Streaming services have become a must-have for those keen on staying up to date with their favourite TV shows, the latest movie releases, or re-watching classics from their childhood, with each service packed with extensive libraries of content. But with plenty of options available in Australia, it can be tough to decide which ones are worth paying for. In this article, Canstar Blue looks at the streaming services available in Australia – both free and subscription-based – so you can decide which are worth curling up in front of the TV with.
List of Streaming Services in Australia
- Amazon Prime Video
- YouTube Premium
- ABC iView
- SBS on Demand
Streaming Services in Australia
One of the most well-known streaming services available, Netflix Australia has a large variety of movies and TV shows for you to choose from, including the latest releases as well as old classics. Additionally, Netflix has released Netflix Original content over the past few years, including fan favourites such as Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black and Riverdale, giving viewers plenty of new shows to binge.
Netflix is a monthly subscription service, meaning you’ll pay on a monthly basis to stream, with sign-ups available through the Netflix Australia website or your preferred app store. The more expensive options will allow you to have multiple streams at once, making it a handy option for families or those who can never decide on what to watch.
- Netflix subscriptions start from $9.99 a month, with subscriptions up to $17.99 also available.
Netflix Australia’s main competitor, Stan is home to original Australian content, along with a number of top U.S. shows and movies. In addition to classics including Seinfeld, Friends and Breaking Bad, Stan has also secured the rights to shows such as Scrubs, as well as the Disney franchise, which also includes the Marvel and Star Wars universes.
Sign-up for Stan is available through its website, with Stan also offering a free trial-month before the subscription payments start. Prices start at $10 a month, with the most expensive option available for $17.
- Stan may also be available through Telstra and Optus internet plans, so be sure to check out what your internet provider offers.
Offering plenty of shows and channels to suit everyone’s tastes, Foxtel is the Australian home to many American broadcasts. Including channels such as HBO, which includes Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, Foxtel is also a handy option for those big on their sports, including live coverage of American sports such as the NBA and NFL.
Prices for Foxtel start at $26 a month, plus an installation and equipment fee, with other entertainment packs more expensive, making it one of the pricier options available. However, it may be worthwhile if you’re looking for something for the whole family, or if you’re after plenty of variety.
- Foxtel also has the Foxtel App for those who want to watch while out and about.
An option for those who enjoy their reality TV, Hayu provides shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Real Housewives and Botched, with Jersey Shore also available to stream. One of the cheapest streaming options available, Hayu starts from just $5.99 a month.
- You can sign up to HayU via its website, with a free trail available.
With the rise of Amazon over recent years, it’s no surprise that the brand has ventured into the world of streaming. Amazon Prime Video is a U.S. streaming service, with U.S. shows and Amazon Prime originals available to stream – including shows like the Grand Tour, the Man in the High Castle and Sneaky Pete.
Amazon Prime Video is available to stream through your computer, gaming consoles such as the Xbox One and PS4, as well as through Apple TV. As it’s a U.S. service, prices are in American dollars, with your subscription linked to a credit card, so be careful when the bill comes around. A subscription will cost you $2.99USD for the first six months, before a price rise to $5.99USD after the six-month period.
- The Amazon Prime Video free trial will last 30 days before you’ll start being charged.
A set top box and streaming video on demand service, Fetch works a bit differently to an all-out streaming service such as Netflix or Stan. Essentially, Fetch is a one-stop shop to find all your favourite shows and recordings, provided that you have a subscription to other streaming services. You can connect Fetch to your Netflix, YouTube, Stan and HayU accounts, making it easier to log in and start watching, regardless of what you’re planning on bingeing.
A Fetch set top box will cost you at least $149, with a $399 option additionally available, which allows you to record and store live TV. Fetch offers channels if you’re after something in particularly, such as a Kids channel, along with Knowledge, Vibe or Variety channels, with each costing $6 a month.
- You may also be able to find a Fetch set top box as part of your internet plan, so be sure to check with your internet provider.
