- There are a whole bunch of streaming services available in Australia.
- We’ve created a list of services you can sign up to, including their price and what they offer.
- The platforms include Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now, Tubi and the free platforms offered by tv networks.
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When it comes to streaming platforms, Australia has plenty to choose from.
It seems the number of streaming services has exploded in the last year, particularly after Disney and Apple announced their streaming platforms in late 2019, with Binge arriving in mid 2020.
From Netflix and Foxtel Now to Stan and Tubi, we rounded out the streaming platforms available in Australia, what they offer and how much they cost.
What it offers: Netflix has a stable of international films, TV series and documentaries available. And sprinkled within the titles are a range of Netflix Originals which include series like “The Crown” and “Behind Her Eyes” as well as films like “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman”.
Cost: $10.99 a month for standard definition (SD) streaming on one screen, $15.99 per month for high definition (HD) on two screens and $19.99 per month for 4K streaming on four screens.
A premium Netflix subscription will set you back $240 over 12 months, with streaming available in 4K HD resolution – a considerable amount of value that’ll have you up to date with the latest hyped dramas and comedies.
What it offers: The Aussie streaming service has a bundle of films, TV series, docos and its own Stan Originals like “The Other Guy” and the “True History of the Kelly Gang”. Plus, it has partnerships with several companies such as Showtime, Starz, MGM and Paramount, so you can feast your eyes on shows like “Twin Peaks” and “Your Honour”. My personal favourite? “Younger”.
Cost: You can get a basic account for $10 a month of SD streaming, pay $14 a month for three screens of HD streaming or pay $19 a month for four screens.
Personal tastes’ in TV and movies aside, Stan’s premium subscription offers up slightly more value than Netflix’s top tier option — it’ll also allow for five simultaneous streams, surpassing Netflix’s premium offering of four.
What it offers: Amazon Prime Video comes as part of your subscription to Amazon Prime, which provides a variety of services like free delivery on certain items and a selection of free Kindle ebooks. With Amazon Prime Video, you get films and TV series’ as well as Amazon Originals like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Jack Ryan”.
Cost: $6.99 a month or $59 a year if paid upfront.
What it offers: If you love Disney films, then this one’s for you.
Disney+ launched in Australia in November 2019 and has a slate of Disney classics like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King”, as well as Disney Channel faves like “Kim Possible”. It also has titles across Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars National Geographic and as of 2021, Star. Not to mention its own original series’ including “The Mandalorian” and “WandaVision”.
Unlike other streaming platforms, there are no tiers to subscription, as both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time, making it the cheapest option as well.
Cost: $11.99 per month or $119.99 a year.
What it offers: Apple’s streaming service launched in November 2019, and you get one year of it free when you buy an eligible Apple device. The service has shows including “Morning Wars”, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and “Hala” with Aussie actress Geraldine Viswanathan. And, if you love Oprah, you can get access to Oprah’s Book Club, where she interviews authors.
Unlike other platforms, Apple TV+ does not contain any non-original shows – it’s entirely Apple’s roster.
Cost: $7.99 a month.
What it offers: After years of teasing an Australian launch, Shudder has finally arrived to satiate the needs of horror and thriller diehards. Boasting a collection of movies, TV shows, podcasts and live stream events, Shudder’s strength lies in its niche offering, unlike giants like Netflix or Stan. Fans can expect to stream cult classics like “Hellraiser”, as well as modern thrillers like “It Follows” and “The Guest”.
Cost: $5.83 a month and there is no lock in contract.
What it offers: Binge is Foxtel’s newest streaming service and features exclusive HBO content as well as shows from Sony, FX, WarnerBros, HBO Max, NBC Universal and the BBC. Some of its titles include “Chernobyl”, “Big Little Lies” and “Game of Thrones”.
Cost: $10 a month for one simultaneous stream and SD, $14 a month for two simultaneous streams, and HD content and $18 a month for HD and four simultaneous streams.
What it offers: Kanopy is a free streaming service you can get if you also have a library membership. The company focuses on “thoughtful entertainment”, offering films, documentaries and educational movies that “challenge an opinion” or “spark a conversation.” Titles include “Lion”, “I Am Not Your Negro”, “Carol” and “Boy Erased”.
Cost: Free if you have a library membership.
What it offers: Tubi offers more than 20,000 movies and TV shows for free, including “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!”. It has your standard genres like comedy and action, as well as martial arts films, stand up comedy and shows for preschoolers.
What it offers: Foxtel has its own streaming service that lets you test out all of its content packs. Foxtel Now starts with the Essentials Pack, where you get lifestyle, comedy, reality, drama, news and entertainment shows – so think MTV, Fox8 and Arena. From there, you can add on extra packs such as movies, drama and sport.
Cost: The Essentials Pack is $25 a month and the add-ons range from an extra $10 to $29 a month.
What it offers: HayU is great if you’re looking for all things reality TV, as well as true crime and lifestyle. It’s filled with a suite of bingeworthy series including “The Real Housewives”, “Vanderpump Rules” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, so grab your friends, grab some snacks and binge away.
Cost: $6.99 a month.
Sports fanatics need love too. Allowing you to dive into over 50 sports through one service, Kayo has two tiers to their subscription service.
Cost: Kayo Basic (two screens) is priced at $25 a month whilst Kayo Premium (three screens) will set you back $35 a month.
What it offers: SBS On Demand features a suite of movies, TV series and shows across SBS, SBS Viceland, SBS Food, NITV and SBS World Movies. You can catch up on episodes you may have missed out on or even watch the news. Titles include “The New Pope” and “On Becoming God in Central Florida”.
What it offers: It’s only fitting that the national broadcaster has its own online streaming platform. And you can get all that ABC content you love such as “Q&A” and “7.30”, plus documentaries, comedies and shows for kids, too.
What it offers: Instead of having to watch each episode of “Survivor” or “Neighbours” when it airs live, you can head on over to Ten Play to catch up on the drama later. Plus, it’s stocked with a bunch of other shows on Channel 10, too.
What it offers: If you prefer catching up on shows featured on Channel 9’s platforms – from “Married at First Sight” to “Ellen” – then head on over to 9Now…now.
What it offers: DocPlay specialises in documentaries with categories spanning across everything from arts and culture, to sport and science. It was developed by Aussie distribution company Madman Entertainment and offers titles like “Gayby Baby” and “That Sugar Film”.
Cost: $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year.
What it offers: If you’re a fan of British TV, then you need to check out Acorn TV. It offers shows such as “Midsomer Murders”, “Doc Martin” as well as its own originals like “Detectorists”.
Cost: $6.99 a month, or $69 a year.
What it offers: If you’re into documentaries then check out iwonder. This streaming service has a range of documentaries and short news content, with titles including Misty Copeland’s doco “A Ballerina’s Tale” and “Super Size Me”. It also has some exclusive content like “The Eyes on Orson Welles” as well as originals like “Coronavirus & Me”. You can even get news through the platform, as it provides links to news stories on its homepage.
Cost: $6.99 a month or $69.90 for an annual subscription.
Updates were made to this article by Bianca Davino.