How much it costs to binge on Queer Eye, Wolf Creek and Logan Paul

How much it costs to binge on Queer Eye, Wolf Creek and Logan Paul

Choose the right subscription TV service and you’ll never have to leave your couch again. Ever.

Our TV bingeing habits have changed over the past few years. If you think everyone’s got Netflix these days, you’re right. And if you think that Foxtel is a fading star, you’re also right.

Netflix now has 11.3 million subscribers, according to Roy Morgan Research, which is up 25 per cent on the year before. Foxtel (including Kayo Sports) has 4.9 million subscribers, which is down 9 per cent.

The basic Netflix package costs $9.99 per month and gives you access to unlimited movies and TV on one screen. That includes favourites like GLOW, Orange is the New Black, Black Mirror, House of Cards, Narcos, Stranger Things, The Crown, BoJack Horseman and Queer Eye.

The cheapest Foxtel package costs $29 per month and gives you access to 45 entertainment channels, including Fox8, Arena, TVHits, MTV, Lifestyle, BBC UKTV, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fox Classics, Sky News, Fox Sports News, Fox News and CNN.

By contrast, if you leave your couch to go to the cinema, tickets start from about $20.

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Stan v YouTube v Fetch v Amazon

While Netflix and Foxtel are the two biggest subscription services, they have four other rivals:

  • Stan = 2.6 million subscribers (up 45%)
  • YouTube Premium = 1.2 million subscribers (up 32%)
  • Fetch = 758,000 subscribers (up 9%)
  • Amazon Prime Video = 574,000 subscribers (up 117%)

Stan starts from $10 per month and – like the basic Netflix package – comes with unlimited movies and TV on one screen. That includes Bloom, Wolf Creek, Better Call Saul, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Billions, Miracle Workers, iZombie, No Activity and The Other Guy.

YouTube Premium, which starts from $14.99 per month, not only includes original YouTube channels like Logan Paul Vlogs, but also removes the ads and lets you download videos and music.

Amazon Prime Video costs only $6.99 per month, but has a much smaller range of movies and TV shows than Netflix and Stan.

Fetch is a little bit different. By paying a one-off fee of $170 for a Mini set-top box, you can watch catch-up TV, rewind live TV, and sync with Netflix and Stan.

Subscription TV costs

Service Cost Notes
Netflix – basic $9.99 / mth Unlimited movies and TV shows, 1 screen
Netflix – standard $13.99 / mth Unlimited movies and TV shows, 2 screens, HD
Netflix – premium $17.99 / mth Unlimited movies and TV shows, 4 screens, ultra HD
Foxtel – basic $29 / mth Entertainment package (45 channels)
Foxtel – medium $78 / mth Entertainment (45) + sport (12) + movies (10)
Foxtel – platinum HD $139 / mth All 92 channels, HD
Stan – basic $10 / mth Unlimited movies and TV shows, 1 screen
Stan – standard $14 / mth Unlimited movies and TV shows, 3 screens, HD
Stan – premium $17 / mth Unlimited movies and TV shows, 4 screens, ultra HD
YouTube Premium – basic $14.99 / mth Original content, no ads, able to download, Google Play Music, 1 account
YouTube Premium – family $22.99 / mth Original content, no ads, able to download, Google Play Music, 6 accounts
Fetch – Mini $170 Catch-up TV, rewind live TV, sync with Netflix and Stan, 30 movies, on-demand TV and movies (costs extra)
Fetch – Mighty $450 Record 585 hours of content, catch-up TV, rewind live TV, sync with Netflix and Stan, 30 movies, on-demand TV and movies (costs extra)
Amazon Prime Video $6.99 / mth Unlimited movies and TV shows

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