Streaming is getting more expensive. So which service is right for you?

A scene from Stranger Things, a hit for Netflix.Credit:Netflix


What you get: Stan* is big on original local content. Some of the latest releases include: nude tuesdaywolf like me and the recurring Claudia Karvan series Bump† But it also gets its fair share of international exclusives (think You better call SaulRuPaul’s Drag Race and hacking) that will keep you hooked on week-to-week watching.

However, if you’ve seen some of the older TV shows, it’s worth checking to see if they’re on any of your other platforms as well. Hot tip: iconic, bingeable series like The office and Gossip Girl are also on Netflix.

The second season of Bump is now available on Stan.

The second season of Bump is now available on Stan.

Last year, Stan also rolled out an additional sports package that is especially useful for fans of rugby, football and tennis. Stan Sport delivers every Grand Slam live and on demand, giving you exclusive access to every match of the Super Rugby and UEFA Champions League.

What it costs: $10 – $19 per month (plus an extra $10 if you want Stan Sport)


What you get: Every movie and TV show 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 Lucaencanto and Frozen without paying extra fees to rent or buy). But there is also plenty to see for adults.

Ms Marvel is one of many recent shows on Disney+ that are expanding the universe.

Ms Marvel is one of many recent shows on Disney+ that are expanding the universe.Credit:Disney+

Disney+ has been getting a lot of buzz lately with new series expanding the universe, such as Mrs. Marvel and Obi-Wan Kenobi† And since Disney also has a majority stake in Hulu, it has series like The Kardashians and Only murders in the building

What it costs: $11.99 per month or $119.99 per year



What you get: The best bits of Foxtel… without paying for the full Foxtel experience. Binge offers a curated selection of movies and TV across all genres (unlike Foxtel Now, which requires you to pick “channel packs” that start at $25 a month).

The big asset for many viewers is the cheaper access to HBO content, including: The stairsbarry and House of the Dragon (the following Game of Thrones precursor). HBO has long been considered the mighty prestige TV network, and the content of Binge’s deal with them means some of the most acclaimed shows will be living there for the foreseeable future.

What it costs: $10 – $18 per month

House of the Dragon premieres on Binge on August 22.

House of the Dragon premieres on Binge on August 22.Credit:HBO


What you get: Access to a variety of sports including AFL, basketball, American football and rugby league. You can watch games live or on-demand, and you also get access to 13 sports channels, including Fox Sports and ESPN.

Kayo is owned by Streamotion, a subsidiary of Foxtel, but is much cheaper than a Foxtel sports package (which will cost you $74 per month or $59 per month with a 12-month subscription). However, unlike Stan Sport, it does show some ads due to the streams offered by certain broadcasters.

What it costs: $25-35 per month

Kayo provides live and on-demand coverage of all AFL and AFLW matches.

Kayo provides live and on-demand coverage of all AFL and AFLW matches. Credit:Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Amazon Prime video

What you get: Prime Video has its own original TV shows and movies (see: the boysThe summer I became beautiful) and a wider library of content, including Australian stand-up comedy and sports documentaries

Since it is much cheaper than some other services, you can get a lot of bang for your buck. But be careful once you get there: the platform also offers you the chance to buy or rent select movies, including movies that are still in theaters (which can set you back $25-35).

What it costs: $6.99 per month or $59 per year

The Boys, our reviewer wrote,

The Boys, our reviewer wrote, “makes The Avengers child’s play”.

Apple TV+

What you get: Apple TV+ has really stepped up its game over the past year, consistently delivering a series of must-watch releases. It’s not just cute and cuddly Ted Lasso† The platform has brought people back in with critically acclaimed dramas like severance pay and Shining Girlsand it also became the first streaming platform to win Best Picture with its original film CODA

The bad news is that the platform doesn’t have a huge library to dive into, so it can be hard to justify the cost once you’ve burned through your favorite show.

What it costs: $7.99 per month (or three months free with purchase of an Apple device)

Adam Scott plays a middle manager at the mysterious Lumon Industries in 'Severance'.

Adam Scott plays a middle manager at the mysterious Lumon Industries in ‘Severance’.


What you get: Paramount+ is one of the newest platforms to enter the market in Australia, and still is building its library of original content† But thanks to various content deals, it has a decent spread across blockbuster movies, reality TV, comedy, drama, and sports.

This is the only place where you can watch certain Showtime shows like yellow jackets, for example. And it also hosts series from Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. The sports offer is limited to just football at the moment, but that may be enough for local fans. Paramount+ streams every match of the A-League live and on-demand, as well as most international matches of the Socceroos and Matildas.


What it costs: $8.99 per month

But that is not everything…

There are also a handful of other streamers worth considering in finding the right mix for you, especially if you have a niche interest. Horror diehards can head to Shudder ($5.99 per month). Reality TV obsessives have Hayu ($6.99 per month). News junkies can try Flash ($8 per month). And Premier League fans can check out Optus Sport ($24.99).

And remember: SBS On Demand, ABC iView, 9Now, 7Plus, and 10Play are all completely free. That might not be a bad place to start.

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