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Streaming services in Australia
We all love our streaming services because they spare us from having to check the TV guide to find out what’s on TV. Netflix, Disney Plus (including its new Star section), Amazon Prime Video and more – they’re all amazing ways to take your life back, break loose from the TV guide and watch what you want, when you want. Around the world, streaming has become the prime way of watching TV for millions of people. What you and your family watch at your house is now entirely up to you and it’s easy to max out on things to watch before you know it.
Whether you’re looking for top movies, comedy, family shows or just a day-long Friends binge (including the much celebrated Friends: The Reunion), you’ll find it somewhere in Australia’s massive world of streaming goodness.
The good news is that we’ve made it fast and easy to find the shows and movies you want to watch, whether they’re on BINGE, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus or on services like ABC iView, the Seven network’s 7Plus and others.
We’ve collected info about all the best movies and shows available to watch via streaming, so you can quickly find out which service has the TV series or movies you’re wanting to watch. It’s truly the best way to find out where to watch a TV show or movie in Australia and find out which streaming service has it – and it’s not always Netflix or Amazon Prime!
What can I watch on these streaming services?
Our streaming search engine covers Australia’s biggest streaming services, giving you access to thousands of the best movies, shows, stuff for the kids, online events, live TV and more. Select one of the providers below to find out what’s streaming right now on their platforms in Australia.
Below you can check out the latest hits on each streaming service:
Top 10 Shows and Movies to Stream
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The best movies and TV shows by genre
With so much content spread over countless different services, it’s hard to narrow down one streaming service as having the best of any content. Netflix does fantastic originals, but then again so does Amazon Prime Video, BINGE and Foxtel have HBO but Disney has well… everything.
The best comedy titles
If you have a comedy in mind for the library search engine, then go right ahead, but if you need a little more direction then here’s a list of the best comedy streaming right now.
- Friends: The Reunion
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Palm Springs
- Coming 2 America
- Borat 2
- Love and Monsters
- I Care a Lot
- Made For Love
- Schitt’s Creek
- The Office
- Parks and Recreation
The best drama titles
If you want something a little less side-splitting and perhaps more heart-wrenching, then this is the list for you. Drama is a wide range, as it can cover romance, comedy, crime, thriller and horror. We’ve tried to compile a little taste of everything in this list.
- The Sopranos
- Game of Thrones
- Better Call Saul
- Mare of Easttown
- Trial of the Chicago 7
- Dr. Death
- City on a Hill
- The Sound of Metal
- Your Honor
- The Flight Attendant
The best action titles
Regardless of if you like some laughs or some feelings, you like the blood pumping. If that’s the case then our best action picks are going to be right up your alley. Check out some of the heartstopping, adrenaline-filled action below.
- Zack Snyder’s Justice League
- Space Sweepers
- Black Widow
- Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse
- Willy’s Wonderland
- The Boys
- The Bad Batch
- Queen of the South
- Umbrella Academy
- The Mandalorian
Best streaming TV plans and offers
Australia is one of the best places in the world for streaming TV, with an estimated 15 million people having access to paid streaming services – well over half the entire population.
As a result, we’re well served by three tiers of streaming – the big paid services like Netflix, the niche ones such as hayu, and the services provided by TV networks. Netflix may be the biggest service on the block, but we’re also got Foxtel Now, BINGE, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus (including Star) providing Disney Movies and TV shows. Movie fans also have MUBI and Kanopy, and of course there’s the TV network services providing live news, life and food shows and more – even sport, from horse racing to football!
More services are on the way, too, with HBO Max rumoured to be on its way with its award-winning movies and TV, and Paramount+ set to launch in a few months.
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Other streaming services
Believe it or not, there are still more streaming services. Some of these platforms don’t require a subscription, some are services we use every day and some are made specifically for one group of people who want to watch particular movies and TV shows.
Free To Air streaming TV services
The popular broadcast streaming services – SBS On Demand, ABC iView, 9Now, 7Plus and 10Play are also included, with their huge range of free-to-stream content often not available anywhere else. You can check our what’s streaming this week for further information.
Niche streaming TV services in Australia
Coming in behind all the big streaming names like Netflix, there are also a whole bunch of niche streaming services which specialise in content ranging from arthouse movies to life and style to 24/7 news or reality TV (house renovations or housewives, the choice is yours!) Our video review explains a few in detail and provides examples of the TV shows, movies and sport you might be after.
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.