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How we test movie and TV streaming services

Watch your favourite movies and TV shows when you want, and find your next viewing addiction.

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There are plenty of movie and TV streaming services to choose from in Australia, but which ones best suit your needs? Our rigorous testing means you can be confident in your choice. Here's how we do it.

Our expert testers

Our testers have years of expertise in testing video equipment and streaming devices. Their focus is not on experienced viewers who already favour streaming, but people who regularly watch free-to-air or pay TV and are interested in trying out a new avenue for finding movies and TV shows.

In the case of this test, we reveal which services are easiest to use, sign up to and stop using. We also look at how easy it is to find new content once you get going.

How we choose what we test

In this test we're looking at the biggest streaming services in Australia, based on subscription and user numbers, and brand recognition.

How we test

What to watch score

How easy it is to find content that appeals to you, either by automatic suggestion or by manually searching.

Layout and stability score

How easy it is for new users to navigate a service, and whether it crashes regularly or loses internet connectivity.

Sign up and cancel score

How easy it is to sign up to and start using a service, plus how easy it is to cancel your account.

Playback control score

Based on the level of control you have to navigate a movie or show while you're watching it.

All services were tested for ease of use on the Android TV platform running the available version, except for Apple's services, which were tested using an Apple TV 4K device.

Scoring

We give every service a CHOICE test score so you can see at a glance which are the best and worst performers.

The overall score is based on the following criteria:

  • Layout and stability (40%).
  • What to watch (35%).
  • Sign up and cancel (15%).
  • Playback control (10%).