Best Australian streaming services 2024: Netflix, Stan, Disney and more compared

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There is almost too much to choose from when it comes to the best streaming services in Australia. Whether you're on the hunt for original movies, new releases or binge-worthy TV series, every streaming service is pumping out quality content left and right. From dominant worldwide names like Netflix, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus to Aussie exclusives like Binge and Stan, Australian audiences are spoilt for choice.

While it would be great to just subscribe to all of them and pop in and out depending on what's showing, these pesky little streaming services add up quickly. And while content is constantly being provided, the value found in them is changing from month to month, if not week to week. That's why it's important to know not just which platform is the best generally, but which platform is the best currently. More than that, the best streaming service for one person is going to differ from what is best for someone else. Whether you prefer TV shows or movies, classics or new releases or just want a pool of sitcoms to listen to while you scroll through Instagram. 

Even if you're looking for something off the beaten path, like 1970s French films, weird British television dramas, reality TV or sports, there's a streaming service in Australia that will perfectly suit your needs. 

As these platforms constantly change, we’ll keep this guide up-to-date with the latest news, and our picks of what to watch each month so you know exactly what you’re getting out of your subscription.

Recent updates

April 05, 2024: updated the streaming service of the month, and refreshed recommended shows for streaming service.

Streaming service of the month (April 2024)

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Binge| AU$18 per month

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It might not have the sheer number of titles Netflix has, or the quality originals of Apple TV Plus, but as of right now, we think Binge is the best of both worlds. Providing access to the best of HBO with titles like True Detective: Night Country, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Succession, White Lotus, House of Dragon and more, Binge originals like High Country and Strife, as well as ever-rewatchable HBO classics like The Sopranos and The Wire, Binge's HBO affiliation is just the icing on the cake as far as we're concerned. Binge has everything from top-tier reality TV like The Great British Bake Off and The Rehearsal, to cinema classics. In April, we'll see quality additions of The Sympathizer starring Robert Downey Jr, Quiet on Set, Justice USA, Past Lives and more – there's something for everyone. And, if you've recently just enjoyed Masters of the Air, Binge has both Band of Brothers and The Pacific to keep you satiated. If we were only going to subscribe to one streaming service in April, Binge would be it.

Best TV streaming service 2024 overview:

  1. Netflix
  2. Stan
  3. Disney Plus
  4. Binge
  5. Amazon Prime Video
  6. Apple TV Plus
  7. Foxtel Now
  8. Paramount Plus

Best TV streaming service 2024:

What is the best TV streaming service you can get right now?

netflix

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Netflix is the king of online streaming

Specifications

Compatible devices: Android, Apple, Windows, Roku, Telstra TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, smart TVs
Free trial: N/A
Simultaneous streams: 1-4

Reasons to buy

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Netflix Original TV and movies 
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Multi-device support
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4K HDR streaming

Reasons to avoid

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Can require faster internet speeds 
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Additional cost for 4K content

If you hear the term streaming service, you think of Netflix and that's for good reason. Netflix has long been a powerhouse of good content with a massive catalogue on offer, even if the Aussie library doesn't quite match that of its US counterpart. While the writers' strike in 2023 might have caused some delays, the introduction and improvement of more and more competitors has diminished Netflix's hold on the industry. Nonetheless, it is constantly churning out fresh shows and movies and is undoubtedly the King of streaming platforms.

In its library, you’ll find popular shows like Yellowjackets, Outlander, Rick and Morty and more, but its main drawcard is the Netflix Original shows and movies. Since 2013, Netflix has been delivering audiences unique and original content, and now in 2024, there’s a smorgasbord of hit series to watch courtesy of the platform. While certainly not every Netflix original has been a hit, shows like American Nightmare, Wednesday, Beef, Stranger Things and Never Have I Ever make up for it.

Netflix has been known to smash fans' hearts by axing even seemingly popular shows early on. Just last year, Netflix continued on its cancellation spree, cutting both the supernatural period horror show 1899 and the sci-fi adult animated comedy Inside Job after one season, so it's a good idea to keep history in the back of your mind when you're In Love All Over Again with a new series (that's another cancelled show).

