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Binge: Everything you need to know about Foxtel’s streaming app

Binge has become a heavyweight in the Australian streaming space since its launch in 2019. Here's everything you need to know about its pricing, features and content. 

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Brodie Fogg
May 02, 2024
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What is Foxtel's Binge streaming app?


In early 2019, Foxtel and Streamotion (now known as Hubbl) revealed Binge, a new Australian streaming service. Binge wasn't intended to be a replacement for Foxtel Now, but rather a second streaming option for those who were only interested in Foxtel's TV shows and movies. Since launch, Binge has gained momentum and has become an attractive and more affordable alternative to traditional Foxtel.

Built by the same team behind Kayo Sports, Foxtel's Binge is positioned as a true competitor for streaming stalwarts like Netflix and Prime Video. From its competitive pricing to its improved functionality and user experience, Binge is an answer to almost every criticism thrown at Foxtel Now over the few past years. For our full thoughts and impressions, check out our Binge app review.

Otherwise, if you just want to know more about Binge's price, plans and content here's everything you need to know.

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Binge apps: iOS, Android and more


Binge is already available on a decent number of devices (more on that below) but even if you don't have a compatible smart TV, you can cast Binge content from a smartphone or tablet to a streaming device like Chromecast or Apple TV. If you're interested in checking out Binge, your first step will be to sign up for a 7-day free trial via the website or download the Binge app on your smartphone or tablet via Google Play or the App Store.

Once you've taken that first step, you'll be faced with three Binge plans: Basic, Standard and Premium.

How to login with Binge and activate a smart TV or other device

If you've already signed up to Binge and you're attempting to login on a smart TV app or other device, you may be asked to activate that device with a code. Your device (smart TV) should generate a one-time code. Next, you need to log in on a primary device (e.g. a smartphone or laptop) via Binge.com.au. 

Next, head to Binge's activation webpage  (auth.streamotion.com.au/activate) and enter the one-time code that appears on your secondary device. Once you've entered your code, your secondary device will be authorised and Binge should sign you in automatically. 

 

Binge price: How much does it cost?


Binge costs between $10 and $22 per month. Binge Basic costs $10 per month for a single SD stream, Standard costs $18 per month for two HD streams, and Premium will set you back $22 per month for four 4K streams.

That's close to what Stan and Netflix charge, though Binge's top tier is a fraction cheaper. 

There's also a 7-day free trial of Binge available. So if you give it a crack and  you don't fancy it, you can cancel without paying a cent.

Here are those plans again.

Binge plans
Plan
Monthly Price
Devices
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Free Trial
Binge Basic$10 1YesStandard Definition

Binge Standard

$18

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No adsHigh Definition
Binge Premium$22 4 No ads4K Ultra High-Definition
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What TV shows can I watch on Binge?

The back catalogue of HBO classics, with a few HBO Max Originals, NBC comedies and more.

After duking it out with Stan 'till the eleventh hour, Foxtel secured the victory it desperately needed and locked down distribution rights for HBO content in Australia before the launch of Binge. It was a make-or-break deal for Binge because now Foxtel's streaming service can lay claim to some of the biggest and most popular TV shows in history, though the rumours of a local Discovery Max launch in Australia paint a murky picture for the future of HBO on Binge. 

For now, Binge offers some of HBO's most popular series (like Game of Thrones, Succession, and Big Little Lies), as well as original productions for HBO Max like the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That

Here's a quick look at some of the most popular TV shows currently streaming on Binge.

Popular TV shows on Binge

TV show
Genre
Stream it
True DetectiveCrime-thriller
Apples Never FallDrama
The OutsiderMystery-thriller
Law & Order: SVUProcedural crime-drama
High CountryCrime-drama

Euphoria

Drama

Mare of Easttown

Crime-drama

Mr. Inbetween

Crime-drama

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High Country on Binge

Binge has some of the latest HBO Max exclusives, like The Flight Attendantand Raised by Wolves but a few originals are missing. As we pointed out in our review of Binge, the content distribution between Binge and Foxtel is a little messy. For example, both services have The Flight Attendant and Raised By Wolves but only Foxtel has Class Action Park, another HBO Max Original. Then there's J.G. Quintel's Close Enough, another HBO Max Original that's not available to stream here in Australia and Made for Love, yet another HBO Max original that found its way to Stan here in Australia. As we said, it's messy. The point is, you can't guarantee that every new HBO Max original you've been waiting for will stream on Binge and Foxtel Now.

Back in 2019, Foxtel also signed a multi-year deal with NBCUniversal (NBCU). That deal would give Foxtel the rights to a slew of big movie franchises from Universal Pictures, like Fast and the Furiousand some of NBCU's most popular comedies, such as The Office, 30 Rockand Parks and RecreationBut it's a similar confusing story for NBC comedies. For example, Community is only available on Prime Video and Stan while The Good Place is a Netflix exclusive. Superstore, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation are all available Foxtel Now and Binge but also available on Stan and Prime Video in some capacity.

