmer andGreyhound.

Given the small content library, Apple TV+ costs $7.99/month, with a 7-day free trial available. You also get it free for a year if you purchase an Apple product. The platform is easy to navigate and comes with exciting features like 4K video, Dolby Atmos audio on most content, offline viewing and the ability to stream on six devices simultaneously.

It works via web, Apple devices (Apple TV, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch), compatible smart TVs, Roku devices and Amazon Fire TV devices. Unfortunately, there's no Android app available just yet (you can only watch with the Chrome and Firefox web browsers).

All in all, Apple TV+ is worth looking into if you're a TV enthusiast who follows everything prestige TV-related. Otherwise, you might want to wait a while for the content library to grow.

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10 All Access

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The Australian version of US platform CBS All Access came with a generous catalogue of TV series, with plenty of procedurals to satisfy your crime itch. The list included classics in the vein of 7th Heaven and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, but also more recent series like A Million Little Things, Evil and Nancy Drew.

Additionally, 10 All Access hosts original productions exclusive for the service. We recommend you start by binge-watching The Good Fight and Why Women Kill. New users get a 30-day free trial, after which subscriptions cost $9.99/month.

That being said, 10 All Access will follow CBS All Access's footsteps to rebrand as Paramount+ in August 2021. This means more content to get excited about.


Acorn TV

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Acorn TV is a niche service that specialises in British television. In other words, if you enjoy dark humour and gritty crime shows, this is the perfect platform for you. Popular titles include Agatha Raisin, Foyle's War and Jack Taylor.

Additionally, Aussie series like Jack Irish and Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery are also streaming. Subscriptions to Acorn TV in Australia cost $6.99/month, with a 7-day free trial for new users.


Shudder

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Shudder is a streaming service that specialises in horror, both for TV series and movies. The platform hosts an impressive collection of titles that fall into the horror, thriller or suspense genre.

Highlights on Shudder include It Follows, Revenge, Creepshow, Belzebuth and Cursed Films. You can subscribe for $6.99/month or $69.99 annually. New users get a 7-day free trial.


YouTube Premium

Google's user-generated video platform may not seem like it's relevant here, but that was before YouTube Red, later renamed YouTube Premium.

While Premium's primary function is to get to the content without having to sit through all the ads, Google also managed to launch some exclusive YouTube Premium Originals as well as offering offline viewing. The platform isn't really advertising its original series anymore (and sold its most popular title, Cobra Kai, to Netflix). But a YouTube Premium subscription still rids you of ads and enables background play and downloading. Plus, a subscription to the paid version of YouTube comes bundled with YouTube Music as well.

YouTube Premium will set you back $14.99 per month, but allows for streams up to 4K in resolution.


BritBox

Similarly to Acorn TV, BritBox specialises in British content. A joint venture of the BBC and ITV, the platform offers a varied selection of TV series. Highlights include All Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who and Line of Duty.

A subscription to BritBox will set you back $8.99/month, with a one-week free trial for new users. The service works with a variety of devices – computers, smartphones, smart TVs and set top boxes.


CuriosityStream

Like the name suggests, CuriosityStream is aimed for viewers interested in expanding their horizons. The service only offers documentaries, so it's recommended for those who want to learn and be entertained at the same time.

You can choose between thousands of documentaries on history, space, nature and more. Subscriptions to CuriosityStream start at US$2.99/month, or you can purchase a yearly plan for US$19.99. These prices include videos in HD quality, so you'll need to pay more for 4K plans: US$9.99/month or US$69.99/year.


AnimeLab

AnimeLab is rich in anime series, from classics like Dragon Ball to more recent hits like My Hero Academia. You can watch shows subbed or dubbed, plus enjoy a selection of movies and tune in to simulcasts straight from Japan.

You can watch limited content on AnimeLab free with ads or purchase a premium subscription for $7.95/month or $79.50/year with a 30-day free trial. The premium plan also comes with offline viewing, HD quality videos, dubbed content and live simulcasts. Movies are only available with a premium plan as well.