As for costs, like everything else, Netflix has steadily increased in cost since its introduction Down Under (with the potential for another price hike later in 2024) and its plans have seen some alteration in recent years. Introduced in 2022, Netflix's cheapest tier, 'Standard with ads', will set you back only AU$6.99 per month, though you will have to slog through a limited library and ads before and during content. 

If you want to stay ad-free, the Standard subscription provides two full HD concurrent streams, the ability to download shows and movies, and the option to add a non-household member to your account for an extra AU$7.99 per month, a result of Netflix’s password sharing crackdown in 2023. You’ll get two of these optional slots in the AU$22.99 Premium plan, along with Ultra HD streams across four devices at once, Netflix Spatial Audio and downloads for six devices.

While Netflix can get expensive, its content library, feature-packed subscription plans, consistent streaming quality and easy-to-navigate user interface are still unrivalled. Though other platforms aren’t far behind anymore, it might not be long before Netflix finally drops from its top spot on this list.

While there are some hot releases on Netflix right now, from Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen, Griselda, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Shameless, April 2024 will see the addition of Parasite: The Grey, The Hijacking of Flight 601, The Circle Season 5, Good Times, Deliver Me and more.

Verdict: 5/5

Stan

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2. Stan

The go-to for big name TV shows

Specifications

Compatible devices: Apple, Android, Windows, Telstra TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, smart TVs
Free trials: 30 days
Simultaneous streams: 1-4

Reasons to buy

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Low Base price
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Strong selection of TV shows
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Good original shows 

Reasons to avoid

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Paid service has commercials
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Limited to one stream

Australia’s very first streaming service releasing way back in early 2015, Stan has always been an incredibly popular streaming option. It’s undergone some major changes in the last nine years, shuffling its library and increasing pricing plans, with its most recent jump to AU$12 per month for the Basic plan in early March 2024. That's still a pretty good price for ad-free viewing, plus Stan has one of the longest free trials on offer, with a full 30-day free trial to test the service out before dropping a cent.

It doesn't quite beat out Netflix for the top spot, as its content library, while considerable, is quite a bit smaller than Netflix overall. Despite that, it's not like you'll be stuck searching for something to watch as Stan hosts an impressive list of global and Aussie-made shows across a variety of genres. Adding even more value to their content library is Stan Sport, which brings fans live and on-demand sports like Boxing and Rugby under one subscription for an extra AU$15 per month. 

Stan has three base tiers ranging from AU$12 p/m for one SD stream, all the way up to AU$21 p/m for four 4K streams on its Premium subscription plan. Each plan also can download onto at least one device, and you can add or remove Stan Sport at any time during your subscription.

Alongside Aussie shows like Bump, Scrublands, Colin from Accounts and The Tourist, you can also global hits like Fargo, The Great, Mr Robot, Better Call Saul and more across every subscription plan for Stan.

Verdict: 4.5/5

Disney Plus

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The home of Disney shows and movies

Specifications

Compatible devices: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Samsung and LG devices, Roku players, Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Android, iOS, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Google Chromecast
Free trials: None
Simultaneous streams: 4

Reasons to buy

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Great content base
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4K included as standard
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Price is competitive

Reasons to avoid

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Best originals are still to come
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Star brings more grown-up content

There’s a lot of appeal to Disney Plus, and compared to when the service first landed in Australia, the library has grown extensively. However, its main draw card continues to be its massive family-friendly library that also packs in big shows and movies from both Star Wars and Marvel.

The addition of Star in 2021 really diversified the Disney Plus line-up  – doubling the library and offering high-quality adult-oriented content. While this came with a price increase, Star gave subscribers access to content from other Disney-owned brands like ABC, Disney TV Studios, FX, Touchstones, 20th Century Studios and more.

As of March 5, 2024, Disney Plus now offers two subscription tiers – Standard for AU$13.99 per month / AU$139.99 per year or Premium for AU$17.99 per month / AU$179.99 per year. Premium adds 4K content, Dolby Audio and four concurrent streams. Meanwhile, the Standard tier costs the same as the previous Disney Plus subscription, but now only offers two concurrent streams, HD quality streams and standard audio.

Disney Plus has also previously offered an additional cost for fast-tracked viewing of new movies including the live-action adaptation of Mulan and the highly anticipated Black Widow, but since Jungle Cruise there have been no new titles released through Premier Access.

