A guide to the best online streaming services

Online streaming services are the answer to Australia’s poor media piracy record.

With streaming technology, you can watch as many of your favourite shows as you want - back to back, in order and without ads. While the days of waiting a week or so for a new episode may be over, choosing from the range of streaming services isn’t easy. How do you know which one is right for you?

Netflix

Originally from the US, Netflix now has its own dedicated Aussie streaming service. Netflix has also started screening Netflix Original shows, upsetting a lot of traditional media providers. With monthly subscription packages starting from $10 and dependent on-device use, this platform is pioneering the newest way to get your TV and movie fix.
Recommendations: The Crown, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black and Peaky Blinders.

Foxtel Now

Foxtel is currently the only legitimate place for Aussies to view HBO’s full back catalogue, including the must-see Game of Thrones. It offers all your favourite HBO classics, ready to be watched in order. Customers can build their subscription experience through packages – documentaries, sport and drama, for example. Each package costs between $10-$30 and can be purchased as a bundle for a discount. The good news is that no matter what package you choose, the service can still be used on five devices at a time.
Recommended: Sex in the City, Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Walking Dead, True Blood and all the Aussie sport you can watch.

Stan

Stan is an Australian streaming service which is great for getting nostalgic and watching full seasons of your favourite classics. Stan has also upset Foxtel by gaining the exclusive rights to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, which were previously only available through traditional Foxtel services. They also signed a huge deal to be the first to air high demand US shows as well as exclusive rights to CBS’ Showtime packages. Subscription starts at $10/ month with one device registered at a time.
Recommendations: Friends, Younger, Parks and Recreation, Power, Billions, Dexter and Unreal.

SBS on Demand

The good news is SBS on Demand is free. The bad news is this means sitting through ads. It offers unlimited viewing of all of SBS’ best shows and quite a few that aren’t available anywhere else in Australia. The service is accessible through SBS’ website with a free membership and can be watched on all devices with an internet connection.
Recommendations: The Young Pope, The Handmaid’s Tale, Filthy Rich and Homeless and loads of foreign films.