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The best streaming devices you can buy in Australia

No smart TV? No problem. 

Best streaming device overall
Chromecast with Google TV product image
Chromecast with Google TV
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starts at
$99
Video quality
4K HDR @60fps
On-board OS
Google TV
Next best streaming device
Image of Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device
Amazon Fire Stick 4K Max
4 out of 5 stars
4
🔥From $119
$67
Video quality
4K HDR @60fps
On-board OS
Fire OS 7
Best for free-to-air
Hubbl Hub product image
Hubbl Hub
2.8 out of 5 stars
2.75
Introductory price
$99
Video quality
4K HDR @60fps
On-board OS
Bespoke Hubbl TV operating system
Best Apple streaming device
Apple TV 4K 2021
Apple TV 4K (2022)
4 out of 5 stars
4
🔥From $219
$208
Video quality
4K HDR @60fps with Colour Balance
On-board OS
Apple tvOS 15
Best 4K streaming device
Nvidia TV Shield Pro 4K Streaming Device
NVIDIA TV Shield Pro 4K
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
🔥From $389
$348
Video quality
4K HDR @60fps with AI upscaling to 4K @30fps
On-board OS
Android TV and in-built Chromecast
Brodie Fogg
Adam Matthew
Jun 03, 2024
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If you have a less-than-smart TV, you're definitely going to want a plug-and-play streaming device to make your viewing experience all it could be. Basically, we're talking about something that can effortlessly corral all your desired TV shows, movies, apps, and games in one place.

The good news: to acquire such a setup, all you'll need is a spare HDMI port and either a USB port or power outlet. Oh, you'll also need to make an important purchasing decision, too. We're currently living in a golden era of streaming services and devices.

In Australia, the biggest devices in the streaming arena are Google Chromecast and Apple TV. Though there are other devices, such as gaming consoles, that offer most streaming apps. Let's find out which avenue is right for you.

Compare the best streaming devices in Australia

Device
Price
Availability
Max. Resolution
HDR
Voice assistant
More info
🔥From$119
$67

4K

Dolby Vision, HDR10

Amazon Alexa

Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick Max review
🔥From$219
$208

4K

Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Siri

Read our Apple TV 4K review
🔥From$389
$348

4K

Dolby Vision, HDR10

Google Assistant

Read our Nvidia Shield TV Pro review
$449 outright or
$15
/mo

4K

HDR

Voice search

Read more about Fetch

Best streaming device for most people

Chromecast with Google TV product image
Chromecast with Google TV
The Chromecast with Google TV is undoubtedly the best streaming device for most users, offering everything we loved about the original Chromecast with the useful addition of a fantastic remote and Google TV interface, all for under $100.
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
pro Fantastic remote
pro Smart content recommendations
con More apps would be nice
Max. video quality
4K
Internal storage
N/A
HDR
Dolby Vision
Remote
Yes
Connectivity
WiFi, HDMI, USB-C
Starts at
$99

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

What we like about the Chromecast with Google TV

Nifty, versatile design: In a market full of uninspired oblongs, Google has delivered a bit of flair with this fancy circular dongle. Like no other option on this list, it will easily conform to the (often limited) space around your TV. It's put in your pocket portable, too.

Great remote: The Chromecast with Google TV's remote may be small, but boy is it mighty. It plays well with most TVs, includes the always-helpful Google Assistant and comes with easy-access Netflix and YouTube buttons. It just might replace your actual TV remote.

Unbeatable price: Google could've priced this bad boy at $200 and we'd still think it was great value. That's how good it is. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to get this many features, a versatile remote and 4K for anywhere near as cheap as the Chromecast with Google TV.

Even cheaper Sister products: If you're really on a super-thin budget (and you're ok to forgo 4K, HDR, and an ethernet port), you can basically halve the money you spend by getting a lower-spec Chromecast.

What could be better about the Chromecast with Google TV

Occasionally temperamental remote: Early on, the Google TV remote could be a little finicky, though it seems like Google has ironed out most of the bugs.

Pro tip: Fire up a computer beforehand
Bullhorn

Unfortunately, while the hardware we're talking about today is plug-and-play, there is a hurdle in the software part of proceedings. You're going to need to create accounts and take mini-surveys and all sorts of things. Trust us when we say you don't want to do all that via a semi-ergonomic TV remote or a typo prone smartphone screen. Break out a laptop and do all your input on the surest QWERTY in town.

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Next best streaming device

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
If you’re really just interested in watching streaming TV and movies though, and don’t care about much else, the Amazon Fire Stick 4K Max absolutely nails the basics, and this is what most people will be looking for.
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
pro Incredibly easy setup
pro Responsive Alexa commands
con Missing Shudder
con Home screen all about Prime Video
Max. video quality
4K
Internal storage
8GB
HDR
Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+
Remote
Alexa Voice Remote
Connectivity
WiFi 6, HDMI, In-built power supply
Starts at
$119

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

It seems like only yesterday that we were reviewing the Amazon Fire Stick 4K (though it was actually back in May). And now, six month on, the Fire Stick 4K has been superseded by a new Stick, taking what we liked about the previous model to the Max.

