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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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1 - 20 of 36
Name Product Simultaneous streams Max video quality Free trial period Monthly price
Disney+
Disney+
4
4K
N/A
$11.99
Binge Standard
Binge Standard
2
HD
14 days
$14
Paramount+
Paramount+
3
HD
7 days
$8.99
BritBox
BritBox
4
4K
7 days
$8.99
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video
3
4K
30 days
$6.99
Foxtel Now - Essentials
Foxtel Now - Essentials
2
HD
10 days
$25
hayu
hayu
1
HD
7 days
$6.99
Funimation Premium Plus
Funimation Premium Plus
5
HD
14 days
$7.95
Apple TV+
Apple TV+
3
4K
7 days
$7.99
Acorn TV
Acorn TV
4
HD
7 days
$6.99
9NOW
9NOW
1
HD
Free
$0
Flash
Flash
1
HD
14-days
$8
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic
2
HD
14 days
$27.50
CuriosityStream
CuriosityStream
1
4K
N/A
$2.99
iwonder
iwonder
1
HD
14 days
$6.99
DAZN
DAZN
1
HD
N/A
$13.99
beIN Sports Monthly
beIN Sports Monthly
1
HD
14 days
$19.99
Binge Basic
Binge Basic
1
SD
14 days
$10
Binge Premium
Binge Premium
4
HD
14 days
$18
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
1
SD
N/A
$10.99
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Compare up to 4 providers

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 1 will break the bank on its own, get 3 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 including Netflix and Stan offer a monthly subscription to access a large, constantly evolving catalogue. Other services such as ABC iview let you watch shows that have aired on television for a limited window after the broadcast period. Then there are the Apple TV (iTunes) platforms of the world, which let you buy a licence to a program to keep, which you can then 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 run-down 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

Binge logo

Foxtel-owned BINGE is an appealing streaming service in the Australian market, especially for users just giving up their pay TV service. 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, ViacomCBS, 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. Some of its top-rated shows include Sex and The City and revival And Just Like That..., The Wire, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Planet Earth, The Big Bang Theory and The Sopranos. More recent popular productions are Succession, Euphoria, The Sex Lives of College Girls, Peacemaker, Mare of Easttown, The Flight Attendant, The Nevers, The Undoing, Lovecraft Country, Big Little Lies and Westworld. There are also a wide range of movies. Plus, the platform launched its first original series, Love Me, in December 2021.

BINGE is available in 3 price points similar to Stan and Netflix. However, there's 1 clear difference and that is BINGE's maximum resolution is HD, not 4K. The Basic package starts at $10 a month for a single stream in SD. There's also a $14 a month subscription for HD and 2 devices. The Premium package costs $18 a month and supports 4 concurrent HD streams.

BINGE has a 14-day free trial that gives you enough time for a taste of the service. BINGE works on your standard array of streaming devices, including smart TVs and game consoles.

BINGE's 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 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 Plus and Disney Plus offer in the US.

BINGE
Deal

Check out BINGE with a 14-day free trial

Stream movies and full series from HBO, Warner Bros., FX, BBC, NBC, CBS, Paramount and more.

Disney Plus

Disney Plus logo

Disney Plus became available in Australia in late 2019 and has made waves globally. With a generous content library, 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 that 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.

Content-wise, Disney Plus is a virtual godsend for lovers of big, crowd-pleasing blockbusters. Think Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Encanto or Eternals. The content line-up includes Disney Channel shows as well as documentaries and original series.

Most notably, you can watch The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, the first 2 live-action Star Wars series, exclusively on Disney Plus. Or, tune into Marvel shows like Hawkeye, Loki, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier or 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 Plus, giving fans the chance to pay for only 1 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. The channel also features originals like the popular mystery series Only Murders in the Building or hard-hitting drama Dopesick.

Disney Plus offers only 1 subscription tier at $11.99 a month. You can also save $23 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 4 simultaneous devices at once.

Disney Plus 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 Plus review.

Disney Plus verdict

All in all, Disney Plus is definitely worth looking into, making it a solid streaming choice the entire family can enjoy. In the US, you can purchase a Disney Plus, ESPN Plus 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 Plus and Kayo Sports and enjoy a similar entertainment plus sport experience.

Disney+
Deal

Get 12 months for the price of 10 when you sign up to Disney Plus

Savings are calculated based on the annual price compared to the monthly subscription price.
Disney+
Deal

Sign up to Disney+ to stream thousands of movies and shows

Watch new and classic TV and movies from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, National Geographic, 21st Century Fox, Hulu, ESPN and more from 1 streaming service.

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 distributors are pulling their content from Netflix 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 basically impossible to keep up. So while the platform suffers as far as licenced titles are concerned, it's doubling down on releasing original shows and movies to compensate.

