The Wire was one of the most successful crime series exports from the US between 2002-2007. And the mark of just how good it actually was is its continued popularity with a whole new generation of audiences. If you’ve never actually seen it, or want to relive the story all over again, each and every episode is now available to watch On Demand in Australia.
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The amazing thing about this thrilling US crime series is that it is loosely based on the experiences of a real life homicide detective in Baltimore, a part of the USA notorious with drug and gang crime. The show was a huge success when first released in the US, and has gained cult like recognition worldwide since.
If you like your storylines realistic, yet hard hitting, all seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement, then The Wire is definitely a show you will want to check out. Starring Dominic West (Stateless), Lance Reddick (Harry Bosch) and Sonja Sohn (The Chi) every episode of The Wire is now available on demand in Australia and using the information in this guide you can find exactly how and where to watch it.
Where to Watch or Stream The Wire
Every season of The Wire is currently available On Demand with Foxtel. Here in Australia, Foxtel On Demand can be accessed via either Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more. You also have the option to watch The Wire online using Foxtel Now by selecting the Essentials Pack (Pop & Lifestyle), which currently have a 10 day free trial. Both choices include the option to stream programs free using the Foxtel Go app.
Alternatively, you can access Foxtel On Demand with Foxtel from Telstra. Foxtel from Telstra (including Foxtel Now from Telstra) offers the exact same programming as Foxtel, but is often available at reduced pricing or with no lock-in contract. With every Foxtel from Telstra package, you can likewise stream The Wire free using the Foxtel Go app, and in one of the devices in the table below. Plus, you can also watch more binge worthy shows from other drama channels, including BBC First, Binge, Universal Channel, and more. For a list of episodes and their air dates, see the TV schedule below.
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Stream The Wire with BINGE
Every episode from every season of The Wire can also be watched with Australia’s newest streaming service, BINGE. BINGE is offering a 14 day free trial for new customers and will stream every season and every new episode of The Wire, in both SD and HD. You can stream your favourite shows using compatible mobile devices such select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.
BINGE has no lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. BINGE will also provide on demand replays of new episodes that have just aired, as well as previous episodes and seasons. Other game changing features include Surprise Me, which allows users to skip through shows as if you were channel hopping for a more interesting way to come across new content. For full episode listings and on demand info, see the TV schedule below.
The Wire On Demand Schedule
Every season of The Wire is available on demand with Foxtel GO and Foxtel Now. There is no The Wire free to air coverage in Australia, it is exclusively available with Foxtel (Foxtel Now/Foxtel from Telstra) and BINGE. Here is a list of The Wire seasons available to watch now.
|Show / Season||Episodes||Average Running Time||Channel|
|The Wire Season 1||13||60 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|The Wire Season 2||12||60 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|The Wire Season 3||12||60 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|The Wire Season 4||13||60 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|The Wire Season 5||10||60 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
Mobile Device List (Foxtel and Foxtel from Telstra)
The following are the list of compatible mobile and internet connected devices for which you can stream The Wire whether at home or on the go, with new apps and devices being added as they become available.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)|
|iOS Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)|
|Android Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (Android 5 and above)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Via casting (only on Multiroom service)|
|Apple TV||Yes||Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)|
|Smart TVs||Yes||Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)|
Must See TV for fans of The Wire
The Wire consists of five seasons and is still considered one of the best crime series ever made. Once you have caught up on all the episodes, we have suggested a few series below that may also take your fancy.
The Sopranos (Foxtel / BINGE)
Tony Soprano has been involved in crime all his life, and now sits at the top of the tree within his mafioso family, hugely respected and highly feared. But every top job comes with stress, and Tony is starting to get his fair share. So he does something that takes him out of his comfort zone, something that would have his enemies rolling around in laughter – he goes to see a psychiatrist to tell his story! All seasons of The Sopranos are now available to stream on demand with Foxtel, or with Foxtel Now, which currently has a free 10 day trial.
A Very English Scandal (Foxtel)
Jeremy Thorpe is a member of the UK parliament’s liberal left, a man who is held in high regard by his peers and one day hopes to run for office. But there is one person threatening to complicate things, Norman Josiffe. Josiffe has fallen on tough times and struggled with life in the real world and tries to contact his former love, who denies all knowledge of his existence. What unfolds is a thrilling story of blackmail, lies and scandals in a time when same-sex relations were punishable by law. A Very English Scandal season 1 is now available to stream on demand with Foxtel, or with Foxtel Now which currently have a free 10 day trial.
Ron Iddles Good Cop (Foxtel)
With an incredible 99% conviction rate, it’s safe to say that Ron Iddles is incredibly good at his job. In this docu-series we get a great insight into some of his most challenging murder cases, talking directly with the victim’s families and journalists who covered the events at the time. What we discover is that Ron Iddles is a master within his field, building relationships with informants and suspects to get directly to the truth. Ron Iddles Good Cop season 1 is now available to stream on demand with Foxtel, or with Foxtel Now which currently have a free 10 day trial.