Best Online Streaming Services

Gone are the days of queueing up for a physical CD on release day and paying late-return rental fees to Blockbuster. Now, we stream all our content right to our TVs, laptops, smartphones and tablets whenever we want.

Streaming subscriptions vary in price, reflected in the variety of choice you get, the streaming quality and how many simultaneous streams you can have. Keep reading to compare the best streaming services on the market today and find the best fit for you. Keep reading…

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Stan

Stan

3.7  (2,810)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $10 to $21
  • Content Type
    • Sports
    • Documentaries and Movies & TV Shows
  • Simultaneous Viewing 1 screens, 3 screens and 4 screens
  • Offline Viewing 1 device, 3 device and 5 device
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Paul. J
Paul. JQLD
  Premium
Cutting scenes outWhile watching crocodile Dundee no.1 there scenes that are missing. For a timeless classic Australian movie, I'm extremely disappointed about this.
Tubi

Tubi

3.8  (30)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $0
  • Content TypeMovies & TV Shows
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dave
daveadel77 posts
 
Netflix

Netflix

2.1  (856)
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  • Price (RRP) $6.99 to $22.99
  • Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows
  • Simultaneous Viewing 2 screens and 4 screens
  • Offline Viewing 2 device and 6 device
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JULES
JULESOxley8 posts
  Standard
Disney and Amazon are way betterThis company used to be a great streaming company. But with the recent policy, we find it overprice and restrictive. Plus there are other streaming companies which are far better. We've cancelled our subscription and stick to Disney and Amazon. Way way better than Netflix
Spotify

Spotify

1.9  (167)
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  • Price (RRP) $5.99 to $18.99
  • Content TypeMusic and Podcasts
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theawesomewolf31
theawesomewolf31QLD
  Spotify
BritBox

BritBox

1.7  (102)
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  • Price (RRP) $8.99
  • Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows
Rob R
Rob RSA2 posts
 
Not greatBritbox has cut our services twice now. I was on the trouble shooting text line last night for 1.5 hours to absolutely no avail! Was I talking to a robot or AI with little “I”. Had enough will cancel subscription and claim back last months subs. Absolutely cheesed off. We pay automatic every month
Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video

1.6  (443)
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  • Price (RRP) $6.99
  • Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows
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Dan G.
Dan G.2 posts
 
CraphouseActual conspiracy- every action movie- at least their main new ones are about bagging out the American military, civil war in America etc. I’ve heard of societal pre-programming- I wonder if China owns Amazon; as it does Hollywood. Not only are their movies now crap, boring and mundane; but this as well..
Apple TV+

Apple TV+

2.2  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $7.99
  • Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows
Madjaspa
MadjaspaVIC47 posts
 
Sub-standard streaming serviceFor $13 a month this supposed service is disgustingly limited! Don't bother unless you want to purchase movies or shows through Apple. It ain't worth it peeps. They barely have any shows of their own.
YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium

1.9  (29)
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GABA
GABA2 posts
 
I thought we weren’t supposed to get ads what’s the go with this?I’ve paid for premium subscriptions to not get ads and I still get ads?
Disney+

Disney+

1.4  (174)
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  • Price (RRP) $11.99
  • Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows
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A P.
A P.3 posts
 
greedy and glitchyconstantly increasing their prices but the product is just as terrible! it takes 10 minutes to load a movie because the app keeps crashing. if you want to increase the volume, the app glitches and crashes. not really sure what we're paying for!
Sports Flick

Sports Flick

5.0  (3)
Wrestling G.
Wrestling G.
 
Great company!Sports Flick are a young company however have the resources and incredible staff to become a major Sports Streaming service worldwide.

$10 a month is an absolute steal in which gives access to an array of professional sports.

