What you get: Stan * is passionate about original local content. Some of the latest versions include Naked Tuesday, Wolf like me and Claudia Karvan’s comeback series Blow. But it also gets its fair share of international exclusives (think Better to call Saul, RuPaul’s Endurance Race And Tricks) which can keep you hooked with week-to-week viewing.
If you’ve been on some of the older TV shows, however, it’s worth checking if they’re on one of your other platforms as well. Hint: iconic and beautifiable series like The office And Gossip Girl I’m also on Netflix.
Last year Stan also launched an additional sports package that is particularly useful for fans of rugby, football and tennis. Stan Sport offers all Grand Slams live and on-demand and gives you exclusive access to all Super Rugby and UEFA Champions League matches.
How much does it cost: $ 10 – $ 19 per month (plus $ 10 extra if you want Stan Sport)
What you get: All movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. This makes it a great choice for anyone with young children (it’s the only place you can stream hits like Luca, Encanto And Frozen without paying additional costs for rent or purchase). But there is a lot to watch for adults too.
Disney + has been very successful recently with new series expanding the universe like Ms. Marvel And Obi-Wan Kenobi. Plus, since Disney also owns a majority stake in Hulu, it boasts similar series The Kardashians And Only murders in the building.
How much does it cost: $ 11.99 per month or $ 119.99 per year
What you get: Foxtel’s best bits … without paying for the full Foxtel experience. Binge offers a curated selection of movies and TV from all genres (as opposed to Foxtel Now, which requires you to choose “channel packs” starting at $ 25 per month).
The big benefit for many viewers will be cheaper access to HBO content, including The ladder, Barry And House of the Dragon (the upcoming game of Thrones prequel). HBO has long been considered the powerhouse’s prestige television network, and Binge’s content deal with them means that some of the most critically acclaimed shows will live there for the foreseeable future.
How much does it cost: $ 10 – $ 18 per month
What you get: Access to all types of sports including AFL, basketball, American football and rugby league. You can watch the games live or on demand, and you’ll also have access to 13 sports channels including Fox Sports and ESPN.
Kayo is owned by Streamotion, which is a subsidiary of Foxtel, but is much cheaper than a Foxtel sports package (which will set you back $ 74 per month or $ 59 per month with a 12-month plan). Unlike Stan Sport, however, it runs some ads due to the streams provided by some broadcasters.
How much does it cost: $ 25-35 per month
Amazon Prime video
What you get: Prime Video boasts its original TV shows and movies (see: The boysThe summer I got pretty) and a larger collection of content, including Australian cabarets and sports documentaries.
Since it is much cheaper than other services, you can get a lot of money for your money. But be careful once you’re there – the platform also gives you the option to buy or rent some movies, including those still in theaters (which can cost $ 25-35).
How much does it cost: $ 6.99 per month or $ 59 per year
Apple TV +
What you get: Apple TV + has really stepped up its game over the past year or so, consistently delivering a host of must-see releases. It is not just the cute and cuddly Ted Lasso. The platform has attracted people with critically acclaimed plays such as Separation And Shiny girlsand it also became the first streaming platform to win Best Picture with its original movie TAIL.
The bad news is that the platform doesn’t have a huge library to dive into, so it might be hard to justify the cost once you’ve burned your favorite show.
How much does it cost: $ 7.99 per month (or three months free when purchasing an Apple device)
What you get: Paramount + is one of the latest platforms to enter the market in Australia, and still is building its original content library. But, thanks to various content deals, it has a fair share of blockbuster movies, reality TV, comedies, dramas and sports.
This is the only place you can watch some Showtime shows like Yellow jackets, for instance. It also hosts series from Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. The sports offer is limited to just football at this point, but it may be enough for local fans. Paramount + streams all A-League matches live and on-demand, as well as most international Socceroos and Matildas matches.
How much does it cost: $ 8.99 per month
But that is not all…
There are also a handful of other streamers worth considering when finding the right mix for you, especially if you have a niche interest. Horror diehards can turn to Shudder ($ 5.99 per month). Reality TV obsessions have Hayu ($ 6.99 per month). News junkies can try Flash ($ 8 per month). And Premier League fans can watch on Optus Sport ($ 24.99).
And remember: SBS On Demand, ABC iView, 9Now, 7Plus and 10Play are all totally free. That might not be a bad place to start.
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