With an ever-increasing number of streaming services available in Australia, it's becoming harder (at least, more time-consuming) to figure out where a movie or television series is streaming from. Add to that, content is a revolving door with licences expiring and new ones beginning. Luckily for us, there's a site that tells you where to find your favourite new-release movie or show.
When Netflix originally launched in Australia, one of the chief selling points was its perpetual movie and TV library, with the service promising not to remove any content as it sought to build up a compelling library. Those halcyon days are now a distant memory. In August, Netflix dropped the guillotine on more than 60 titles, including some critically acclaimed gems and cult classics. And it hasn't finished yet - there's still another week of cuts to come.
What is it?
Just Watch is a content database designed to let you know where shows and movies are screening in each country. That means you'll find out if the major streaming services, like Stan, Netflix or Foxtel, have it or if the free-to-use ones like ABC iView, SBS On Demand or TenPlay have it. Handily enough, if it's unavailable on all of those, it will also tell you if you can hire or purchase it on the Apple Store, Google Play, PlayStation Store, Microsoft store or YouTube.
Love it, so how do I use it?
Very easily. First, you'll need to head to the site and make sure it's the Australian version. Type in the movie or show's name and select the right one. For example, Avengers: Infinity War is available on Foxtel Now and Stan but is also available for rent and purchase on the other options if you're not subscribed to those.
It's also got an incredibly useful recommendation system. You'll find it on the homepage where you'll need to click your favourite shows and movies, similar to feature available for Netflix newbies. But Just Watch's system exceeds due to the fact it asks you what streaming services you're subscribed to. Most of us will probably be subscribed to at least one but some of us might be signed up to more than one so it's handy to pop in what's immediately available to you.
I use it all the time for work and home and only found a few titles were out of date. You can thank the aforementioned revolving door of licencing agreements for that, not my precious Just Watch.
You're very welcome.
It's a brand new month which means fresh content just in time for winter's last hurrah. There's everything from juicy dramas, stitch-inducing comedies and action-packed thrillers so you'll be spoiled for choice from Stan, Netflix and Foxtel when it comes to picking something to sink into your couch for.