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Streaming TV online: Compare Internet TV services

Internet TV Finder™ helps you easily compare Australian streaming services.

Why should you compare streaming providers? For a long time, Australians have been paying through the nose for their news, sport and entertainment. In fact now the streaming market is stacked. With new players such as Paramount Plus, BINGE, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus, joining the likes of now veteran services Netflix, Prime Video and Stan, accessing premium entertainment is easier and more affordable than ever. Comparing what each service offers and how much it costs will save you a fortune in the long run.

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What do I need to compare?

  • The price of the service
  • The content on offer
  • The streaming quality supplied
  • The devices supported

You need to consider a lot of factors before signing up with a streaming provider but it essentially boils down to a few: price, content, quality and compatible devices.

That's just the start. Which services offer a free trial? Which services have a lock-in contract?

We've done the hard yards for you and answered all those questions and more in the table below.

Though if you'd prefer to compare the libraries see our best streaming services guide.

Compare streaming services

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Name Product Free trial period Max video quality Simultaneous streams Monthly price
BINGE Standard
BINGE Standard
14 days
HD
2
$16
Paramount+
Paramount+
7 days
HD
3
$8.99
BritBox
BritBox
7 days
4K
4
$8.99
Disney+
Disney+
N/A
4K
4
$13.99
Foxtel Now - Essentials
Foxtel Now - Essentials
10 days
HD
2
$25
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video
30 days
4K
3
$9.99
hayu
hayu
7 days
HD
1
$6.99
Apple TV+
Apple TV+
7 days
4K
3
$9.99
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic
7 days
HD
2
$30
DAZN
DAZN
N/A
HD
1
$13.99
Binge Basic with Ads
Binge Basic with Ads
14 days
HD
1
$10
Netflix Standard with ads
Netflix Standard with ads
N/A
HD
2
$6.99
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
N/A
HD
1
$10.99
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
N/A
HD
2
$16.99
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium
N/A
4K
4
$22.99
Stan Basic
Stan Basic
30 days
SD
1
$10
Stan Standard
Stan Standard
30 days
HD
3
$16
Binge Premium
Binge Premium
14 days
HD
4
$18
Stan Premium
Stan Premium
30 days
4K
4
$21
CuriosityStream
CuriosityStream
N/A
4K
1
$5.99
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What is Internet TV and streaming exactly?

Internet TV is televised content delivered to all sorts of connected devices, from personal computers to smartphones and mobile devices to video game consoles.

Also referred to as "IPTV' or "streaming", this technology enables viewers to watch television shows, movies, news and sport in real time over the Internet.

The streamed content is viewed through a website or native application that gives the viewer access to a live stream or library of television shows and movies.

With a steady Internet connection and compatible device, there is little difference from what traditional broadcast options offer.

Which devices can I use to stream?

This is a common deterrent for people looking to make the switch to streaming. Don't worry, there are plenty of devices you can use to stream your entertainment. In fact, you probably have 1 or 2 in your home already.



  • Computer

    If you have a PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer, you're already halfway to streaming most major streaming services. Almost every streaming service can be accessed by the web browser you use daily.



  • Smartphone and tablet

    One of the more popular devices to stream video on, smartphones and tablets allow you to binge TV shows, movies and news on the go. Most major streaming services are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones and even offer offline viewing options so you don't chew through your data.


  • Game consoles

    Why fork out for a new television when you probably own a streaming-enabled device already? Game consoles such as PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles have native apps for Netflix, Prime Video, Stan and more.


  • Streaming media devices

    If you're not looking to fork out for a smart TV, you can choose from affordable streaming hardware options, including Google Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Firestick. These will essentially transform your standard television into a smart TV.

There's a whole suite of devices and gadgets you can stream on. However, device compatibility varies from service to service. Find out more about your streaming hardware options in our guide.

Why is streaming taking over? Convenience. While you can live stream TV shows and movies as they happen, the main draw of streaming television is the thousands of classic movies and recent blockbusters available with the press of a button.

The wide selection of compatible devices also means you don't have to wait until you're home on the couch to catch up on the latest news and premium TV series. Streaming and Internet TV can be accessed from your office computer or from your smartphone on the commute home. And when you get home, you can continue what you were watching on your smart TV without missing a beat.

Streaming is also relatively cheap. For years, entertainment in Australia has been dictated by cable and satellite providers who charge upwards of $100 per month for the privilege of their services. On the other hand, Netflix charges just $10.99 a month at its lowest tier and offers quality original content and options for HD and 4K (ultra high definition) streaming at its higher tiers.

How much data does streaming use?

