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Foxtel Now
All Packs
Streaming
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$104/mth Price
Min Cost - $104 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Stream over 50 different sports across 13 channels including LIVE coverage of AFL, NRL, Rugby, Cricket, NBA, Baseball, Formula 1, V8 Supercars and more
  • Stream the best of British from the BBC as well as hits from Universal, Fox Crime, and Fox One
  • Stream the world's best children's entertainment
  • Get access to Discovery, Nat Geo, BBC, Crime + Investigation and HISTORY
Foxtel TV
Platinum Plus Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$99/mth Price
Min Cost - $1188 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $99* (from $139) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus, Sports HD, Movies HD, Kids & Favourites
  • Over 50 sports on 13 HD channels
  • Over 1,000 movies On Demand
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Multiroom casting
  • 5 Kids channels
  • 13 Favourites channels
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel From Telstra
Platinum Plus
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST FOR FAMILIES $99/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $199 (incl. $100 install). For new Foxtel customers. $139/mth after 12 mths
  • No Contract
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sports, movies, drama and documentary channels
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
  • Access to a range of TV shows and Movies via Foxtel's On Demand
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Foxtel TV
Premium & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$83/mth Price
Min Cost - $996 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $83* (from $111) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus, Sports HD, Movies HD & Kids
  • Over 50 sports on 13 HD channels
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Premium Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$79/mth Price
Min Cost - $948 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $79* (from $99) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus, Sports HD, Movies HD & Kids
  • Over 50 sports on 13 HD channels
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Movies HD & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$69/mth Price
Min Cost - $828 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $69* (from $81) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Movies HD
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Foxtel Plus with HD Bundle
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$59/mth Price
Min Cost - $708 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • Over 50 channels
  • HD pack included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Sports HD & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$58/mth Price
Min Cost - $696 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $58* (from $86) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
  • Over 50 sports on 13 live HD sport channels
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Foxtel Plus & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$58/mth Price
Min Cost - $696 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $58* (from $61) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • Over 50 channels
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Movies HD Bundle
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$58/mth Price
Min Cost - $696 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $58* (from $69) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Movies HD
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Sports HD Bundle
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$55/mth Price
Min Cost - $660 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $55* (from $74) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
  • Over 50 sports on 13 live HD sport channels
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel From Telstra
Foxtel Plus + Sports HD
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
HOT THIS MONTH $50/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $150 (incl. $100 install). For new Foxtel customers. $74/mth after 12 mths
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sport channels
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
  • Access to a range of TV shows and Movies via Foxtel's On Demand
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Foxtel TV
Foxtel Plus Bundle
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$49/mth Price
Min Cost - $588 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • 130 complete drama series to choose from
  • Over 50 channels
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel From Telstra
Foxtel Plus
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$49/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $149 (incl. $100 install). For new Foxtel customers.
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 channels of the best entertainment & drama
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
  • Access to a range of TV shows and Movies via Foxtel's On Demand
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Movies pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$45/mth Price
Min Cost - $45 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the hottest movies on demand, anytime, ad-break free on 10 movie channels
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must-watch blockbusters like Aquaman, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Drama Extra pack
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$35/mth Price
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best of British from the BBC as well as hits from Universal, Fox Crime, and Fox One
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows Suits, Mother Father Son, Victoria
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Kids pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, kids, lifestyle, reality, music
$35/mth Price
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream from great kid channels like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Henry Danger, DC Super Hero Girls and Bizaardvark
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Docos pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$35/mth Price
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best shows from great documentary channels like Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and History
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like Aussie Inventions That Changed The World and Crime Investigation Australia
Kayo Sports
Premium
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$35/mth Price
$0 for two-week free trial, $35 for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 sporting events available Live and On Demand.
  • SplitView feature allows watching up to 4 videos in one screen (on selected devices).
  • All content streamed in HD (bandwidth required) and comes with other features like our ‘No Spoiler!’ setting and Key moments
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Requires internet & compatible device
  • Data charges apply
  • Featuring: Cricket World Cup, Toyota AFL Premiership, NRL Telstra Premiership, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League, FIA Formula One World Championship™, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • Plus over 50 sports including: Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Supercars, Formula1, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Baseball, Rowing, Athletics, Surfing, Boxing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and more.
Kayo Sports from Telstra
Basic - Kayo Sports from Telstra
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$25/mth Price
Min Cost - $25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 sporting events available Live and On Demand
  • SplitView feature allows watching up to 4 videos in one screen (on selected devices).
  • All content streamed in HD (bandwidth required) and comes with other features like our ‘No Spoiler!’ setting and Key moments
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Requires internet & compatible device
  • Data charges apply
