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

BigPond Movies is a movie rental service available via Telstra's T-Box DVR or a compatible IPTV and broadband connection. The service provides access to over 4,000 movies with new releases starting at $5.99 per rental. Telstra customers also receive unmetered movie downloads, which means it won't count towards your monthly internet data allowance.

Mubi

Mubi is a movie streaming service for the Sony PlayStation Network that focuses on cult movies and world cinema. If your tastes lean towards the off-beat and weird, this is a service unlike any other (it even has Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers). A monthly subscription through your PlayStation 3 costs $4.99 a month.

Fetch TV

Fetch TV is a movie streaming service available from internet service providers iiNet, Optus, Adam Internet and Internode and others. The entry-level service provides 30 free movies on demand at any time, with seven new titles added each week. Pricing varies from ISP to ISP, but tends to start at around $10 per month.

Quickflix

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.

iTunes

iTunes is the go-to streaming service for Apple users looking to rent or buy movie downloads. It also allows you to download purchased movies to any compatible device through iTunes In The Cloud. Prices vary depending on the release date and popularity of the title, with new films typically commanding a rental price $5.99. You can also opt to buy movie downloads outright for around $25.

Google Play

The Google Play store allows you to rent movies or buy them outright with new releases going for $24.99 and $29.99 (for standard-definition and Full HD, respectively). You can watch your movies on most Android devices and compatible IPTVs.

Free and legal?

If you're looking for a legal way to get free online movies, you could try one of the advertising models offered in Australia, which provide on-demand movies interspersed with revenue-generating adverts. Two of the most popular services are Viewster, which offers a selection of Warner Bros. films and the Sony-backed Crackle. As you'd probably expect, the movie selection on offer isn't typically the cream of the crop, but hey, it's free. You can read more about how Viewster works here.

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.


Comments

    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 :D

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    How do these compare to VPN (or unblock-us) + Netflix?

      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.)

        If you dont want to pay for unblock-us, look into hola unblocker

        I personally use it on chrome and my droid tablet, its amazing, and free!

    you don't even need to vpn anymore, i highly recommend using Hola Unblocker & Netflix though :)

      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.

    Why no mention of Microsoft's Xbox video options?

      I figured the Xbox 360 is a piece of hardware rather than a specific video service - it does get a mention under Quickflix though.

        Xbox Video service is available under all Windows 8 PCs and also older Zune (Desktop) clients correct?

    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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