Some of the best shows currently streaming on Disney Plus include Shogun, The Bear, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Artful Dodger and The Mandalorian. It's also the home of Grey's Anatomy, which was just renewed for its 21st season.

Verdict: 4/5

Binge on TV, laptop, phone and tablet

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Australia's best streaming option for HBO shows

Specifications

Compatible devices: Xbox One X|S, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, iOS, Android, Windows, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Smart TVs, Google Chromecast
Free trials: 7 days
Simultaneous streams: 1-4

Reasons to buy

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Impressive content library
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Appealing UI design
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Approachable price point

Reasons to avoid

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No 4K or HDR streaming
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No offline viewing

2023 was a massive year for Foxtel-owned streaming service Binge, and 2024 is already slated to bring about massive changes to the Australian platform. Back in December 2023, details about Hubbl was released, adjusting the streaming landscape for both Binge and Kayo subscribers.

From February 14, Binge customers will now access their account settings through Hubbl My Account, though beyond that plans and pricing will remain the same for the time being. The lowest Binge tier costs AU$10 p/m and, unlike Stan's AU$10 tier, Binge's basic tier, introduced back on March 30, 2023, comes with ads. Additionally, its two ad-free tiers got an upgrade in October, offering 4K streams and adding on some live news channels, making the AU$18 p/m or AU$22 p/m price tag much more appealing.

There’s a lot to watch on Binge, and you can now stream across a variety of devices including consoles, phones, web browsers and directly through an app on smart TVs. But it’s Binge’s claim as the home of HBO shows in Australia that really helps this service to stand apart from its competitors, delivering massive shows and movies directly from the US that you would otherwise need a VPN for.

Among these titles, you can find the likes of The Last of Us, House of the Dragon, The White Lotus and other massive shows that arrived day-of-release to Aussie TVs on Binge, though this might change at some point in the future. There are confirmed plans for a streamer in the likes of HBO’s Max to spread to the Asia-Pacific region in late 2024, but with a multi-year contract between Warner Bros. Discover and Foxtel, HBO content will likely remain on Binge for the foreseeable future.

The service has also started to dip its toes into producing homegrown content, with the successful laugh-packed series Colin from Accounts booked for a second season after receiving a stack of nominations and wins during the 2024 awards season. So even if a library shake-up were to occur, there’s plenty to watch, with even more shows and movies coming across the next few years.

If you want to test out Binge’s 7-day free trial, here are some of the most popular shows to catch in April: Vigil, The Last of Us, The Act, Time and The Office.

Verdict: 4/5

Amazon Prime Video on various devices

5. Amazon Prime Video

A strong selection of both popular films and TV

Specifications

Compatible devices: Android, Apple, Windows, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Smart TVs
Free trials: 30 days
Simultaneous streams: 3

Reasons to buy

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Amazon originals 
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Brilliant selection of movies
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Good for kids
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Big collection of films  

Reasons to avoid

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Interface not as intuitive as Netflix 

Like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video has its own set of original series – Upload, Hunters, The Expanse and The Boys among others – but, generally speaking, they don't receive the same fanfare as their Netflix-bred brethren. The same can be said about Amazon's original movies, which often arrive on the service months after their theatrical debut. 

Amazon’s theatrical library spans anything from the latest and greatest to trashy B-rated flicks and cult classics that don't appeal to the broader audience. Not all are included with Prime Video, though the service will let you know which movies come with an additional cost before you stream them. Some of these rentals can still be in cinemas and will typically be cheaper than a single movie ticket if you opt to stream it at home.

The big point of difference between Prime Video and other streaming platforms is the access to the full arsenal of tools within Amazon Prime – Amazon Music, Prime Reading, Prime Gaming and premium delivery services for a flat monthly fee of AU$9.99 or AU$79 per year. Though ads will launch in 2024, and a new ad-free tier is coming, pricing for this new tier is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Additionally, Amazon Prime Video now gives you the option of signing up to smaller outside streaming services such as Paramount Plus and Shudder. This allows users to avoid creating multiple accounts across numerous services and instead use their Amazon Prime account to use and oversee. It also means installing fewer apps, because each of these additional services appear within Prime Video as 'Channels'.