  • Featuring: Cricket World Cup, Toyota AFL Premiership, NRL Telstra Premiership, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League, FIA Formula One World Championship™, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • Plus over 50 sports including: Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Supercars, Formula1, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Baseball, Rowing, Athletics, Surfing, Boxing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and more.
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$25/mth Price
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 sporting events available Live and On Demand
  • SplitView feature allows watching up to 4 videos in one screen (on selected devices).
  • All content streamed in HD (bandwidth required) and comes with other features like our ‘No Spoiler!’ setting and Key moments
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Requires internet & compatible device
  • Data charges apply
  • Featuring: Cricket World Cup, Toyota AFL Premiership, NRL Telstra Premiership, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League, FIA Formula One World Championship™, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • Plus over 50 sports including: Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Supercars, Formula1, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Baseball, Rowing, Athletics, Surfing, Boxing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and more.
Foxtel Now
Essentials pack
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST VALUE $25/mth Price
Min Cost - $25 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Entertainment and more
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
Fetch TV
Ultimate Pack
Broadband
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$20/mth Price
Min Cost - Channel pack cost only. Actual cost of the product vary between ISP partners and retails.
  • All the channels included in the Kids, Knowledge, Vibe and Variety packs
  • Contract Varies
  • Get the Fetch Mighty or Mini from retailers or partner ISP's
  • Enjoy your Netflix, Stan, and YouTube on the big screen
  • Watch free to air TV, catch-up and or watch anytime with the Fetch TV App
  • Fetch Mighty ($449 RRP) or Fetch Mini ($169 RRP) is a required purchase exclusive in our monthly pricing.
  • Retail customers: Buy the Fetch Mighty box for $449 RRP and pay a $1 one-off activation fee. There is no ongoing monthly subscription for the Starter Pack. *Movie Box is an extra $1/month for retail customers. ISP customers: The Fetch box and Starter Pack are included in eligible broadband plans, or you can add the Starter Pack to your broadband plan for $10 or $15/month depending on your service provider.
Netflix
Premium - Netflix from Telstra
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$19.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $19.99 over 1 month, stream 4 devices at once
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel Anytime
  • Stream in HD and UHD on four devices at once
  • Download titles to watch on the go
Stan
Premium
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$17/mth Price
Min Cost - $17 over 1 month
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel Anytime
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • Four screens can be used at a time
  • Five phones or tablets can download videos
  • Not all movies and TV shows are available in Full/4K Ultra HD. This is also dependent on your Internet connection speed and device capabilities.
Netflix
Standard - Netflix from Telstra
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$13.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $13.99 over 1 month, stream 2 devices at once
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream in HD on two devices
  • Download titles to two phones or tablets
OVOPlay
1 Month Pass
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month
  • Earn data rewards for streaming on OVOPlay up to 10GB
  • Premium Channels Fan Pass
  • Prepaid
  • Access to premium version for certain sports
  • Live and on-demand action
  • Pass is valid for 1 month from purchase date
Netflix
Basic - Netflix from Telstra
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - 9.99 over 1 month, stream on one device at a time
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream on one device at a time in SD
  • Download titles to one phone or tablet
10 All Access
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
4 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, reality
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month
  • 1 Month Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream shows that you love ad-free
  • Watch new shows before they premiere on Network 10
  • Stay informed with 24/7 news on CBSN
  • Use 3 screens at the same time
  • Featured Shows: The Bachelor, NCIS, MacGyver, Tell Me A Story, Strange Angel, One Dollar, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Twilight Zone, Why Women Kill
  • Compatible with iOS and Androiid devices, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast online
Disney
Monthly
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
STAFF PICK $8.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $8.99 over 1 month
  • 7-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices
  • Commercial-free playback
  • The Mandalorian
  • High School Musical: The Series
  • Encore!
  • Forky Asks a Question
  • The Lady and the Tramp
  • The Imagineering Story
  • Pixar In Real Life
Disney
Yearly
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$89.99/365 days Price
Min Cost - $89.99 over 1 year
  • 7-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices
  • Commercial-free playback
  • The Mandalorian
  • High School Musical: The Series
  • Encore!
  • Forky Asks a Question
  • The Lady and the Tramp
  • The Imagineering Story
  • Pixar In Real Life
Amazon Prime
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$6.99/mth Price
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Download videos for offline viewing
  • Titles available in 4K
  • Stream on 3 devices at the same time
  • Download and go
  • Watch offline on the Prime Video app when you download titles to your iPhone, iPad, Tablet, or Android device.
hayu
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
3 Genres Content tv-shows, lifestyle, reality
$6.99/mth Price
There is no messy contract to sign, or ugly break-up. You can unsubscribe anytime.
  • 30 day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Get the hayu app to download your favourite shows
  • Pick from over 6,500+ episodes of reality TV inc Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and much more.
  • The Real Housewives
  • Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Southern Charm
  • Botched
  • Million Dollar Listing
DocPlay
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, documentaries, lifestyle, music
STAFF PICK $6.95/mth Price
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Watch over 450 of the very best documentaries from around the world including over 25 Academy Award ™ winners & nominees.
  • New films & shows are added every week
  • Apps available for Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  • Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
  • Stream unlimited documentaries on any device with a DocPlay Premium subscription
  • Cancel anytime.
Telstra TV Box Office
Pay Per View
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality, music
STAFF PICK $/ days Price
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title
  • No Subscription Fee
  • No Contract
  • The latest releases from the cinema
  • Choose from a huge library of movies and TV Shows to rent and buy, from blockbusters to old favourites
  • Control what you spend and when you spend it
  • $5.99 for SD and $6.99 for HD when purchasing titles
  • If you just want to rent a title, it will cost you $1.99 for SD and $2.99 for HD
  • You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them
  • Individually, episodes typically run $2.99 for SD and $3.49 for HD
Stan on Telstra
Basic - Stan on Telstra
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$0/mth Price
Min Cost - $0 for Telstra Plus Silver (3 months) and Gold members (6 months), $10/mth afterwards
  • Telstra Plus Silver members get 3 months free
  • Telstra Plus Gold members get 6 months free
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • One screen can be used at a time
  • One phone or tablet can download videos

