Brace Yourselves - TV Streaming Is About To Get Ridiculously Expensive

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There are currently four main streaming services in Australia: Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now and Amazon Prime Video. There's also Apple TV+ and - in a few short days - Disney Plus.

But that's not all. In addition to all of the above, there are smaller, more niche services like Hayu, 10 All Access and YouTube Premium - all of which contain original programming you can't watch anywhere else.

Australia's streaming market is about to get a whole lot more crowded. While each service isn't that expensive individually, once you bundle up all the options, it gets completely ridiculous. For anyone wanting a piece of all the exclusive content, that's very bad news.

In the interest of public service journalism, we decided to crunch the numbers for you to better understand what the future of streaming is going to cost you. (Spoiler: It's a lot.)

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How much does Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now and Amazon Prime Video cost in Australia?

Let's say you want to join all the major services on the cheapest price available. A Netflix Basic account is $9.99, Stan's is $10, Foxtel Now's entry offering sets you back $25 while Amazon Prime Video is $6.99. That's $51.98 per month. Adding Disney+ for $8.99 and Apple for $7.99 will bring the total up to $68.96.

So, it's nearly $70 per month to join each service if you want to watch content for days.

Those basic subscriptions on Stan or Netflix, however, only let you use a single screen at once and don't come with basic HD, which is pretty rubbish in 2019. You'll want to upgrade. So, while the rest of the subscriptions will stay the same, upgrading Netflix and Stan to the mid-tier offering will add another $8. Now, you're at $76.96.

At this point, you may as well get the top offering on both so tack on another $9 to that figure; $83.96. But then there's Foxtel, which has multiple add-on packs. If you were to add on every pack, including drama, kids, sports, docos and movies, it goes from $25 to a colossal $104 per month. Adding that onto your monthly figure and you're now at $162.96.

How much do the other streaming services cost?

That's just the major streaming options. Hayu is $6.99, 10 All Access is $9.99 per month and YouTube Premium is $14.99. In total, those three options amount to $31.97. For fun, let's tack that amount onto your maxed-out streaming figure from the major sites. You're now looking at $194.93 per month to sign up to all of Australia's streaming services with premium subscriptions. Not bhed.

Here's the total price breakdown for each service:

Australian streaming service pricing

Netflix Stan Foxtel Now Amazon Prime Disney+ Apple TV+ Hayu 10 All Access YouTube Premium
$9.99 - $19.99 $10 - $17 $25 - $104 $6.99 $8.99 $7.99 $6.99 $9.99 $14.99

Of course, it's not likely you'll join all these services at once but with them all offering juicy exclusive shows in order to grab your attention and your money, it's going to be tough to prioritise. Thankfully, most of the services allow you to stream with multiple screens at once meaning you can share the cost (hopefully) with friends or family, bringing a $10 per month service down to $5 or $2.50.

Personally, I have a subscription to the major four but I share that cost with someone else. After signing up during promo specials, my monthly bill isn't too bad, which is pretty great given the amount of content I can access. When Apple TV+ and Disney+ are introduced, however, I'll have to consider whether signing up to those is tipping the scales too far.

We're still getting more content than ever before, but as we start reaching similar costs to cable TV prices, have we lost the point of introducing affordable streaming in the first place? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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