The best of the rest
APPLE TV +
Draw cards: Cheap and cheerful, Apple already controls the rest of your life; why not put the remote back in? The familiarity of the Apple TV interface makes it easy to navigate.
Gaps: It’s light on the original prestige content with Morning wars and Ted lasso the only real stars.
Price: $ 8
Draw cards: Disney owns Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, so there is literally something for everyone on the service. This is the only place to catch top tier TV like The Mandalorian and WandaVision.
Gaps: No free trial and, at $ 12 per month, one of the more expensive platforms.
Price: $ 12
Draw cards: Access to programming from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV, Paramount Plus offers decent variety. Will be home to the two high-profile reboots of the two Frasier and Dexter.
Gaps: Strong on reality TV and light on drama.
Price: $ 9
SBS ON REQUEST
Draw cards: Offering over 7,000 hours of content, SBS on Demand is a solid option. Ideal for documentaries, world films and weird scandi-noir series.
Gaps: Unfortunately, you have to sit down during commercial breaks.
Draw cards: As well as hosting all of your favorite Auntie shows in one place, ABC iview also hosts an impressive array of movies, documentaries and comedy specials.
Gaps: The application may be susceptible to crash.
The super niche
Draw cards: One for the nostalgic, Britbox is your one stop shop for classic English comedies and dramas; Midsomer Murders, Fawlty Towers, The Office, Doc Martin, Course of action, the list goes on.
Gaps: There is very little original or new content.
Price: $ 9
Draw cards: If you want to keep up with the Kardashians, or any reality TV show for that matter, HayU is here for you.
Gaps: See above.
Price: $ 7
Draw cards: You won’t find a greater variety of documentaries on a wide range of topics available on a competing streaming service. There are plenty of Louis Theroux.
Gaps: Only for those obsessed with doco.
Price: $ 8
Draw cards: With over 50 sports to choose from, Kayo is a Foxtel-free way to enjoy live sports. Access to top-notch sports including NRL, NBA, cricket, as well as niche sports like darts.
Gaps: Quite expensive and no 4K option.
Price: $ 25
Draw cards: The only place in Australia to watch the English Premier League. Loads of “mini-match” options for football fans short on time. It also includes OS Fitness which offers home workouts.
Gaps: The stream can be unreliable, with very little in-house original programming.
Price: $ 15
Draw cards: A must for rugby union fans, Stan Sport hosts Super Rugby and Super Rugby Aotearoa competitions, as well as Wallabies and Wallaroos tests. Recently acquired the UEFA Champions League from Optus.
Gaps: Expect to see a few error codes.
Price: $ 10
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