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TV in Australia – Your Ultimate Guide

Not sure what to watch and how to watch it? Here’s what you need to know – all while saving money. Now more than ever, Australians can get the best there is in TV entertainment at the push of a button. Gone are the days when TV viewing was restricted to a handful of broadcasting stations. With the advent of cable and satellite TV and now streaming, Australians finally have a wide range of viewing options. As the broadband and mobile internet infrastructure in Australia continues to grow via the rollout of the NBN and 5G, it’s easy to find and watch a new favourite show – anywhere, anytime.

But while it sounds like the march of progress has handed viewers complete control over their viewing time, these advances come with new challenges. The plethora of new viewing options can make it hard to know which providers give you the best access. Then there’s subscription fees, bundling options and data requirements – as well as the issues that come from content licensing laws and geo-blocking.

While it’s true that there is now more content available to watch than ever before, this combined with the sometimes fractious nature of copyright and broadcasting laws can make it hard to know which provider has which shows and movies at any one time. And because these broadcast options can be so fractured, this, in turn, can make it hard to know if you are paying the best price for what you want to watch.

So how did we get here? How did we go from being content with clustering around the TV in the living room – watching a bunch of free-to-air TV stations with set schedule times – to being able to pay a small monthly fee to get the movies and shows we want streaming to our smartphones at any time?

How Australian Streaming TV Services Have Evolved

In Australia, we used to have analogue TV stations broadcasting a range of shows, movies and sporting events at predefined times. If you were unlucky enough to not be in front of a TV at the time of airing, you missed out – unless you had a VCR set to record it.

Then along came cable and satellite TV. Not only did these services deliver a far greater range of content, but they also offered dedicated rerun channels that let the viewer catch up on programs they may have otherwise missed.

Not long after cable TV, the free-to-air stations in Australia started making the switch to digital broadcasting. This opened up space for more channels and more programming. But it also enabled online streaming. ABC’s iview was the first on the scene in 2008, introducing free-to-air catch-up services to an Australian audience and paving the way for other broadcasters to follow.

In 2015, Netflix became officially available in Australia. While Australians could subscribe to the service prior to this, they were reliant on using a VPN to access the content otherwise not available in the country.

Today there is a huge range of streaming video on demand services available in Australia. Some are subscription-based, charging a monthly fee to provide access to what they have to offer. Others offer a digital rental or purchase service, where customers can pay a small fee to watch specific movies, episodes or series. And others – such as YouTube and Fetch TV – offer a mix of the two.

