What’s on TV this week in Australia?
There’s no shortage of excellent TV content available each and every week to Australians! Between our favourite streaming providers and free to air channels, we’re literally spoilt for choice, regardless on whether you prefer to watch live or on demand. Here are a few recommendations from us for this week:
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Foxtel: Raised By Wolves
Thursday 8.30pm on Fox SHOWCASE
HBO’s latest original, Raised By Wolves, sees four time oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott get behind the camera for the first time on a TV series. The show promises to be one of 2020’s lost talked about so far. Watch free for 10 days with Foxtel Now.
Foxtel Now: Gogglebox Season 12
Wednesday at 7.30pm on Lifestyle
The multiple TV Week Logie award-winning show, Gogglebox Australia, is back for its twelfth season on Foxtel. Once again, we’ll see our favourite households sit back and critique some of 2020’s newest TV offerings, straight from their sofas.
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BINGE: Doom Patrol
New episodes available now on BINGE
Crazy Jane, Elast-Girl, Negative Man and Robotman are set to return to our screens in the second season of Doom Patrol. This series is a far cry from some of the lighter DC shows of late and explores a darker, more physiological side of the famous comic book franchise. Watch Insecure free for 14 days with BINGE.
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Streaming now on Netflix
If you’re a fan of the oscar-winning film The One That Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, then you be very excited by the thought of this prequel. It’s based on a twisted nurse who seems very nice and normal on the outside, but is in fact nothing short of evil! Watch new episodes now on Netflix.
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Stan: Pen15, Season 2
Available on Stan
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in Pen15, playing thirteen-year-old versions of themselves, as they remember what life was like as social outcasts back in 2000. The supporting cast is made up of actual 13 year olds, making for a truly unique comedy that has gained Emmy nominated recognition.
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ABC: The Accident
Polly Bevan is a dedicated mother and loyal wife to local politician Iwan. Disaster hits their home town when a building collapses, killing several children whilst injuring Polly’s daughter.
Ten: The Living Room
Friday at 7:30pm on Ten
The 11th season of the smash hit Logie award-winning lifestyle show – The Living Room – is set to land. Whether it’s the tweaking interiors, travelling, pet advice or tips on great cooking, Amanda, Barry, Chris and Miguel are on hand with a fresh batch of uplifting, inspiring stories accompanied by plenty of laughter.
Ten: Have You Been Paying Attention?
Host Tom Gleisner and permanent contestants Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee bring us the eighth season of Have You Been Paying Attention, one of Australia’s most successful panel shows. Expect plenty of giggles as guests put a comedic spin on current affairs. New episodes are available every Monday from 8.30pm on Ten.
ABC: The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty
For 50 years one Australian man has had a huge impact on the world’s media landscape, creating an empire that influences every aspect of modern western society. This excellent three part series looks at the rise and rise of Rupert Murdoch, from his early ambition and newspaper scandals through to his current links to Trump and The White House.
Nine: 60 Minutes
Sunday at 8.30pm on Nine
Australia’s number one current affairs program with a reputation that spans decades. Join some of television’s most highly regarded reporters as they investigate, analyse, and uncover the pressing issues affecting modern day Australians.
Best Sporting Events Live This Week
Live Sport This Week on Kayo
Live sport has now returned to Kayo after the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside reruns of some of the biggest sporting moments of years gone by, to really whet the appetite of Aussie sports fans.
Foxtel / Kayo: NRL
The NRL season is in full-swing again in Australia with the ladder looking very close, much to the delight of league fans around the country. Every game of every round will be broadcast live on Foxtel and Kayo, with no ad-breaks during play.
LIVE: Fri, Sep 25, 6.00pm Titans vs Knights
LIVE:Fri, Sep 25, 7.55pm – Rabbitohs vs Roosters
Foxtel / Kayo: AFL
The AFL is back, as Australia’s sporting landscape leads the way in the world of live sport, much to the delight of fans east and west. Every match of every round will be broadcast live on Foxtel and Kayo, with no ad-breaks during play. Check out the upcoming finals games below.
