Alright, ladies and gentlemen. Please quieten down. The showdown you’ve all been waiting for is happening right now. That’s right, 2015 is the year of the Showdown of the Show Showers! *sound trumpets*
Not sure if you’ve heard the news or not (if you haven’t, welcome out from underneath that rock you’ve been living under), but Netflix has finally landed in Australia. But before it was able to stake its claim, fill screens around the country and steal the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Aussie streamers, a couple of quick-footed local competitors did a heap of work to appear on the scene in the months leading up to the Netflix launch. Say hello to Stan (owned by Fairfax) and Presto (owned by Foxtel). Oh, and before that there was Quickflix, Foxtel, free-to-air, illegal downloading, DVD, VHS, Betamax … But let’s not get into that.
So, here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about the three streaming services that strutted on the scene in 2015.
- $8.99 per month for streaming of standard-definition content across a maximum of one screen
- $11.99 per month for streaming of high-definition content across max. two screens
- $14.99 per month (hey big spender!) for streaming of ultra high-definition content (that’s 4K quality) across a maximum of four screens
- $10 a month for unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows
- $9.99 per month for Presto Movies, giving you access to Presto’s movie catalogue
- $9.99 per month for Presto TVs, which gives you access to Presto’s TV catalogue
- $14.99 per month for Presto Entertainment, which allows you to watch movies and TV shows
(all plans are for a maximum four devices, max. two streams at a time)
A Few of the Drawcards
- House of Cards
- Orange is the New Black
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Marco Polo
- Better Call Saul
- Mozart in the Jungle
- Sons of Anarchy
You can stream your fave shows and movies on your desktop, laptop or tablet device, as well as numerous Android devices. To see if your phone’s compatible with Stan, click here. PC users can also take advantage of Google’s Chromecast, while Mac users can take advantage of Apple TV via Airplay.
This is where Netflix stands out the most. It’s readily available on more devices than any of the other streaming devices in Australia. As well as watching on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones, users can watch Netflix on quite a few smart TVs (Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, LG, HiSense and Philips to be specific). Set top-box provider, FetchTV, also has a Netflix app on their device, and LG, Samsung and Sony BluRay players are also set up for it. Netflix can also be viewed on TV using Chromecast or Apple TV.
More info can be found here.
Presto is a tad more limited than Netflix and Stan. If you enjoy watching your movies or shows on the big screen you can using the Chromecast with an HDMI-enabled TV. Just know that the Chromecast counts as one streaming device and the TV counts another, meaning it uses up both your streaming availability access at once. Presto can also be streamed on selected tablets, all PC/Macs and certain phone devices.
Want more info on Presto device compatibility? Click here.
Making a Choice
Ultimately, the choice you make comes down to the content you’re after and how you prefer to watch the content. The great news is all three offer a 30-day free trial, meaning you can sign up and check out the full catalogue before deciding whether it’s what you want. If it’s not, just remember to unsubscribe at the end of 30 days so that you don’t begin paying for something you don’t want!
FYI – Chromecast is available at the Co-op. Just $48 for Members, $61 for Non-Members.