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Last updated: 31 May 2018

We compare and review the biggest movie and TV streaming services in Australia to help you find the ones that suit your viewing needs. Our movie and TV streaming service buying guide will help you decide which ones are for you, and How we test explains our rigour.

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The line-up of on-demand movie and TV services in Australia is extensive. Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, Foxtel Now, YouTube Red, Google Play Movies & TV, and iTunes are all competing for our eyeballs and credit cards. But with this many options, how do you pick the best service to suit your viewing needs?

Our expert testers give these streaming services a thorough workout to help find the ones that:

  • make it easiest to sign up and leave
  • have the best layout and user interface
  • make it easy to find movies and TV shows you enjoy
  • have the best navigation during playback

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which streaming options have the features you want. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which services come out on top.


Want to binge-watch your favourite show on a bigger screen? Read our TV reviews.

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The entry-level price as of May 2018, rounded to the nearest dollar. Subscription services: the cost of the most basic plan per month. Google Play and Apple iTunes video: one third of a purchased TV series and one rented movie per month.

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Made up of in and out score (15%), layout and stability score (35%), what to watch score (40%) and playback control score (10%). 

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