15 Best Streaming Services in Australia for Binge-Watching Your Boredom Away

We all love binge-watching a new show or getting lost in a great movie, but there’s nothing worse than spending your time endlessly scrolling through the same titles over and over again. If Blockbuster was still a thing, you wouldn’t wander aimlessly back and forth past the same shelves, looking to find something new; you’d go to a new video store. The good news is Blockbuster is gone (sorry guys) and the virtual trip between video stores; or streaming services as well call them now, is a quick as a click of the mouse. But how do you know which is the best streaming service in Australia? It comes down to what you’re after. Is it sport? Movies? Documentaries? You’ll find it all online, and we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to choosing the best streaming platform for you.

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Here is a list of the 15 best streaming services in Australia:

1. Netflix

Netflix might not be the best streaming service in Australia, but it certainly is the most popular and recognised. Its Australian library of titles pails in comparison to other countries, but that isn’t to say the platform doesn’t have some major movies and television programmes. In fact, the most popular and watched content on Netflix is the platform’s originals, which include titles such as Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, Lost in Space, Ozark and The Witcher. The best part about using this streaming service in Australia is the ease in which it can be connected. Most smart TVs and digital boxes come equipped with Netflix capabilities, which is what you get when you’re as big as this American entertainment giant is.

Content: Movies, TV series, Documentaries
Cost: $9.99 p/month for Basic, $13.99 p/month for Standard, $19.99 p/month for Premium
Free Trial: No
4K/UHD: Basic/Standard – No, Premium – Yes
Simultaneous streams: Basic – 1, Standard – 2, Premium – 4
Founded: 29 August 1997, Scotts Valley, California, United States
TV shows: Stranger Things, You, The Crown, Sex Education
Founders: Reed Hastings, Marc Randolph

Netflix

2. Stan

At just $10 p/month for a basic package, Stan isn’t just one of the best streaming services in Australia, it’s also one of the most affordable. The Aussie-born platform launched back in 2015, and it’s come a long way since then. With the exclusive Australian broadcasting rights to some of the world’s most popular shows, like Better Call Saul, Billions, Twin Peaks and Preacher, Stan has fast become Netflix’s biggest rival down under. One of the major advantages to this Australian streaming service is its agreement with the Showtime network, which allows customers to stream shows at the same time they air in the US. There are a few different packages you can pick up with Stan, each allowing for different streaming abilities and video quality, such as 4K capabilities.

Content: Movies, Television series, Documentaries
Cost: $10.00 p/month for Basic, $14.00 p/month for Standard, $17.00 p/month for Premium
Free Trial: 30 days
4K/UHD: Basic/Standard – Non, Premium – Yes
Simultaneous streams: Basic 1, Standard – 3, Premium – 4
Owner: StreamCo (Nine Entertainment Co.)
Founded: 26 January 2015
Headquarters: Sydney

Stan

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3. BINGE

With the exclusive rights to HBO Max, Australia’s newest streaming platform has been making quite a splash. BINGE has a host of drama, comedy and HBO shows on offer, along with a wealth of other great content. Despite only launching in May, the streaming platform is already one of the best on the market.

Content: Movies, Television series
Cost: $10.00 p/month for Basic, $14.00 p/month for Standard, $18.00 p/month for Premium
Free Trial: 14 days
Simultaneous streams: Basic 1, Standard – 2, Premium – 4

BINGE

4. Disney+

Disney+ is the streaming service unveiled by entertainment giant Disney to rival platforms like Netflix, Stan and Apple TV. The online service gives users access to a massive library of TV shows and movies from the Disney catalogue, as well as new titles from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographic. Disney+ launched in Australia back in November 2019, so it’s still early days for the streaming site, but that being said, the majority of the content is exclusive. Subscriptions to Disney+ in Australia cost $8.99/month or $89.99 for an entire year.

Content: Movies, TV series,
Cost: $8.99 p/month
Free Trial: 7 days
4K/UHD: Yes
Simultaneous streams: 4
Launched: November 12, 2019; 4 months ago
Users: 28.6 million (as of February 3, 2020)
Parent organisations: The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International

Disney+

5. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has been in Australia for a little while now, but only in the last few months has the global company ramped up its Australian streaming service.  New originals, like the Al Pacino hit Hunters are making big waves in the entertainment space, along with The Expanse, The Grand Tour and The Boys. The cool part about Amazon Prime Video is that you can score the streaming service in Australia simply by signing up to Amazon Prime, which will set you back $6.99 per month. But you don’t have to commit fully. Amazon Prime offers a 30-day free trial, which you can register for using your Amazon account, which will be automatically charged after the 30-day period.

Content: Movies, TV series, Documentaries
Cost: $6.99 p/month
Free Trial: 30 days
4K/UHD: Yes
Simultaneous streams: 3
Compatible devices: iOS 7 or above, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, LG and Samsung Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, Android TV by Sony, Apple TV.

Amazon Prime Video

6. Kayo Sports

The sports streaming service from the people behind Foxtel made headlines when it hit the market a few years back, and Kayo has slowly been upping its game ever since. With other streaming platforms like Netflix and Stan failing to capitalise on Australia’s established love of sport, Kayo swooped in, claiming the rights to certain leagues, championships and matches. On the downside, however, at $25-35 a month, it’s definitely one of the more expensive services on this list. Additionally, not all games are streamed, which can be a real bummer if you’re an NBA fan who doesn’t follow the Lakers.