Catch-up TV services compared

Name Product Simultaneous streams Max video quality Free Trial Period Monthly Price
SBS On Demand
SBS On Demand
1
HD
Free
$0
ABC iview
ABC iview
1
SD
Free
$0
7PLUS
7PLUS
1
HD
Free
$0
9NOW
9NOW
1
HD
Free
$0
Tenplay
Tenplay
1
HD
Free
$0
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Australia is different to many markets in the world in that it has a robust and popular free-to-air television service. With the arrival of the Internet, broadcasters have had to evolve to offer digital platforms that take advantage of the freedom the Internet offers.

Pioneered by ABC's iview platform, these services all offer customers a way to catch up on programming they have missed during the original broadcast schedule. Some platforms have begun experimenting with their online offerings, showcasing new and original content they have yet to broadcast, or short web-exclusive clips that users can't see elsewhere.

Unfortunately, there's still generally a fairly short window for how long some programs stay on a catch-up service for especially if it isn't owned by the network. So being able to binge-watch a series isn't common on these platforms. If the network does own the show such as Channel 7's Home and Away then it has numerous seasons available.

What's more, because most of the broadcasters are commercial networks, watching programs on catch-up means you will have to sit through the advertising breaks as well.

On the upside though, you aren't expected to pay for these services and because of this you can watch on as many devices as you like.

Catch-up TV providers

ABC iview

ABC_iview_logo squareThe national broadcaster was the first Australian network to dip its toes into the brave new world of video streaming. iview is still the benchmark for Australian catch-up services, offering a wide range of ABC programming through a simple user interface.

iview does offer original shows that are available exclusively through the iview platform and also livestreams its main channels 24/7. The catch is that the stream quality varies up to 720p HD, which is especially evident when watching on a massive 4K television.


SBS On Demand

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Australia's multicultural television channel offers one of the most robust catch-up platforms in the market. There's a wide range of TV shows, movies, documentaries, NBA and web exclusives on offer, available across a wide range of devices.

You do need to create a user account in order to access the SBS On Demand service, which is used to target advertising and programming to your interests.


7Plus

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Channel 7's 7Plus catch-up service comes packed with tons of exciting content you can binge for free. All you need to do is sign up for a free account.

You can watch popular Channel 7 shows like All Saints and Always Greener, a small collection of movies and full seasons of comedy shows and dramas where available.


10 play

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The catch-up platform for Network 10 offers full episodes of 10's shows, plus live streams of the main channel as well as 10 Shake, 10 Peach and 10 Bold. 10 play's apps are designed to be a one-stop shop for news and entertainment, with a dedicated TV guide offering a week's scheduling into the future.

The catch-up service runs across all Network 10 channels, but it doesn't have every show available.


9Now

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Channel 9 was the slowest to join the catch-up TV market, launching with the Jumpin service. It has since relaunched as 9Now. You do need to sign in to get access to the service, but it offers a wide range of catch-up programs and the ability to live stream the broadcast channels. Unlike some of the other catch-up services, 9Now does support HD streams using adaptive bitrate.

Digital movie store providers

Both iTunes and Google Play lead the way in this space, with the mobile platforms proving to be exceptionally convenient to access both films and TV shows. Even Fetch TV has a stake in this space. While the current climate is predominantly focused on all-you-can-eat subscription streaming services, there's still a big market in the digital download space where you can purchase a licence to watch a movie or TV show, either permanently or for a short period of time.

The advantage here is access to new release content sooner than subscription services, plus the ability to rent like you did in the day of the video store. You get to download to your device for offline viewing too, which is convenient for travellers cautious of using up their data allowance.

The catch is that regardless of which store you buy from, there will be limitations on which devices you can watch your content on.

There's also the issue of cost, with many films costing the equivalent of two months of Netflix access for a single film, with TV shows often even more expensive.

While you're probably safe with Apple and Google, history is littered with the carcasses of failed digital entertainment companies, with purchased video licences now worthless after the service failed.


iTunes

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iTunes was one of the first major digital entertainment stores, leveraging Apple's strength in portable devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as Apple TV. You need a device compatible with iTunes to watch your purchases, but the range of titles is extensive. There are also pretty solid sales regularly, despite the generally high price.


Amazon Prime Video Store

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Not to be confused with Prime Video, which is a streaming subscription service, the Prime Video Store lets you rent or purchase a digital movie or series, similar to iTunes and the other services in this section. The library varies from more recent titles to classics.


Google Play Movies & TV

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Google's video store is similar to iTunes in many ways. It can be used on both Android and iOS devices thanks to an iOS app, but support for big screen TVs is generally restricted to Chromecast or Android TV devices.


