Sometimes you really want to watch Office Space, or High Fidelity, or Follow That Bird — you just have to figure out where that can happen.
In a world with a zillion different streaming platforms, there’s a good chance you already subscribe to one that’s going to let you watch that film or TV show you want to see for free, you just have to find it. While I was home visiting family last week, a friend showed me an app that makes that process a lot easier: Just Watch.
If you've got a VPN, you're probably familiar with the US version of Netflix, which provides way more content than the Australian version. But have you checked out any of its rivals?
Some of the most popular options include Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Hulu. Which service offers the best bang for buck? Let's find out.
The app has actually been around for a while now, so you may have heard of it before. Truth be told I think I had heard of it back in the day (before this was an actual problem I had) but had forgotten about its existence… and it’s pretty great.
With the app, you just type in what it is you want to watch and the app tells you where that can happen. It works for TV shows and movies on streaming sites as well as movies that you might be trying to see in-person at a theatre.
Once you have things set up, you can search for that movie or TV show and the app will let you know what your options are to stream it.
For instance, my search for Office Space told me that I could stream the movie on Google Play for $4.99 or buy it from a bunch of providers for around $14.99.
I’m personally a huge fan of the price comparisons when it comes to purchasing something. If I just watch to rent a movie for a quick watch, it doesn’t matter to me if I purchase it from YouTube or Apple (or anyone else), but Just Watch lets me see at a glance where it’s cheaper.
The app also provides information about what’s new on each platform and allows you to track movies and TV shows you want to watch so you’ll know when they become available.
If you’re living in a streaming-only household, it can be a great way to figure out where you can actually watch that thing you’re jonesing to see.
The one caveat is that the prices are all in US dollars - but the results roughly correspond with what you will pay on the Australian version of each service. (Just add a couple of dollars.)