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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
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
  • Stream over 50 different sports including LIVE coverage of AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, Super Rugby, Australian and European football, Supercars, Formula 1™, international cricket and more
  • Stream the best of British from the BBC as well as hits from Universal and TV Hits
  • Stream the world's best children's entertainment
  • Stream the best documentaries from Discovery, National Geographic, Crime+Investigation, History and Foxtel originals.
Foxtel TV
Platinum HD
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$99/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,188 on direct debit for 12 months based on Platinum HD with iQ4
  • $40* off per mth on a 12 mth plan
  • Netflix free for 6 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Includes every TV pack - Entertainment, Sport, Drama, Movies, Kids, Docos & more
  • No upfront costs. Save $705* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 95 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Sport: The world's best sport LIVE in one place; over 50 different sports
  • Movies: 10 movie channels (all movies ad-free) and over 1000 movies to stream On Demand
  • Entertainment: 45 channels of brilliant TV
  • Docos: World famous channels for curious minds
  • Kids: Entertain and inspire your kids with the world's best kids channels
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel From Telstra
Platinum HD Package
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST FOR FAMILIES $99/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,188 if you stay connected for 12 mths
  • Enjoy a discount on your first 12 months
  • $0 standard install
  • No Contract
  • Cancel Anytime
  • Over 40 channels of great Foxtel entertainment + 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
Sport + Drama + Movies + Entertainment + HD
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$88/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,056 on direct debit for 12 months based on Sport + Drama + Movies + Entertainment + HD with iQ4
  • $20* off per mth on a 12 mth plan
  • Netflix free for 6 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 12 HD sports, 10 movies, 5 premium drama channels & more
  • No upfront costs. Save $465* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 72 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Sport – The best choice of LIVE sport on 12 HD sport channels.
  • Drama – Over 130 complete drama series available to stream.
  • Movies – 10 movie channels (all movies ad-free) and over 1000 movies to stream On Demand.
  • Entertainment – The best premium and exclusive lifestyle entertainment from Australia and overseas.
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel TV
Sport + Drama + Entertainment
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$58/mth Price
Min Cost - $696 on direct debit for 12 months based on Sport + Drama + Entertainment with iQ4
  • $20* off per mth on a 12 mth plan
  • Netflix free for 6 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 12 sports, 5 premium drama channels & more
  • No upfront costs. Save $465* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 62 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Sport – The best choice of LIVE sport on 12 HD sport channels.
  • Drama – Over 130 complete drama series available to stream On Demand.
  • Entertainment - The best premium and exclusive lifestyle entertainment from Australia and overseas.
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Sport pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
HOT THIS MONTH $54/mth Price
Min Cost - $54 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream over 50 different sports including LIVE coverage of AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, Super Rugby, Australian and European football, Supercars, Formula 1™, international cricket and more
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
  • Includes access to each of the MUTV, LFCTV and Chelsea TV channels for an extra 1c per channel per year.
Foxtel TV
Drama + Entertainment
Satellite
6 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST VALUE $49/mth Price
Min Cost - $588 on direct debit for 12 months based on Drama + Entertainment with iQ4
  • No iQ4 set-up costs
  • Netflix free for 6 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 5 premium drama channels & more
  • No upfront cost. Save $225* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 50 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Drama – Over 130 complete series available to stream.
  • Entertainment – The best premium and exclusive lifestyle entertainment from Australia and overseas.
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment + Sport
Satellite
3 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment
$39/mth Price
Min Cost - $468 if you stay connected for 12 mths
  • Enjoy a discount on your first 12 months
  • $0 standard install
  • No Contract
  • Cancel Anytime
  • Over 40 channels of great Foxtel entertainment + 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
  • Foxtel from Telstra allows you to modify your package: Upgrade to HD for an extra $10/month.
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment
Satellite
2 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment
$29/mth Price
Min Cost - $348 if you stay connected for 12 mths
  • Enjoy a discount on your first 12 months
  • $0 standard install
  • No Contract
  • Cancel Anytime
  • Over 40 channels of great Foxtel entertainment
  • 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
  • Foxtel from Telstra allows you to modify your package: Upgrade to HD for an extra $10/month.
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
OVOPlay
Event Pass
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$5.99/7 days Price
Min Cost - $5.99 over 7 days
  • Prepaid
  • Access to premium version for certain sports
  • Live and on-demand action
  • Pass is valid for 7 days from purchase date
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$25/mth Price
$25 for Basic 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 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.
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.
Fetch TV
Special interest - beIN Sports 1 Pack
Broadband
2 Genres Content tv-shows, sport
$19.99/mth Price
Min Cost - Channel pack cost only. Actual cost of the product vary between ISP partners and retails.
  • Contract Varies
  • Catch all the sports action you can manage, including Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1, the best of the WTA Tour and international test rugby.
  • Get the Fetch Mighty or Mini from retailers or partner ISP's
  • beIN SPORTS 1, 2, 3 included
  • 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
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$17.99/mth Price
Min Cost - 17.99 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • Stream on four devices at a time in HD and UHD when available
  • Download titles to four phones or tablets
  • 30-day free trial
  • Cancel anytime
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
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • Four screens can be used at a time
  • Five phones or tablets can download videos
  • Cancel anytime
  • 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.
Stan
Standard
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$14/mth Price
Min Cost - $14 over 1 month
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • Three screens can be used at a time
  • Three phones or tablets can download videos
  • Cancel anytime
Netflix
Standard
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$13.99/mth Price
Min Cost - 13.99 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • Stream on two devices at a time in HD when available
  • Download titles to two phones or tablets
  • 30-day free trial
  • Cancel anytime
Stan
Basic
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$10/mth Price
Min Cost - $10 over 1 month
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • One screen can be used at a time
  • One phone or tablet can download videos
  • Cancel anytime
OVOPlay
1 Month Pass
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month
  • Prepaid
  • Access to premium version for certain sports
  • Live and on-demand action
  • Pass is valid for 1 month from purchase date
Netflix
Basic
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - 9.99 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • Stream on one device at a time in SD
  • Download titles to one phone or tablet
  • 30-day free trial
  • Cancel anytime
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
  • Compatible with iOS and Androiid devices, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast online
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 3,000+ episodes of reality TV
  • The Real Housewives
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Southern Charm
  • Botched
  • Million Dollar Listing
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.
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
  • Try DocPlay for the first 30 days for free
  • 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.
OVOPlay
Annual Pass
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$79.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $79.99 over 1 year
  • Prepaid
  • Access to premium version for certain sports
  • Live and on-demand action
  • Pass is valid for 1 year from purchase date
iTunes
Pay Per View
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0.00/ days Price
Pricing varies depending on title
  • No Contract
  • Rent movies from 99c
  • Buy movies from $10
  • Buy TV episodes from 99c
  • iTunes makes it easy to lose yourself in a movie or TV show, whether you’re relaxing at home or out in the world.
  • Just download your favourite episodes or movies and you have something great to watch while you’re commuting to work, travelling or just standing in a queue.
  • You can enjoy bonus movie content like deleted and alternative scenes with iTunes Extras.
  • If you can’t decide what to watch, check out Top TV Seasons or the hand-picked Movie of the Week.
  • And if you watch on Apple TV 4K, you’ll be able to enjoy a tremendous selection of your favourite content in 4K HDR.
OVOPlay
OVOPlay
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$0/mth Price
It's free to enjoy OVOPlay when you're an Ovo mobile customer.
  • No Contract
  • It's free to enjoy OVOPlay
  • But you get an even better experience when you register
  • Live and on demand content on limited sports
  • And, if you're a mega fan of live sport you can stream data-free with an OVO SIM card
  • We'd recommend downloading OVOPlay from your app store - it's available in iOS and Android versions but if you're not keen on apps you can use a web browser. 


