The best streaming services in Australia for 2022

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UPDATE: Binge has arrived on Xbox consoles, and Disney Plus has raised its price. Details can be found in the updated article below.

The Australian streaming landscape has taken off in a big way over the last few years, which means Aussies now have more entertainment options than ever to choose from. These include the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Stan, Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab), Apple TV Plus and Binge, all readily accessible on our TVs and streaming boxes.

While being spoilt for choice can often be considered a good thing, we imagine few people will be willing to subscribe and pay for every available service, leaving many of us to squeeze just one or two options into our monthly budgets.

Of course, figuring out which services deserve your hard-earned cash isn't as easy as it sounds, as each one offers a wide variety of TV shows and movies along with its own exclusives.

Additionally, each streaming service will have its own pricing structure, list of compatible devices, offline viewing features and available streaming qualities to consider.

To help you pick the right ones, we here at Tom's Guide have put together this in-depth guide detailing the best streaming services in Australia for 2022. Here, we'll give you a quick rundown of what each mainstream service has to offer, while also filling you in on what you need to know regarding pricing tiers, device compatibility and more.

Furthermore, we will also be putting together a list of Australia's best speciality streaming services, cataloguing subscription platforms focused on sports, reality TV, horror, British television and more. Keep an eye out for that one.

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Not long ago, the best streaming service in Australia overall was Netflix, but services like Disney Plus and Binge have quietly dethroned the king by maintaining a consistent level of quality when it comes to exclusive TV shows and movies. 

Meanwhile, Netflix's decision to raise subscription prices while simultaneously cancelling several popular shows didn't win the service any fans. In fact, 2022 began with Netflix losing more subscribers than it gained. 

As you'd expect, the Tom's Guide team spends a great deal of time streaming all of Australia's major services, watching movies and shows for ourselves in an effort to come with up with a definitive list. So without further ado, here's Tom's Guide's choices for the best streaming services in Australia for 2022.

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1. Disney Plus

The new home of Disney shows and movies

Specifications

Compatible devices: PS4, Xbox One, 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

When Disney Plus first arrived on the Australian streaming scene, it was considered the family-friendly alternative to Netflix. This was thanks to its enormous back catalogue of Disney animated and live-action classics, along with its position as the streaming home of Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.

That's all well and good for households with children but, sooner or later, adults were going to need something more stimulating. Thankfully, Disney figured this out early, eventually doubling the service's content library with the inclusion of Star — a Disney Plus sub-label that offers more grown-up fare, meaning mum and dad can watch the likes of Pam & Tommy, The Bear and Deadpool once the kids have gone to bed.

While the addition of Star did bring a slight (and entirely mandatory) price hike along with it, the amount of additional content did make the extra cost easy to justify. That said, Disney Plus has raised its price yet again, this time without any noticeable benefit to subscribers. 

That said, even at the newest price of AU$13.99 (opens in new tab) per month, Disney Plus is still the best streaming service in Australia when it comes to quality over quantity. And when you consider that Disney doesn't charge extra for 4K and simultaneous streams, that price point seems even more reasonable.

In terms of exclusive content, Disney Plus is on an incredible winning streak of late, delivering one major blockbuster after another — on the TV front, Moon Knight was followed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, which was followed by Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Andor. 

Meanwhile, this year has seen huge movies debut on the service, such as Pixar's Turning Red, the Predator prequel Prey and the live-action version of Disney's Pinocchio — and it seems the best is yet to come.

Subscription advice:

Thanks to its affordable price point and steady stream of huge releases, Disney Plus is one of the few services we're happy to stay subscribed to full time.

Read our full Disney Plus review.

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2. Binge

The best way to watch HBO's biggest shows

Specifications

Compatible devices: PS4, PS5, iOS, Android, Windows, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Smart TVs, Google Chromecast
Free trials: 14 days
Simultaneous streams: 1-4

Reasons to buy

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Australia's home of HBO
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Decent price point

Reasons to avoid

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4K or HDR not offered
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Lacks offline viewing

Although HBO Max isn't officially available Down Under, we do have the next best thing in Binge — an Australian streaming service that comes to us from Streamotion, a part of the Foxtel group. Yes, that does mean you can stream many of the same shows and movies that are available on Foxtel at a far more appealing price point.

Without question, Binge's main draw is its licensing deal with HBO, giving Aussies fast-tracked access to the US TV giant's biggest shows, including House of the Dragon, Succession, The White Lotus, Euphoria, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, Westworld, Barry... and the list goes on. 

That also means you have a huge back catalogue of classic HBO shows at your fingertips, like The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, and... you get the idea.

Of course, there's more to Binge than HBO — it also offers a huge selection of recent and classic movies, and all the reality and true crime content you would expect from a Foxtel-adjacent product, and you also get access to several live Foxtel channels.