This updated model looks and feels identical to the former, with all of the changes below the surface. There’s a faster processor running the show, support for WiFi 6 networks for faster streaming, and an absence of some of the bugs we noted in our last review.

The focus on speed is welcome, but not entirely necessary given the performance we experienced earlier in the year. If you bought a Fire Stick 4K you have every right to feel bummed out about this update. It costs the same and is future proofed with the latest networking tech. And, most importantly, it still just costs AU$99.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Best streaming device for free-to-air

Hubbl Hub product image
Hubbl
Hubbl is the new home for Binge, Kayo, Flash and the LifeStyle app. Hubbl is both a streaming service aggregator and a range of new hardware, including the affordable Hubbl Hub.
2.8 out of 5 stars
2.75
pro Great price for 4K
pro Subscription Stack & Save
con Limited apps
Max. video quality
4K
Internal storage
N/A
HDR
Dolby Vision, HDR10
Remote
Hubbl Voice Remote
Connectivity
WiFi 6, HDMI, Bluetooth (for remote,) External 5V DC Power Supply, TV aerial port
Introductory price
$99

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Foxtel subsidiary Hubbl is the media giant's streaming sidecar that finally matches up its premium content with more affordable hardware.

What we like about the Hubbl

The price: Hubbl's streaming box costs $99 outright with no ongoing payments. This is listed as an introductory price but there's no information about when that deal might end. 

4K basics: Hubbl box covers all the premium 4K basics that a streaming box should, but at a decent price. It offers 4K streaming at 60 frames-per-second plus HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10.)

Linear programming in the streaming age: What's interesting about Hubbl is the way it ingests free-to-air programming. Even if you don't connect an aerial, select catch-up services will integrate their broadcast schedule with the Hubbl TV guide, alongside other linear options, like Binge and Kayo's programmed streams. It's a really neat option for those who still watch a lot of ABC iView or SBS On Demand.

Stack & Save: Hubbl is also a decent deal for Foxtel fans, particularly if you want the full suite of coverage. Hubbl's unique Stack & Save feature allows you to bundle multiple streaming servicex to receive a monthly discount.  If you subscribe to multiple eligible streaming services, you can save between $5 and $15 per month. The more services, the bigger the discount. Here's the range of discounts for three, four and five streaming apps:

  • Stack 3 apps: Save $5 per month
  • Stack 4 apps: Save $10 per month
  • Stack 5 apps: Save $15 per month

What could be better about Hubbl

Limited apps: The biggest issue you're bound to run into with Hubbl is the limited number of streaming apps available. Don't worry, Hubbl has most of your favourites, but it doesn't have everything. Niche services like Britbox and Shudder simply aren't available and there's no app store even if you did want to download them. Unlike the Android TV OS, only Hubbl determines which apps do and don't work with its hardware and at the time of writing, it doesn't offer everything. 

Stack & Save could be a lot better: We won't turn down a discount if it's offered to us but in its current form, Stack & Save will only work for you if you already plan on subscribing to two or more of Hubbl's own streaming services (Binge, Kayo, Flash or LifeStyle.) Netflix is the only third-party streaming service eligible for the discount but even at the lowest tier, you need three services to score $5 off your monthly bill. 

Photo of the hubbl box and remote plugged in
Best streaming device for Apple users
Apple TV 4K 2021
Apple TV 4K
For freshly indoctrinated Apple One disciples, the Apple TV 4K is the best way to make the most out of the ecosystem and the growing number of subscriptions and services.
4 out of 5 stars
4
pro User interface and setup are buttery smooth
pro Image quality features like Colour Balance
con Some funky streaming app bugs
con Big screen performance of Apple Arcade games is a mixed bag
Max. video quality
4K HDR @ 60FPS
Internal storage
32GB/64GB
HDR
Dolby Vision and HDR10 support
Remote
Siri remote with 3-axis gyro
Connectivity
Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, HDMI 2.1, In-built power supply
Starts at
$219

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Far from a necessary upgrade, the 2022 Apple TV 4K manages to make some minor improvements to an already solid streaming device for Apple users. If that’s not you then you need not read any further, the Chromecast with Google TV offers almost everything the Apple TV 4K does at a fraction of the cost (and size). If you are already one of Apple's many acolytes, the 2022 Apple TV 4K upgrade is an exceptional piece of hardware that helps you make the most out of your many devices and services.

Apple TV 4K (2021) review

Best 4K streaming device

Nvidia TV Shield Pro 4K Streaming Device
Nvidia Shield TV Pro
A relative newcomer to the streaming race, Nvidia still hits the ground running with a raft of must-have bells and whistles in its Nvidia Shield TV Pro.
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
pro A fully-featured entertainment solution
pro Gaming features like Geforce Now
con Clunky, unfriendly UI (until you sort out favourites)
con Steep price
Max. video quality
4K
Internal storage
Expandable 16GB
HDR
Dolby Vision and HDR10
Remote
Shield remote with microphone, remote locator and Netflix button
Connectivity
Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, HDMI 2.0b, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 5.0
Starts at
$389

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

What we like about the Nvidia Shield TV Pro

A haven for TV folk and gamers: Streaming the latest TV is great; being able to palate swap from that to surprisingly responsive interactive entertainment is amazing. GeForce Now game streaming puts your Steam library at your fingertips like never before. You might actually work through your pile of shame at this rate.