LIVE: Thu, Oct 1, TBC – West Coast Eagles v Collingwood (EF)
LIVE: Sat, Oct 3rd, TBC – Brisbane Lions v Richmond
Foxtel / Kayo: Super Rugby
Super Rugby is up and running in AU, alongside our NZ counterparts, in two unique competitions. Watch as the best teams from both countries play in their respective, five team leagues. Catch Super Rugby live and in HD with Foxtel and Kayo.
LIVE: Sat Sep 19th, 7.15pm -Brumbies vs Reds (Grand Final)
Foxtel / Kayo: Formula 1 – Russian GP
Up next on the calendar is the Russian GP, with Lewis Hamilton looking in great shape to win a record-equaling 7th World Title. The battle behind him, however, is hot, with some of the best racing in recent years coming from the likes of Red Bull, Renault and Racing Point.
LIVE: Russian GP, 27th Sept, 9.05pm
* Replays available on demand
Foxtel / Kayo: NBA
Disney Land is now the home of the NBA, with games being played behind closed doors at the famous Florida resort. Watch your favourite teams as they make a push for the 2020 playoffs.
LIVE: Conference Finals, daily from 10.00am
Lakers v Nuggets (West)
Celtics vs Heat (East)
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Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every round from the NRL and AFL, action from the Super Rugby, UFC and V8 Supercars – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Streaming TV
Since the birth of television, we’ve gotten all our TV via broadcasts – signals containing continuous TV channels sent out to anyone who can pick them up. Streaming TV is completely different – you choose what show or movie you want to watch from an app on your TV or a device, and it’s then sent to you via your broadband internet connection. It’s called “streaming” because you watch it as it’s being sent to you, rather than downloading it to watch later.
If you’ve got a recent model TV, it’s almost certainly what’s known as a “smart TV” – in other words, it can download and run apps. The most popular apps for smart TVs are those for streaming services, and that’s because it’s easy to just sit back and load up the app for your favourite service and start watching. But smart TV support for each streaming service varies, so if you’re watching a lot of it, the better option is to buy a dedicated streaming device like Telstra TV or Apple TV, or get a low-cost device called a Chromecast so you can send streaming TV to your screen from a phone or tablet app.
Streaming is really easy on modern smartphones and tablets, but not everyone wants to watch their shows and movies on a tiny screen. You can fix that easily with a small device made by Google called Chromecast. It plugs into a spare HDMI port on your TV, and connects to the same Wi-Fi network that your phone is on. Once it’s set up, all you need to do is load up your favourite streaming app – Netflix, Binge, Kayo and hundreds of others – and tap the little TV screen icon in the top right corner to connect to Chromecast. Then everything you play will stream direct to your TV.
If you’ve got a fairly recent model of Mac or PC, you’ll almost certainly find a HDMI video output socket on the back (or side, in the case of laptops) of the computer. If you have one of these, streaming direct to your TV is easy – just connect it to a spare HDMI input on your TV with a cable and switch to that input, then start streaming. Other computers may have different video connectors, such as Mini DisplayPort, USB-C or Thunderbolt; these can connect to your TV as well, but you’ll need a special adapter cable to do so. An easier option in those cases may be to use a Chromecast connected to the TV, sending video to it from the Google Chrome web browser.
Of all the streaming services, Netflix is the one that almost every smart TV and streaming device supports – in fact, if you’ve bought a TV, disc player or streaming device recently, it’ll probably have a big red and white Netflix button on its remote control! All you need to do to stream Netflix on any TV is just load up the app and sign in with your account email and password – it’ll load up all your profiles, favourites and watch lists so you can pick up on the TV where you left off on the phone or PC.