To help curve horrendous sound mixing in movies, Amazon Prime Video has added a Dialogue Boost feature that allows viewers to increase the volume of dialogue. There are a few levels to this feature, giving additional levels of accessibility to the platform alongside captions, while AI is used to assess when this feature is needed, though it's worth noting that for the time being this is currently only available on Amazon Original shows in English, such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

New shows and movies are streaming on Prime Video each and every month, but our top picks for this month include Invincible, How to date Billy Walsh, Roadhouse, Musica, Ricky Stanicky and American Fiction.

Verdict: 4/5

Apple TV Plus

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6. Apple TV Plus

Apple's service has taken the phrase 'quality over quantity' to heart

Specifications

Compatible devices: Apple, Samsung Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS5
Free trials: 7 days
Simultaneous streams: 6

Reasons to buy

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Expensive-looking shows
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Promising upcoming projects
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Free year's sub with Apple devices

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited library
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Not on Android devices

Since releasing For all mankind and Morning Wars way back in 2019, it's taken some time for Apple to find its footing in the TV streaming world. Most of the content between then and, say, the beginning of 2022, you probably haven't even heard of. And it's not like Apple has provided hit after hit since then. But, the good content they provide is just a step above what most other services are providing, other than perhaps Binge through HBO, and the rare Netflix original like The Gentleman

From Severance to Black Bird, Constellation, Palm Royale, Ted Lasso and the recent Manhunt and The New Look, there is just a certain production level, and acting and writing pedigree to Apple TV shows that you just don't see very often outside of a cinema. I mean, just in that list we have Taron Edgerton, Austin Butler, Barry Keoghan and Ben Mendohlson, and we haven't even gotten to Apple's original movies yet. Of course, this is in large part due to the ludicrous amount of money Apple has, but just because they have the money doesn't mean they're going to use it properly, and they are.

Speaking of movies, one of the biggest strings to Apple TV Plus's bow is the speed at which Apple-produced films come to its streaming platform, and they're really only just getting started. Now, Apple Original films that have debuted on Apple TV Plus are a given, and they're often very good. Tom Hanks' Finch and Greyhound, Spirited, The Greatest Beer Run ever, there's even a Best Picture Oscar Winner in CODA, and Apple is still only just getting started on the movie front.

More than their Apple TV Plus originals are the Theatrically released films that zoom onto Apple TV Australia. Killers of the Flower Moon came to Apple TV Plus just five months after its theatrical release, while Napoleon was released on Apple's streaming service just two months post-theatres. With more movies coming, you can expect bigger and better movies coming to Apple TV Plus faster and faster, making this service even better. For now though, there is still plenty to love.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Foxtel Now

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Get the full Foxtel experience without a cable package

Specifications

Compatible devices: iOS, Android, Windows, Android TV, PS4, Chromecast, Telstra TV
Free trials: N/A
Simultaneous streams: 4

Reasons to buy

+
Chromecast compatibility
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No cable subscription required
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Live TV included
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Enormous overall library

Reasons to avoid

-
Still no 4K content
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No offline viewing
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Pre-roll advertisements

For years, access to Foxtel required users to sign up for a traditional pay TV subscription – that meant getting technicians over to install a box in your living room.

That all changed with Foxtel Now – a simple streaming service that only requires an internet connection and a device to stream on. 

Foxtel Now is a Netflix-style, streaming-only Foxtel package that lets you watch all of the service's catch-up content, as well as its live TV streams. 

All you have to do is sign up online, choose your streaming packages, download the app and away you go. Best of all, you don't have to sign any contracts and you can cancel anytime. 

It must be said that if you want everything that Foxtel Now has to offer, you'll have to pay quite a bit. Foxtel Now starts at AU$25 per month for the mandatory Essentials base pack, which includes over 30 channels. 

You have the option to build your own bundle or select one of the two bundles that both include the Essentials subscription. The Essentials + Movies bundle is AU$45 per month and includes over 1,000 movies in the package, whereas the All Packs bundle is currently on sale for AU$49p/m for the first 12 months (AU$104p/m thereafter) until March 31, 2024, and includes the Essentials + Movies content as well as extra sports, drama, kids and documentary channels as well.

That said, it's hard to argue with Foxtel Now's enormous content library, and the inclusion of streaming access to Foxtel's live TV channels will certainly appeal to many. Of course, if all you want is access to HBO shows and other non-sports Foxtel exclusives, you're better off signing up for the more affordable Binge.

