The Netflix revolution opened up a new — and more convenient — way to get your entertainment fix in Australia. Not only did it let us get a hold of our favourite shows in a more accessible manner, it also paved the way for many other streaming providers to step up their game and offer premium content specially customised for their audiences. Gone are the days when TV viewing was limited to only a handful of broadcasting stations. The future of television is finally here. Streaming now dominates, shaping how we watch TV.
Streaming TV in Australia
The Streaming TV Revolution in Australia
While we might put the streaming revolution in Australia down to Netflix’s arrival in 2015, in fact Aussie provider Quickflix was the first to get the ball rolling. Quickflix are still on the scene, offering online movies and actual DVDs as part of their service. Another local service, Stan, has also entered the streaming game, standing strong to this day — earning the tag as the “Netflix of Australia”.
Other early players included Telstra’s Big Pond Movies – now known as Telstra TV Box Office – still delivers the freshest and latest blockbuster films, that you can rent or buy with just a few clicks. Free-to-air channels also took notice of this growing trend and quickly jumped on the bandwagon with their own catch-up streaming apps, starting with ABC’s iView, which launched way back in 2008 and which quickly changed how viewers watched.
But even at the presence of these early streaming providers, Netflix changed the game completely when the American giant finally launched. It became a way of life to binge-watch entire series in one night and make it the topic of conversation among family members and friends. People started hosting Netflix viewing parties and of course, there was the whole “Netflix and chill” situation that we’re all too familiar with at this point. The demand has increased exponentially within such a short amount of time that broadband providers struggled to keep up at first — an issue that’s seen more improvement with better speeds and further NBN rollout.
The Current State of Streaming
It’s really no surprise that streaming has become the new way for viewers to consume their TV content. Streaming TV is entertainment made so much more accessible, affordable and hassle-free. And with the continuous demand, various streaming providers — and even broadband and mobile providers — have been scrambling to give the best deals, content and other related services to consumers — making us, the audiences, a winner in this area.
Today, streaming TV in Australia isn’t limited anymore to just Netflix or Stan. There are so many more big players in the game including Amazon Prime Video, Telstra TV Box Office, DocPlay, Fetch TV, Foxtel Now, Google Play, hayu, iTunes, Kayo Sports, OVOPlay, and YouTube Premium — and getting access to these streaming providers can be as easy as making a few simple clicks.
List of Australian Streaming TV Providers
How to Get Access to Streaming in Australia
Given the volume of competition among providers and the availability of better technology, it’s relatively easy to start watching your favourite shows from just about any of Australia’s streaming providers. You don’t have to worry about getting placed on call-waiting just to get a taste of the latest season of your favourite series. All you really need is a reliable internet connection and a compatible device to get the job started — and to get it done.
What streaming free trials are on offer?
Keen to stream but not sure who? Try sticking your toe in first – free of charge of course. From Netflix, Amazon Prime and hayu’s 30-day free trials to Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports’ 14-day free offers, potential subscribers are treated to an all-access pass, albeit within a limited time frame, to all the content that these providers offer. Free trial offers are also a good way for audiences to get a taste – not just of the available content, but also of the original shows and movies that most top providers now offer.
Streaming TV and an internet connection works hand in hand and as such, it’s only fair that a lot of broadband providers in Australia have started offering bundled subscriptions to make it easier for consumers to access their favourite shows and movies. Aside from Fetch TV’s partnerships with iPrimus, Dodo, iiNet, Optus and Aussie Broadband, there’s also Telstra’s special Foxtel Now offer that comes with unlimited data and many other freebies like the Telstra TV, Smart Modem and Google Home Mini. Going for these bundled packages can be very advantageous to those looking to just have it all in a single bill, especially for busy households or those that have just moved in.
Build Your Own Streaming Packages
A lot of these streaming providers also offer individual channel packs that allow you to build your own set of content, specially customised to what you want to see. This is a great way to save money and not waste it paying for shows that don’t really appeal to you that much. Foxtel Now and Fetch TV are among the top streaming providers that offer these BYO packs, letting you choose only what you want to watch and what you’re willing to pay for.
Find the Best Streaming Provider for You
The top streaming providers in Australia have made it a point to offer distinctive content and services that separate them from one another. That said, just because your neighbour told you that Netflix is the best one around, doesn’t mean it would apply to your own preferences and viewing tastes as well. The key is to find the best provider for what you want to watch. Nailing down the best of the best for you can be done through subscribing to free trials or simply checking out the content they have on a monthly page, which you can easily check online. Want HBO original series? Get Foxtel Now. Want an all-sports viewing experience? Get Kayo Sports. Want reality TV? Get hayu. Not only does this give you the best and most suitable streaming provider, but it also saves you a whole lot of money.