YouTube has always been a popular streaming platform, whether you’re looking for the latest music videos, documentaries or original content. But one of the annoying aspects of YouTube is the ads, which always seem to have a habit of interrupting at crucial moments. This is where ‘YouTube Premium’ steps in, allowing you to watch your video in peace, as well as giving you access to YouTube Originals.
YouTube Premium includes YouTube Music, as well as YouTube Kids, YouTube Gaming and even Google Music Play, with users even able to download their favourite videos and music to save for another time. You can subscribe via YouTube for $14.99 a month, with a family membership available for $22.99 which allows for multiple YouTube streams and users.
- YouTube Premium offers a one-month free trial.
An on-demand option for viewers to catch up on all their ABC shows, ABC iView is a free service that you can stream via your computer, tablet, phone and gaming console. ABC iView includes ABC channels such as ABC News, ABC Comedy and ABC Kids, meaning there’s something for the whole family.
Sign-up is available via the iView website, with viewers able to check out the full list of shows available, which includes Australian programs such as Wentworth, Landline and Gardening Australia.
- You can save which shows you want to watch via iView’s Watchlist.
SBS on Demand
Similar to ABC iView, SBS on Demand is a handy option for those who have missed their favourite SBS shows on free-to-air TV. Including shows from SBS, Viceland, NITV and the SBS Food channel, viewers have plenty of options when it comes to spending time in front of the TV.
With shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?, The Handmaid’s Tale and the latest season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine available on SBS on Demand, along with the cultural, language and news programs that SBS is known for, you can watch shows on your computer, tablet or phone, making it easy to catch up on your favourite shows while on the go.
- SBS on Demand is free, with sign up available the SBS website.
Channel 10’s online, on-demand equivalent, Tenplay offers replays of your favourite shows if you’re not home in time to catch them live on free-to-air TV. Including shows like the Graham Norton Show, Goggle Box, Neighbours, MasterChef and Bondi Rescue, Tenplay also includes replays of local and international news, along with Australian sports such as the F1 Championship and Supercars.
In addition to Tenplay, you can subscribe to 10 All Access for $9.99, which gives you access to shows from Channel 10, as well as American channel CBS, including episodes of The Bachelor and The Good Fight.
- Both TenPlay and 10 All Access are available through online sign up.
Channel 9’s on-demand streaming service, 9Now is the place to catch replays for hit shows such as Married at First Sight, The Block, or classics such as McLeod’s Daughters. If you’re big on your sports, 9Now also has coverage of the NRL, the tennis and netball, as well as news programs and kids’ TV shows to entertain the whole family.
- 9Now is free and sign-up is available through the 9Now website.
Offering live shows and replays, Channel 7’s catch-up service, 7plus, includes shows such as Home and Away, My Kitchen Rules, as well as Better Homes and Gardens for those looking to relax in front of the TV. You can also catch 7News, Sunrise and sports broadcasts of the cricket and AFL. Like most free-to-air channels and their on-demand equivalents, 7plus is free to use (but you’ll still get ads), with the sign-up available via the Channel 7 website.
- 7plus also includes shows from 7two, 7mate, 7food and 7flix.
If you enjoy watching sports, then Kayo may be the streaming options for you. Offering 50 sports, including the NBA, MLB and EPL, Kayo is available from $25 a month on multiple devices. With live streams and replays available, Kayo features dedicated sports channels, including Fox Sports, ESPN and beIN SPORTS to help you catch games from your favourite sport and league.
- You can sign up for a 14-day free trail if you want to try before you buy.
Which streaming service should I get?
There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a streaming service, meaning it’s become more than just a choice about what movie you want to watch! With services offering the latest out of the U.S., UK, or coverage of your favourite sports team, or a combination of each, content streaming services have become a popular choice for many Australians over recent years.
Which one you decide to install or subscribe to will come down to your preferences for what you like to watch, as well as your budget. With most services allowing streams to be accessed by multiple devices at once, it also comes down to whether you’re sharing your account with friends and family. With plenty of options available, it’s best to look into all of your options, and to make the most of those free trials!
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