Missed an episode of your favourite show?

Tune in online with the free-to-air catch-up TV services.

Finally watch TV, your way

Catch-up TV services such as  ABC iView, SBS On Demand, TenPlay, Plus7 and 9Now allow you, the viewer, to decide when you want to watch your favourite show. They have a huge range of recently aired episodes of local and international shows, from drama and comedy to cartoons, reality and panel shows and with the new Freeview FV app, free-to-air catch up and live streaming TV have come to your smartphone and tablet.

The shows do expire after a few weeks, so you can't hold off watching them for too long – they may be unavailable by the time you tune in. You will find ads in most shows (except the ABC), just like on TV.

If you want to know more about streaming services like Netflix, see our head-to-head streaming comparison that compares Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Play and all the platforms. 

If you like the sound of streaming, but don't know where to start, have a look at our TV and movie streaming guide.

Back in the day, if you had to miss your favourite show, you'd pop in a VHS tape and, somewhat optimistically, program your VCR to start recording when the episode started. More recently, PVRs made saving new episodes to watch later much easier – although those hard drives seemed to fill up awfully fast. Fast forward to today and catch up TV has come to the party with apps for TV, mobile devices, streaming devices and even games consoles so you can watch what you want, when you want, how you want.

ABC iView

iView has episodes of news, current affairs, and kids shows, as well as documentaries and series. There are also full series of some shows available for those who like to devour several episodes in one sitting.

Where can I watch it?

SBS On Demand

SBS On Demand has TV series and a host of documentaries as well as a large catalogue of movies, particularly independent and foreign films. It also has docos and shows from the newly launched Viceland channel. Viceland replaces SBS2 and brings edgy, independent shows created by VICE magazine. Sign in to create a playlist you can share across devices and subscribe to series to store all episodes in your playlist.

Where can I watch it?

  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices
  • iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
  • Kindle Fire devices
  • Some Sony Bravia and Samsung smart TVs and Blu-ray players
  • LG, Panasonic and Hisense smart TVs
  • FreeviewPlus smart TVs and PVRs
  • Xbox 360 and One, PS3, PlayStation 4 game consoles
  • Telstra T-box and FetchTV PVRs
  • Humax set-top box

Channel 7

Channel 7's catch up TV platform Plus7 has many shows from all the digital channels. Sign in to save shows to your playlist.

Where can I watch it?

  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
  • Some Samsung and Sony smart TVs
  • FreeviewPlus smart TVs and PVRs
  • Telstra T-box and FetchTV PVRs
  • Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 games consoles

Channel 9

You'll find most of the network's popular shows on 9Now with lists of episodes and cast details, as well as program guides, show reminders and social sharing.

Where can I watch it?

  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
  • Google Chromecast
  • FreeviewPlus smart TVs and PVRs

Channel 10

News, reality and scripted series are all available on TENplay. Watch previews or short news snippets, and sign in to personalise.

Where can I watch it?

  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • iOS and Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone devices
  • Apple TV
  • Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Some Sony Bravia smart TVs
  • FreeviewPlus smart TVs and PVRs
  • FetchTV PVRs

What is Freeview?

Freeview is the organisation of Australian free-to-air TV stations that brings together Seven, Nine and Ten networks as well as the ABC and SBS. It includes all the digital channels for these TV stations, such as ABC1, 2 and 3, ABC News 24, SBS ONE and TWO, Seven, 7TWO, 7mate, Nine, GO!, GEM, TEN, ONE and ELEVEN. 

  • Freeview FV is the mobile app (iOS and Android phone/tablet) for catch-up and live streaming TV with shows from over 15 free to air channels. 
  • Freeview FV can stream using the Chromecast digital streamer.
  • Freeview Plus is the internet catch-up TV platform for the free-to-air stations; it has an electronic program guide (EPG) for recording shows. 
  • Freeview Plus comes built into new TVs and PVRs for easy access to the catch-up apps.  

What is Fetch TV?

Fetch TV is a free-to-air catch-up TV service that also offers a selection of pay TV channels and movies.

  • It requires a Fetch TV PVR (personal video recorder) that can be bought outright  or it comes with a subscription from ISPs including Optus, iiNet, Adam Internet and Westnet.
  • Fetch TV plans cost $10-15 per month (depending on your ISP) for the starter pack subscription, which includes TV and movies.
  • The Entertainment package ($15-20 a month) includes Disney, BBC First, TVH!ts, MTV, SyFy and NatGeo.  
  • It also has four free-to-air catch-up TV apps, as well as YouTube and Netflix apps integrated with the Fetch TV PVR.

What is unmetered content?

Some internet service providers (ISPs) don't count certain content in your data plan.

  • ABC iView is metered by some ISPs, such as Telstra, TPG and Optus, but is unmetered by others including Adam Internet, iPrimus, Internode, iiNet and Westnet.
  • The SBS OnDemand catch-up service is metered by all ISPs.
  • The commercial free-to-air catch-up services will also be metered unless there's a special arrangement between your ISP and the broadcaster.

You can also check out our guide to making your data go further when you're streaming TV and movies.

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