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Netflix joined the ranks of acting players in the Australian streaming market on March 24th, following the official launch of Stan on Australia Day last year, and the release of the Presto TV entertainment package only a week or so before that.
We will update this comparison as further device connectivity and new content deals are rolled out. In the meantime, this is TechRadar’s assessment of how these subscription streaming services stack up and which ones you should be keeping an eye on in 2015.
Stan only offers one subscription services, which confirmed to cost $10 per month after a 30-day free trial.
Foxtel’s Netflix rival comes in a few flavours. $14.99 per month with a 30-day free trial will get you both movies and TV content, although you can also choose between the Movie pack or TV pack for $9.99 each.
Australia’s oldest surviving SVOD service starts at $9.99 with a 14-day free trial. The streaming service can be packaged with a DVD delivery service for $19.99, or the DVD service alone is available for $12.99. Quickflix also has a premium service where purchase new release titles can be purchased individually as pay-per-view.
Last to the race and keeping quiet about pricing, Netflix was able to undercut all the other streaming products, starting at $8.99 per month. This entry-level Netflix price only gets you a single stream in standard definition. $11.99 per month will get you an extra stream and access to high definition resolution. Four streams and access to Netflix’s 4K content will mean your monthly subscription price lines up with the cost of the presto service at $14.99 per month. There is a possibility that the introduction of a Netflix Tax may raise the price slightly in the near in future.
Though StreamCo’s service could only be accessed via iOS and Android apps at launch, Stan continues to make its users happen by adding to its list of compatible devices.
Stan has also introduced a native Apple TV app, that allows users to view the service without the need for AirPlay functionality.
On a Mac, the service can be accessed via Safari or Firefox, but it is not compatible with Google Chrome at this point in time.
Firefox, Chrome and some iterations of Internet Explorer are compatible with Stan on various Windows operating systems.
Users can link up to six devices to any one account, and once this is full, swap over one device each month.
And, after months of waiting, Stan has delivered an app for gaming consoles – the service is now available to stream on PS3 and PS4 consoles, allowing users to navigate Stan’s selection from their TV screens.
Though there has been no word on an Xbox 360 version of the app, Stan is now available to stream on Xbox One complete with console-exclusive Kinect functionality that allows you to browse and control playback of content with your voice.
Finally, you can now watch Stan on the Roku 2-powered Telstra TV streaming box.
Presto recently released apps for smartphones including, iOS devices (later than the iPhone 5) and selected Android devices from Samsung (HTC, LG, Sony and ZTE). These smartphone apps can stream to your TV via Chromecast in the same way as the existing apps for iPads and selected Android tablets, which have been available since Presto’s launch.
It is also possible to use your computer’s AirPlay externally, to cast from your Mac to an Apple TV, but this option is not optimised for Presto. There is a Presto Anytime app for your iPad, but you can’t use that to Airplay content to your Apple TV.
A deal that was struck in March with Telstra means that you can finally watch Presto on the Roku 2-powered Telstra TV streaming box, which is the first TV-connected device that the service has appeared on.
In terms of consoles, Presto has now released an app for PS3 and PS4 which allows for proper television playback. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of an app for Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles at present.
Presto sets a limit of four devices per account. After that, you can again only change one device per month, although you can use 2 devices on each account to stream different programs simultaneously.
Unless you plan on using just your computer to watch films, Presto is likely to be the most restricted in terms of usability, but if you’re worried about exceeding your data allowance, Presto has announced that Foxtel Broadband subscribers will receive no data limit when streaming Presto’s content.
It’s also available on a range of smartphones and tablets including iOS, both Google and Samsung Androids, Kindle Fire and Windows phone. As well as Chromecast, Quickflix can be connected through media devices such as TiVo, HUMAX, Kobo and Oppo.
As Quickflix has been available in Australia for some time now, it’s not surprising that this service has the most comprehensive device accessibility outside of Netflix.
Netflix is available on Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and Hisense, smart Televisions from launch. The US heavyweight has also brokered a deal with the Australian set top box and alternate cable TV provider, FetchTV to have an app directly on the device.
The Fetch TV app not only adds another new option for accessibility but also puts Netflix in front of the hundreds of thousand of Australians currently subscribed to Fetch.
And, just like Stan and Presto, Netflix is now also available to watch on the Roku 2-powered Telstra TV streaming box.
These combine with existing apps on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS devices and both Android tablets and phones. Netflix will also be unique in offering apps on gaming consoles like the PS3, PS4, Nintendo Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One. New Xbox One consoles purchased at selected stores will also receive three months prepaid access to the streaming service.