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 Contract
  • The latest releases fresh from the cinema
  • Choose from a huge library of movies and TV Shows to rent and buy, from blockbusters to old favourites
  • No subscription fee, you 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
Google Play
Pay Per View
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0.00/ days Price
Pricing varies depending on title
  • No Contract
  • Rent movies SD $5.99 or HD $6.99 (discounts available)
  • Buy movies SD $19.99 or HD $24.99 (discounts available)
  • Buy TV episodes SD $2.99 or HD $3.49, seasons starting from $12.99
  • Watch new releases, award-winning films and movie classics instantly
  • Early releases
  • Download offline videos
  • Types: Action Movies, Animation Movies, Sci-Fi Movies, Adventure Movies, Comedy Movies
Ozflix
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
1 Genre Content movies
$0/mth Price
Pricing varies depending on title
  • No Contract
  • Ozflix is committed to making Aussie films easily accessible to both our local and international audiences
  • Watch on 4 screens

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TV in Australia – Your Ultimate Guide

What to watch and how to watch it. 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 TV, Australians can finally get a wider range of viewing option – not to mention the newer streaming services that have evolved in the last few years. As the broadband and mobile internet infrastructure in Australia continues to grow, these services make finding and watching a new favourite show possible – 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 VPN technology 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 – most notably Amazon Prime, YouTube Premium 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. If cable TV isn’t available in your area, it may be possible to get a satellite connection installed to enjoy the same programming. While other countries have many cable TV providers, Australia has 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, Fetch TV, Google Play, hayu, iTunes, Kayo, Netflix, Ovo Play, Stan, 10 All Access, 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 official downloads. 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, while others require a committed contract of a year or more. 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 cable TV subscription, but this depends on whether or not you have a cable service active in your area. Failing that, you can upgrade your internet connection, or choose to go with a satellite installation for satellite TV. 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 a high-speed tier on the NBN this is less likely to occur. Similarly, going over a data cap can cause your broadband provider to throttle your connection speed, or drop out entirely. With cable TV, reliability can be interrupted if there is an issue with the cable itself, the set-top box, or the broadcaster.

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 in broadband packs from Primus, iiNet, Optus, and more recently from Aussie Broadband. In some cases — such as with Foxtel — the provider may also be responsible for delivering the streaming service, leveraging its infrastructure to bring cable internet to its customers.

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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