Updated: 22 October 2020
When it first launched, Netflix was a big deal in America and Europe, allowing customers to pay a monthly fee in order to access an extensive range of movies and TV shows on demand. A lot has changed since Netflix first launched, with its move to broadcasting with Netflix Originals being the money behind many critically-acclaimed series such as House Of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Ozark, and many more.
But for those looking for Netflix alternatives available in Australia – or to simply expand their streaming options – here are some completely legal Netflix alternatives to movie streaming that are available locally.
1. Mubi – https://mubi.com/
Another excellent Netflix alternative is Mubi. It works similar to Netflix, where you’ll pay a monthly fee for access to as many films as you like. Although being similar to Netflix, the difference here is that Mubi focuses on independent, foreign, rare and classic films, and is a wonderful archive for films that you just won’t be able to find elsewhere.
Vast though Netflix’s catalogue, Mubi is essential for people that take their movies seriously, as there’s very little crossover between what each service offers. The service offers a 7 day free trial and is available on most popular hardware platforms.
2. Quickflix – www.quickflix.com.au
What started out as a DVD rental service rapidly moved into streaming content. Quickflix is available across most platforms (including games consoles), as well as select Smart TVs, with access to Premium movies starting at $3.99/month for unlimited streaming, and boasts a fair range of both movies and TV to choose between. While Quickflix has access to some of the biggest blockbuster movies, its range is generally limited to the most popular movies and shows, and the range just isn’t as large as what Netflix has. It’s good, but at times it feels like it’s the best by default, rather than being something truly essential.
3. Sony Crackle – www.crackle.com
Sony Crackle is the free, advertising supported movie service. This streaming service is 100% legal to use, but as you would probably expect, the range of movies is quite limited and it’s essentially the older movies that you’ll have to make do with. Still, it’s also available on mobile devices, and free is free. However, Crackle isn’t crackling anymore in the U.K. The Sony-owned video service will close shop in the market by the beginning of April. This is based upon heavy completion from both Netflix and Amazon within this market.
4. iTunes – www.apple.com/au/itunes
For people that are more interested in “owning” movies than paying a subscription model, iTunes remains the best quality movie service. Films cost around $25 to buy or $6 to rent, but once you’ve got it, you’re able to download it to watch on to your iPad or iPhone at any time, or steam it to your TV courtesy of Apple TV. If you are going to use iTunes for your digital movies, be sure to get Apple TV, because it does add so much value to your movie purchases. Competing with Netflix in the Originals space, you can also now access Apple Originals and stream from the content library for $7.99/month.
5. Crunchyroll – www.crunchyroll.com
This is a specialist service and an interesting Netflix alternative, as it is more for people who are into Japanese TV shows or Anime (animated TV shows), Crunchyroll has it all.
Japanese Anime and Manga is infamous for being incredibly tough in terms of licensing and expensive to buy in DVD formats, so the fact that there’s a single resource that will give you access to it all is a fan’s dream come true. The service also offers Manga at the premium, $9.99/month service, which is a nice value-add for fans of Japanese entertainment.
Are there any good streaming sites similar to Netflix that we’ve missed that you can share with us?