With a large variety of channels, there’s something for everyone on Foxtel Now, and along with the entire Binge library, you can catch the following hit shows across the platform: Succession, Call the Midwife, Vera, Mr Inbetween and Bluey. 

Paramount Plus

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We won't beat around the bush – Paramount Plus isn't great... yet

Specifications

Compatible devices: PC, Mac, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Fetch TV, Telstra TV
Free trials: 7 days
Simultaneous streams: 2

Reasons to buy

+
Promise of blockbuster releases
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Lots of family-friendly content
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Affordable subscription fee

Reasons to avoid

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No watchlist option
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No must-see new exclusive content
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Content streaming quality not labelled

Remember 10 All Access? Well, like a caterpillar into a butterfly, that service has emerged from its cocoon as Paramount Plus, a more prestigious-sounding affair that hopes to draw people in with the promise of exclusive shows and blockbuster releases soon after their theatrical debuts. 

Unfortunately, none of that really exists, with only a meagre offering of exclusive shows and mostly lacklustre original films.  The Australian version also has previously had delays on movie releases, which hit the US version of the streamer within the promised 35-40 day release period.

Of course, it's worth noting that the Australian version of Paramount Plus is cheaper than the US version, priced at only AU$9.99 per month or AU$89.99 per year, which is decent for a service that offers 4K streams (not that there's any way of knowing which content is 4K in its poorly labelled UI).

In terms of content that is there, Paramount Plus folds in pre-existing shows from 10 All Access along with a decent selection of on-demand movies and shows from Viacom’s various holdings, which include Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Smithsonian Channel. 

You can even watch Live Sport on Paramount Plus, including the A-leagues and FA Cups at any time during the day when matches are streamed through CBSN. 

Paramount Plus can also be added as a channel in your Amazon Prime Video subscription, and you can even find a deal on the service through Amazon Prime Video on the odd occasion as well.

Paramount Plus still has made some major improvements in the last few years, and you can check out the following series on the platform: The Gilded Age, South Park, NCIS: Sydney, Why Women Kill and Special Ops: Lioness.

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Specialty streaming services

Best specialty streaming services overview:

  1. Kayo Sports
  2. BritBox
  3. Optus Sport
  4. Shudder
  5. Hayu
  6. Flash

Kayo Sports

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Hitting the ball out of the park

Specifications

Compatible devices: iOS, Android, Windows, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV
Free trials: 7 days
Simultaneous streams: 1-3

Reasons to buy

+
User-friendly interface
+
Packed with features
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Relatively affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks English Premier League
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Limited no 4K content
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Unreliable connection

As Australia's only streaming service dedicated exclusively to sporting events, Kayo Sports is a terrific option for those who want to avoid a traditional Foxtel subscription, and just like Binge, subscribers now access their accounts through Hubbl as of February 14, 2024.

Kayo does a remarkable job of providing instant streaming access to over 50 sporting events. That said, the content is nearly identical to what you'll find on Foxtel's services, which shouldn't be a surprise, as Kayo retains the same broadcast and streaming rights as its pay-TV big brother.

In terms of content, that means you’ll get access to all seven of the Fox Sports channels, plus the Fox Sports news stream, three beIN Sports options and two ESPN channels offered by Foxtel. 

That's not to say that Kayo offers everything you could possibly want, as there are some noticeable omissions in the service's content offering. Unfortunately, Kayo doesn't provide access to the three Premier League Club channels (Liverpool TV, Chelsea TV and Manchester United TV), the three Sky Racing channels or Eurosport.

If you're willing to live without those, there are still streams of 50-plus sports to choose from, including live broadcasts of big-ticket events like Formula 1, NRL, AFL, international cricket, World Surf League and more. 

Additionally, Kayo offers several unique and fantastic streaming features, such as picture-in-picture video, a split-view mode that lets you watch multiple sports streams simultaneously, a 'key moments' feature that shows just the highlights, a mode that blocks spoilers for games you haven't watched yet, the ability to choose playback speed and more. 

Kayo has introduced 4K streaming, a big win for customers who are keen to catch all the sporting action in 4K, but it does come at a cost. Kayo's shaken up its subscription plans, now offering the choice between two – Kayo One which will set you back AU$25 per month with one single HD stream and Kayo Basic for AU$35 per month