Because there is no content stored on your device, it means that you can take your entertainment on the go and pause a movie on your TV and continue to watch it on your phone or tablet during your commute to work. However, there is a small price for convenience as some streaming services can use up to 7GB per hour. Thankfully, some Australian mobile and broadband providers offer unmetered streaming for select services, so you don't risk going over your allotted data.

We've got the lowdown on providers that offer unmetered streaming and how to better manage your mobile data.

In 2016, Netflix began offering offline viewing that allows you to download select titles from its library to view without an Internet connection. Providers Stan, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus and hayu soon followed suit.

Should you fork out for 4K?

Well, that really depends on what kind of devices you intend to stream on. Netflix offers 4K/UHD streaming on a huge selection of 4K televisions. Powerhouse video game consoles such as PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, Blu-ray players and streaming media devices such as Fetch Mighty and Chromecast Ultra also allow for 4K streaming provided you have a 4K television/monitor to stream it through.

Slapping 4K on the box used to mean you'd be paying an arm and a leg for the latest and greatest television. But over the last few years, 4K displays have become more affordable. If you're lucky, you might even be able to nab 1 in an ALDI sale.

Stan and Prime Video began offering 4K/UHD plans soon after Netflix but with all 3 services, you'll pay a premium price for the finest viewing experience. Stan charges $21 a month for its 4K/UHD tier while Netflix charges $22.99 a month. Prime Video has only the 1-plan tier at $9.99 a month and has a bigger library than Netflix.

It's worth mentioning that paying extra for 4K with Netflix and Stan also allows you to stream on up to 4 devices simultaneously. If you're in a large household or run some side-hustle streaming group, you'll reap the benefits of 4K.

Which service has the most content and what can I stream?

Each month, TV shows and movies are added and removed from streaming services in Australia.

In the table below, we keep track of how many TV shows and movies are available.

ProviderNumber of TV showsNumber of Movies
Netflix2,4854,329
Prime Video
Stan8262,260
Foxtel2,4551,785
BINGE1,9631,411
Disney Plus8441,972
Paramount Plus510643

Now that we've weighed up how each service compares, let's find that TV show you're looking for. Simply type the title of the movie in the search bar provided to track down where it is streaming in Australia.

Looking for a particular movie? Head over to our movie search engine. Or if there's a certain series you're after see our TV search engine.

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    NeilJune 3, 2023

    currently using Foxtel IQ5 with and will terminate account. Do I retain satellite dish?
    How to set up/connect Netflix on Panasonic smart tv?. Any need to change antenna connections or whatever? Currently have Telstra wireless modem. What to do ?
    Thanks for your advice

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      MarkJune 8, 2023Staff

      Hi Neil,
      You would have to contact Foxtel direct to see if they will allow you to retain the satellite dish. You can get in touch with them here: https://www.foxtel.com.au/about/contact-us-now.html
      If you’ve already signed up to Netflix, then the Netflix app should be available on your Panasonic smart TV. From there you would have to sign in to your account on the Netflix app. You don’t watch Netflix on your TV via an antenna connection, you watch via the internet, so as long as your smart TV is already connected to the internet via your modem, then you should be right to go.
      Hope this helps.

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    ernSeptember 25, 2019

    foxtel contracts Do seniors receive discounts

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      NikkiSeptember 25, 2019

      Hi Ern,

      Thanks for your message.

      As of this writing, Foxtel doesn’t offer senior discounts for their TV streaming service. You can find other TV streaming options that fits your budget using our comparison table. Once you have chosen a particular provider, press the click on the “Go to site” button to sign up or get in touch with their representatives for further assistance.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    RayJune 28, 2019

    Could you tell me if a TCL TV model L55B3800F is a 4K TV please

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      NikkiJune 29, 2019

      Hi Ray,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Upon checking the TCL L55B3800F is a Full 1080p HD TV and not a 4K HD TV. If you are looking for 4K HD TV, you may find other options when you visit the TCL website.

      Hope this helps! For any further questions, feel free to reach out to us again, we’re here to help.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    JILLMarch 14, 2019

    How do I get Netflix on my TV screen. I can get it on my computer.
    Electronically challenged older person.

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    CraigDecember 6, 2018

    Hi

    I am after a mobile plan TV streaming plan and internet plan at home.

    Where do I start?

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      JeniDecember 11, 2018Staff

      Hi Craig,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      You may refer to our list of internet TV services. Please use the table to compare streaming providers that would suit your needs. There are many things you need to consider before signing up with a streaming provider such as price, content, quality, and compatible devices.

      Kindly enter your address to check NBN availability and compare plans that you may apply for. It is best to contact your top 3 providers to seek further assistance on how you may apply for an internet plan for your home.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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