As Australia heads into winter and the days get shorter, it’s the best time of the year to get on the couch in front of the TV and enjoy the latest news, sport, movies, drama and comedy. There are more channels than ever to pick from in the Brisbane TV guide – and there’s a whole lot more to be found on Australia’s popular streaming services, many of which you can try out completely free.
What to Watch on TV Tonight
The days of there only being five channels to choose from on free to air TV are long gone – now, there’s something in the Brisbane TV guide to suit almost every member of the family. There’s a channel just for the kids, ones dedicated entirely to international movies, the latest ABC news, an SBS food channel, sport, shopping and more. Brisbane has a ton of choice of TV for the whole family.
Free to air TV is where you’ll find some of the most popular shows in Australia. Whether it’s getting comfy on the couch for an evening quiz with Millionaire Hot Seat, Letters and Numbers, Mastermind and The Chase Australia, finding out what happens next on Home and Away or keeping up with the news tonight in Brisbane on ABC News, Seven News, SBS World News or Ten’s News First, it’s right there in the Brisbane TV guide ready for watching live or via streaming.
Australia’s love of reality TV is apparent as well – and not just for competition shows like Big Brother. Millions of Aussies tune in for Antiques Roadshow, Bargain Hunt, American Pickers and the 7Mate hit Pawn Stars just to see everyday items turn into cash. Shows like Cook and the Chef (and, of course, Masterchef) celebrate food while others prefer to Escape to the Country with that popular show on 7two.
And then there’s the massive amount of TV available via streaming services – many of which offer completely free weeks of access for you to binge your favourite shows and movies
Watch Free to Air TV
The many channels run by each main network make sure there’s plenty to watch any time of the day or night, each channel with its own theme.
For example, SBS World Movies is literally a 24-hour channel of nothing but the best Aussie and international cinematic stories, while 7flix delivers an endless stream of more mainstream options.
Nine has an entire channel devoted to life, homemaking and style, appropriately called 9Life, while Ten has multiple channels in the Brisbane TV guide named after the sort of shows they offer – Peach, Bold and Shake. Seven does a similar thing with its extra channels like 7Mate, while the ABC runs ABC Kids during the day and ABC Plus in the evening, with rock music fans getting late-night Rage most days. SBS Viceland delivers challenging TV from around the world.
The great thing about having all these extra channels is the huge amount of shows you have to pick from – timeless classic comedies like Friends, Malcolm in the Middle and The Simpsons are no longer restricted to just one episode a week. A house with more than one TV may be required!
And of course that lets the main channels fill the TV guide with first-run stuff, from the chef showdown on Ten’s Masterchef Australia inspiring millions to cook new things, to major events like the French Open from Roland Garros on Nine (with its extra channels delivering even more coverage). Nine also has supplemented its long-running hit Millionaire Hot Seat with a new version of The Weakest Link – there’s never been a better time to be a quiz fan!
Watch Streaming TV Free Trials
Of course, you’re not just limited to the Brisbane TV guide for entertainment at your house, thanks to the massive rise of streaming services over recent years. Now, you can binge entire seasons of your favourite shows whenever you like, completely free of ad breaks – TV heaven!
One of the best things about streaming is that you can get full access to some services to try them out for an extended time, without paying a cent. That’s perfect for when you’re hanging around the house looking for something to do, when free to air TV isn’t delivering the goods.
The name says it all – BINGE is designed for the TV fan who loves to get comfy on the couch and settle in for a night of great TV, all ad-free and ready to watch on demand.
Run by the same people that brought you the hugely popular Kayo Sports, BINGE has access to the entire HBO library – which means Game of Thrones for days, as well as the brand new hit Mare of Easttown – and some of the hottest new shows that you can’t see anywhere else, including the long-awaited Friends reunion special direct from the US (and yep, they’ve also got the entire 10 seasons of the original show) and modern classics like The Walking Dead.
There’s also hundreds of films, including the long awaited Zack Snyder’s Justice League in its full four-hour epic glory.
BINGE offers a completely free two week trial of the entire service – that’s thousands of hours of entertainment, all of it completely ad-free and ready to stream at home or on the go. BINGE is brilliant, and once you’ve tried it, you’re going to want to keep it around.
Last audited 10 June 2021
This streaming version of Foxtel lets you pick and choose from a range of packs to set up a fully-featured Foxtel service without a satellite dish installed on top of your house. Offering both live channels and an on-demand streaming library, Foxtel Now is the easiest way to massively expand your TV world.
Foxtel Now offers a free 10-day trial which includes every single pack, letting you sample it all without restrictions and without paying a cent.
There’s also a special offer right now which gives you the base Essentials pack and adds Sports and Movies for only $39 a month – nearly half the regular price.
Last audited 08 June 2021
Amazon Prime Video
Available as part of the Amazon Prime service, this is one of the must-haves of the streaming world, with its vast library of stuff including a whole load of Amazon originals you can’t find anywhere else, including The Grand Tour for fans of Top Gear and brilliant shows like The Wilds, Upload and Carnival Row.
You can try Amazon Prime – not just the streaming service, but all of Prime including music, eBooks, even free delivery on Amazon purchases – for an entire month without paying a cent. It’s the free trial that really delivers – literally!
Last audited 10 June 2021
As Australia’s leading phone and internet provider, Telstra’s always been able to reward their customers with generous perks and access to special discounts on services. That’s very much the case when it comes to streaming.
Whether you’re looking to stream live sport or binge on the best TV, as a Telstra customer you can add it directly to your account and get streaming without hassles.
BINGE from Telstra
We’ve already told you how brilliant BINGE is – there’s enough great TV on it to keep even the most dedicated fan in front of the screen for months! You can add BINGE to your Telstra account, and as a valued customer you’ll get a full three months of the BINGE Standard plan completely free of charge.
Having BINGE on your Telstra bill is already convenient – but having it for free for three months is even better!
Last audited 10 June 2021
Kayo From Telstra
If you’re a huge sport fan, you’ll want to check out Kayo Sports, Australia’s biggest sport streaming service and the home of exclusive live coverage of AFL, NRL and much more.
As a Telstra customer – new or existing – you can get Kayo Sports for just $15 a month, a saving of $120 over an entire year.
And that’s not all – Telstra customers also get free access to a range of sports streaming apps to use data-free. If you love your sport, Telstra is the place to be for your phone and internet.
Last audited 10 June 2021