Binge Review – Is Foxtel's Streaming Service Worth the Money?


Summary

Our Verdict

Binge


The vast riches of the HBO catalogue get combined with a huge library of other TV shows and hundreds of movies in one of the best-value streaming services you can get right now.

 
Overall 91%
Content
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Value

Binge is the number one in Australia for everything HBO and Foxtel for a fraction of the price. There’s something to watch for all ages, whether it’s TV series, movies or documentaries.

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What is Binge?

Binge is a TV and movie streaming service brought to you by Foxtel. If you think about the huge library of content that Foxtel has the rights to, you’ll know that it has traditionally been divided up into packages – movies, drama, lifestyle, docos. That works great for those who know what they want, love the convenience of Foxtel’s iQ4 box and are mostly interested in live TV channels.

Similar to Foxtel Now, Binge is a streaming platform that has access to the best of Foxtel’s extensive library – including HBO, arguably one of the greatest TV producers of all time. Binge is going to enjoy a long relationship with HBO thanks to a deal signed just recently, but beyond that network (and its brand-new HBO Max shows, also coming to the service) there is plenty of solid content here.

What can I watch on Binge?

Binge is home to some of the best TV shows and movies in Australia. The content library offers something for everyone from drama and sci-fi to reality TV and documentaries. The streaming service boasts a wide range of television shows such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Band of Brothers and many more favourites. The big screen is far from forgotten with Binge streaming massive blockbusters like 1917, Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Moonlight. The rest you’ll just have to see for yourself.

How much does Binge cost?

So here’s the big news – Binge is cheap, really cheap, but before paying anything you can take advantage of their 14-day free trial.

Binge offers three pricing tiers with their entry-level plan starting at a mere $10 per month, giving you access to the full content library in standard definition. That also lets you watch on only one screen at a time. The next tier up adds high definition streaming, and the ability to have two screens streaming at a time. That’s $14 per month which is an undeniable bargain for HD streaming of the content on offer (directly comparable to those from Disney Plus, Prime Video, Netflix and Stan).

The top tier is $18 per month which gives you simultaneous use of up to four screens, but 4K streaming is at least a year away. There is your family plan right there. Users on Apple TV and iOS can subscribe via Apple, potentially taking advantage of discounted iTunes cards when available. However, the minimum subscription tier when paying via Apple is the $14 HD one (priced at $13.99 there).

Binge Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in SD on a single device
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
  • $10/mth
$10/mth
Min Cost - $10/month after 14 days free trial

Standard
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to two devices
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
  • $14/mth
$14/mth
Min Cost - $14/month after 14 days free trial

Premium
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
  • $18/mth
$18/mth
Min Cost - $18/month after 14 days free trial

Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • Telstra Postpaid: 3 mths free
  • Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Ad-free, on-demand shows & movies
  • Watch on 2 screens at once
  • $0/mth
$0/mth
Min Cost - $0 for Telstra postpaid customers (3 months), $14/mth afterwards

Last audited 11 May 2021

How to watch Binge

The Binge App can be used on Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV (including Sony smart TVs), and both iOS/Android phones and tablets. Support for Samsung smart TVs is and game consoles are also available. 

Binge supports all Chromecasts except the first-generation (stick-shaped) model, and that’ll get your Bingelist up on your big screen for under 50 bucks.

User profiles are supported – great news for shared households and families. At launch you can have up to six profiles, and Binge says this will increase not too far down the track.

Binge features

If you’re already a Kayo user then it is worth mentioning that Binge uses the same platform as its sister station, and the same account system – you effectively have a “Streamotion account” rather than a Kayo or Binge account. So keep that in mind when signing up, as your mobile phone number is attached to your account for both so you’ll need to sign in with the same details. You do, however, pay for each service separately, and can subscribe to one or the other without hassle. 

However, this does make the signup process a little confusing, especially for those who’ve used a different email for their Kayo trial and then tried to sign up for Binge with a different email but the same mobile number. We’re sure Binge will be working on making the process easier – and their responses to our support emails today were faster than any other company you’re likely to deal with, getting it sorted fast. 

If you’re a Kayo Sports subscriber adding Binge to a current account, though, it’ll be smooth sailing. And keep this in mind – the combo of Binge and Kayo costs you a total of $39 a month for all the drama, movies, reality, lifestyle, docos AND sport you can stream. Quite seriously a bargain of the highest order if you want it all.

How to contact Binge

If you have any questions on how to get started, services offered, and other general enquirers, just visit the BINGE, simply visit our dedicated contact page here. 

Binge verdict

Here in Australia we’ve missed out on the ability to stream shows from HBO and some others for years. Sure, you have had the ability to buy them on iTunes or Google Play, or subscribe to the excellent Foxtel Now, but having that on-demand interactive streaming experience that we’ve come to love is so much nicer. And that’s what Binge delivers with a library that stands toe to toe with Prime Video, Disney Plus, Netflix and Stan.

The killer feature here is the price – the sweet spot of $14/month for HD gives you access to a vast cache of TV treasures, alongside new shows and a whole bunch of other content, all streaming on your big screen at your command.

Whether you love to binge, or just want to dive into the worlds of some of the best TV ever made, this is one of the best bargains out there right now.

What people are asking about BINGE

  • What is BINGE?

BINGE is a one-stop-shop for all the best TV and Movie entertainment broadcast across Foxtel’s wide landscape of channels. The concept is simple – a user-friendly platform where you can watch entire seasons of your favourite series, as well as blockbusters and classics from the world of cinema.


  • What will be on BINGE?

A huge library of TV shows, movies and documentaries pulled straight from Foxtel’s extensive pool of content, making it the perfect choice for the whole family. As well as hard-hitting drama such as Mrs America and Westworld, you can also watch award-winning docos from National Geographic and The BBC, as well as the best offerings from Nick Jr and The Cartoon Network. 


  • Is Foxtel better than BINGE?

That depends on what you want to watch and how. If you prefer to watch your favourite shows and movies on a mobile device, using as little data as possible, then BINGE is ideal. You also have the option to cancel your monthly subscription at any time. The benefits of Foxtel include access to all of Foxtel’s content (Sports, Music, Kids, Entertainment), including HD and 4K channels via the IQ4 Box, but you will need to sign up long term.


  • Is BINGE available on Sony and Samsung TV’s?

BINGE has an Android TV app that works with most recent Sony TVs. There’s no app for Samsung’s TVs yet, but one is on the way. Apps for both iOS and Android tablets and phones let you stream on the go, and you can also Chromecast from those apps to either a stand-alone or built-in Chromecast device.


  • How does BINGE compare to Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, Apple TV+ and Stan?

BINGE easily holds its own when compared to the wealth of alternative streaming options available today. Their TV series alone really pack a punch, with some of the best shows from the past 20 years. These includee The Sopranos, Sex And The City and The Wire. Add to that modern classics such as Euphoria, Chernobyl and The Walking Dead and it’s easy to see why it is at least on an even keel with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. The streaming platform is also home to the biggest HBO shows coming straight from the US which is a huge pull for TV fans.


  • Can I get BINGE with Telstra?

All three monthly payment plans are available with Telstra. This means that you can easily add it to your Telstra plan so that everything is paid in one, easy place. A Basic plan costs only $10/month which one user can use at any given time, with content streamed in standard definition. A Standard Plan costs $14/month (watch on two screens at once) whilst a Premium Plan will set you back $18/month (four screens at once),  and both have SD and HD options.


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