Best Streaming Service Australia 2022

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Long gone are the days when you’d settle for whatever was on free-to-air TV or you’d take a trip down to Blockbuster to rent a few DVDs for the week; streaming is all the rage.

There are a plethora of streaming services now available in Australia that all offer different content and features (and prices!), so to help you navigate the multiple platforms and help you decide which ones you should subscribe to, we’ve rounded up Australia’s best streaming services and all the relevant information you need to know.

Netflix (Australia)

While Netflix wasn’t the first streaming service to launch in Australia, it certainly was the platform that made streaming extremely popular Down Under.

How much is Netflix Australia?

Netflix Australia has three monthly plans: Basic, Standard and Premium.

  • Basic costs $10.99 per month and lets you watch Netflix content on 1 screen at a time. Content can only be streamed in standard definition.
  • Standard costs $16.99 per month and lets you watch Netflix content on 2 screens at the same time. You can also download content onto 2 separate phones or tablets. Content can be streamed in high-definition quality.
  • Premium costs $22.99 per month and lets you watch Netflix content on up to 4 separate screens or devices at the same time. You can also download content on up to 4 separate phones or tablets and content can be streamed in ultra high-definition quality.

Netflix Australia free trial

Netflix currently doesn’t offer a free trial.

What can I watch on Netflix?

Netflix offers a wide range of television shows, movies, Netflix originals, documentaries, comedy specials, reality shows, and more.

What devices can I watch Netflix on?

Netflix can be accessed on a wide range of devices, including:

  • Smart TVs
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Media streaming devices and set-top boxes
  • Games consoles
  • Blu-ray players

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Netflix website.

Stan

Stan is a streaming service exclusive to Australia but it has a wide range of American, British and foreign content available. Stan is the second most popular streaming service in Australia – behind Netflix – and often has access to exclusive content thanks to a number of partnership deals with a range of film and television production studios.

Stan also offers a Stan Sports add-on that gives access to a range of sports from around the world, including the UEFA Champions League, Formula E, World Rally Championship and tennis tournaments including Wimbledon, Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open.

How much is Stan?

Stan has three subscription tier options: Basic, Standard and Premium.

  • Stan Basic costs $10 per month and allows you to watch content in standard definition on up to 1 screen at a time. Content can also be downloaded to up to 1 phone or tablet too. 
  • Stan Standard costs $14 per month and allows you to watch content in up to high definition on up to 3 screens at a time. Content can also be downloaded on up to 3 separate phones or tablets too. 
  • Stan Premium costs $19 per month and allows you to watch content in up to ultra high definition on up to 4 screens at a time. Content can be downloaded on up to 5 separate phones or tablets. 

The Stan Sport add-on can be added to any Stan subscription tier for an additional $10 per month.

Stan free trial

If you’re new to Stan, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to see if it’s the best streaming service for you.

What can I watch on Stan?

Stan offers pretty much everything – television shows, movies, original content, documentaries, reality shows and sports matches if you get the Stan Sport add-on feature.

What devices can I watch Stan on?

Stan can be easily accessed from a range of devices, including:

  • Smart TVs
  • Games consoles
  • Streaming devices and set-top boxes such as Google Chromecast or Apple TV
  • Phones and tablets
  • PCs
  • Macs

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Stan website.

Binge

Binge is Foxtel’s streaming service and has a partnership with HBO (a US-based pay television network), so it offers most – if not all – HBO content. This is a big deal because the vast majority of the world’s best TV shows have come from HBO, including House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones and Euphoria.

How much is Binge?

Binge, like some other streaming services on this list, has three subscription tiers: Basic, Standard and Premium.

  • Basic costs $10 per month and lets you stream content in standard definition on up to 1 screen at a time. 
  • Standard costs $14 per month and lets you watch content in up to high definition on up to 2 screens at a time. 
  • Premium costs $18 per month and lets you watch content in up to high definition on up to 4 screens at a time. 

Binge doesn’t yet support ultra-high definition streaming, nor does it allow you to download content to your phone or tablet. 

Binge free trial

Binge offers a 14-day free trial to new customers.

What can I watch on Binge?

Binge gives subscribers access to some of the best movies and best TV shows ever produced (at least, if you go by reviews and ratings). Aside from this blockbuster content, Binge also gives access to a range of documentaries, reality TV shows, kids programming and even access to live TV channels, including those from overseas.

What devices can I watch Binge on?

Binge is supported on a range of devices, including:

  • Select Samsung and LG smart TVs
  • Media streaming devices and set-top boxes
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • PlayStation 4 and 5

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Binge website.

Disney Plus (Australia)

Disney Plus (stylised as Disney+) is the streaming service to come from Disney (duh) and is a streaming service that should get a lot of cinephiles excited because it has exclusive access to some of the world’s most-loved franchises and characters.

