Where to watch Love Island UK online in Australia
It's summer in the UK, which can only mean one thing: Love Island is back. Here your complete guide to watching Love Island UK in Australia.
Love Island, the British dating show phenomenon, is back this June with Season 5. Twelve attractive singletons will be stuck into a luxurious villa, cut from the outside world, and monitored closely as they fall in love and immediately proceed to mess things up.
That makes for some juicy and exciting television, so you'll be happy to know that Love Island UK is available to stream in Australia. Completely free.
What is Love Island UK?
Love Island UK is a popular British dating show that airs on ITV2 in England. Each season sees a different group of single contestants head over to a villa in Mallorca, Spain, where they're under video surveillance 24/7.
While their purpose is to ultimately fall in love, contestants have to quickly find someone to pair up with, or they risk being eliminated. Islanders initially couple up based on first impressions, but as the series progresses they can swap or change pairs. If they can't find a significant other, they leave the island, with the final, winning couple receiving a huge cash prize.
The dating show first aired in 2015 and it's currently in its fifth season. This year, the cast includes 12 islanders, plus 'intruders' who are meant to come into the villa and cause trouble every week. The series is basically Big Brother meets Bachelor in Paradise, so you'll be in for a treat.
How to watch Love Island UK in Australia
In Australia, 9Now is the exclusive home of Love Island UK, with episodes fast-tracked every day from June 5, 2019. You can check the platform for new content around 6:00 pm AEST.
9Now is Nine Network's online catch-up TV service, so it's completely free to use. You do need to sign up for an account, but that's about it. You can watch on your laptop by accessing the 9Now website or download the 9Now app to your preferred device. The app works with Google ChromeCast, select smart TVs, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Fetch TV, PS4, Airplay, smartphones and tablets.
Why is Love Island UK so popular?
It's a show about attractive young people looking for love. If that's not a good enough reason, maybe reality TV just isn't for you? Kidding aside, the booming popularity of Love Island, especially internationally, is surprising. After all, we're not experiencing a shortage of reality dating shows right now. Quite the contrary.
What makes this British export stand out, however, is that it's pure escapism. Watching tanned singletons go on awkward dates and get tangled up in complicated romantic dynamics is incredibly life-affirming. As a result, Love Island UK is an easy and entertaining watch, especially once you get invested in a certain relationship.
Plus, there's an entire community of devoted fans out there, so engaging in online conversations about the TV phenomenon can be lots of fun.
How do I see old Love Island UK episodes?
The previous season of Love Island UK, Season 4, is available on 9Now as well. It should keep you busy for at least a few weeks. We're talking about reality TV, so you don't really need to watch old episodes to figure out what the show is all about. However, with Love Island UK being so addictive, we doubt that you'll be able to stop binging once you give a few episodes a go.
Shows like Love Island UK
If Love Island isn't enough to satisfy your reality itch, you can turn to other platforms to get your fix. Here's a rundown of popular shows available on streaming services in Australia:
Shows like Love Island on Netflix
The streaming giant has become more invested in unscripted content recently, with great results. You can start with hyped shows like Queer Eye and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and work your way up to exploring the platform's more hidden gems. If you're looking for something similar to Love Island UK, we recommend Dating Around, which follows six single people as they try to find someone to connect with.
Shows like Love Island on Stan
Stan has a limited collection of reality series, but it does exclusively offer RuPaul's Drag Race, which can be reason enough to sign up for a subscription. If you're into Love Island UK, you might want to check out Ex on the Beach as well.
Shows like Love Island on Hayu
As a streaming service devoted to reality TV, hayu offers a vast collection of shows that might be up your alley. In the dating department, you can stream To Rome for Love, The Bi Life, and Dating: No Filter.
Shows like Love Island on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now comes with lifestyle channels included in the Essentials channels pack, so you don't have to pay extra for reality content. Popular reality shows on Foxtel Now include Summer House, Texicanas, and The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
Shows like Love Island on Kayo Sport
What is more "reality" than sport? If you want to follow all the drama of a Cricket World Cup, a Wimbledon tennis campaign, a State of Origin series and some 50 other sports live, the brand new live sports streaming service Kayo Sports is definitely worth checking out.
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