Microsoft Movies and TV

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Microsoft's version of a digital video store was initially launched for Xbox, but has been expanded to include Windows Phone devices, Microsoft tablets or other devices through the web. Content is available in both SD and HD where available, plus there are regular discounts on selected content.


Playstation Video

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Sony tried its hand at original programming for its Playstation Video service, though it has since cancelled the experiment. There is still a wide selection of content available to watch on Playstation platforms, as well as selected Sony devices, Android devices or other devices via the web browser.


Telstra TV Box Office

Telstra TV Box Office

Formerly known as BigPond Movies, Telstra TV Box Office is a digital platform that lets you choose from a generous library of movies and TV shows to rent and buy, from blockbusters to classics. The service regularly runs special offers, so you can end up saving big if you're looking to build a solid collection of digital titles.


YouTube

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YouTube may be known for enabling you to watch funny cat videos and follow your favourite vloggers, but it also functions as a video-on-demand platform. You can rent or buy content directly from YouTube, whether you're looking for a classic film or a more recent title.


Sports streaming services

While the services above are all great when it comes to TV shows and movies, with the exception of Foxtel Now and the Stan Sport add-on they all come short on the sport front. So if you're a sports enthusiast, you're likely looking for something more.

Name Product Details Free trial? Max. video quality Price What's next?
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic

Kayo Sports Basic

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $25 p/month
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14 days
HD
$25 p/month
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DAZN
DAZN

DAZN

  • Max. video quality

    4K/UHD
  • Free trial?

    N/A
  • Price

    $2.99/month
Go to siteView details
N/A
4K/UHD
$2.99/month
Go to siteView details
beIN SPORTS CONNECT (monthly)
beIN SPORTS CONNECT (monthly)

beIN SPORTS CONNECT (monthly)

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    14 days
  • Price

    $19.99/month
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14 days
HD
$19.99/month
Go to siteView details
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack

Foxtel Now - Sport Pack

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    10 days
  • Price

    $54 p/month
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10 days
HD
$54 p/month
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*Requires Foxtel Pop & Lifestyle pack
NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass

NBA League Pass

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    7 days
  • Price

    $39.99 p/month
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7 days
HD
$39.99 p/month
Go to siteView details
League Pass gives you access to all 1,200+ regular season games, the playoffs, finals and All-Star Weekend.
WWE Network
WWE Network

WWE Network

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    N/A
  • Price

    US$9.99/month
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N/A
HD
US$9.99/month
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FITE TV
FITE TV

FITE TV

  • Max. video quality

    HD
  • Free trial?

    7 days
  • Price

    US $4.99/month
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7 days
HD
US $4.99/month
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Luckily, a lot of streaming services with a focus on sport are now available in Australia. Most of them are niche ones, like NBA League Pass, NFL Game Pass, MLB.TV, WWE Network, FITE and UFC Fight Pass, among others.

There's also Optus Sport, the exclusive home of the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League in Australia, which makes it extremely appealing to football fans. It offers matches live and on demand for $14.99/month. The service can also be added as an optional extra on eligible Optus plans for free.

BeIN Sports may also catch your eye thanks to its extensive coverage of football leagues and competitions like La Liga, Bundesliga and more. You can watch BeIN with Foxtel or Kayo, but it also runs its own digital platform, beIN Sports Connect. It costs $19.99/month with a two-week free trial.

When it comes to value, it's hard to beat Kayo Sports. The streaming platform offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world, both live and on demand. That includes broadcasts of the AFL, cricket, NRL, V8 Supercars, Formula 1 and international competitions.

A Basic subscription costs $25/month and lets you stream on two devices at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. Whichever option you choose, you get a 14-day free trial. The platform has an elegant interface and comes with fun features like SplitView, which lets you watch up to four videos on the same screen.

Bottom line

As you've probably figured, each service has something going for it, so it ultimately comes down to the type of content you're most interested in. None of the platforms come with lock-in contracts and most have free trials, so there's nothing stopping you giving them all a spin to figure out which one you like most.

You can also interrupt your subscription for a while to try out something else. What you should really be doing is sharing services that support multiple concurrent streams with friends or family members.

That means you can cut down on your monthly subscriptions while increasing your access to content. It's a good time to be a streaming fan.

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