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. See more…

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Stan

Stan

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3.9 from 2,050 reviews
Content Type
  • Sports
  • Documentaries and Movies & TV Shows
Simultaneous Viewing 1 screens, 3 screens and 4 screens
Offline Viewing 1 device, 3 device and 6 device

Price (RRP) $10.00 to $19.00

  • Value for Money
    3.8 (254)
  • Rates and Fees
    3.2 (81)
  • Streaming FormatsSD (Standard Definition), HD (High Definition) and UHD (Ultra HD) / 4K
  • Trial Period 7 days and 30 days
  • Free Option No
Tubi
4.1 from 18 reviews
Content TypeMovies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $0.00

  • Free Option Yes
Netflix

Netflix

 · includes 3 listings
2.4 from 582 reviews
Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $10.99 to $19.99

  • Value for Money
    2.2 (38)
  • Rates and Fees
    2.6 (10)
Spotify

Spotify

 · includes 4 listings
2.0 from 89 reviews
Content TypeMusic and Podcasts

Price (RRP) $5.99 to $18.99

Amazon Prime Video
1.7 from 205 reviews
Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $6.99

Disney+
1.8 from 52 reviews
Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $11.99

Apple TV+
2.3 from 12 reviews
Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $7.99

Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports

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1.4 from 777 reviews
Content TypeSports

Price (RRP) $25.00 to $35.00

Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now

 · includes 5 listings
1.3 from 314 reviews
Content Type
  • Documentaries, Movies & TV Shows and Sports
  • Movies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $25.00 to $129.00

Hayu
1.3 from 196 reviews

Latest review: Constantly have to restart the shows as it just lags, don't think I've ever had a smooth run, just finishing a series and the bye bye Hayu, total crap and waste of money and

Price (RRP) $6.99

Binge

Binge

 · includes 3 listings
1.3 from 243 reviews
Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $10.00 to $18.00

9Now
1.2 from 175 reviews

Latest review: I watched this ad for Rolld everytime for every episode of Enemy Within. This company's campaign is being sabotaged by Channel 9 as viewers will end up hating the company!

BritBox
1.5 from 22 reviews
Content TypeDocumentaries and Movies & TV Shows

Price (RRP) $8.99

Bein Sports
1.1 from 18 reviews

Latest review: They are meant to show every MLS game of the season but that isn't true game on today 10th of July they are not showing. $20 for 3 channels is way overpriced I cancelled my service I will not be back

Sports Flick
5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: 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

CuriosityStream
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Good 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

YouTube Premium
2.6 from 8 reviews

Latest review: I originally signed up for premium free trial because there was a series I wanted to watch. I have had premium since 2017. It's worth it's weight in gold. I hate ads and this is free of ads. I'd pay

Apple Music
1.5 from 6 reviews

Latest review: On 11 Oct my husband signed up for Apple Music family subscription with a 3 month free promotion. He didn’t have iTunes on his android device so he asked me to set it up. I set up the family and was t

CricketHD.Net
1.3 from 6 reviews
Content TypeSports
Simultaneous Viewing 1 screens

Price (RRP) $8.99

HIDIVE
1.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I became aware of HIDIVE during the SUPANOVA Expo in Melbourne last month. It was a streaming service for anime claiming a vast catalog of anime and promising the uncensored versions of it. This

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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 comparison chart

NetflixStanDisney PlusAmazon Prime VideoBinge
Monthly price$9.99 for Basic$10.00 for Basic$8.99 $6.99 $10.00 for Basic
$13.99 for Standard$14.00 for Standard $14.00 for Standard
$19.99 for Premium$17.00 for Premium$18.00 for Premium
Free trial currentlyNo30 days7 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.