Which Streaming Service Should I Choose?

  • Netflix is possibly one of the biggest and most dominant streaming services available in the market today.
  • Foxtel Play, which is essentially a subsidiary of Foxtel, is a service that streams Sport, Film and TV shows, along with linear play TV channels.
  • Stan is another popular streaming platform that people have been signing up to in recent times.

Are you someone who is addicted to watching TV series’ online? If you are anything like me, watching an entire marathon of your favourite sitcom is something you look forward to on the weekends. Why go out when there are endless episodes to catch up on with a giant bowl of buttered popcorn? For those who dread having to rent box sets or purchase individual episodes on iTunes, streaming platforms are a godsend. However, with such a heavy influx of various streaming services that have popped up in recent times, it can get a little confusing trying to choose which one will suit your needs and taste the most. In this article, we will have a look at a few of the most popular streaming services available to the public today, how much they cost and what range of shows they carry, in order to make your buyer’s decision that much easier - so read on to find out more! 

1. Netflix

We can’t not start off with Netflix. Netflix is possibly one of the biggest and most dominant streaming services available in the market today. Did you know that Netflix was actually founded 20 years ago in 1997? Once a company that used to provide DVDs by mail, Netflix is now a household name. From your Smart TV to your Tablet, PC, Laptop or even Smart Phone, Netflix is accessible on multiple devices, helping you ensure that you’re never left stranded without your favourite shows. For those who just want to test the waters before making that leap, Netflix offers a trial period of 30 days free streaming, enough for you to suss out if their range of shows are to your taste. 

A Basic Netflix subscription costs $8.00 per month, whilst a Standard subscription and a Premium subscription will cost you $11.99 and $14.99 a month, respectively. Now, what about data usage, for those who are wary of going over their monthly limits? Well, with Netflix data usage, you’re looking at 1GB/hour for Standard Definition, 3GB/hour for High Definition and 7GB/hour for Ultra High Def. So, for those who only have modest amounts of data on their broadband or mobile plan, adjusting the quality at which you stream your shows is a great way of keeping data usage in control. 

Netflix houses a library of up to 1200 titles, with 200 or so of those being TV shows. The entire library hours available on Netflix is a whopping 5000 hours or so, ensuring you are never left bored on a weeknight. Netflix racks up a reasonable 3+ star review on Product Review, with the main complaints about how certain US Netflix shows are not available on the Netflix Australia platform. 

2. Foxtel Play

Foxtel Play, which is essentially a subsidiary of Foxtel, is a service that streams Sport, Film and TV shows, along with linear play TV channels. A portable version of an actual IQ box Foxtel subscription, Foxtel play can be streamed on devices such as the Xbox, PC, Tablet, Mobile and on Smart TVs, ensuring that you will be able to watch all your favourite shows wherever you go. This is great for people who want a Foxtel connection but do not have a TV at home, or simply do not have the time to lounge in front of a television in their busy lives.

Foxtel Play costs are tiered by genre and can range anywhere between $30-$55, depending on the number of channels you subscribe to. Like other streaming services, there is a trial period available for all to test the service out, but this only lasts for 2 weeks unlike Netflix and other streaming platforms’ usual 1 month trials. 

There are about 3000 library hours that clock in on Foxtel Play - a great collection of entertainment to keep you entertained. Data usage for Foxtel Play has still not been released, but you will definitely need a minimum internet connection speed of 3Mbps. Foxtel Play comes in at a not-that-impressive 1.5 stars on Product Review, with many complaining about subpar streaming and sound quality, errors in the app itself that make it lag, and difficulty navigating through the application. One of the perks, however, is that you can sign up to sports channels and watch the Footy or EPL live - something that Netflix and Stan do not offer.

3.  Stan

Stan is another popular streaming platform that people have been signing up to in recent times. This streaming service is also available on most devices - from your Smart TV, Apple TV and PC, all the way to your Mobile Phones and Tablets - just like Netflix and Foxtel Play. Stan costs a reasonable $10 per month, with no contracts involved. Similar to Netflix, Stan you also get a 1 month free trial, so you can really see if the shows offered are to your taste, well before actually signing up for the service.

Titles on Stan add up to 1250, with 7000 odd hours of entertainment available, all in HD. Shows such as Twin Peaks, iZombie and I’m Dying Up Here are also exclusive to Stan. As for Stan data usage, Standard Definition uses 1GB/hour whilst High Definition 720p uses 1.5GB/hour and High Definition 1080p uses 3GB/hourS. A little lower than Netflix, Stan comes in at 2 stars on Product Review. One of the main complaints would be that the Stan app tends to freeze, or is often offline at times. 

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We hope that this comparison between some of the most popular streaming services has helped you make your decision when it comes to which service you would like to sign up to.