Every Major Aussie Streaming Service Compared

Image: Netflix, Stan, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Foxtel

With Disney+ and Apple TV+ now being launched in Australia, the streaming service market just got a whole lot more busy.

Each service will be fighting to keep your attention and money so we thought we'd take a look at what each offers based on pricing, concurrent user offerings, display quality and content libraries to help you determine the best option available.

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Price

The cost of a streaming service is probably the most important aspect, alongside having quality content. While Netflix and Stan offer pretty identical pricing packages, the other four offerings vary.

Foxtel Now, its set-top box-less streaming service, offers an entry package of $25 per month, despite Game of Thrones having already finished up (oh, sweetie). Amazon Prime Video is included with a monthly Amazon Prime membership of $6.99, which is a pretty sweet deal if you've already got it.

Disney+ will cost $8.99 per month (or $7.41 a month if you pay for a year up front when it lands in Australia in November) and Apple TV+, released on November 1, costs $7.99 a month.

Here's a neat table to compare the prices.

Netflix Stan Foxtel Amazon Prime Video Disney+ Apple TV+
Monthly Pricing Three plans: $9.99, $13.99, $19.99 Three plans: $10, $14, $17 $25 with optional add-on packs $6.99, included with Amazon Prime membership One plan: $8.99 a month or $89 for a year (which works out to $7.41 a month) One plan: $7.99 a month

Screens

Simultaneous streaming is a big deal for many as it means you'll be able to share your account (and hopefully, cost) with other people. Most of the streaming services recognise this with Netflix and Stan's second and top tier plans offering four screens while Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video offer two and three, respectively.

Disney+ offers up to four screens for only $8.99, which is probably the best deal of the bunch. Apple TV+ is $7.99 and will allow up to six sharers on the same Family Sharing group. While this sounds amazing, the content is damn light but more on that later.

Netflix Stan Foxtel Amazon Prime Video Disney+ Apple TV+
Maximum Simultaneous Screens $9.99 for one, $13.99 for two, $17.99 for four $10 for one, $14 for three, $17 for four Up to two Up to three Up to four Up to six with Family Sharing group

Streaming quality

Netflix was the first in Australia to break up the plans by streaming quality and when 4K streaming was introduced, it was only offered for those on the top $17.99 plan.

Stan follows Netflix in only offering its top plan 4K streaming with the entry-level plan not even having HD and the middle plan having standard HD. Foxtel's steeper entry-level package offers its on-demand content in HD and 4K where available along with Amazon Prime Video.

Surprisingly, Disney+ is the service to stick its finger up at tiered pricing and offer just the one plan, including HDR and 4K for everyone who subscribes. Apple TV+ is also following Disney with this trend.

Netflix Stan Foxtel Amazon Prime Video Disney+ Apple TV+
Streaming Quality HD with $13.99 plan, 4K Ultra-HD with $17.99 plan HD with $14 plan, 4K Ultra-HD with $17 plan Some content available in HD Selected content available in 4K HDR and 4K streaming included HDR and 4K streaming included

Disney+ Just Stuck Its Finger Up At Tiered Pricing

Last week Disney announced that Australia would be one of the first countries in the world to get its dedicated streaming service, Disney+. At $8.99 a month (or $89 for a year) it's going to be one of the cheapest streaming options available. At the time there weren't any details around what that would get you in terms of picture quality or concurrent streams. As it turns out, it's a hell of a lot.

Read more


Content

Each service will have a few great titles and while some shows will appear on multiple providers, it's the exclusives that allow you to whittle down your options. Netflix was really the first in the game so they naturally have the biggest quantity and most well-known titles like Stranger Things and Orange Is The New Black.

Stan's original titles are a little more slim with the service relying more heavily on international partnerships with Hulu (Veronica Mars Season 4) and Starz (for e.g. Apocalypse Now) to fill out its content library. Foxtel also has quality HBO exclusives like Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and True Detective.

Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV+ are also following the trend of producing original content, bucking the chance of losing content later down the track in licencing agreements.

Here are a few highlights from each service.

Netflix

  • Stranger Things
  • Glow
  • Making A Murderer
  • Bojack Horseman
  • Dark
  • The Crown

Stan

  • Veronica Mars
  • The Office (US)
  • Wolf Creek
  • Better Call Saul
  • Power
  • Billions
  • RuPaul's Drag Race

Foxtel Now

  • Chernobyl
  • Sharp Objects
  • True Detective
  • Atlanta
  • Veep
  • Barry
  • Game of Thrones
  • Pose

Amazon Prime Video

  • Carnival Row
  • The Boys
  • Jack Ryan
  • American Gods
  • Fleabag
  • Hanna
  • The Man In The High Castle

Apple TV+

  • Morning Wars
  • See
  • Dickinson
  • For All Mankind
  • The Elephant Queen
  • Helpsters
  • Ghostwriter
  • Snoopy In Space
  • Hala
  • Servant (coming November 28)
  • Truth Be Told (coming December 6)

Disney+

  • The Mandalorian
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Loki
  • Encore!
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Noelle
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Frozen 2
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

To find specific titles quickly, you can head to sites, like Just Watch, to figure out where it's showing.

Anyway, if you're already signed up to streaming service or two, go put it to good use this weekend...

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