Content: Live sport, Documentaries
Cost: $25.00 p/month for Basic, $35.00 p/month for Premium
Free Trial: 14 days
4K/UHD: No
Simultaneous streams: 3
Launched: 26 November 2018; 15 months ago
Parent: Foxtel
Headquarters: Sydney, Australia
Users: 402,000 as of November 2019

Kayo Sports

7. Apple TV

Apple TV is the tech giant’s first foray into the streaming platform space, and it’s not a bad effort for a first timer. Launching in Australia back in March 2019, Apple TV offers a wealth of existing content, alongside Apple TV originals such as the new hit, Mythic Quest.  At just $8.99 per month, this streaming service is pretty affordable, the only downside is the smaller catalogue. That will undoubtedly change in the coming months, however. Apple TV has an enormous amount of projects on the go, some of which are likely to be fast-tracked while we’re all at home isolating.

Content: Movies, TV series,
Cost: $8.99 p/month
Free Trial: 7 days
4K/UHD: Yes
Simultaneous streams: 4

Apple TV

 

8. 10 All Access

10 All Access is essentially the streaming platform version of the network we’ve all grown up watching Neighbours on. The result of US giant CBS’s acquisition, 10 All Access features a broad mix of CBS and Network 10 shows. On this streaming platform, you can check out anything from NCIS or MacGyver to The Bachelor Australia. Many of the shows you know and love will be on here, plus a couple you haven’t heard of. The interesting thing to note is the wealth of Christian religious content that is also available for viewing; just in case the places of worship lockdown has got you feeling less in tune with your spiritual side.

Content: Movies, TV series, Documentaries
Cost: $9.99 p/month
Free Trial: 30 days
4K/UHD: No
Simultaneous streams: 3

10 All Access

9. Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now is the latest incarnation of the original Australian streaming service, and the primary source for premier cable content in Australia. The streaming is the only service that provides Australian customers with access to HBO programming from anywhere across the globe. For those of us looking to stream on the go, there is a dedicated Foxtel Now app for smartphones and tablets, meaning you can take your favourite HBO shows, like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire with you. The only downside with this streaming service is the pricing. It’s a confusing structure that involves purchasing different packages, such as sports, drama, and lifestyle which, if you aren’t careful can add up quickly.

Content: Movies, TV series, Documentaries
Cost: $25.00 p/month – $104.00 p/month
Free Trial: 10 days
4K/UHD: No
Simultaneous streams: 2

Foxtel Now

10. Hayu

If you are a bit of a reality junkie and know your Vanderpump Rules from your Real Housewives, Hayu might be your best bet. This streaming site is dedicated almost entirely to reality tv shows, giving you unprecedented access to countless hours of Kardashians content, if that floats your boat. Aside from being the best streaming service for reality fans, Hayu is pretty cheap as well, costing just $5.99 per month, with a one-month free trial. Unfortunately, the Hayu catalogue is extremely limited for Aussie audiences, but nonetheless, $6 is $6.

Content: Reality television series
Cost: $5.99 p/month
Free Trial: 30 days
4K/UHD: No
Simultaneous streams: 1

Hayu

11. Tubi TV

If you haven’t heard of Tubi, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. The streaming service is a bit of a hidden gem, particularly in Australia. On this streaming site, you can check out a range of new shows, movies and content, all for the low, low price of…nothing. Tubi is completely free, but you will need to sign up to view the content. Often referred to as the free alternative to Netflix, Tubi offers many of the same shows that Netflix has, but also a number of great movies and shows not on Netflix. In fact, it even has a category called ‘Not on Netflix’. For Australian viewers, the catalogue isn’t huge, and the quality isn’t always great, but you can’t knock a free service.

Content: Movies, Television series
Cost: Free
Free Trial: n/a
4K/UHD: No
Simultaneous streams: 1

Tubi TV

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12. iWonder

iwonder is a documentary and factual entertainment specialist and one of the most interesting on this list. With over 1,000 documentaries covering more than 50 genres available to stream down under iwonder has more than enough content to keep you entertained and educated. The streaming service comes with a 30-day free trial and is priced at  AUD$6.99 a month or AUD$69.90 for an annual subscription.

Content: Documentaries, Educational
Cost: AUD$6.99 p/month
Free Trial: 30 days
Simultaneous streams: 1

iwonder

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13. JustWatch

JustWatch is a German-based streaming service that provides personalised recommendations for movies and TV shows available on Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan and many more. It keeps track of all the TV shows and movies you want to watch in one list across all your devices.

Content: Varied
Simultaneous streams: 1

JustWatch

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14. Veboli

While not technically a streaming service, Veboli allows you to choose the best movie for your tastes, and what’s better than that? Using data from other users or critics with similar tastes as a comparative metric, Veboli provides a recommendation number on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 meaning you will absolutely love this film.

Content: Varied
Simultaneous streams: 1

Veboli

15. Acorn TV

American subscription streaming service Acorn TV offers a range of, ironically, British-heavy television series. With classics such as Black Books, Father Ted, Doc Martin and Broadchurch, Acorn TV is definitely one you can bust out if you’re stuck at home with dad. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the streaming service also extended its 7-day free trial to 30 days, just to make life a little easier.

Content: Movies, TV series, Documentaries
Cost: $6.99 p/month
Free Trial: 7 days
4K/UHD: No
Simultaneous streams: 1
Compatible devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku

Acorn TV

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General FAQ

What is the best streaming service?

The most popular streaming service in Australia is Netflix, however Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Stan are all gaining traction, particularly as they increase their original content.

What is the cheapest streaming service?

US streaming platform Tubi is a free service that features a large number of television shows and movies. You will need an account to sign up, but all streaming is cost-free.

What is the best streaming service for sport?

Currently in Australia, the best streaming services for sport are Kayo and Foxtel Now, however, some new players such as DAZN are looking to enter the market.

Is Hulu available in Australia?

Hulu is not currently available in Australia unless you're willing to run a VPN to get through Hulu's geo-blocking.