Binge costs between $10 and $18 per month
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Ending years of speculation, Foxtel’s new entertainment streaming destination Binge has arrived. The million-dollar question around its price has a relatively humble answer. Binge costs $10 per month for a single SD (Standard Definition) stream, $14 per month for two HD (High Definition) streams, and $18 per month for four HD streams.
That’s a marked improvement on Foxtel Now, which costs between $25 and $104 per month, depending on how many channel packs you had. It’s also cheaper than Foxtel’s other niche streaming service, Kayo Sports, which costs $25 per month for two devices, and $35 per month for three devices.
We knew that Foxtel’s new service would compete with Netflix and Stan, but it’s almost exactly the same as Stan’s pricing structure. The difference is, Binge doesn’t have the premium 4K (Ultra High Definition) option that you get with Stan’s top tier. Foxtel’s 4K is reserved for the iQ4 subscription which is still priced as a more traditional pay TV service.
Foxtel says there are “no current plans to offer 4K streaming for Binge”.
How does Binge compare with other streaming services?
For the sake of comparison, Netflix Australia currently charges its customers $9.99 per month for SD (Standard Definition) streaming on one device, $13.99 per month for HD (High Definition) streaming on two devices, and $19.99 per month for 4K (Ultra High Definition) streaming on 4 devices.
Stan is similarly priced, at $10 for one SD stream, $14 for two HD streams and $17 for four 4K streams.
There are cheaper streaming services available in Australia too. For example, Amazon Prime Video still only costs $6.99 per month, despite its growing popularity and quality. And newcomer Disney Plus will only cost you $8.99 per month (though you’re paying exclusively for Disney content).
What do the Binge packages include?
The three Binge plans above all give you complete access to the TV show and movie library. That’s one of the biggest improvements of Binge. It’s done away with Foxtel’s aggressive pricing structure that required you to pay extra for things like lifestyle, movies, and sports. Granted, Binge doesn’t have sports, but that’s because the sister service Kayo has that covered.
Unfortunately, Foxtel has confirmed there are no plans to bundle Kayo Sports and Binge together.