Compare Streaming TV Media Devices: Australia

Streaming TV Devices

APPLE TV 4 The newer model, which features downloadable apps.
Apple TV 4


Telstra TV 2

Fetch TV


Xbox One

Foxtel Now

Amazon Fire
Pricefrom $249$59$192 $399From $399from $329$99$69
(Subscription required)
(Using AirPlay feature)
(Foxtel Play app only)

ABC iView
HQ VIDEO ABC iView on Apple TV 4 offers a unique High Quality picture mode.yes
(HQ video)


(Freeview FV)
(Freeview FV)
noyesnoOptional via HDMI, guide built inyes
(Requires free-to-air aerial connected to Foxtel Now box)

What These Features Mean to You

SVOD is the tech name for “Streaming Video on Demand”. Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now are providers offering streaming services. While Netflix and Stan are everywhere, Foxtel Now still has a way to go with device app support. YouTube support is a must for many people as well.
All five of the Free to Air TV networks have apps that allow you to watch previously aired episodes from their respective channels. You can easily download these to your Smart TV, through your streaming device, Android or Apple devices, but not all of them are on every device. For the 3rd-generation Apple TV you’ll need an iPhone or iPad to AirPlay most of the apps to your screen. The newer Apple TV offers apps, including ABC iView with a special high-quality picture mode. When it comes to Google’s devices, anything supporting the Chromecast will also work on the Nexus Player thanks to its Google Cast support.
These services allow you to buy or rent movies, as well as buy TV shows, but you’ll need an account with the service supported by the device and either a credit card or pre-paid store credit. Once bought, you can stream them whenever you like; rentals usually give you 30 days to start playing, then 48 hours to finishing watching once you start.
This allows you to play your own video files either streamed from your home network, or on a USB drive plugged into the device.
Some devices can download games to play on your TV screen; it’s a nice bonus to have for when you’re in the mood! Or, you can use Chromecast to cast games to the big screen.
Devices with a Freeview TV tuner can receive broadcast free-to-air TV channels, and some of these devices can also record shows from them to watch later.
The amount of detail you can see on screen – what we call “full HD” is 1080p, while the next generation of TVs also support 4k, which offers double the picture detail. Currently the only streaming services supporting 4k are Netflix and Stan.
Some devices support only Wi-Fi, while some offer Ethernet – a wired method of connecting to your home network that is far more reliable for streaming video.
You’ll need a TV with an HDMI input if you want to use most of these devices; for audio, some offer an option of connecting an optical digital cable to your amp for surround sound.
Google’s name for their method of sending an app’s video to a device; many apps call it Chromecast.

Which streaming device to choose?

Each of the options above can be a great fit, but it ultimately depends on how you plan to use it. The Australian live streaming market is hugely competitive, so you need to check if the services you are subscribed to are compatible with your desired gadget.

We recently published an extensive guide comparing the most popular streaming devices on the market. Whether you’re interested in Apple TV, Telstra TV, game consoles, or streaming sticks, you can examine the pros and cons of each one to make a more informed decision.

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Streaming Devices FAQs

No, there is no monthly fee for Apple TV. You just pay the one time purchase price for the Apple box. However, it’s important to note that you may need to purchase apps for the programs you want to watch and you need to pay a monthly subscription to popular streaming services if your goal is to stream shows and movies. An example of one of these apps requiring a monthly fee is Netflix.
Yes, Google Chromecast was designed with portability in mind. You can bring it with you when you travel, but keep in mind that you will need Wi-Fi access to set up and use Chromecast.
Yes, your Telstra TV comes with a dedicated remote control so you can pause, fast forward and rewind using the Play/Pause, Forward and Rewind buttons. The remote control needs two AAA batteries. However, a universal remote will also work with your Telstra TV.
No. Unfortunately, Fetch TV’s partner ISPs do not currently offer the ability to have more than one Fetch TV box per broadband account. The reason is related to available broadband bandwidth in most homes. However, you can use the Fetch TV app to watch selected content on your phone or tablet, giving you extra screens at home. Moreover, you can also purchase multiple Fetch TV boxes for your home, but you have to make sure you have adequate bandwidth on your broadband service to stream two or more boxes simultaneously.

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