Self-isolation entertainment guide: the best Australian film and TV streaming service

As the Covid-19 threat intensifies, many Australians are rightfully heeding the government's advice on board by practicing self-isolation and social distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Whether you're sitting at home under self-imposed lockdown or a doctor-ordered state of quarantine, self-isolation can be pretty boring, especially if you're usually a very outgoing person.

Luckily, technology has made it easier than ever to keep yourself entertained while stuck inside your home. With that in mind, we've taken the liberty of putting together a helpful guide on how to keep yourself entertained during self-isolation.

Read on to learn more about how we can alleviate boredom through streaming services in Australia at this particularly difficult time in our history.

Australian film and TV streaming services

For most people, being stuck at home will be less than ideal. That said, this presents a great opportunity to catch up on all the TV shows and movies that you haven't had time to. In fact, you can even choose to rewatch those you loved.

Luckily, there are plenty of great streaming services on offer in Australia that will let you watch (almost) whatever your heart desires from the comfort of your couch.

Netflix

Netflix
The most popular option is Netflix, which offers an endless supply of original series and movies from around the world, along with ever-changing licensed content. Pricing starts at Au$9.99 per month for the entry level (one screen in standard definition), all the way up to $19,99 for the full Ultra HD package with four simultaneous streams. Unfortunately, Netflix does not offer a free trial period. That said, We can't imagine you'll have difficulty finding something to watch on the service. Right here to subscribe to Netflix. Here's how to watch Netflix with friends during your own lockdown.

Stan

Stan
Similar to Netflix in its price range, Australia's first major streaming service Stan starts at AU$10/month for a single SD stream, followed by AU$14/month for two HD streams and AU$17/month for 4K streams. It offers original content too, along with a great selection of first-run international shows that aren't available for streaming elsewhere, although not as much as Netflix. That said, he has an extensive back catalog of classic shows like Friends, Seinfeld and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If that sounds good, you might sign up for Stan's free 30-day trial from the site.

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Disney Plus

Disney Plus
The newest streaming service to hit the Australian scene, Disney Plus offers an incredible back catalog of mouse-home series and movies - we're talking about everything from Mickey Mouse's original look in Steamboat Willie, all the way to modern blockbuster wonders like Avengers: Endgame. Disney Plus has already begun showing original content such as the beloved Star Wars series The Mandalorian, and you can expect a lot more in the near future. For a flat fee of only AU$8.99 per month for everything it has to offer, we strongly encourage you to sign up with Disney Plus for a free 7-day trial.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video
Included with every Amazon Prime subscription, this streaming service offers Amazon's growing library of original shows and movies, as well as countless classic shows and movies. Of course, the Amazon Prime subscription is much more than just another streaming service for a fixed amount of AU$6.99 per month, you get a number of additional bonuses for shopping on Amazon Australia. These include access to prime reading, prime music and twitch prime, free shipping on home purchases, early access to discounts and deals, huge savings on Amazon prime nights and more – everything you need during home quarantine. Here you can subscribe to Amazon Prime in Australia.

foxtel

Now Foxtel
And that's a lot more expensive than competing streaming services, especially if you want to pick and choose from every package on offer, Foxtel now offers a plethora of shows and movies that aren't available for streaming elsewhere. For example, the only place in HBO's vast catalog of broadcasts, including the likes of Game of Thrones and Westworld, is via the Foxtel network now. Luckily, you can start with just AU$25 per month (after a 10-day free trial) for the mandatory pop and lifestyle packages, and if you're willing to spend a few extra packages, you can also unlock a huge selection of movies, sports, and more. .

Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus
While Apple's new video streaming subscription service fails to compete with Netflix and Disney Plus when it comes to the size of its library content, it makes up for it by offering very high quality shows from big-name talent across the board. V AU$7,99 per month for a 7-day trialIt's also quite inexpensive, and if you happen to have bought a major Apple product lately, such as an iPhone or iPad, you'll get a 12-month Apple TV Plus for a fantastic "free" price.

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Kayo sports

Cayo Sport
Are you a sport? Well, you're going to love Cayo Sports - a streaming service dedicated to everything that runs, kicks, throws, races, jumps and... you get the idea. With Kae, you get virtually everything related to sports that is available on the table for less than half the price. The Kai Sports Basic Package provides two simultaneous streams for only AU$25 per month, and for AU$35 per month, you can subscribe to the Kai Sports Premium Package, which provides three simultaneous streams. Best of all, there are no lock-in contracts and you can try before you buy with a free 14 day trial.

Pipes

Tubi Company
Trying to save money in these troubled times? Tubi just might be the service for you. Relatively new to Australia's streaming landscape, the ad-supported company Tubi is 100% free and offers a huge variety of C-grade movies and series, cult classics and cheesy gems, along with a fair selection of major films from yesteryear. All you need is Facebook or Gmail to log in and you are good to go. Sure, you'll sometimes have to front it with 30-second commercials, but you won't see any more ads for the rest of the movie or show you're watching. Check out Tubi for free now.

Of course, there are also a large number of free streaming and services that offer promotional material. These include apps from all the major Australian chains such as 7Plus, 9Now, SBS on demand, ABC iView и 10play.

As with the rest of the paid streaming services we've reviewed, you'll find some complete guides to the best shows and movies they offer below.

  • The best Netflix series in Australia
  • Best TV Show to Stream to Stan
  • The best TV shows now on Foxtel
  • Apple TV Plus Shows: The Complete Guide
  • Disney Plus: Our guide to exclusive shows, movies 2020
  • Best Movies on Amazon Prime Video
  • The best movies on Netflix in Australia
  • Best movies with Stan
  • Star Wars on Disney Plus
  • Disney Plus Marvel TV Shows and Movies
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