If you watch a lot of television, you’ve probably considered severing ties with your cable provider and switching to a streaming service that’s going to keep you entertained. And when it comes to streaming a movie or a TV series, that’s probably your best bet, because you have everything on-demand, and you can enjoy content when you see fit.
With that in mind, Australia has a lot of services you can subscribe to, and it can be difficult to pick the right one. The list includes services like Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, Binge, Disney Plus, Foxtel Now, and others, so there’s something for everyone. So, out of all these TV streaming services in Australia, which one should you go for? Let’s check all of them out and see.
The go-to streaming service for just about anyone all around the world, Netflix is probably the best streaming solution. And it’s not just offered in Australia, but worldwide – if you want to be entertained, you should consider subscribing to this stream TV service – it’s available on any OS, including Google and Android TV.
Netflix comes with an impressive library of both television shows and movies, from reality shows to original shows that show up seemingly out of nowhere. It also offers high-quality streaming (with some plans), as well as subtitles for those who need them, and a very intuitive and simple to use user interface.
There are three plans you can choose from. The Basic plan comes at $10.99, at an SD resolution, and the ability to only use a single device at a time. Standard ups things to HD quality and allows for up to 2 devices at $15.99, while Premium gives you Ultra HD quality and streaming on up to four devices at a time. If you’re an individual, Standard is probably your best option, but if you’re sharing with family members (or have a 4K TV), by all means, go for the Premium plan to get you the best quality.
Stan is Australia’s prime platform for users who want original productions and an incredibly vast variety of content to enjoy. From the biggest TV shows you haven’t watched yet, to some awesome movie showing options, you can pick and choose what you want to see. And you don’t have to just stream TV shows – there’s also Stan Sport offered for all you sports and rugby enthusiasts!
The platform boasts no ads, compatibility with smart TVs and mobile devices, as well as three plans you can choose from. The basic one, at $10 per month, allows you to watch in SD quality and only on a single device. The standard plan at $14 allows for HD content and up to three screens, and finally, the premium package gets you 4K quality and the ability to watch on four screens at the same time for $19. Stan Sport is a $10 add-on to the plan you choose.
While it might not have as many choices as other services, Stan is a great choice for anyone who’s a fan of original Australian content on demand.
Amazon Prime Video
Of course, a giant like Amazon has its own service, and it goes by the name of Prime Video. Not only does it come with thousands of shows, but there is a rather impressive list of Prime Video Originals. Now, something that’s worth mentioning is that Amazon Prime doesn’t have the largest library. It won’t show you how to stream Plus 7 to TV, it won’t have the largest, most expansive video library out of all the services, but that’s okay. It is, however, incredibly cheap at only $6.99 per month, or $59 per year.
The nice thing is that you aren’t just paying for Prime Video, but for an Amazon Prime membership. Aside from Prime Video, Amazon Prime also gets you Twitch Prime, a variety of eBooks, and some fantastic shipping discounts when you’re shopping on Amazon.
There are a few situations in which we would definitely recommend Prime Video over anything else. The first one is if you want to save as much as possible, and don’t really care about Netflix exclusives. The second one is if you already have an Amazon Prime membership because you’re getting it for free already. It’s a nice budget platform that’s got a part of the market well covered, and availability is great when it comes to devices – you can get it on Android TV by Google, for example.
A service owned by Streamotion (who also owns Foxtel Now, which we’ll get to in a minute), Binge allows you to enjoy both on-demand and live entertainment from a variety of sources. There are no ads, and the prices are quite reasonable.
Among the content, you’ll find several Foxtel original productions, as well as content you haven’t watched from major production companies such as BBC, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, ViacomCBS, Discovery, Inc., and many others. Aside from this, you also have a showing of 19 Foxtel linear channels for live streaming which you can choose from. The ability to stream free to air TV is a big selling point for Binge. The service’s number of subscribers is growing rapidly, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop anytime soon.
The packages are priced at $10, $14, and $18. The cheapest one, Basic, gets you single device access with an SD quality stream, Standard gives you two HD streams, while Premium allows for four HD streams. It’s all up to the quality and number of streams you’d like to watch. Unfortunately, you can’t get 4K quality, which is a shame, but Binge is otherwise a decent choice.
While Disney+ was one of the most troublesome TV streaming services in Australia when they started out, they have ironed out all of their issues in the few years they’ve been available and are now an excellent choice.
The UI is great and simple to navigate, and the content availability is surprisingly good too. You have a lot of Disney Original content to keep you entertained, such as Star Wars shows and The Mandalorian, but also classics like the Lady and the Tramp – it’s obvious that variety is the name of the game here.
Unfortunately, Disney+ is one of the few services that won’t give you a free trial. However, the subscription price is only $8.99 for up to four devices and 4K quality, which is cheaper than almost anything else on the list. And if you thought that was still expensive, paying for a year costs $89.99, which comes out at about $7.49 per month.
There’s another big reason why paying for a full year is a good idea, and that’s protection against a pricing increase. It wouldn’t be a first for a provider to increase the prices due to an increase in available content, and a yearly subscription keeps you safe until it’s valid.
Even though it is arguably the most versatile in terms of content when it comes to TV streaming services, Foxtel Now is an incredibly expensive option, which is why a lot of users steer clear of it. However, you could potentially be getting every possible type of content, from on-demand shows and movie choices, to live television content in various categories for a single monthly price.
Pricing starts at $25 per month for the Essentials pack, and then you have the others as add-ons. Sports is $29 extra, Movies is $20 extra, and Drama is $10 extra. Or, you could get all additional packs for $104 per month, which also includes the Kids & Docos package. There is a five-device limit, and your quality will depend on your internet quality. Live TV maxes out at HD though, while on-demand content can go full HD.
Honestly, Foxtel Now does offer a lot of content, but when you consider the price, as well as the quality limit, it’s not worth it unless you really want the channels they offer.
If you haven’t gotten an eligible device to get you a year of Apple TV+ for free, you might be contemplating a subscription. The streaming service offers a lot of original shows, with new ones being added constantly, and flexibility when it comes to pricing. The price is only $7.99 per month, but you can also get it with One, which starts at $19.95 but also gets you Music, Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage. You also don’t need an Apple TV – you can go with Google and the Android TV OS and still use it.
Even though there is a lot of content available, it doesn’t offer anything to put it ahead of all the other competitors in the league. Sure, it’s great if you’ve got an eligible device and get it for free for a year, but after that, we’d reconsider subscribing again – other TV streaming services in Australia might offer a bit more.