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There's no denying that Binge has some of the best premium drama currently available to stream in Australia. For our complete list of top TV picks, follow the link below.

What movies are on Binge?


When we first wrote this guide, we were led to believe that all HBO Max content would make its way to Binge but that's not true.

Similarly, Warner Bros. shift HBO (now Discovery) Max in the US seemed like a move that would be mirrored here in Australia on Binge but at the time of writing, 2021's Dune isn't even available to stream in Australia. 

Still, there's a healthy library of recent films already on Binge. Oppenheimer, Blackberry and Past Lives get a look in, as do blockbuster movie series', like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and more. Here's a quick glance at some of the most popular movies streaming on Binge.

Popular movies on Binge

Movie
Genre
Stream it
OppenheimerHistorical drama
Past LivesDrama
BlackberryHistorical drama
The Talented Mr. RipleyMystery-thriller
Kung Fu PandaKids and family
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What devices is Binge available on?

Web browsers, Telstra TV, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Chromecast, and plenty more to come.

There's plenty of options for streaming Binge, with experiences tailored separately for mobile and couch-based viewing.

Here's the list of Binge-compatible devices.

  • Web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge)
  • Telstra TV
  • Smartphone (iOS and Android)
  • Tablet (iOS and Android)
  • Apple TV (Gen 4)
  • Google Chromecast
  • Android Smart TV
  • Samsung Smart TV (2017 or later)
  • PlayStation 4 and 5
  • Hubbl
  • Hubbl Glass

What alternatives are there to Binge?

How does Binge stack up against the competition?

You're probably wondering whether or not Binge is worth it, given the sheer number of streaming services now available in Australia. Is Binge better than Netflix? Better than Stan or Prime Video?

While it's definitely upped its game over the last few years, whether or not it's worth it comes down to what you're willing to spend each month on streaming subscriptions. Its budget-friendly price tag and catalogue of buzz-worthy TV shows, in our opinion, makes it well worth your consideration. See how it compares below.

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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
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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

More questions Australians are asking about the Binge TV streaming app

A couple of years after launch, there are still a few unanswered questions around Binge. Will it have 4K? Will it ever come to Xbox? This is where you'll find the answers to those questions as soon as we know.

Does Binge offer a free trial?

Yes. New customers (or email addresses, wink) will get their first seven days free when they sign up for Binge. After the 7-day free trial of Binge, customers will be charged for their first month of whichever plan they signed up for.

Is Binge the same as Foxtel?

While Foxtel is a traditional pay TV service with a streaming spin-off (Foxtel Now), Binge is exclusively a streaming platform like Netflix. As such, they share a lot of the same content but there are exclusives reserved for Binge and some that can only be found on Foxtel. Binge is a service dedicated to TV shows and movies and doesn't offer any of the news or sports channels offered by Foxtel. Unlike Foxtel, Binge doesn't have channels or "packages" so to speak, just three all-inclusive plan tiers. Unlike Foxtel Go, being a Foxtel customer doesn't automatically give you access to Binge. If you already pay for Foxtel, you'll have to pay extra to use Binge (or consider switching entirely.)

Is Binge owned by Foxtel?

Yes. Well, technically. Binge is owned by subsidiary Hubbl (previously Streamotion) which is owned by Foxtel. So Binge, Kayo, Flash and LifeStyle are all owned by Foxtel, just once removed. 

Can you download Binge content for offline viewing?

Foxtel spoke to Reviews.org at launch and confirmed that "offline viewing won't be available for launch, but it is in the pipeline." With that said, we're a few years out from launch and you still can't download titles on Binge for offline viewing. We did finally get 4K so it's not impossible to imagine a future where Binge allows you to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing.

Does Binge have 4K streaming?

Yes. It was a long wait but Binge began supporting 4K streaming in late 2023 at the same time it started charging more for its plans.

Is Binge available on PlayStation and Xbox?

Yes. Binge is available on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. When Binge first launched in Australia, PlayStation compatibility was promised within a year. True to their word, it finally made its debut on PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles in late 2021. It seemed like Xbox users had been left behind but in late 2022, the Binge app finally launched on Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles. 

Does Binge have subtitles and closed captions?

At launch, one of our biggest criticisms of Binge was that it didn't have any subtitles or closed captioning. Binge has since added subtitles and closed captioning for select content.

How do I cancel Binge?

Cancelling Binge is incredibly easy if you follow these steps:

  1. Visit www.binge.com.au
  2. Log in with your Binge username and password
  3. Select your profile
  4. Click on the three horizontal bars in the top right
  5. Select ‘My Account’ from the menu
  6. Select ‘Cancel Subscription’
  7. Select ‘I agree’

If those instructions didn't quite work out, visit our step-by-step guide to cancelling Binge.

Brodie Fogg
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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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