Watch Movies Online in Australia
Watching your favourite films in Australia has never been an easier task. With the huge range of on demand streaming services we have, there’s basically media for any interest. From horror to comedy to action and adventure, it’s only a click away for any Australian. Here we look a little closer at the best streaming providers in Australia.
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Movie streaming in Australia
Gone are the days of Friday night Blockbuster trips, but that doesn’t mean movie nights have died as well. We are luckier than we ever have been thanks to the literal world at our fingertips and as the years go by, Australia is branching out wider and wider with their on demand content. So, get the popcorn ready and enjoy the show because there are a hundred and one ways to watch your Friday night flicks now.
Choosing a streaming service is now trickier than ever. Not only do we have established players like Netflix and Amazon but there are more recent additions in the form of BINGE and Disney Plus. With so many providers with so many different films, how are we meant to know which one is right for us? Luckily, these providers all have free trials and offers for you to test them out and see what movie might be your next pick. Online streaming is great for larger households and families as thanks to multiple screens and devices, there’s no more fights over the remote.
Best movie streaming providers
There are an ever-growing amount of platforms for the family to watch films on, but there are a handful that can be considered the best. Whether it’s the price, or the titles, the platform features – whatever it is, these providers are the best at it. Compare the options below and see which deal is right for you.
BINGE has it all and all you need to do is give their 14 day free trial offer a shot to see this for yourself. This is a free way to access their massive library so that you can watch the best movies without paying a cent upfront. Once the free trial period is up then there are three plans great plans to choose from.
The Basic BINGE plan costs $10 per month and allows one device streaming at a time in standard definition. The Standard plan is $14 per month with the option to stream on two screens simultaenously in high definition. The most complete package comes in the form of the Premium plan, which for $18 per month allows you to stream on three devices in high definition. Any of these plans can be cancelled for free at any time.
Foxtel Now keeps you up to date with all the live action, but also the latest blockbuster releases. To start with you can access all the Foxtel channels with their 10 day free trial. Once this trial period is up, the Essential Base Pack is available for $25 per month.
Foxtel Now gives you access to the Foxtel Go companion app, which allows you to stream your favourite flicks at home or on the go. You can add the Movie pack for $20 per month, or an additional drama pack for $10 per month. Foxtel Now offers the subscription registered on up to five devices at once. All of these options can be cancelled for free at any time.
BINGE from Telstra
BINGE from Telstra is a fantastic way to watch movies for less if you have a Telstra account. This does not offer a free trial, but upon signing for a 12 month Telstra plan you get the first three months for free which is exclusive to new customers.
There are only two plans available with the Telstra BINGE offer. First, the Standard plan for $14 per month which lets you have two simultaneous streams and the Premium plan for $18 per month. Both of these options include HD content. You must be a new or existing Telstra mobile/broadband customer to claim this offer.
Foxtel Now from Telstra
Telstra customers can have access to every Foxtel Now channel thanks to the Telstra Foxtel Now offer. New and returning customers who take this 12 month plan with get their first month free. The offer comes with the Essential Base pack but you can add movies for an additional $20 per month and drama for $10 per month.
You can watch Foxtel Now from Telstra, online or with the Foxtel Go app, on up to five devices at once wherever you may be. Content is instantly available upon signing up, and you can customise your extra packs any time when you want.
Disney Plus have two plans depending on your needs. Firstly, there is the monthly plan that be cancelled at any time which costs $11.99 per month. The second price point is an annual plan that comes to $119.99 for 12 months, discounting to be $9.99/month. Both options give you complete access and the ability to stream at home or on the move.
The payment is the two plan’s only difference, as both let you stream on up to four devices at once in HD. The Disney Plus app is also incredibly user friendly and comes with full parental control options.
Telstra TV Box Office
Telstra TV Box Office is a great option when you can’t find that movie you want to watch anywhere else. Using their marketplace you can rent or buy titles without having to change your service. You can also use any Telstra Plus points you have to make the cost of rentals even cheaper.
Telstra TV Box Office requires an existing Telstra account before you can start to watch and stream. Once you have this, simply log in and stream your favourite movies, or perhaps the latest and greatest. All charges will be billed directly to your Telstra account, or you can use Telstra Plus points.
DocPlay are the host of premium documentaries and to start watching you can simply use the 14 day free trial. With the trial, you get access to their entire library for free. If you feel that DocPlay is right for you, you can enjoy the streaming service for only $7.99 per month.
DocPlay can be enjoyed fully in high definition and ad free thanks to their handy easy to use app for those who want to watch documentaries on any device. You’re not just limited to one screen either with DocPlay, with up to four simultaneous screen access, which is great for larger households.
