Australia’s Best (Legal) Online Movie Services

Australia’s Best (Legal) Online Movie Services

Yesterday, we looked at the best streaming and catch-up services for TV shows. Today, we take a look at the movie equivalents, from Apple TV to BigPond Movies.

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Some of these services provide online streaming to movies while others achieve similar results via downloadable rentals. All of them are viable options if you’re looking for affordable, legal access to thousands of movies.

BigPond Movies


Trash Humpers

Fetch TV


Quickflix started out life as a DVD rental service but has since branched into online movie streaming. Its WatchNow service has amassed more than 120,000 subscribers. Quickflix WatchNow is available on computers, TVs, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Unlimited streaming costs $14.95 per month.


Google Play

Free and legal?


Coming attractions…

If you’re willing to bide your time a bit longer, there are some rather tempting looking services just around the corner.

Cinema chain Hoyts is preparing to launch its own streaming service later in the year, imaginatively titled Hoyts Stream. The service will offer new movie releases on a pay-per-view basis, although there will also be an all-you-can-watch option for serious cinephiles. Technology partner Viocorp will handle ICT duties. Details on pricing, availability and compatible devices currently remain a mystery, however.

Foxtel is also preparing to launch a new internet delivered TV service dubbed Foxtel Play. The new service — which will offer “premium” movie channels — will be available for a range of TVs, consoles and mobile devices with no lock-in contracts. Foxtel Play will be available in June across 3G/4G networks and WiFi connections.


  • Any of them got the Belgium movie “LOFT” ?
    fletchTV is not HD 🙁
    google Play is great when you use it with unused or discounted prepaid credit 😀

    • Quickflix is probably the only thing that is comparable to Netflix given it’s the only streaming service, and I honestly don’t think the Quickflix is anywhere near as good as the Netflix library. Unblock-us and Netflix is about the same price as Quickflix (possibly cheaper even.)

    • Great suggestion with Hola if you only want to watch stuff on your computer via a browser. If you need to set it up on your modem so that PS3 and TV traffic can access US content it doesn’t work so well. Hence why i use unblock-us

  • My preference is for pay per view, problem is companies that will allow this are far and few between now. I’ve been using Sony Entertainment but they are a bit slow keeping up with the latest movies. (why does the word “movies” always come up as a spelling mistake ?) Hoyts sounds interesting, hopefully they will be competitively priced.

  • Piracy still kick all there buts in terms of quality, speed and convenience. The fact that there is no service that allows you to buy for a reasonable price (around <10 dollar mark) for movie which you can then download without any drm in a range of different qualities from low quality but quick download 700mb to the high quality 5GB, which also doesn’t contain the horrible menus, anti-piracy messages or ads. Hell piracy even offers (should you have good enough speed) the ability to stream->download, where its torrents from start to finish and you can watch while its downloading, which highlights how piracy is far ahead of movie companies when it comes to digital distribution. A steam + gog combined like movie service would be the way to go.

    • mchaza, you are wrong there. I rent my movies through the Playstation Store and I dont get the “horrible menus”, the anti-piracy message or ads either. I get the movie and thats it. I can download in SD or HD too. I can also watch it as it is downloading.

  • I tried Quickflix when it hit my Xbox. I must say I was quite disappointed with the range of on demand viewing. I wasn’t interested in a physical media service. Hopefully they can up the on demand catalogue in the future as I would rather an all you can eat service.

    • Hey
      Is there anyone who han tell me how to get crackle & viewster to work on Android 4.2 jelly bean outside UK,US and Australia.
      I have several VPN services(hotspot shield,express VPN and avast secure line)and i have changed my DNS via unlocator,please help!

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