How much is Disney Plus Australia?

Disney is incredibly easy to sign up to. Rather than provide multiple subscription tiers like some other streaming services, Disney offers just one, but you have two options in regards to how you pay.

  • A monthly subscription allows you to pay for Disney+ on a monthly basis at $11.99 per month.
  • An annual subscription allows you to pay for 12 months of Disney+ in one hit for $119.99 per year. This gives you a saving of just under $24 compared to paying monthly. 

Disney Plus free trial

Disney+ doesn’t currently offer a free trial.

What can I watch on Disney Plus Australia?

With a Disney+ subscription, you will have access to some of the best movies and best TV shows ever made. Disney+ gives you exclusive access to the entire collection of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and TV shows, including additional behind-the-scenes content not available anywhere else.

You can also watch the entire collection of Star Wars films and spin-off TV shows, including The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi. What’s more, you also have access to the entire catalogue of Disney and Pixar movies and TV shows, as well as Fox movies and TV shows such as The Simpsons.

What devices can I watch Disney Plus Australia on?

Disney Plus Australia is available on a range of devices, including:

  • Smart TVs
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Games consoles
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Any other device that has an HDMI output or supports Apple Airplay wireless streaming

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Disney Plus website

Amazon Prime Video (Australia)

Prime Video is global tech giant Amazon’s streaming service. It offers access to a huge range of content, has multiple ways of payment and ultimately, offers one of the best streaming service experiences in Australia.

How much is Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video is included with an Amazon Prime membership and has just one tier to choose from.

  • Prime Video costs $6.99 per month or $54 for an annual subscription. This also gives you access to all other Amazon Prime benefits, including free two-day shipping on eligible Amazon domestic items, and free shipping on items shipped from overseas when you spend $49 or more.

At $6.99 per month, Amazon Prime Video is one of the most affordable streaming services in Australia and represents incredibly great value as it includes free access to ultra-high definition content (where applicable).

Amazon Prime Video Australia free trial

You can sign up for a free 30-day trial to Prime Video if you want to test it out first to see if it’s the best streaming service for you.

What can I watch on Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video has access to some of the best movies and best TV shows around, including original content, like its Emmy-nominated series The Boys.

Amazon Prime Video also has access to the biggest Hollywood movies before other services, but these can only be had by separately paying to buy or rent them. However, for the satisfaction that you can watch the very latest movies before anyone else, this is a fair trade.

What devices can I watch Prime Video on?

Furthering the benefits of Prime Video is the incredible number of devices that support the streaming service. These include:

  • Amazon Devices: Fire TV/Fire TV Stick; Echo Devices with a screen; Fire tablet
  • Select Blu-ray players
  • Games Consoles
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Media player and set-top boxes
  • Smart TVs that support Prime Video app

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Prime Video website.

Apple TV+ (Australia)

Apple TV+, the streaming service from the world’s most valuable company, Apple, only offers access to Apple Originals. Apple Originals come in the form of both TV series and movies and usually feature ensemble casts of some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

How much is Apple TV+

Apple offers a few different ways to gain access to Apple TV+ and these include:

  • $7.99 per month, following a 7-day free trial.
  • Free 3-month access when you buy an eligible Apple device.
  • Included with an Apple One subscription – Apple One brings together up to six Apple services into a single monthly subscription, with prices starting at $19.95 per month. 
  • Apple TV+ is bundled free with an Apple Music Student Plan.

Apple TV+ free trial

As mentioned above, Apple TV+ offers a 7-day free trial to new customers.

What can I watch on Apple TV+?

When Apple TV+ first launched, there was a limited range of content. However, it has slowly but surely expanded and Apple now promises a new piece of original content every month. Current standouts include the award-winning TV series Ted Lasso, Morning Wars and Defending Jacob.

Some of the best movies on Apple TV+ include Coda, Greyhound and On The Rocks.

What devices can I watch Apple TV+ on?

Unsurprisingly, Apple TV+ can be accessed on a range of Apple devices, but you may be surprised to learn it can also be accessed on a range of non-Apple devices too. These include:

  • Apple TV media-streaming boxes (3rd generation box required as a minimum)
  • iPhones
  • iPads
  • Amazon Fire TVs
  • Google TV/Smart TVs running the Android TV operating system
  • Select TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, Panasonic and Hisense
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Games consoles

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Apple website.

AMC+

AMC Plus (stylised as AMC+) is a relatively new streaming service in Australia. It’s essentially a premium streaming bundle that includes content from AMC (the entertainment company behind Breaking Bad & Mad Men), BBC America, IFC and Sundance TV. However, in Australia, you can only access AMC+ as a ‘channel’ through Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV+ meaning you’ll need a subscription with one of those two platforms too.

