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Binge vs Foxtel Now: What’s the difference?
How does Binge compare with Foxtel Now?
Foxtel has had a rough introduction to the world of streaming, thanks mostly to the ill-fated and unstable Foxtel Now app. But now the Australian media megalith is hoping to leave all that behind, with their newest streaming service, Binge. It's what Foxtel is hoping will become the destination for premium TV and movies, at a more competitive price. But now that it's been out for a while, how is it stacking up against Foxtel's last app? Let's compare the two side-by-side.
Binge vs Foxtel Now: The basics
When we score a streaming service, we look at three categories: number of Box Office blockbusters, total number of movies, and the number of popular movies available on each service. For Box Office blockbusters, we simply tracked down where every top 10 film from the last three years was available to stream (as you can imagine, Disney Plus scored high here). For popularity, we looked at the 50 most popular films in Justwatch.com’s streaming database to find the movies people are actively searching for, and where they are available in Australia.
Price and packages
Pricing is the key difference between Binge and Foxtel Now. The flagship feature of Binge is, in fact, its friendlier pricing model. Binge is priced to compete with Netflix and Stan, starting at $10 for one standard-definition stream. Moving up the tiers gets you two simultaneous streams in high definition for $16 per month, and four streams in high definition at $18 per month,
That's a huge improvement on Foxtel Now's biggest issue: its exorbitant price. Foxtel Now's pricing starts at $25 per month for the Pop + Lifestyle starter pack, but can quickly grow to $104 per month if you want things like movies and sports.
Binge doesn't have sports, but then again, it doesn't have channel packs at all. Your monthly subscription fee with Binge gives you complete access to the service's library of TV shows and movies.
Foxtel Now offers 10 days free on any channel pack combination you choose. After that 10 days, you are automatically charged a minimum of $25, plus any additional costs you've racked up with extra channel packs.
Binge offers a 7-day free trial but the more transparent pricing model also means you won't get a rude shock if you forget to cancel before the trial is up. The most you will pay after your free trial is $18, but you can cancel at any time and there aren't any lock-in contracts (as there are with traditional Foxtel).
Looking for something new to stream tonight? These services offer free trials so you won’t pay a cent unless you decide to keep subscribed once your trial’s up.
- Apple TV+ 7-day free trial: Stream Severance, CODA and more award-winning TV shows and movies
- Hayu 7-day free trial: Reality TV lovers can load up on the drama with hayu's dedicated streaming service
- Prime Video 30-day trial: Award-winning originals and shopping perks
- Foxtel Now 10-day trial: Wide range of live and on-demand content, including TV shows, movies and sports events
- Binge 7-day free trial: Foxtel's streaming service offering some of HBO's most popular series
Technically, Foxtel Now allows you to stream on five devices at once. But it's not as simple as Netflix and Stan make it. You need to register each of the five devices, and if you want to cycle one out, you need to boot one device off the Foxtel account to register the new devices. There are also other weird restrictions. For example, Foxtel Now only allows for the use of one free trial on a device. So if you want to use a second email address for another batch of free days, Foxtel Now won't let you do that on the same device you used last.
Things are easier on Binge. Depending on what tier you pay for, you get one, two or four simultaneous streams.
Unlike Stan and Netflix, Foxtel Now restricts downloads for offline viewing to its Kids app. There's no way to download shows like Game of Thrones under the safety of unlimited home broadband to watch in transit.
Currently, Binge also does not allow downloads for offline viewing, however, Foxtel says it is "in the pipeline".
TV shows and movies
Foxtel Now offers a huge suite of premium TV shows and movies. The issue is, many of them are locked behind paid channel packs.
The actual selection of Binge and Foxtel Now is actually quite similar. There's premium drama from HBO (Game of Thrones, Sex and the City etc.) and AMC (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy) available at launch. Binge is also getting a healthy dose of comedy thanks to Foxtel's distribution NBCUniversal: The Office, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock to name a few. It's also getting the eternally popular Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.
Next to HBO, Binge and Foxtel Now's most sought after content might be its lineup of the trashiest of the trash: its reality TV selection. Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives series, Below Deck and more.
Premium drama from HBO, FX, AMC and USA Network are all very nice to have, but one thing Binge has over Foxtel Now is complete access to the movie catalogue at no extra price.
Foxtel's deal with NBCUniversal extends to its Universal Pictures films. So entire series of movies, like the Bourne franchise or Jurassic Park series, are all ready to binge. There's also a feature with Binge that Foxtel calls 'Binge Centre'. In a situation where Binge has an entire films series, it will get its own hub in the app. This allows you to easily navigate through the series and access special features, like deleted scenes, commentary, that sort of thing.
Which should you pick?
For most, Binge is easily the better pick when compared to Foxtel Now. It's more affordable, and there's no content locked behind channel packs. While Foxtel Now also offers sports on more expensive tiers, we'd suggest pairing your Binge subscription with a Kayo subscription still makes more sense, even if you have to use two different apps. After all, you're getting the same content for a better price, and that's hard to argue with.
|4K streaming3 streamsDeal: 30-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Standard planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$18/mth||Go to site|
|Apple TV+ plan4K streaming6 streams (Family Sharing)Deal: 7-day free trial||$12.99/mth||Go to site|
|Disney+ plan4K streaming3 streamsDeal: $139.99 for 12mths||$13.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix Standard + AdsHD streaming2 streams||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Stan Basic planSD streaming1 stream||$10/mth||Read more|
|Kayo One PlanHD streaming 1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now EssentialsHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channelsDeal: 10-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Shudder planHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Hayu PlanHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Paramount+ planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Read more|
|Britbox planHD streaming5 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$8.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix BasicSD streaming1 stream||$10.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix StandardHD streaming2 streams||$16.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix Premium4K streaming4 streams||$22.99/mth||Read more|
|Binge Basic + Ads planSD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$10/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Premium planHD streaming4 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$22/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Basic PlanHD streaming 2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$30/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Premium PlanHD streaming 3 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$35/mth||Go to site|
|Stan Standard planHD streaming3 streams||$16/mth||Read more|
|Stan Premium plan4K streaming4 streams||$21/mth||Read more|
|Stan Sport add-onHD or 4K streaming||$15/mth add-onMin. cost $25/mth (Stan Sport + Basic)||Read more|
|Essentials + Movies planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demandDeal: 10-day free trial||$45/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now All Packs planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand + Live sports + Drama Extra, Kids and DocosDeal: 10-day free trial||$59/mth* *First 12mths. Then $104/mth||Go to site|