Best Streaming TV Plans
- New customers: 14 day free trial
- No Lock-in Contract
- Watch on 2 devices concurrently
- 15,000+ hrs of on-demand sport – new content daily
- Drama Extra, Kids & Docos
- No Lock-in Contract
- 25+ channels: Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Entertainment & more
- 20+ channels of premium drama, kids, & documentaries
- 30-day free trial
- No Lock-in Contract
- New docos added weekly
- Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
- 30 day free trial
- No Lock-in Contract
- hayu app: download shows
- 6,500+ episodes of reality TV
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Choose the Streaming Package That’s Right for You
Aside from the likes of Netflix, hayu and Stan that offer one-off monthly packages, you can easily filter out the shows and movies you watch simply by choosing the right packages. For example, Foxtel Now offers an entry point with their Pop and Lifestyle packs and from there, you can choose the other packs you want to add including Movies, Drama, Sports, and so on. Fetch TV also allows you to do this with their range of channel packs that you can sign up and pay for. Choosing your packages wisely ensures that your viewing experience is specially catered to only you, or your family and that you’re paying exactly for what you want to see.
How about a Streaming and Broadband Bundle?
Bundled subscriptions really are the way to go if you’re in need of both a streaming TV and broadband subscription. Not only are you getting a good deal out of your data at home, but you’re also most likely getting some sort of discount for your streaming TV subscription — or perhaps, you may even have it completely for free.
Streaming with the Latest Devices
The progress that streaming TV in Australia has made in recent years has a lot to do with the newer technologies being used, including the devices that come with it. There’s the launch of the newer versions of Telstra TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast Ultra and the most recent one from Foxtel’s iQ4 box, which can now showcase live 4K programming. Making use of these devices may seem like an additional cost, but it’s well worth it given how they contribute to a better viewing experience at home.
Download the App
One of the best ways to maximise your streaming subscription is to download the app across all of your devices, which includes your mobile phones and tablets. Having the app with you on your person allows you to get access to all the content you want to stream whenever and wherever — and opens up a whole world of handy entertainment that’s not confined within your home television.
The Top Streaming TV Providers
The one that needs no introduction. With over 100 million subscribers around the world, Netflix is the streaming TV service that’s set the standard. Their vast library of high quality original TV shows (and now movies as well) is worth the price of admission on its own.
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The service provides easy, contract-free streaming access to a huge number of Foxtel’s live TV channels via online streaming. That means that even if you can’t get access to satellite or cable Foxtel, you can still catch all the sport, movie and TV action as it goes to air.
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The “local Netflix” has a superb library of films as well as some brilliant TV you can’t see anywhere else – like the latest shows from US network Showtime. Stan also produces its own shows, including the excellent TV series version of Romper Stomper, Wolf Creek, and the hilarious comedy series No Activity.
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Hayu is owned by the giant NBC Universal group and is basically wall-to-wall reality TV – it’s the name of hayu’s game. They do it well, offering something for everyone. With a bargain monthly cost of $6.99, it’s a must for everyone who likes to relax with a big dose of exciting reality television.
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Still in its “soft launch” phase in Australia while Amazon properly sets up shop here, Prime Video costs only US$2.99 a month. That’s worth it for the superb Amazon Originals alone, including The Grand Tourfor Top Gear fans, The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks and the award-winning Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
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There’s no need to wait to watch the latest movie releases when you can easily rent or buy it from Telstra TV Box Office, formerly known as BigPond Movies. Rent out movies from $3.99 or buy recent releases at $19.99, including blockbusters. You can also purchase single episodes or full seasons of your favourite TV shows or get a season pass.
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Fetch TV offers a unique alternative to conventional pay TV. With a broadband connection from one of Fetch TV’s partner ISPs, you can stream your favourite shows across an extensive package of TV channels — including free to air and pay streaming TV apps — using either the Mighty or Mini set top boxes. With the Mighty box, you can also record shows.
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Exciting sports content is well within reach — and for free — with OVOPlay. Whether or not you’re an existing subscriber to any of OVO Mobile’s plans, you can easily stream some of the best sports content online, from gymnastics, rugby, to water polo, via the OVOPlay website or the OVOPlay app on your iOS or Android devices.
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Quickflix has maintained its popularity as a mail-order DVD company in Australia. For those who want it “old school”, so to speak, Quickflix is a great go-to for movies delivered right at your doorstop and without any due dates or late fees! You can also choose to simply stream the movies or TV shows from their library on either a subscription plan or just pay as you go.
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It’s been a long time coming but Aussie sports fans can now finally tune in to all the sports action they want with Kayo, the first ever streaming service dedicated to premium sports in the country — and from around the globe. Featuring two affordable and no lock-in plans, sports fans can get the ultimate viewing experience in HD and tune in live or on demand.
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Ten All Access is Network Ten’s answer to the rise of streaming TV, in partnership with CBS in the US. For just under 10 dollars per month, you can get an ‘all access’ pass to some of TV’s classic hits plus new releases even before it arrives on Network Ten. That’s over 7000 ad-free episodes that you can binge watch — and best of all, you can kick things off with a 1-month risk-free trial.
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A streaming service that’s solely dedicated to docos, DocPlay features an extensive range of the best documentaries from all around the world. From biographical to true crime, social to nature and wildlife, plus many more in between, you’re bound to find a gem or two — or more — that would provoke your thoughts and possibly change your perception. Start your doco-binge with a free 30-day trial.
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