Netflix's Australian library is 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 Sexy Beasts and for every The Power of the Dog you have The Ridiculous 6.

Still, there are plenty of titles to feed your binge-watching addiction, with TV hits including Squid Game, Maid, Arcane, Emily in Paris, 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. If quantity and diversity are what you're after, Netflix remains a solid pick.

The service is also tough to beat on 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 a month, but this plan only enables you to watch content in SD quality, on 1 device at a time.

A Standard plan costs $16.99 a month and gives you access to HD titles and 2 simultaneous streams while a Premium plan lets you watch on 4 devices at the same time in 4K for $22.99 a month. It is worth noting that 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 Plus


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, 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 Wolf Like Me, The Tourist, 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 Yellowstone, City on a Hill, Walker, The Great, All American, New Amsterdam, Godfather of Harlem and Billions.

Stan really shines when enabling users' predilection towards comfort binges. The platform hosts hits like Parks and Recreation, The Office, Veronica Mars or Pretty Little Liars. If you're a fan of rewatching favourites, this is definitely a worthy service. That being said, it's worth noting that the service lost popular titles like Lost, Scrubs, Family Guy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Disney Plus.

As for pricing, Stan offers 3 tiers similar to Netflix. For $10 a month you get the Basic plan that lets you watch titles in SD on 1 device at a time. The Standard plan at $14 a month lets you watch on 3 screens simultaneously in HD. To stream in 4K quality you'll need the Premium plan, which costs $19 a month and lets you watch 4 concurrent streams. Either way, you get a 30-day free trial.

The platform also ventured into sports streaming, offering a $10 a 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 as well.

Stan verdict

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


Foxtel Now

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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 with no strings attached.

The platform offers different channel packs based on users' interests. The Essentials pack at $25 a month comes with a mix of Lifestyle and Pop channels that include shows like Insecure, Vigil, Batwoman, Love It or List It and The Great Australian Bake Off.

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

The Sport channel pack is Foxtel Now's main appeal. 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. You'll find most of them on BINGE too, though some are available exclusively on Foxtel. Original productions like The End and Wentworth are streaming on Foxtel Now too. The service also boasts a great library of movies, including recent blockbusters. 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. 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 2 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.

Foxtel Now
Deal

10-day free trial of Foxtel Now

No installation and no lock-in contract. New customers only. Sign up now.

Amazon Prime Video

Prime Video logo

Prime Video became available in Australia when it went global at the end of 2016. Unlike then, the service is now offering a generous 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 a 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 Wheel of Time, The Boys, 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 contains some notable hits at the time of writing, such as This Is Us. As for movies, you can stream a lot of recent blockbusters, as well as originals like The Tomorrow War, The Tender Bar or Hotel Transylvania 4.

The platform's interface is a bit clunky, so it can be difficult to find something to watch. Yet the streaming experience is seamless. 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. You can also access Amazon Prime Channels, which lets you bundle multiple streaming subscriptions through the Prime Video app.

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.

Prime Video
Deal

30 DAYS FREE: Sign up to Amazon Prime Video's free trial today

Prime Video's free 30-day trial will give you instant access to thousands of premium TV shows and movies. T&Cs apply.

hayu

hayu square

Unlike the previous services on this list that 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 a month with a 1-week free trial. It 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 or 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.

hayu
Deal

Try hayu free for 7 days

Stream over 6,000 episodes of reality TV, including Keeping up with the Kardashians, Below Deck and Real Housewives. Try hayu – subscription required, 7-day free trial, auto-renews to $6.99 per month after unless cancelled.

Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus logo

Launched in 2019, Apple TV Plus 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 sci-fi epic Foundation, 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 The Tragedy of Macbeth, CODA, Palmer or Greyhound.

Given the small content library, Apple TV Plus costs $7.99 a month with a 7-day free trial. The platform is easy to navigate and comes with exciting features such as 4K video, Dolby Atmos audio on most content, offline viewing and the ability to stream on 6 devices simultaneously.

It works via web, Apple devices (Apple TV, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch), compatible smart TVs game consoles, Roku devices, Android streaming devices and TVs and Amazon Fire TV devices.

All in all, Apple TV Plus 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.

Apple TV+
Deal

Get Apple TV+ FREE for 7 days

Valid for 7 days with no contract required at the Apple Store. T&Cs apply.

Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus

A more recent addition to the Australian streaming market, Paramount Plus (formerly 10 All Access) launched with an appealing content library which features both TV shows and movies. Additionally, the service became the ideal destination for Australian football enthusiasts as the home of the A-League, offering matches live and on demand.

Original productions include acclaimed titles like revival Dexter: New Blood, survival thriller Yellowjackets, crime drama Mayor of Kingstown, Aussie dramedy Five Bedrooms and Yellowstone prequel 1883. Additionally, you can stream complete seasons of popular hits South Park, Survivor US, NCIS, Seal Teal and more.

