Streaming wars

Selecting the right streaming service for your lifestyle.

With Disney+ now in Australia, audiences are spoiled for choice when it comes to streaming services.

To help you decide which service   best suits your lifestyle, here’s a breakdown of price, content and streaming capabilities.

Disney+

The newest contender in Australia’s streaming wars is Disney+. Dubbed by some as the ‘Netflix killer’, the service offers thousands of movies and tv shows from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars back catalogue.

Disney also purchased the Fox network, giving viewers access to a range of classic tv shows including The Simpsons.

While there’s little original content outside of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, a wealth of Marvel and Disney-exclusive content is expected in the coming months.

Currently there is only one package available for Disney+ which offers four simultaneous 4K (Ultra-high-definition resolution) streams for $8.99 per month.

Viewers can also opt to purchase an introductory 12-month subscription for $89 ($7.41 per month).

Stan

Stan’s main selling point is its Australian-made content, including the critically-acclaimed improvised comedy series No Activity, Wolf Creek and Romper Stomper.

The service also has international partnerships with Hulu and Starz, offering content such as Veronica Mars, Power and Billions.

Stan offers two subscription packages – the standard plan for $14 per month, which allows for two simultaneous HD streams and the premium package featuring four simultaneous 4K streams for $17 per month.

Netflix

Currently the most popular streaming service in the world, Netflix is estimated to have more than 150 million members and accounts for 37% of the world’s internet users.

The service features many Netflix Original programs including award-winning shows The Crown, Stranger Things, Orange is The New Black, Making a Murderer and more.

Netflix offers three plans – the basic plan with one standard-definition stream at $9.99 per month, a middle-tier offering two simultaneous HD streams for $13.99 per month and the premium option with four simultaneous 4k streams for $19.99 per month.

Apple TV

Another newcomer in the steaming wars is Apple TV. The service offers a single plan which features six simultaneous steams for people on the same ‘Family Sharing’ group.

The plan allows for 4K streaming and is one of the cheaper options, costing $7.99 per month.

Like Disney+, there is not much original content yet, with more expected in the coming months.

The most notable shows currently streaming on Apple TV include Morning Wars starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell and the drama See, starring Jason Momoa.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is another budget option at $6.99 per month for up to three simultaneous streams.

The service offers select content in 4K.

Amazon Prime Video’s biggest exclusives include The Grand Tour featuring former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, American Gods, Jack Ryan and the critically-acclaimed superhero drama The Boys.

Foxtel Now

Aside from the standard range of Foxtel packages featuring a set-top box, Foxtel also offers the streaming service Foxtel Now.

Foxtel Now features a variety of packages with the Essentials package starting at $25 per month with access to pop and lifestyle channels.

Users can upgrade their Essential package with optional add-ons including the kids, drama, documentary channel packs for an additional $10 per month, per bundle.

Users can also select Foxtel’s movie channels for $20 per month and sport for an additional $29 per month.

Foxtel Now offers two simultaneous streams and HD content for those watching on-demand.