How much is AMC+?

As AMC+ is only available as a channel through other streaming services, the pricing is a tad complicated but we’ve worked it all out for you:

  • AMC+ costs $8.99 per month. However, as it’s only accessible through Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV+, it really costs either $15.98 per month (the total of an Amazon Prime Video subscription and AMC+ subscription) or $16.98 per month (the total of an Apple TV+ subscription and AMC+ subscription). An AMC+ subscription does also give users free access to Shudder (a horror streaming service; see below) and Acorn TV.

AMC+ free trial

AMC+ offers a 7-day free trial to new customers.

What can I watch on AMC+?

AMC+ has an abundance of premium television shows, movies and documentaries including Mad Men, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Jerry Maguire, Back To The Future and many, many more. Plus, AMC+ adds new shows and movies every single week.

What devices can I watch AMC+ on?

  • Smart TVs that support either the Prime Video or Apple TV+ app
  • Games Consoles
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • PCs
  • Macs

Paramount+ (Australia)

Paramount+ is one of the newer streaming services available in Australia, having only launched in August 2021.

How much is Paramount Plus Australia?

Paramount Plus works in a similar way to Disney Plus in that there is just one subscription tier that you can pay for monthly or annually.

  • Paramount Plus costs $8.99 per month or $89.99 for a year subscription.

Paramount Plus free trial

You can sign up for a 7-day free trial to see if Paramount Plus is the best streaming service for you.

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus does give subscribers access to a range of movies and TV shows, but it must be said, the library of content available is a bit thin compared to other streaming services on this list. It does offer some exclusive content, however; it’s the only place you can stream Dexter and Twin Peaks in Australia.

As for movies, Paramount Plus is the only streaming service to offer all of the Mission Impossible movies, the entire collection of Batman movies and Transformers. And, while some content will eventually end up on other streaming services, Paramount Plus will have first access to newly-released Paramount-produced content.

What devices can I watch Paramount Plus on?

As with the majority of other streaming services on this list, Paramount Plus can be accessed on a wide range of devices, including:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Compatible Android TV devices
  • Media streaming devices and set-top boxes
  • Fetch TV
  • Telstra TV
  • PCs
  • Macs

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Paramount Plus website.

Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now is another Australian streaming service from Foxtel. It first launched in 2013 and has undergone a few name changes before settling as Foxtel Now. For years, it was the only place to be able to watch HBO content, however, with Binge now offering much of the same and more, and Kayo Sports (a sports streaming service; see below) offering much of the same in terms of sporting content, it makes Foxtel Now a tough one to recommend.

How much does Foxtel Now cost?

Foxtel Now is split into various packs, allowing you to customise your ideal package with just the content you know you’re going to watch. However, this can work out to be quite expensive, at least compared to a Binge or Kayo Sports subscription.

Foxtel Now’s pricing is as follows:

  • Essentials: The Essentials pack is required to kick off any Foxtel Now subscription and costs $25 per month. It gives you access to Foxtel Original programming, HBO and other channels across lifestyle, drama and comedy.
  • Sport: The Sport pack can be added for an additional $29 per month. It brings with it 12 24/7 sports channels, with access to over 50 live sports including AFL, NRL and Formula 1.
  • Movies: The Movies pack costs an additional $20 per month on top of the Essentials pack and brings with it access to over 1,000 movies on demand, alongside 11 dedicated movie channels.
  • Drama Extra: Drama Extra costs an additional $10 per month and gives access to 7 dedicated channels for drama programming, including those on BBC First, UKTV and Universal.
  • Ultimate Bundle: The Ultimate Bundle is currently available for $49 per month for 12 months at the time of publishing. It combines Essentials, Sport, Movies, Drama Extra and Kids & Docos into one monthly subscription. For the price, it makes it the best value Foxtel Now subscription option. 

Foxtel Now free trial

You can get a 10-day free trial to all Foxtel Now subscription packs to see if it is the best streaming service for you. 

What can I watch on Foxtel Now?

As previously mentioned, it is possible to get access to a wide variety of on-demand and live content through Foxtel Now’s various packs. The stand-out programming comes from HBO, Foxtel Originals and the dedicated sport and movie channels, which include Fox Sports, ESPN, and a range of movie channels dedicated to various genres.

What devices can I watch Foxtel Now on?

Foxtel Now is supported on a wide range of devices. These include:

  • Foxtel Now boxes
  • Smart TVs
  • Smartphones and tablets via the Foxtel Go app
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Media streaming devices
  • Telstra TVs
  • PlayStation 4

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Foxtel Now website.

Hayu (Australia)

Understanding that reality TV is incredibly popular around the world, NBCUniversal launched Hayu as a one-stop-shop for a huge range of TV shows that fall under the ‘reality’ genre.