Binge

Binge

1.3  (976)
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  • Price (RRP) $10 to $18
  • Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows
  • Simultaneous Viewing 1 screens, 2 screens and 4 screens
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Michael D.
Michael D.WA7 posts
  Basic
Crap crap crap and should I say binge is crapTrying to watch my wwe main event clash at the castle and half way through they say video playback error check Ur internet. My internet is fine it's u binge that is crap. Thinking about getting rid of binge and going back 2 foxtel. At least foxtel don't stuff u around and cut Ur show out in the middle of it. 0 stars
Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now

1.3  (382)
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  • Price (RRP) $25 to $129
  • Content Type
    • Documentaries, Movies & TV Shows and Sports
    • Movies & TV Shows
Tim hunt
Tim hunt8 posts
  Now
Useless Foxtel as usualIt's rubbish doesn't load have to switch power off to all your appliances to reboot it , can't speak to customer support have to message which makes you feel like your not an actual customer
Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports

1.2  (2,156)
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  • Price (RRP) $27.50 to $35
  • Content TypeSports
  • Simultaneous Viewing 2 screens and 3 screens
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Dee
DeeVIC6 posts
  Basic
Kayo stuck on ads again!!!!Kayo repeatedly gets stuck on ads while you try to watch sport. Happens every time. Kayo blames my internet (which is downloading at 72 mbs) or tries to sell me an upgrade package.
Hayu

Hayu

1.2  (304)
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  • Price (RRP) $6.99
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Heather C.
Heather C.WA4 posts
 
Have they not learntWorst app ever. Constant glitching. How many error messages can you take in one sitting
Optus Sport

Optus Sport

1.2  (233)
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  • Content TypeSports
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Kris James
Kris JamesWA
 
9Now

9Now

1.2  (682)
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  • Price (RRP) $0
  • Content TypeDocumentaries, Movies & TV Shows and Sports
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Debbie R.
Debbie R.
 
9 App worst in marketThis is probably the worst streaming app. For a large company like this they should do better. Unless they want us to watch 7 instead.
Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus

1.1  (407)
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  • Content TypeMovies & TV Shows and Sports
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Paradon't
Paradon't2 posts
 
Paramount Plus is garbageCan we just get to the point where this fails and Star Trek is available on actually good platforms again?
Bein Sports

Bein Sports

1.2  (77)
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Michelle R.
Michelle R.
 
Logging in every month is a painWhen it works it's great. We paid for a 12 month subscription and every month we have to log back in which is very frustrating. The call center staff say it's because they do updates, I don't believe that and think they do that as some pay monthly, they need to update their system to allow 12mth subscribers to not have to log in every month.
Acorn TV

Acorn TV

1.1  (24)
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  • Price (RRP) $6.99
  • Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows
Sally H.
Sally H.2 posts
 
NBA League Pass

NBA League Pass

1.2  (13)
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  • Content TypeSports
  • Simultaneous Viewing 2 screens
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Dylan R.
Dylan R.VIC
 
Apple Music

Apple Music

1.5  (6)
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Me G.
Me G.WA30 posts
 
Ausbiz

Ausbiz

3.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Content TypeMovies & TV Shows and Podcasts
Dennis D.
Dennis D.5 posts
 
Must watchFor anyone interested in share market investing this programme on 7 plus is a must watch Monday too Friday at 12pm. You can watch replays online too.
Some of the analysts are better than others, and a few after outstanding with their knowledge and appraisal of companies.
CuriosityStream

CuriosityStream

5.0  (1)
SpoonerSooner
SpoonerSoonerSA2 posts
 
Good for the kidsGood for the kids. Lots of education and documentaries to choose from. Very affordable.

I enjoyed watching all the shows, lots to choose from. Works well on my Samsung TV. Got the app from the playstore to watch.

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Matchroom Live

Matchroom Live

1.0  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $4.99
  • Content TypeSports
JW27
JW27Newcastle31 posts
 
AwfulStream breaks, or won’t work at all. ALWAYS your fault, even when the same error occurs on multiple devices using different platforms. The app normally doesn’t work at all.
JW27
JW27  
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As if it couldn’t deteriorate further, the support email doesn’t work anymore

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll

2.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $13.99
  • Content TypeMovies & TV Shows
Ron
RonNSW
 
HIDIVE

HIDIVE

1.0  (2)
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Jay
Jay2 posts
 
They charged me even after u cancelled the subscription a long time agoThey charged my PayPal the monthly subscription even though I’ve cancelled a month ago and I read the terms and conditions. So I reported it to PayPal and HiDive refused my request for my money back
Swiftiptv4k

