Every Major Aussie Streaming Service Compared

Every Major Aussie Streaming Service Compared
Logos of some of Australia's biggest streaming services.
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It’s no secret that we love our streaming services. When a rainy weekend or boredom hits, it’s the first place we turn to pass the time. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of streaming platforms around with thousands of movies and shows to please everyone. Deciding which subscriptions are actually worthy of your money is half the battle (the other half is deciding what to watch).

With every service fighting to keep your attention and money, 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.

Price

The cost of a streaming service is probably the most important aspect, alongside having quality content. While Netflix, Stan and now Binge 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 $11.99 per month (or $9.99 a month if you pay for a year up front) and Apple TV+ costs $7.99 a month. The platform recently increased its fees due to the introduction of Star, a new hub of TV and movie content for a more mature audience with hundreds of new titles.

Here’s a neat table to compare the prices.

Netflix Stan Foxtel Binge Foxtel Now Amazon Prime Video Disney+ Apple TV+
Monthly Pricing 3 plans: $10.99, $15.99, $19.99 3 plans: $10, $14, $19 4 plans: $10, $14, $18 $25 with optional add-on packs $6.99, included with Amazon Prime membership 1 plan: $11.99 a month or $119.99 for a year (which works out to $9.99 a month) 1 plan: $7.99 a month

Fortunately, most of these services have a free trial. Stan can be found here, Binge here, Amazon Prime Video here and Apple TV+ here.

 

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, Stan and Binge’s 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 $11.99, 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 Binge Foxtel Now Amazon Prime Video Disney+ Apple TV+
Maximum Simultaneous Screens $10.99 for 1, $15.99 for 2, $19.99 for 4 $10 for 1 $14 for 3, $19 for 4 $10 for 1, $14 for 2, $18 for 4 Up to 2 Up to 3 Up to 4 Up to 6 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 plan, which is now $19.99.

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. Binge comes with no 4K offerings even on the top plan and representatives have said there are no immediate plans to introduce it.

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 Binge Foxtel Now Amazon Prime Video Disney+ Apple TV+
Streaming Quality HD with $15.99 plan, 4K Ultra-HD with $19.99 plan HD with $14 plan, 4K Ultra-HD with $19 plan SD with $10 plan, HD with $14 and $18 plans Some content available in HD Selected content available in 4K HDR and 4K streaming included HDR and 4K streaming included

 

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 Showtime (Billions) and Starz (for e.g. Apocalypse Now) to fill out its content library with a few decent Originals such as Bloom and The Other Guy. Foxtel and Binge also come with quality HBO exclusives like Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and True Detective but there’s no word whether Binge will consider producing its own original content too.

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
  • Behind Her Eyes
  • The Crown

Stan

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

Foxtel Binge & Foxtel Now


Both streaming sites share content and no exclusives to either are apparent just yet.

  • 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
  • The Oprah Conversation
  • Servant
  • Truth Be Told

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
  • Ugly Betty
  • 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.

Supported Devices

Another thing to consider when choosing your streaming service is, do you have a device that can run it? Sure, pretty much every streaming service has an app these days, but not all of them are available on every smart TV or streaming box.

Here’s a breakdown of all the devices each streaming service is compatible with:

  • Netflix: Apple TV, Google Chromecast, all major smart TVs, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Fetch set top box, Foxtel Now Box, Android devices, iOS devices, Windows phone, Laptop/desktop via web browsers. See all devices here.
  • Stan.: Apple TV, Google Chromecast, all major smart TVs, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Foxtel Now Box, Android TV, Fetch TV, Telstra TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS devices, Android devices, Windows Tablets, Laptop/Desktop via web browsers. See all devices here.
  • Binge: Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Samsung TV, Google Chromecast, iOS devices, Android devices, Laptop/Desktop via web browsers. See all devices here.
  • Amazon Prime Video: Google Chromecast, Nvidia Shield, Apple TV, Telstra TV Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show/Echo Spot, all major smart TVs, Android devices, iOS devices, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Laptop/Desktop via web browsers. See all devices here.
  • Disney+: Google Chromecast, Android TV, LG TV, Samsung Tizen Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android Devices, iOS devices, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Desktop/Laptop via web browsers. See all devices here.
  • Apple TV+: Apple TV, Samsung/Vizio/Sony/LG Smart TVs, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Amazon Fire TV, Google TV, iOS devices, Laptop/Desktop via web browsers. See all devices here.

The streaming services are all bound to be slightly different across devices so make sure to check the support pages of each to ensure the apps are on the device of your choice. If you can’t see it all hope isn’t lost. Check if AirPlay, casting or screen mirroring is available from your device to your TV.

Let’s hope that Binge is the last streaming addition to Australia. I don’t think our wallets can actually handle anymore.

This article has been updated since publication.