All the free streaming services (& trials) to keep you going

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There has arguably never been a better time to test out literally every streaming service available in Australia – what, got something better to do? If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably watched, (and re-watched, and re-watched) every movie and TV series on your current streaming service. So, what can you watch without forking over dosh for another subscription?

Don’t worry, because Canstar Blue has searched far and wide for some new and alternative free streaming to occupy your time. Some are completely free, while some are simply free trials – so make sure you squeeze the most you can from the time you have (we know you can do it!) Read on to check out some of the best services and trials available in Australia.

Free streaming trials

These are the top streaming dogs – but that doesn’t mean you have to shell out all your money to enjoy them, with free trials awaiting you:

  • Kayo
  • YouTube Premium
  • Stan
  • BINGE
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Foxtel Now
  • Hayu
  • Apple TV+
  • iwonder

Kayo

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If you’re a sports fanatic and missing your dose of the NBA, cricket, or whatever it is you live and breathe, Kayo is the one for you. One of the largest platforms for live and on-demand sports video content (home to more than 50 different sports), signing up to Kayo for a free trial right now seems like your next best move. You may not get to catch a whole lot of live action, but when has there been a better time to watch the entire 2019 NFL season again or scratch the sporting itch with some sports docos?

  • Cost: 14 days free, afterwards $25/month for ‘Basic’ and $35/month for ‘Premium’.

Stream Sports with Kayo

Love streaming? Love sports? Kayo is a new streaming platform that provides access to a wealth of sports, from basketball to cricket, motorsports and soccer. Click ‘go to site’ for more details.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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Basic Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $25 over 1 month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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Premium Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

3No. of Screens /same time viewing $35
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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Telstra Exclusive Offer – Basic Subscription

  • Special Offer: Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months
  • Available to Telstra customers only. Offer ends 30.09.20. T&Cs Apply
  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time – Add up to 5 profiles

min. cost $15/mth first 12 months then $25/mth

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25
$15
Advertised Cost/month
Get Offeron Telstra’s website

YouTube Premium

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You may not be totally aware of YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) – however, if you’re a fan of the site’s content creators, it may be a great investment. Watch all of your videos ad-free, with uninterrupted play (even when you open another app) and download your videos in advance to save data. You can also save money with a family or student plan. Students are eligible for a three-month trial (!!) and only pay $8.99/month from the fourth month onwards. Families only receive a one-month trial, but only pay $22.99/month for up to five family members on the same plan.

  • Cost: 30 days free, afterwards $14.99/month.

Stan

Stan Australia

If you haven’t yet got stuck into Stan, now’s the time. The strictly-Aussie streaming service offers hundreds of titles you won’t find on many other sites – there’s Australian cinematic classics, new-titles, American Freeform shows such as Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and The Bold Type and our personal fav – Stan’s ‘Iconic Series’ featuring Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother and many more. Stuck on what to watch? Check out our guide for the best movies and TV shows on Stan.

  • Cost: 30 days free, afterwards $10/month.

BINGE

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The more affordable off-shoot from Foxtel, BINGE is aiming to be the go-to choice for those wanting to, well, binge. With both classic and new release movies and shows, BINGE is priced between $10 and $18 per month depending on which plan you sign up to, with all subscriptions coming with a two-week free trial to help you dip your toes into the newest addition to the Australian streaming market.

  • Cost: 14 days, afterwards $10/month.

Sign up to BINGE

If BINGE’s huge library of quality shows and movies sounds like the perfect streaming service for you, there are three plans to choose from, with different inclusions on each plan tier. Prices start at $10 per month for a basic package and go up to $18 per month. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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BINGE Basic Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 1 screens at the same time
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $10 over one month

1No. of Screens /same time viewing $10
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Standard Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $14 over one month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $14
Advertised Cost/year
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Premium Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $18 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $18
Advertised Cost/year
Go To Site

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video

We all know Amazon basically rules the world, and they haven’t disappointed with their streaming service, Amazon Prime Video. Kill some time watching Originals like Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, sport docos like The Test, or kid-friendly content, giving you plenty of options – just like the actual Amazon website.

  • Cost: 30 days free, afterwards $6.99/month.

Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now

If you feel like a bit of a flex, sign up for all the Foxtel Now packs. Between ‘Pop & Lifestyle’, ‘Sport’, ‘Kids’, ‘Drama’ and ‘Movie’ Packs, we’re sure you’ll find something to keep you entertained. But, here’s the hot tip: only sign up to the next pack after your first trial has expired. Between Fox originals, every sport in the world and Kim K, we’re confident you’ll never be bored again.

  • Cost: 10 days free, afterwards $104/month for ‘All Packs’.