Swiftiptv4k

1.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Content TypeDocumentaries, Movies & TV Shows and Sports
Abhilash J.
Abhilash J.QLD2 posts
  Verified
It's a SpamIt's a spam, never go for it. They use WhatsApp to chat, happy to give a trial 24 hours. Then ask money using PayPal. Then the trouble come, they want money as a friend/Family in PayPal. There is no buyer protection for that type of transfer from PayPal. As soon as they receive they will block you.
Madman Entertainment

Madman Entertainment

1.0  (1)
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  • Content TypeDocumentaries, Movies & TV Shows and Sports
sally5
sally5VIC11 posts
 
You can never cancel a subscription from Madman EntertainmentMy daughter took out a subscription for Anime streaming with this company. She can't contact them to cancel it! The email address on their paypal debit record is false, and they don't provide any email address on their web site. The don't answer or respond to calls.
LUTV

LUTV

1.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Content TypeSports
Ant
AntWA9 posts
 
TVCatchUpAustralia

TVCatchUpAustralia

1.0  (1)
abigail k.
abigail k.QLD
 

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On-demand TV & movie streaming services

The world was revolutionised in the late-2000s and early 2010s by the popularisation of on-demand streaming services which let us stream shows and movies on the internet without the need for a DVD or DVD player.

Netflix was one of the first to cultivate the new format; a company that had its roots as a rental DVD mailing company, ironically, eradicated DVDs from mainstream culture.

Nowadays, other streaming moguls have caught up to Netflix who face competition, especially in Australia. You can compare the different streaming services below and what they have to offer.

Video streaming services compared

NetflixStanDisney PlusAmazon Prime VideoBinge
Monthly price$10.99 for Basic$10.00 for Basic$11.99 (or $119.99 annually) $6.99 $10.00 for Basic
$16.99 for Standard$14.00 for Standard $14.00 for Standard
$22.99 for Premium$19.00 for Premium$18.00 for Premium
Free trial currentlyNo30 days30 days30 days14 days
Simultaneous streamsBasic – 1Basic - 143Basic - 1
Standard – 2Standard – 3Standard – 2
Premium – 4Premium – 4Premium – 4
Examples of contentTiger King, Bridgerton, The Umbrella Academy, The 100, Sex Education, RiverdaleNormal People, Grey’s Anatomy, Tenet, Little Women Love, Victor, How I Met Your Mother, Soul, Titanic, Frozen, TangledThe Babadook, I Care A Lot, American Gods, Abominable, Joker Bad Education, Knives Out, Clueless, The Shining, Pitch Perfect, The Walking Dead
4k/UHDPremium - YesPremium - YesYesYesNo
Extra perksNetflix Original shows such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Stranger Things, Ozark & AtypicalShows from the US available for streaming at the same time as they airExclusive content from Disney, Marvel, Pixar and National GeographicVideo subscription comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription.Binge offers some of HBO's most popular series' (like Game of Thrones, Succession, and Big Little Lies), as well as original productions for HBO Max

Netflix

Netflix is the most popular on-demand and movie streaming service in Australia. The array of viewing options have been said to be lacking compared to Netflix’s library in other countries, however, Netflix’s main drawing factor remains the number of popular Netflix Original shows. This is doubled down by its globally famous and trusted reputation. Nowadays, the kingpin, Netflix faces competition from many other streaming services in Australia which offer more popular content for a reduced price.

Stan

Stan is an Australian-based streaming service with a wide library of famous shows and movies from the US and UK. It is the second-most popular streaming service in Australia after Netflix and holds exclusive rights to famous shows like Twin Peaks, Better Call Saul and Preacher. One of its main advantages is that it allows users to stream shows at the same time they air abroad.

Disney Plus

For those with children or for those looking to get in touch with their inner child, Disney Plus may be the perfect streaming service for you. The online service gives users access to classic family-friendly shows, movies and documentaries from the Disney catalogue including Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographic.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video contains new originals such as The Expanse, The Grand Tour and The Boys. Its library is not as extensive as the other services mentioned, but you can get access to the streaming service in Australia simply by signing up to Amazon Prime which costs $6.99 per month. It is one of the most cost-efficient video streaming choices available.

Binge

Binge is a child company of Foxtel and Australia’s newest streaming platform born in May of 2020. Its main selling point includes its number of famous HBO shows on offer including Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and The Wire. It is reasonably priced, however does not offer 4k viewing options.