How much does Hayu cost?

Hayu just has one subscription tier available to sign up to. It costs $6.99 per month or you can pay for 6 months for $33.99, or an entire 12 months for $61.99.

Hayu free trial

Hayu offers a 7-day free trial so you can test out the streaming service before committing to a full subscription.

What can I watch on Hayu?

If you love reality TV, Hayu is the streaming service for you. If you don’t, then best steer clear. With Hayu, you can watch the entire catalogue of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the various seasons of The Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, Don’t Tell The Bridge, Made In Chelsea and nautical-themed reality TV show Below Deck and its Australian spin-off Below Deck Down Under.

Plus, the majority of TV shows on Hayu are available to watch on-demand in Australia the very same day they air in the US.

What devices can I watch Hayu on?

Hayu can be found on a wide range of devices in Australia. These include:

  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Smartphones 
  • Tablets
  • Media streaming devices and set-top boxes
  • Fetch TV
  • Telstra TV
  • Select Samsung, LG and Hisense Smart TVs

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Hayu website.

Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports is one of the best streaming services in Australia for live and on-demand sports. It’s owned by Streamotion (the same company that owns Binge, and a subsidiary of Foxtel) and is the ultimate go-to place for all sports-loving fans.

How much does Kayo Sports cost?

Kayo Sports has two subscription tiers to choose from. These are:

  • Basic: $25 per month with up to high definition streaming on up to 2 screens at a time.
  • Premium: $35 per month with up to high definition streaming on up to 3 screens at a time.

Kayo free trial

Both the Basic and Premium tiers come with a 14-day free trial so you can try before you buy.

What can I watch on Kayo Sports?

If it’s a type of sport, then chances are you can watch it on Kayo. Highlights include AFL, NRL, Cricket and a range of motorsport including Formula 1 as well as netball, basketball, athletics and golf. In fact, there are over 50 sports to watch either live or on-demand.

What devices can I watch Kayo Sports on?

Kayo Sports can be accessed on the following devices:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Media streaming devices and set-top boxes
  • Select Hisense, Samsung and LG smart TVs
  • Telstra TV
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • PlayStation 4 and 5

A full list of supported devices and required operating systems can be found on the Kayo Sports website.

Shudder

Now for something a little different, a streaming service dedicated entirely to the horror genre. Not only does Shudder have some of the best horror movies to ever come out of Hollywood, but Shudder makes its own original content too.

How much does Shudder cost?

Shudder has just one subscription tier and costs $6.99 per month in Australia or $69.99 for an annual subscription. Alternatively, you can get access to Shudder for free if you subscribe to AMC+ (see above).

Shudder free trial

Shudder offers a 7-day free trial so you can see if it’s a good streaming service for you.

What can I watch on Shudder?

As already mentioned, Shudder is devoted to giving you access to content intended to make you shudder with fear. Think horror, thriller and suspense. Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, the library of content on the Australian version of the Shudder streaming service is relatively small compared to the US version, and some notable titles are missing.

However, Shudder has said it will do everything it can to bring Australian horror fans the content they crave. For now, Shudder Australia has a huge range of original content that is sure to get your spine tingling.

What devices can I watch Shudder on?

Shudder is available on a limited range of devices, which include:

  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Amazon Fire TVs
  • Android TV devices

A full list of supported devices can be found on the Shudder website.

BritBox

Obsessed with the BBC and British television shows? Then you need the BritBox streaming service. BritBox is a joint venture between the UK’s two biggest TV studios: BBC Studios and ITV Plc. Launched in Australia in November 2020, BritBox offers nothing but British soaps, dramas and comedy TV shows.

How much does BritBox cost?

BritBox has just one subscription tier to choose from. This costs $8.99 per month or $89.99 for an annual subscription.

BritBox free trial

BritBox currently offers a 7-day free trial to new customers.

What can I watch on BritBox?

While BritBox does give Australians access to a range of British TV, there are some notable omissions, namely the three big soaps: Eastenders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and other British favourites such as Sherlock, Downtown Abbey and The Great British Bake Off.

But, as for the content that is available in Australia, there are still many incredible titles BritBox has to offer to Aussie subscribers. Such as Fawlty Towers, Line of Duty, Absolutely Fabulous, Doctor Who and The Office. BritBox also has David Attenborough documentaries.

What devices can I watch BritBox on?

BritBox can be accessed on a range of devices in Australia, including:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • PCs
  • Macs
  • Media streaming devices and set-top boxes – there isn’t a dedicated Chromecast app, but you can stream to a Chromecast from your mobile device
  • Fetch TV
  • Telstra TV
  • Select Samsung and LG smart TVs

A full list of supported devices can be found on the BritBox website.

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