Sadly, Netflix no longer offers a free trial but they still do have great value. There are simply three plans to choose from, all of which give access to new movies as well as the classic films. Netflix is renowned for its user-friendly interface and app.
If you’re happy to watch or stream on just one device in standard definition, it will only cost you $10.99 per month for a Basic Netflix offer. Then, for two HD devices simultaneously, $15.99 per month lets you do so, while the $19.99 per month plan lets you stream on up to four devices in Ultra HD.
Stan’s current 30 day free trial for all new subscribers is absolutely huge. Stan have three plans ranging between $10, $14 and $19 with an optional extra for sport. All plans offer the free trial so you can try out the entire library before committing. HD is available on the top two tiers while 4K UHD is only available on the premium tier. The basic plan allows for one screen, while the next two tiers allow for simultaneous streams.
What movies to watch
These days, streaming providers are putting billion-dollar blockbuster movie budgets into original features, as well as giving us an extensive library of classic shows and films. Everything is available to watch on demand, and with providers like Amazon Prime Video or Disney Plus, the latest movie is often fast tracked to streaming.
There is a streaming platform for you to watch any genre or any interest, whether it’s cooking or music or comedy or even history. Somewhere out there, in the land of streaming services, there is a film perfect for you.
Each provider comes with its own niche of content. Disney Plus offers exclusive content from the world of Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, whilst the likes of Foxtel Now and BINGE give you the latest offerings from HBO and the BBC.
Here you can check out some of the best shows and movies available with each provider below.
What’s On BINGE
Thanks to the close association with Foxtel, BINGE has a huge range of content on offer. This means that you can watch the latest offerings from HBO, BBC, MTV and more. As well as those industry giants, there are plenty of animated movies and features for kids, as well as award-winning wildlife documentaries and many hard-hitting docuseries. Find out what’s on BINGE.
What’s On Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now service is a no-nonsense way to stream the world’s biggest movies online. Forget the satellite, forget the cable, simply grab your compatible device and get streaming. The Foxtel Now Essentials pack includes channels like Fox Showcase, Fox 8, Lifestyle, Fox Funny and more, with the option to watch films live or later on demand. Find out what’s on Foxtel Now.
What’s On Disney Plus
Disney Plus brings a library with close to 100 years of Disney content, a century of movies to stream. From classic film titles like Lady and The Tramp and Monsters Inc to The Avengers and Star Wars series, it’s all here to watch instantly. The new Disney Plus Star range is fantastic for older audiences and includes movies like The Shape of Water, Die Hard and Deadpool. Find out what’s on Disney Plus.
What’s On Netflix
It could be argued that Netflix properly introduced the world to the benefits of streaming TV content. They remain a leader in the field with literally thousands of TV show episodes and movies available to watch and stream instantly. You can catch drama shows like Outlander and Fargo alongside original series like Narcos and Sex Education, as well as reality shows and Kids series. Find out what’s on Netflix.
What’s On DocPlay
If you’re looking for something based a little more in reality, something informing and hard-hitting, then Aussie streaming service, DocPlay sounds like the one for you. Their library is jam-packed with hidden gems that wouldn’t be seen without their subscription, including Searching For Sugarman and Well Groomed.
What’s On Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime Video is another original streaming provider that has set the bar for the rest to follow. As well as classic movies they have a load of Amazon Prime original films and documentaries, with some solid entries in the sports domain. You can watch something for just about everyone and enjoy major films alongside kids features. Find out what’s on Amazon Prime.
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How to watch movies online
As helpful as it is to know who has what and for how much, as well as some insider opinions on the services, there’s still a few more details. Before you get started streaming there are a couple of things you’ll need to ensure you have a seamless experience when you watch your favourites.
Compatible streaming devices
Starting off with a streaming provider begins with the right hardware. There are a huge range of mobile devices (tablet, PC, android smartphone) compatible to use with streaming apps, as well as dedicated TV hub devices. A good quality connection is also essential if you want to watch premium TV in HD quality. Make sure to check on the provider pages to see if your device is compatible before signing up.
Streaming films can use up big chunks of data, especially when you’re on a cellular connection. So, make sure you have access to a high, if not unlimited, data plan from your mobile or broadband provider if you watch movies online.
Internet suited for streaming
Telstra’s latest NBN plans are a smart way to watch and stream TV without worrying about how much data you use. A 500GB Data ($75/mth) plan will give you speeds of up to 25Mbps, whilst the more complete Premium Internet + Unlimited Data (from $90/mth) plan provides speeds up to 100Mbps.
New and switching customers signing up for the Telstra Broadband service today find big savings when signing up online, as the standard $99 connection fee is waived. Once you’ve signed up you can tailor your plan by choosing the option that works for the picture quality you desire.
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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.
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