As you can imagine, this mix of services and pricing can make it hard to know which service offers you the best value. Luckily, we’re on hand to show you not only the hottest shows, movies and sporting events – but also where to watch them!

How to Watch – Your Options

Depending on what you want to watch, there is a huge range of ways to access your favourite shows and movies – not to mention sport. But it’s not just a question of what you want to watch or how you want to watch it – what technology you have available and are comfortable using, and how much you want to pay, are also major factors.

The first steps in choosing between TV providers in Australia is understanding what each one offers, how they’re accessed, the costs involved and the commitments required. This can sound like a lot of work, but luckily we’ve done the research for you!

Free-to-Air TV

Free-to-air television is nothing new in Australia, but the methods of accessing it have changed over the years. Previously all you needed was a TV and an aerial – providing that you lived in an area that was within broadcast range. Now with digital TV, you also need a set-top box to decode the digital signal. Most modern smart TVs come with one built in, so for many of us, that’s not an issue. Most of these set-top-boxes and smart TVs also come with recording software so you can set them to record your favourite shows in advance. However, if you miss your chance, most of the shows and events aired by free-to-air stations in Australia also make their programming available online via catch up services. These are available online, and you can access most of them on smartphones and tablets using dedicated apps. As the name suggests, free-to-air TV is free to watch. Most of the services – both online and broadcast – are supported by advertising. Some of the services require you to sign up with an email address, but they all remain free to access. Currently, the catch-up services include ABC iview, SBS On Demand, 7plus, 9Now, and Tenplay.

Cable TV

Cable TV gets its name from the fact that, for many subscribers, the signal is brought into their homes by a physical cable rather than a signal broadcast from a station tower. A set-top box then connects to the cable and decodes the channels. More modern set-top boxes let you pause, rewind and record live TV on the fly. A cable connection also offers the option of using the technology for a faster internet connection over using ADSL and traditional copper wires, although this advantage is set to disappear as the NBN rollout continues across the country. New customers these days now get a satellite connection installed instead, and enjoy the same programming. While other countries have many cable/satellite TV providers, Australia has only one that dominates the market. Offering a huge range of content packs, Foxtel remains Australia’s first choice for cable TV. Foxtel also offers its cable subscribers to option of watching their favourite shows online via the Foxtel Go app.

Streaming TV

In recent years there has been a big shift in viewing preferences in Australia, and it’s no secret why. Streaming video on demand services have been around for a decade, but it’s only recently that they seem to have picked up momentum.

In part, this is due to the changing nature of TV. There is so much viewing content available that the market has started to fracture into niche services. You can now find streaming providers that focus on one genre to the exclusion of all else. Want to watch cricket? There’s a service for that. How about reality TV 24 hours a day? That exists. Are you interested in Japanese anime? There are at least three available in Australia that cater to this niche.

The other driving factor in the growth of streaming TV is technology. Before, the internet infrastructure in Australia was not robust enough to handle streaming video on a large scale. We didn’t have TVs that connected to the internet, nor did we have the huge range of portable and handheld devices with screens clear enough to watch what we want. Now with mobile streaming, you can catch up on your favourite shows anywhere that you have a mobile connection.

Streaming TV companies offer different methods of access, depending on the services. Some are subscription-based, others offer rental and purchase options. Then there are those that offer a mix, and still others can be free to use but are supported by advertising, which is switched off for subscribers.

The big players in the Australian streaming TV market include Amazon Prime, Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office, DocPlay, Disney+, Fetch TV, Google Play, hayu, iTunes, Kayo, Netflix, Ovo Play, Stan, 10 All Access, Apple TV+ and YouTube Premium.

Picking Your TV Viewing Options

When you’re considering your TV viewing options, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind to make sure you get a service (or services) that suit you.

You’ll want to consider the content available, but don’t neglect the other lifestyle elements involved in your viewing habits.

For example, say you are working full-time, spend a chunk of your day either at work or commuting, and have a family to care for at home. Chances are that your viewing time on a big TV will be shared with others. However, you may have a powerful smartphone or tablet with a data-rich mobile phone plan. This could mean that you will want a service to offer a mix of content, while also supporting mobile viewing.

On the other hand, maybe you are retired and have a bit more freedom in your day. You have a smart TV but don’t have – or don’t like using – a handheld device for watching streaming TV. This could mean that you are more interested in a service that is focused on your viewing interests, and mobile viewing support matters less.

Everybody has different needs. Do you like watching TV on the big screen? Think you will you be sharing your viewing service with others? Is mobile availability important to you?