While you’ll find Netflix support on pretty much every smart TV, the other streaming services you can access on that TV will vary greatly depending on the brand, model and year of your TV. The much better solution if you’re streaming all the time is to buy a dedicated streaming box. These smart little devices plug into your TV via HDMI and act as a sort of “one-stop shop” for all the different streaming service apps, so you can stream from any of them from the one remote control. The best streaming boxes are the ones with the widest app support – with the Telstra TV and Apple TV at the top of the list. They’re both priced just above $200, but the Telstra TV can be had for $9 a month if you’re a Telstra customer, making it a great affordable streaming upgrade.
While Foxtel Now offers plenty of shows and movies for you to watch on demand, its main purpose is to deliver Foxtel’s live TV channels to you as they’re broadcast – but via streaming rather than satellite. The way this is done is very much the same as other streaming services, except that each channel is its own separate never-ending live stream, and you switch between channels rather than choosing individual titles. It’s designed to behave just like regular TV does, but under the hood it’s a streaming service and as such, it performs best on a fast broadband connection.
All streaming TV uses an amount of download data on your broadband plan – so if you’ve got a monthly download limit, you’ll want to keep an eye on just how much data is being used. That amount varies greatly between different streaming services, but as a general guide, expect to use around 1GB per hour at standard definition, 3GB per hour at HD (high definition) and 7GB per hour at 4K Ultra HD quality. We’d recommend anyone who streams regularly get a broadband plan with unlimited data – they’re incredibly cheap now.
Innovative sports streaming service Kayo Sports is still working on apps for a wider range of smart TVs – at the moment, though, they only offer an app for Samsung TVs made in 2017 and later, and for TVs running the Android TV operating system (like Sony’s recent models). For any other TV, smart or not, you’ll need to use a streaming device, with the best ones for Kayo Sports being Telstra TV (which also lets you subscribe directly from the device) and Apple TV. Kayo also supports Chromecast so you can cast from your phone, but a current-model Chromecast is recommended for best results. Check out our guide for more suggestions.
Foxtel Go is the app for phones and tablets that’s designed for use by customers of both Foxtel satellite TV and Foxtel Now services. You can stream the live channels and on-demand content to a TV by using the new Foxtel app for LG and Samsung smart TVs, or by streaming from the mobile app to a Chromecast device. However, Foxtel satellite customers will need to add the Multiscreen pack to their account before streaming is possible. Foxtel Now customers can stream on up to two devices at the same time. They can also use the dedicated Foxtel Now box or Telstra TV to stream.
With the free-to-air streaming services – ABC iView, SBS On Demand, 7plus, 9now and 10play – you’ve got plenty of choices to watch on your TV, especially if it supports the “Freeview” standard. TVs that offer Freeview will display a banner when changing channels, letting you access that network’s streaming service with the tap of a coloured button. For easier browsing and streaming, though, almost all smart TVs include apps for all five of the free-to-air networks, as do the to streaming boxes like Telstra TV and Apple TV. All of these apps are completely free to use, though some require you to sign up for a free account, and all (except ABC iView) are supported by ad breaks during your streams.
No. That’s one of the best things about all streaming services, including Foxtel Now – there is no need to agree to any sort of lock-in contract. You pay a month in advance for a month’s access and can cancel at any time. Even better, you can re-subscribe later and as long as it hasn’t been too long , you’ll find all your favourites and watch lists right where you left them.
The tradition with streaming TV has been to offer new customers a free trial period so they can see if they like what the service has to offer – but not all services have free trials. Most notably, Netflix and Disney Plus don’t offer a free trial at all anymore, so anyone signing up for the first time will have to pay for the first month up front. However, there are still plenty of free trials around, such as Foxtel Now (10 days), Binge (14 days), Kayo Sports (14 days), Amazon Prime Video (one month).
Because it’s designed to be watched on demand, streaming services don’t give you the ability to record shows and movies to watch later. However, some services do allow you to download titles to a mobile phone or tablet to stream later without using the internet. This can be brilliant for when you’re travelling – load up your iPad or phone with some movies or a series, and you can watch them anywhere without incurring a massive mobile data bill. Streaming services that allow downloads include Netflix, Stan, Prime Video and Disney Plus.