Australians have, on average, spend $30 a month on streaming services according to savings.com.au. With the recent addition of two new streaming services – Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus we may see this figure rise, or we may see services fail and bow out of the market. In the meantime how do we choose which service to keep?
Netflix is the market leader in Australia with more than 4 million subscribers, followed by Stan. However Disney Plus has a large volume of content including its entire back catalogue of classic and modern Disney movies, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. All for $8.99 a month. This is definitely one to watch as a potential rival to Netflix.
Baby Yoda is a can favourite on The Mandalorian – one of Disney Plus Originals.
Apple TV Plus contains roughly a dozen shows, all originals, with more coming each month. At a cost of $7.99, it doesn’t give as much bang for your buck as the other services, but each show is distinctively different, original and contains some stellar casts including Oprah, Jennifer Anniston, James Momoa and Reece Witherspoon.
A quick summary of each streaming service available in Australia:
Netflix – the king.
Stan – a close second to Netflix.
Amazon Prime – wide range of horror movies, dark comedies and classic movies.
Hayu – all the reality tv you need.
Apple TV Plus – will come to its own in 2020 as more titles are released.
Disney Plus – this is a must for any family or Star Wars or Marvel fan.
FOXTEL Now – the Foxtel streaming service – for those not able or wanting to get FOXTEL satellite.
Kayo – the Netflix of Sports. It includes a long list of sport shows and events, from rugby, NRL, tennis and NBA to the light saber championship.
My take on the streaming services: try them out for a couple of months and then see if you can whittle them down to three or four favorites.