Content

Perhaps most obviously, you need to make sure that the service actually has the content that you want to watch. The licensing rules that govern who can broadcast what can be very confusing, and at times you may find that your favourite TV show has different seasons available across different services. Also, these broadcasting licenses may lapse or change hands over time. So if you’re signing up to a service for a particular show, series or sporting event, it’s important to check in advance to see if your show is set to stay in one place, or if it’s likely to move.

Costs and Contracts

This is most important for the subscription-based services, those that charge rental fees, and those that offer the chance to purchase digital copies of movies and TV shows. Compared to the days when you had to physically go to a store and rent movies or boxed sets of TV series, modern subscription services are quite affordable. Many offer a flat monthly rate for all-you-can-eat viewing. Free-to-air TV is, of course, free, but even those services that offer free access can cost you in terms of the data they use up. So it makes sense to check the costs involved, not just for a subscription or rental, but also to try to uncover how much data your streaming service uses. That way you can work out how much the service will really cost you to use.

Advertising

A few recent marketing studies have shown that Australians are typically cynical about advertising. You find it intrusive or feel that it interferes with your enjoyment. Or you may find that it’s a minor inconvenience at worst. This matters when choosing your TV services because advertising is a common practice. With the exception of the ABC, all free-to-air TV services feature advertising. The same is true for some subscription services – most notably YouTube (the free version) and Foxtel. So you need to figure out just how much advertising is too much, and what you’re willing to pay to avoid it.

Availability

This matters for all TV services. If you live in an area that does not receive digital TV broadcasts, then sadly they are not an option. However, you can access their catch-up services online – though this is dependent on your internet connection. If you have a slow internet connection or a tight data cap, you may find that online streaming becomes a little frustrating. Of course, you always have the option of getting a satellite TV subscription. And if you rely on your smartphone or tablet for your TV fix, this is highly dependent on the availability of either WiFi or the positioning of mobile phone towers. So before you commit to any paid service, or decide to rely on free options, it’s a good idea to look at what you have available in your area.

Reliability

With TV, consistency is key. There are few things more frustrating when watching your favourite show or movie than having it repeatedly interrupted. From a technical perspective, this can be due to a number of issues. These include experiencing bad reception that interferes with TV broadcast signals and satellite connections – something you have very little control over.

For streaming, slow or intermittent connections can cause your viewing service to pause or buffer or may result in a low resolution. This is true for both wired and mobile connections, although if you have opted for a high-speed tier on the NBN this is less likely to occur. Similarly, going over your data cap can cause your broadband or mobile provider to throttle your connection speed. With cable and satellite TV, reliability can be interrupted if there is an issue with the cable itself, the set-top box, atmospheric conditions or the broadcaster itself.

How to Bundle your TV Subscriptions and Save

Chances are that, if you’re considering a TV subscription or want to use a catch-up service, you’re going to want broadband internet to access it. Of course, you won’t just be using broadband or your mobile plan to watch TV. You’ll want these services to make life easier, with high-quality calls over broadband, the convenience of messaging services, and the ability to keep in touch wherever you are.

That’s why the idea of bundling a service makes sense. And with TV in Australia, you can find services that mix and match online accessibility with entertainment. For years, many providers have pulled together packages that include phone line rentals with internet access, mobile plans and even TV subscriptions. Some broadband providers like Telstra would also throw in TVs, home phones and modems into the mix. Now that streaming services are more popular than ever, you can find deals that offer access, or even unmetered usage for certain services – and you can save a bit of cash by doing so!

This is where our interactive TV provider bundle comparison page comes in handy. Instead of wading through the profuse and often confusing terms of service documents out there – where the specific details of the available plans and bundles are listed – you can get an overview that exactly matches your needs, all on one page.

To get started, just select the kind of bundle you’re looking for – we’d suggest broadband with a TV subscription to start. Then pick the type of service that you have available to you – NBN, ADSL or cable – as well as the amount of data you want per month. Here we recommend unlimited to make the most of your preferred streaming services, but your needs may vary. Choose a monthly maximum price, then hit the search button.

The result? You’ll instantly get a list of providers, bundle plans and details on what’s included, as well as details on the minimum costs – not to mention all the links to provider websites to get more information from the source.

Popular TV Bundles

The best way to judge value is through first-hand experience. And luckily, there’s a bundle for almost every viewing taste and monthly budget. Whether you want nothing but reality TV or the broadest range of content available in the country, you’ll find a service that meets your needs. So it makes sense to try and find one that also saves you money.