Paramount Plus costs $8.99/month with a 7-day free trial. The service is compatible with a variety of devices, including smartphones, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Fetch and Chromecast.


Acorn TV

Acorn TV logo

Acorn TV is a niche service that specialises in British television. If you enjoy dark humour and gritty crime shows, this is the perfect platform for you. Popular titles include Agatha Raisin, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, My Life Is Murder, Queens of Mystery, Agatha Christie's Poirot and Jack Taylor.

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

Acorn TV
Deal

Try out Acorn TV with a 7-day free trial

Acorn TV has both classic and modern British TV shows plus more. Jump in with a free trial and begin streaming now.

Shudder

Shudder logo

Shudder is a streaming service that specialises in horror for both 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 a 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 a month with a 1-week free trial for new users. The service works with a variety of devices – computers, smartphones, smart TVs and set top boxes.

BritBox
Deal

Try BritBox with a 7-day FREE trial

Stream British TV including Line of Duty, Doctor Who, Luther, Poldark and more. Monthly or annual subscriptions available.

CuriosityStream

CuriosityStream 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 a 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 a month or US$69.99 a year.


Funimation

Funimation is rich in anime series, from classics like Attack on Titan 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 free with ads or purchase a Premium Plus subscription for $7.95/month with a 14-day free trial. This comes with features like offline viewing and 5 simultaneous streams.

Funimation
Deal

Stream anime FREE for 14-days on Funimation

Take Funimation for a spin with a 14-day free trial and stream the likes of My Hero Academia, Yu Yu Hakusho and more.

Flash

Flash is a go-to destination for everything that has to do with news.

For $8/month you can watch more than 20 news channels live or catch up with content on demand. The list of channels includes CNN International, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, FOX News Channel, Bloomberg TV and domestic option Sky News Australia. New users get a 14-day free trial.


Catch-up TV services compared

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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
HD
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 from 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 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 owns the show such as Channel 7's Home and Away then it has numerous seasons available.

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 offers original shows available exclusively through the iview platform. It also live streams 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 need to create a user account 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.


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 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 Apple and Google lead the way in this space, with the mobile platforms proving to be exceptionally convenient to access 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.

The advantage here is access to new release content sooner than subscription services, plus the ability to rent like you did in the days 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.

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 2 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.


Apple TV (iTunes)

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 can now access TV shows and movies via the Apple TV app, a convenient destination for all your entertainment needs as it also enables you to subscribe to other streaming services under one roof. There are regular sales that can help you save big on digital purchases.


Amazon Prime Video Store

Prime Video Store

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 Apple's 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.


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 regarding 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.

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Name Product Simultaneous streams Max video quality Free trial period Monthly price
Kayo Sports One
Kayo Sports One
1
HD
14 days
$25
beIN Sports Monthly
beIN Sports Monthly
1
HD
14 days
$19.99
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
2
HD
10 days
$54
Paramount+
Paramount+
3
HD
7 days
$8.99
DAZN
DAZN
1
HD
N/A
$13.99
FITE TV
FITE TV
1
HD
7 days
$4.99
WWE Network
WWE Network
1
HD
N/A
$9.99
F1 TV Monthly
F1 TV Monthly
1
HD
N/A
$4.49
NFL Game Pass Pro
NFL Game Pass Pro
5
4K
7-days
$115.96
Optus Sport Premium
Optus Sport Premium
1
HD
N/A
$14.99
Stan Sport
Stan Sport
1
HD
7 days
$10
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic
2
HD
14 days
$27.50
Kayo Sports Premium
Kayo Sports Premium
3
HD
14 days
$35
Foxtel Sports HD
Foxtel Sports HD
2
4K
N/A
$74
League Pass Premium
League Pass Premium
2
HD
7-days
$51.99
NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass
1
HD
7 days
$39.99
UFC Fight Pass
UFC Fight Pass
1
HD
7 days
$10.99
NBL TV
NBL TV
1
SD
N/A
$5
NHL.TV All Access Pass
NHL.TV All Access Pass
1
HD
N/A
$24.99
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Compare up to 4 providers

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, which makes it extremely appealing to football fans. It offers matches live and on demand for $14.99 a month. The service can also be added as an optional extra on eligible Optus plans for free.

Optus did hold the rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in Australia. But starting in the 2021/22 season, the rights have been taken up by Stan Sport on a 3-year deal. Stan Sport also has rights to rugby union in Australia and some tennis tournaments.

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 a month with a 2-week free trial.

In terms of 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 $27.50 a month and lets you stream on 2 devices at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports 3 simultaneous streams for $35 a 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 4 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 from giving them all a spin to figure out which option 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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