Live TV streaming services

Streaming TV shows to your laptop or smartphone as they air can often be cheaper than setting up cable or installing a satellite in your house and is certainly less hassle - plus, you don’t need a TV.

For those who want to watch live TV shows and sports without getting cable or while they’re on the go - it’s now possible to with live TV streaming services. They are very convenient as they can be cancelled at any time, whereas cable usually requires more commitment.

Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now is a streaming service by the pay television company, Foxtel. Instead of linking up cable to your house, you only need an internet connection and a device to stream on in order to watch live television. It lets you watch all of the service’s catch-up content as well as its live TV streams.

Foxtel Now starts at $25 per month (after a free 10-day trial). The pricing plan goes as follows:

  • Essentials base pack (included: Pop and Lifestyle) - $25/mth
  • Drama - additional $10/mth
  • Movies - additional $20/mth
  • Sport - additional $29/mth
  • All Packs - $104/mth (included: Kids & Documentaries)

It’s important to note that the Essentials base pack is a staple that you must buy in order to access the service and you cannot buy a Sports, Movies or Drama add-on without it. Similarly, you cannot access the Kids and Documentaries packs without buying the ‘All Packs’ plan.

Kayo Sports

A child company of Foxtel, Kayo Sports offers live and on-demand sports streaming from Fox Sports, ESPN, beIN Sports and Racing.com. For sports enthusiasts who’d like to stay up to date on their favourite teams, they offer two plans. The only difference being that Premium allows for 3 simultaneous streams.

BasicPremium
Monthly subscription$25$35
Simultaneous streams23
14-day free trialYesYes
HD available on compatible devicesYesYes
No lock-in contractYesYes

Music & podcast streaming services

The emergence of Spotify and music streaming services changed the way we consume music entirely. Now, artists can release their music instantly to their loyal listeners and you can create your own library of music to enjoy instead of purchasing entire albums.

On top of this, music streaming services offer access to Podcasts, playlists and personalised ‘radio stations’ based on artists and songs you enjoy.

The prices for these services vary and are usually based on their library catalogue and sound quality.

Spotify, Deezer and YouTube Music offer free plans, supported through ads - they usually have limited skips per hour and limited or no offline listening capabilities. On the other end, Tidal HiFi and Deezer HiFi plans put special emphasis on crystal clear, high-quality sound and are priced accordingly.

The best subscription plan is one that suits your budget, interest in music and how many people in your household will need an account (as this can save on costs massively).

Music & podcast streaming comparison chart

SpotifyApple MusicDeezerTidalYouTube Music
Monthly subscription plansFreeStudent - $5.99FreePremium Student - $5.99Free
Student - $5.99Individual - $11.99Student - $5.99Premium Standard - $11.99Premium - $11.99
Individual - $11.99Family - $17.99Premium - $11.99Premium Family - $17.99Family - $14.99
Duo - $15.99HiFi - $17.99HiFi Student - $11.99
Family - $18.99Family - $17.99HiFi Standard - $23.99
HiFi Family - $35.99
Users per accountFree - 1Student - 1Free - 1Student - 1Free - 1
Student - 1Individual - 1Student - 1Standard - 1Premium - 1
Individual - 1Family - 6Premium - 1Family - 5Family - 5
Duo - 2HiFi - 1
Family - 6Family - 6
Free trial1 month3 months1 month1 month1 month
Sound qualityFree - 160kbps256kbpsFree - 128 kbpsPremium - 320kbpsFree - 126 kbps
Premium - 320kbpsPremium - 320kbpsHiFi - 24bit / 96kHzPremium - 256kbps
HiFi - 16bit / 44.1kHz
Offline downloadsYes for all except the free plan - (can only download podcasts)YesYes for all except the free planDesktop - No. Smartphone - YesYes for all except the free plan

Spotify and Apple Music are the reigning royalty of music streaming currently and both have a very easy-to-use interface and great brand reputation. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer all offer student discounts at very alluring prices.

The bottom line

Streaming subscriptions have become a staple in many of our lives and for good reason - they offer reliable and easy access to an extensive library of music and entertainment.

Which subscription you decide to go with should be based on your budget, household size, how often you’ll be using the product and how important sound quality/4k viewing is to you.

You can read reviews for the most popular streaming services in Australia today on our site.

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