With this in mind, here’s a quick selection of the kinds of bundles you can expect to see. All you need to do is pick the viewing choice that’s the right fit for you!

Broadband and Subscription

This is an ideal option if you have a family that likes to get online but also enjoys watching TV together on a regular basis. Essentially, the provider will cover the cost of your TV subscription. This is usually for the length of your contract. Internet provider, Dodo, has pioneered this bundle and continues to offer Fetch TV as part of its broadband services. Fetch TV can often be found offered in broadband plans from Primus, iiNet, Optus, and more recently from Aussie Broadband.

Broadband and Unmetered Access

While more of a perk than a bundle, this option lets you stream content as much as you like without worrying about the data used. This is a great option if you’re using a capped data plan to keep costs down but still want to indulge in the occasional binge. For example, iiNet treats ABC iView as unmetered for all customers. Again, sometimes the service provider and the content provider are the same. For example, Foxtel does not count the data used while watching Foxtel using the Foxtel Go App over their broadband, and Telstra does not meter the data used to watch Foxtel from Telstra or Telstra TV Box Office.

Mobile and Subscription

This is something of a rarity. Put simply, your mobile phone provider gives you a plan which includes access to a subscription service for a certain period. The largest telco in the country, Telstra used to offer a plan that included six months subscription to Stan, Netflix, and Presto (remember Presto?) before Netflix stopped offering bundle support, and Presto disappeared. Today, Telstra offers a range of sports-related content via dedicated apps to its mobile customers.

Mobile and Unmetered Access

This is a more popular choice for most mobile providers. Like with unmetered broadband access, you can watch what you want from certain providers without the data counting towards your monthly total. This matters more on a mobile plan, as there are few plans available that offer unlimited data. One perfect example of this is OVO Mobile’s unlimited data-free streaming of OVOPlay offer across all mobile plans. That means unmetered access to sports that you don’t normally get from mainstream providers including Brumbies Rugby, Gymnastics, Formula Drift, and more.

Partners in Streaming – Netflix and Foxtel

For years and years, Foxtel and Netflix were like two opposing magnets, repelling each other in a competition to become the primary choice for entertainment in Australia. Fortunately, the war is over and a brand new partnership in streaming has been born. The brand new iQ4 box from Foxtel now comes prebuilt with Netflix integration, plus a handy button has been added to the new Foxtel remote to make accessing your favourite shows even easier. For anyone with the original iQ4 box, an update was rolled out in July meaning you won’t miss out on any of the new features (except perhaps the remote if you’re happy with your current model).

Friendly Bed Fellows – Foxtel from Telstra

Ever wanted to streamline your billing for all your streaming services? Well, Telstra now offers you just that by including Foxtel in a new bundle deal with post-paid phone services for Telstra Customers.While it’s no secret that Foxtel is co-owned by Telstra, this is the first time the two services have been so closely combined. Foxtel from Telstra is exactly what the name suggests, a fully-fledged Foxtel service set up through Telstra and billed by Telstra. What this means is that you can hand over your Foxtel Service to Telstra, and they’ll automatically add it to your regular Post-Paid mobile bill. Giving you the convenience of everything being covered by a single bill that gives you an overview of exactly what you’re spending on services without having to dig around through credit card statements or email archives. It also gives you a payment window to work with rather than just taking the money out of your account right away.

Telecommunications with a side of Sport – Kayo from Telstra

Getting your sports fix has been so much easier with the advent of streaming and creation of Australia’s own Sports Streaming service, Kayo Sports. And now it’s even easier to subscribe for Telstra Customers. The streaming service can be added directly to your Telstra bill, making for a more convenient and streamlined billing experience. Plus there are no changes to the service or to the content; its the same great selection of over 50 different sports, providing game changing features like No Spoilers and Key Moments. You still get the same great High Definition coverage and the ability to watch on multiple screens at the same great price. Not to mention the perennial 14-day trial on offer from Kayo is also on offer from Telstra. Meaning if you’re not happy with being able to watch all the sport you want you can cancel before spending a single dollar.

Looking for Something Different?

When it comes to TV, everyone has their own set of preferences and wants as to what they want to watch and how they want to watch it. This is exactly why we’ve built this handy comparison tool, in order to help you decide on the best providers, plans, and even devices that would best suit your viewing experience and your budget. So make sure to constantly check back in with us to catch the latest offers and special deals that you surely won’t want to miss out on!

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