And while Binge has been slow off the mark with regards to expanding its device compatibility, we're happy to report that the service has finally added support for Xbox One S/X and Xbox Series S/X consoles — and only two and a half years after launch!

While much of its content is also available on the Foxtel Now streaming service, Binge is way, way cheaper: after a two-week free trial (opens in new tab), prices start at just AU$10 per month for a single SD stream, going up to AU$16 a month for two HD streams and AU$18 per month for four HD streams. Sure, we wish Binge would offer 4K streams like its US equivalent, but for now, it's easily the best (and easiest) way for Aussies to watch HBO content.

Subscription advice:

With its steady stream of HBO Originals and large movie selection, we think Binge is worth keeping all year round.

Read our sister site TechRadar's Binge review (opens in new tab)

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3. Netflix

Still great, if not quite the best anymore

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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Huge selection of Netflix Originals
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Best device support
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Flawless streams

Reasons to avoid

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Quite expensive
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Drop in content quality

Not long ago, it would have been unthinkable for Netflix to take anything other than the top spot in this roundup, but things have changed in the last few years. Covid had a significant impact on the streaming pioneer's output, and overall quality of its content has suffered in the process. 

Add to this some fierce competition from the likes of Disney and HBO, regular price hikes, and Netflix's propensity for cancelling every show you get attached to, and its no wonder subcribers are starting to leave in droves. 

That said, Netflix still has by far the biggest selection of exclusive TV shows and movies of any streaming service out there, and the technical quality of its platform is unmatched, offering flawless 4K streams, snappy navigation and unmatched device compatability. 

While some of us have cancelled our Netflix accounts (only to come back), the big list of the best Netflix shows is long enough to keep some hanging on. Shows like Stranger Things 4, The Sandman and Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story have proven to be some of Netflix's biggest recent hits, however its movie content has been far less impressive of late. Netflix's recent movie contributions seem to range from algorithm-driven Kevin Hart misfires like Me Time, to wildly expensive yet entirely soulless actioners like The Gray Man. Thankfully, we have another Extraction film to look forward to.

If you can get past Netflix's costly pricing tiers (prices start at AU$10.99 for one standard definition stream, all the way to AU$22.99 for four 4K streams), the service is still worthwhile for its enormous number of exclusives and for the overall quality of its service which, as we've already mentioned, is unmatched.

Subscription advice:

Given its higher than average cost and diminishing content quality, we think its fair to wait for truly unmissable shows and movies in order to reactivate your subscription.

Read our full Netflix review

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4. 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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Good pricing options
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High quality originals
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Large movie selection

Reasons to avoid

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Mostly B-tier content

Stan was Australia's first major Netflix competitor, and it came out of the gate with a bang thanks to it counting the Breaking Bad spin-off series, Better Call Saul, as an exclusive. Of course, that brilliant series came to a close this year, and it has forced us to take a look at Stan's other streaming exclusives to see which ones can be considered must-see TV.

At the top of that list would be Yellowstone, the smash-hit American western series that pits Kevin Costner and his family against encroaching forces who seek to not only destroy his cowboy way of life, but also take his unblemished land and put up condominiums, resorts and airports.

For reality TV fans, RuPaul's Drag Race could also be considered appointment TV, and Stan has around 18 other Drag Race spin-offs on offer for those who can't get enough glam.

Aside from those, and a smattering of Australian-produced Stan Originals, much of Stan's exclusive content can be described as B-tier — and that's not necessarily a bad thing! It just means that while there's a huge selection of quality shows on offer, there's not a lot that would be considered 'zeitgeist' television. Showtime and Starz are good, but they aren't HBO.

On the other hand, Stan's movie library is quite excellent, with a large number of new and classic films available to stream, and there's a growing selection of well-received, Stan-produced features on offer, such as Nitram, Gold and The True Story of the Kelly Gang. 

In terms of pricing, Stan is up there with Netflix, which we suppose is fair enough considering it does offer 4K HDR content. Pricing starts at AU$10 per month for a one SD stream, followed by AU$14 per month for two HD streams, and then AU$19 per month for four 4K streams.

On top of this, Stan now offers a separate AU$10 sports package for live (and catchup) sports coverage, which includes rugby, tennis, motorsports, cycling and more. 

Subscription advice:

Lots of great content to stream, but unless you're a RuPaul megafan, you should probably consider just reactivating your account for fast-tracked, must-watch shows as they air.

Read our sister site TechRadar's Stan review (opens in new tab)

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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 

For those who do most of their shopping online, Amazon Prime is a no-brainer. On top of the many perks you receive with an Amazon Prime subscription, including access to Amazon Music, Prime Reading, Prime Gaming and one-day domestic delivery services for just AU$6.99 per month (opens in new tab), you also get access to Amazon Prime Video, a streaming service that provides a wide variety of TV shows and movies to stream.

