For years Netflix was seen as the primary option for online streaming in Australia. They were the go-to provider for some of the most-watched movies and TV shows around. But they inadvertently set a trend in the process which has seen an influx of Netflix alternatives, giving us an even greater choice when it comes to watching great TV shows, movies and even sport!
What are the Alternatives to Netflix?
We are now officially in the ‘golden age’ of the streaming service, with more content and free trials than we can wave a stick at. We can literally change providers, like Amazon Prime Video and BINGE, every month thanks to cancel anytime contracts, giving us the freedom to watch what we want when we want it. We can even stream live TV channels and watch content as it goes out on Pay TV.
With all this in mind, you’ll want to know which streaming service providers currently offer the best alternatives to Netflix in Australia now. And, how you go about streaming their content instantly. These providers all rival Netflix in their own way, with each owning a roster of exclusive movies and TV shows. So, without further ado, here are the best Netflix alternatives in Australia.
BINGE has exploded onto the Australian TV streaming landscape thanks to its close ties with Foxtel. The streaming service offers a huge range of content that includes everything from Game Of Thrones and Modern Family to Gossip Girl and The Mare Of Easttown, making it one of the first we think of when considering Netflix alternatives.
You can try out the streaming service with a 14-day free trial offer. After your trial is over the are three monthly options. A basic plan costs only $10 per month and allows streaming in SD one device. $14 per month allows streaming in HD on up to two devices, whilst $18 per month allows streaming in HD on up to three devices.
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A great way to stream your favourite Foxtel TV shows and movies without set-up or installation fees is with Foxtel Now. You can try out the streaming service for free with a 10-day free trial and see why so many consider it to be one of the best Netflix alternatives.
After your free trial is over, all you need is the Essentials Base Pack ($25 per month) to get access to channels like FOX SHOWCASE, FOX 8 and Lifestyle. That’s the best of HBO, BBC and Foxtel, including shows like Wentworth, Game Of Thrones and The Undoing in one monthly subscription. Download the app (Foxtel Go) to watch on your favourite device.
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Amazon Prime Video
When it comes to Netflix alternatives, Amazon Prime Video is most definitely on an even keel. The streaming service is renowned for movies and TV shows of the highest standard and has even made forays into live sport in Australia. You can test out Amazon Prime Video with a 30-day free trial, one of the longest in Australia.
After this, there are two different types of subscriptions that simply come down to how long you want to access the streaming service. A monthly cancel at any time plan costs $6.99 per month. Want to save more? Then sign up for an annual plan for just $59.99 a year.
Out of all of the platforms noted here, Disney Plus streaming service is probably one of the most unique. They may have been making movies for years but they are rather new in terms of being a streaming service. Disney is home to the likes of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic and more. There is even their ‘Star’ selection of TV series and movies aimed at an older audience.
A Disney Plus subscription costs just either $11.99 per month (cancel any time) or $119.99 for the whole year. There is no Disney+ free trial available in Australia, but you can watch in Ultra HD on up to 5 devices at once.
The home of everything reality TV in Australia is the hayu streaming service. You can watch hundreds of episodes of major series like Made In Chelsea, Keeping Up With The Kardashians The Real Housewives franchise. hayu comes with a 7 day free trial to test the streaming service without paying a cent. After your trial is over monthly subscriptions cost just $6.99 per month.
Although Netflix doesn’t have live sport (yet), Kayo easily rivals a portion of its content if you’re a fan of the good old sports doco. Thanks to two channels from ESPN, Kayo gives you the chance to watch the award-winning 30 for 30 series on its platform, easily outdoing Netflix in the genre. You can check out Kayo free for 14 days with their trial offer. And it costs as little as $25 per month thereafter.
It may not have yet arrived officially in Australia, but the Paramount Plus streaming service is about to become another of the growing number of Netflix Alternatives. It will replace the Ten All Access service and become a major player in shows and movies as well as sport. A monthly subscription is expected to cost $8.99 per month after a free trial.
It could be argued that the Stan streaming platform was the true original in Australia, arriving as one of the first Netflix alternatives. Stan has a huge catalogue of TV Shows and movies including Drag Race Down Under and No Activity. The streaming service comes with a 30-day free trial, and now has the additional (cost) option of live sport!
For such a major player when it comes to the devices we stream our favourite TV shows and movies on, Apple TV was a later arrival to the streaming service explosion. But arrived they have, and now they are starting to become one of the more recognised streaming services thanks to a raft of ‘original’ shows and movies.
Devices for streaming Netflix Alternatives
These days we have everything from Smart TVs and Amazon Fire TV to Chromecasts and good old smartphones to stream our favourite movies and shows. Here are a few options for streaming at home on your living room TV.
For years, Apple TV devices have been an ideal instant streaming solution that does it all. There are two models available – Apple TV HD handles video up to 1080p, while Apple TV 4K adds full support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision. Kayo Sports is great on Apple TV, with flawless 4-way Split View.
A hugely popular low-cost streaming solution, Google’s Chromecast got a make-over in 2020, and now comes in two very different flavours. The basic Chromecast is still available, but the newer Google TV version (which replaces the Ultra) adds a remote control and an on-screen interface.
Foxtel Now Box
Foxtel’s own streaming box is an Android TV device that brings the Foxtel Now experience front and centre in its user interface – making it a natural choice if your preferred way of streaming sports is via the live channels that Foxtel Now offers, with on-demand streaming and live free-to-air channels as well.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
This easy alternative comes in three flavours – a budget Lite model, the standard one, and a 4K version. All of them are simple “plug in and go” stick-shaped devices that work similarly to Google’s newest Chromecast, except these use Amazon’s custom user interface and support Alexa voice control.
Nvidia Shield TV
A powerful Android TV streaming device from one of the world’s leading PC graphics companies comes in the form of a small “tube” with connections at either end, along with a slim backlit remote control. It can easily deal with every streaming app under the sun, including Kayo and Foxtel.