Hayu

Hayu

If anyone was going to get you through ridiculous amounts of boredom, it’s Paris Hilton. Hayu is pure reality trash TV – just the way we like it. Sign up for a free trial and Keep Up with all your favourite famous American families.

  • Cost: 30 days free, afterwards $6.99/month.

Apple TV+

Apple TV+

Apple TV+ made its debut into streaming society at the same time as Disney+. But instead of classics, they are only making Originals available like Morning Wars. Some may love it, some may not – but it’s worth a free trial.

  • Cost: Seven days free, afterwards $7.99/month.

iwonder

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iwonder is a relatively niche entrant to the streaming market, but for those who enjoy current affairs and documentaries, it may be your new favourite streaming platform, whether you’re a fan of sports, true crime or nature docos, you’ll find something to keep you glued to the couch for hours.

  • Cost: 30 days free, afterwards $6.99/month.

What about Netflix?

You’re right, we didn’t mention Netflix. What gives? Well, it wasn’t an accident. Netflix has gone and ditched its free month trial in Australia. Seriously!

And no Disney+?

That’s right. Disney+ has also ditched its free trial, so if you want all that Disney goodness, you’ll have to sign up and start paying straight away, via the links below.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
Advertised Cost/month
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *
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Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/year
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Free streaming services

These might not have the latest series of Stranger Things or Billions, but they are free. And no one can argue with that.

  • Kanopy
  • Tubi
  • SBS On Demand
  • ABC iView
  • Ten Play
  • Nine Now
  • 7 Plus

Kanopy

Kanopy

If you have a library card or enrolled in university, Kanopy is about to become your best friend. Never heard of it? Well, Kanopy is a free streaming service that partners with libraries and universities across Australia in order to bring films that ‘inspire, enrich and challenge’ viewers across the country. Choose between a wide collection of Australian and foreign cinema, documentaries and classics – young and old. There are even some new releases! (Lion is a tear-jerker).

  • Cost: Free for those enrolled in university or signed up with their local library.

Tubi

Tubi

Tubi has long been a fan-favourite at Canstar Blue for its vast collection of questionable and virtually unheard-of movies. Titles like Attack of the Mushroom People and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama will have you on the edge of your seat. The service is completely free to sign up to, but you will have to suffer through the occasional advertisement every 12-15 minutes. The movies may not be Academy Award-winning, but they’ll give you a good laugh.

  • Cost: Free.

SBS on Demand

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SBS on Demand is an on-demand service users can sign up to (for free, obviously) to catch up on their favourite SBS shows. The service includes channels from SBS, Viceland, NITV and the SBS Food Channel, with shows and movies available at no subscription cost. Binge Australian favourites like Dateline or worldwide classics like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Handmaid’s Tale and New Girl.

  • Cost: Free

ABC iView

ABC-Iview

Similar to SBS On Demand, ABC iView is a great option for those who missed their daily dose of the ABC. Whether you’re a regular over at ABC News, ABC Comedy, ABC Arts or even ABC Kids – iView has got your back. Sign up for a free account and spend hours between You Can’t Ask That, the popular new Stateless and series 12 of Doctor Who.

  • Cost: Free

Ten Play

Ten Play

Loving Survivor? Eagerly awaiting Masterchef: Back to Win? Ten Play is the place for you. Simply sign up for an account and enjoy all your favourite Channel Ten shows whenever you want, free of charge. You can also catch replays of local and international news, and all your favourite sports (maybe from last season). If you’re looking for more (particularly American content) you can sign up to 10 All Access, although you’ll have to pay $9.99 per month to watch shows like the American Bachelor.

  • Cost: Free, 10 All Access costs $9.99/month.

Nine Now

9 Now

It’s MAFS season (when is it not?) and it can be tough keeping up. Luckily, Nine has your back with Nine Now, a free on-demand streaming platform where you can binge watch all your fav Nine shows, from the drama-filled McLeod’s Daughters and Chicago Med to the retro Baywatch and reality TV gold Botched. Sign up for an account and watch on all your devices.

  • Cost: Free.

7 Plus

7 Plus

Seven has got one of the widest ranges of live and on-demand television shows for the whole family to enjoy. From the cricket, to Dawson’s Creek, to Fox drama 911, you’ll be fighting over the remote with everyone to get your pick on the big screen. Or, if it doesn’t go your way, watch your own show on your laptop or tablet! Like most free-to-air services, you’ll get the occasional advertisement, but it’s worth it for the free sign up. 7flix, 7two, 7food and 7mate shows are also available.

  • Cost: Free.

So, what are you waiting for? There’s a whole world of free streaming and free trials out there just waiting to be used up, with enough content to help you get through your time at home.

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