4K upscaling: We're big fans of the AI upscaling feature here. It essentially takes any not-exactly-high-definition content (like cartoons from our misspent 1980s youth) and makes them absolutely pop on the screen as 4K. This was particularly handy when Netflix decided to reduce the quality of its streams to help ease Internet congestion in March 2020.

Android store: The much more open Play Store marketplace can offer savvy users the opportunity to download emulators. (For the laymen: little apps that pretend to be classic gaming consoles.)

What could be better about the Nvidia Shield TV Pro

Head-scratching: Unlike the other options on this list, the Nvidia Shield TV 2020 isn't the most novice-friendly device. Yes, streaming some TV is a relative cinch, but setting up the gaming stuff will require some patience and Googling.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro

Streaming devices we also considered

Here are more streaming devices that we considered that didn't make the cut.
Fetch TV Mighty
Fetch TV Mighty
Telstra customers have a few entertainment options at their fingertips, but if you’re not a Telstra customer then Foxtel and Telstra TV bundles aren’t an option. That’s where Fetch comes in. Both the Fetch Mighty and Mini are both available to bundle with a number of Australian broadband providers. iiNet, iPrimus, Aussie Broadband, Dodo and Internode all offer their own Fetch TV bundles.
Max. video quality
4K
Internal storage
1TB hard drive
HDR
Yes
Remote
Fetch remote with Voice Search and Netflix button
Connectivity
WiFi, HDMI, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Starts at
$449

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

What we like about Fetch TV Mighty

1TB of storage: If you still like to record old episodes of Jonathan Creek, the Fetch Mighty box might be one of the burliest PVR boxes in Australia. It packs a whopping 1TB of internal storage, which Fetch claims can store around 585 hours of television. It's not expandable, unfortunately, but sometimes you've just got to let go of all nine seasons of Doc Martin and move on with your life.

Here's a short list of cheap broadband plans that you can bundle Fetch with:

What could be better about Fetch TV Mighty

Premium Channel packs cost: Like Foxtel, Fetch offers traditional pay-TV channel packs at a cost. At $6 a pop, Fetch's Premium Channel packs aren't as expensive as what Foxtel charges, but they also don't offer the same calibre of television. There are popular sports channels such as ESPN, British fare like BBC First and kids options like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, but these services are all shifting their content to new and existing streaming services too.

Not many niche streaming services: You'll find most of the popular streaming services on Fetch. Netflix, Prime Video and Stan are all there. So are digital catch-up services like ABC iview, SBS On Demand and 7plus, but if you subscribe to more niche services, such as Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus and Shudder, you won't find support on Fetch.

Streaming devices buying guide

How to choose the best streaming device for your family

The overwhelming majority of our streaming device selections come with both WiFi and 4K resolution. The latter is a must — entertainment is finally starting to see a real shift into Ultra High Definition (UHD) content, not to mention the eyeball-searing wonders of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video.

In layman's terms: providing you have a TV that supports both of the technologies as mentioned above, you can get insanely crisp visuals with truly impressive colour vibrancy.

It's also worth noting that while the majority of these options support voice control, you're not forced into using it.

Maybe you'll want to download an app for your smartphone or tablet to let you channel surf from there. Perhaps you'll want to stick with ye olde hand remote because you don't like the potential of any big tech companies "listening in" on what passes for domestic bliss at your place. We're not here to judge.

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Other devices you can use to stream

Before you go out of your way to buy a standalone streaming device, it's worth checking whether you already own a device that's compatible with Australian streaming services. The most obvious option is via your smartphone, tablet or computer. Every single streaming service has an app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Every service also offers the option to stream in your web browser of choice (though browser compatibility varies between services). Still, you probably arrived at this guide because you want to stream on the big screen.

If you own a smart TV, you probably have access to a variety of streaming apps. Again, compatibility varies from service to service but brands like Sony, Samsung and LG offer widespread support for most streaming services. If your Smart TV uses the Android TV operating system, you should be in safe hands, but there's still a variety of cheaper televisions that have limited support.

Next, if you own any brand of gaming console, it's worth checking which streaming apps are available on your platform of choice. Once again, compatibility varies across brands and even console generations. Last generation's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One offer decent support, while the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X are making short work of supporting most major streaming services.

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$7.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth

Frequently asked questions about streaming devices

It's all about the number of pixels built into your screen, essentially. The more you have in the entire grid, the better things look. 1080p offers you a rack of 1920 x 1080 pixels, whereas 4K is a much more dense pixel farm at 3840 x 2160. Watch the same movie running on both types of screens, and the difference is night and day. This is especially true if the 4K TV has High Dynamic Range (a technology that allows bright and dark elements of your content to have a huge contrast between them).

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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