The best Amazon shows range from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Man in the High Castle, to Reacher and The Boys, and now the service has produced by far its biggest series to date with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. 

Recent Amazon Original movies like Thirteen Lives, Samaritan, The Wheel of Time and The Voyeurs also fill out Prime Video's content offerings.

Additionally, Amazon boasts a massive and continually changing library of films to stream, including many older titles and VHS-era favourites, with more B-grade horror, action and thriller movies than any one person could ever conceivably watch.

And, on top of its own content, the Amazon Prime Video app now allows you to sign up to smaller outside streaming services, such as Paramount Plus, Shudder, AMC+ and more — simply add your desired service as an additional charge to your Amazon subscription and start streaming. It's a great alternative to downloading numerous other apps and setting up separate accounts and logins for each.

Subscription advice: 

Worth staying subscribed to for movie buffs for its huge back catalog, but if it's new shows you're after we'd just dip in and out a few times a year.

Read our full Prime Video review

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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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Extremely affordable
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High hit ratio

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller than normal library
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Limited device compatability

At first, Apple seemed crazy for getting into the content creation game, but then the Cupertino company proved everyone wrong by delivering a string of award-winners and hit shows. 

Aside from Ted Lasso, the service's breakout feel-good success, Apple has been knocking it out of the park with quality shows like Severance, Mythic Quest, For All Mankind and The Morning Show, and has even delivered its very own mega-budget space opera in Foundation. 

Apple TV Plus even took home the best picture Oscar for CODA, proving the service is more than just a home for Ted Lasso. Need more proof? Check out our list of the best Apple TV Plus shows and movies. It's serving up programming that continues to surprise and charm, while competitors like Netflix feel routine and boring by comparison. 

Ultimately though, its content library isn't very deep — you won't find back catalogue favourites here, because Apple would rather sell them to you on iTunes. Instead, you get a focused offering of high-quality Originals, and we think that will probably be worth the service's monthly fee. 

It's worth mentioning that Apple TV Plus has raised its subscription price in Australia from AU$7.99 per month to AU$9.99 per month. Not a huge jump, but when you consider the relatively small number of TV shows and movies on offer, and the complete lack of licensed content, it does sting a little.

Admittedly, Apple needs to pick up its game when comes to device support, especially for Android phones and tablets. Some say this is a strategic move on Apple's part to force more people to buy Apple TV 4K streaming boxes, and it's hard to argue with that, especially since it actively removed its app from the Android TV platform for seemingly no reason.

Thankfully, Apple TV Plus has recently arrived on PlayStation and Xbox consoles – and PS5 owners can even claim six months of the service after downloading the app to the new console, which is an extremely attractive incentive to try the service out.

Subscription advice:

Apple TV Plus is affordable enough to stay subscribed year round, however, some people may want to reactivate solely for new Ted Lasso seasons.

Check out our full Apple TV Plus review

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7. Paramount Plus

After a weak start, Paramount is starting to get better

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

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Good original shows
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Plenty of content for kids
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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No 4K streaming
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Lacks recent theatrical releases
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Less content than US version

When Paramount Plus first launched in Australia, it had a pretty weak selection of exclusives and originals, making it tough to recommend. 

That said, with the addition of several high-profile releases, such Sylvester Stallone's excellent new show Tulsa King, which comes from the makers of Yellowstone and The Sopranos, along with the Yellowstone prequel 1883, Paramount Plus has quietly become a formidable service. You also have the live-action Halo TV series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and the Beavis and Butt-Head revival series ready to stream.

That said, it still lags behind its US equivalent, in that the Aussie version doesn't offer 4K streaming — something that would have made the sci-fi epic Halo more of an event.

We also don't get big Paramount films arriving on the service within 30-45 days of their theatrical release like they do in the US, which is disappointing. Of course, the Aussie version of Paramount Plus is cheaper than it is in the US, priced at only AU$8.99 per month or AU$89.99 per year.

On top of its original shows, Paramount Plus offers a fairly good selection of on-demand movies and shows from Viacom’s various holdings, which includes the likes of Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and the Smithsonian Channel. 

While it took a little while for Paramount Plus to find its way, we're happy to see it finally living up to its promise. Hopefully, Aussies will get a more full-featured version of the service in the future.

Subscription advice: 

There are some great original shows on Paramount Plus, though probably not enough to keep you subscribed indefinitely.

Read our sister site TechRadar's Paramount Plus review (opens in new tab)

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8. Foxtel Now

Get the full Foxtel experience without a cable package

Specifications

Compatible devices: iOS, Android, Windows, Android TV, PS4, Chromecast, Telstra TV
Free trials: 10 days
Simultaneous streams: 4

Reasons to buy

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Works with Chromecast
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Don't need cable subscription
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Includes live Foxtel channels
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Large content library

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Still no 4K content
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Lacks offline viewing
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Binge exists

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, usually involving cabling and other hassles.

Foxtel Now's biggest draw is that it allows users to get the full Foxtel experience without having to sign up for a traditional pay TV subscription. No longer would you have to bring technicians into your home to install a box under your telly with a bunch of additional cables.

Instead, you could simply stream Foxtel directly to your smart TV (if compatible) or to one of your existing devices.

Sounds easier, right? Well, it is, but it's also very expensive, because Foxel Now splits its content into several different packages, all of which (outside of the mandatory Essentials base package, which costs AU$25 per month) come with an additional cost. That means it can cost up to AU$104 per month to get everything that Foxtel Now has to offer.

If you're a sports nut, that might be worth it, but since the arrival of the Binge streaming service, which has much of the same non-sporting content (including all of its HBO shows), it's become much harder to justify Foxtel Now's high pricing. That said, you could sing up for Foxtel Now's free 10-day trial (opens in new tab) to see for yourself.

Subscription advice:

Unless you're a sports fanatic, you're better off signing up for Binge — it's much more affordable and also offers a more streamlined experience.

Read our sister site TechRadar's Foxtel Now review (opens in new tab)

Stephen Lambrechts is the Managing Editor of Tom's Guide AU and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming for over a dozen years. Before Tom's Guide, he spent several years as a Senior Journalist at TechRadar, had a brief stint as Editor in Chief at Official Xbox Magazine Australia, and has written for such mags and sites as APC, TechLife Australia, T3, FilmInk, AskMen and IGN. He's an expert when it comes to smartphones, TVs, gaming and streaming. In his spare time, he enjoys watching obscure horror movies on physical media, keeping an eye on the latest retro sneaker releases, listening to vinyl and other non-hipster stuff.

  • seoguy
    Archived comments are found here: http://www.tomsguide.com/forum/id-2519718/streaming-service-2015-netflix-hulu-amazon.html
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  • vgrandja
    I can think of another "Cons" for most of the online streaming services: available only within USA!
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  • JaxChampion
    Netflix is NOT more expensive for those who have more than one TV. I happen to have 4 in my large family. For this I pay $20.00 a month for Netflix. On Hulu I would be paying $32.00 for the same level of service. Also, Amazon prime is sharable as well with my family so Hulu is the most expensive option not Netflix.
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  • mwaldrep4571
    Now with new HDCP 2.2 requirements and HDMI 2.0 requirements, you can't watch HD or UHD streaming unless all hardware meets that standard with Amazon Prime. I also heard that Netflix is starting that also. The only service that appears to still offer HD is Hulu. Unless you make good money and can afford to purchase a New HDTV that meets requirements and if you want to stream via PC or MAC you have to buy a new PC or buy a new video card that meets that standard you are not able to stream at HD or UHD quality. Oh, and Apple doesn't have a mac that meets those standards yet. Not even the Mac Pro.
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  • guganye
    think of another "Cons" for most of the online streaming services: available only within USA!
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  • rlndsz
    lol so Hulu has "Subpar movie selection" and Netflix has "Excellent selection". You got that backward, unless you mean the number of titles. Netflix selection of movies however large it is, 80% of it are pure trash. On Hulu side you have superior quality movies and also the whole Criterion collection, with excellent titles, nothing comes near that on Netflix side.
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  • Vault101
    Marshall Honorof, You missed one - VUDU allows you to purchase and rent .Keeping a large library of movies and TV seasons available for viewing. the downside to them is that they use ports that certain firewalls will block. Check them out, I would love to get your feedback.
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  • Justin_87
    Playstation Vue is available on Amazon Fire TV, as well as Playstation. Also, the prices are $29.99 for Access Slim (55+ channels), $34.99 for Core Slim (70+ channels), and $44.99 for Elite Slim (100+ channels). I live in Austin and it is available here, so I'm not sure why you are misquoting this stuff. If you actually wrote and published this article on May 4th, then you source of info is bad, because these have been the prices well before May 4th and included many more markets.
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  • gordokc77
    Hulu is nothing but crap all they do is send you to other sites so you're paying $8 to $10 a month for what to be sent to a website you could have went to anyway if you want to stream something you need to get on a good site like Showbox are YouTube rest of them are no good HBO is okay but they want so much money and they don't even play dirty movies
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  • Chris_C_K
    Hulu is jammed packed with adverts! They just don't get the whole pay for streaming paradigm.
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