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Best Free TV and Movie Streaming Services in Australia

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Published August 1st 2020
You'll be cancelling Netflix with these free streaming apps
Best free TV and movie streaming services in Australia
Get through isolation by catching up on shows or discovering some new ones. If you are trying to cut down on spending at the same time, you do not need to spend money each month on subscriptions to different streaming sites. Here are the best streaming services which you can access completely free!

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You will not believe the free streaming content you can access in Australia in 2020. Image: Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay.

ABC iView
Australia's primary national broadcaster does not disappoint with their free online streaming service. Access ABC programs whenever you like with ABC iView, which is available as a website or as a downloadable phone application. It is completely free to access all aspects of ABC iView. Plenty of the content is Australian, but you can also access popular international movies and television series. Stand-up comedy, documentaries, news and more is all available in spades. There is also plenty of family-friendly and children's content.

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Popular shows such as English comedy 'Intelligence' are available for free on ABC iView. Image: ABC iView.

SBS On Demand
SBS On Demand is another fantastic streaming service, available from your desktop or as a mobile application. SBS On Demand can also be added to your smart TV. There are countless hours of world movies, TV shows, and documentaries. With a wide range of commercially appealing shows, it is hard to believe SBS On Demand is completely free. Content is supported by advertisements. American series 'Why Women Kill' (trailer below) is just one of many watchable new additions to SBS On Demand.

Libraries are not just books anymore. In fact, you do not even need to set foot inside a library to take advantage of their media offerings. If you have a library membership (including through a university), you can access movie streaming site Kanopy for free. You can access Kanopy from the computer, as a mobile app, or through your smart TV. Billed as 'thoughtful' entertainment, Kanopy offers an online library of thousands of classic and recent movies. They also have plenty of children's programming.

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Enjoy thousands of movies, including new release 'Her Smell', for free with your library membership. Image: Kanopy.

If your library is partnered with Beamafilm, you can access their vast collection of movies and documentaries across a variety of genres and interest areas. They particularly focus on including independent films, including some which are exclusive to the Beamafilm platform. Australia and New Zealand are heavily represented in the content available. Usefully, their movies are categorised both by genre or by subject. Some categories of interest include history, foreign languages, music, and LGBTQ .

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There is plenty available for free on Beamafilm to keep you glued to the screen. Image: Jan Vaek via Pixabay.

Catch up on the best of Channel 9 with their free streaming app, 9Now. Guilty pleasure TV shows, such as Desperate Housewives, the Bachelorette, Botched and plenty more are all available for streaming. While there is a limited amount of content compared to other free streaming options, it is ideal for binge watching particularly if you are a fan of Channel 9's programming. Similar free catch-up apps also exist for Channel 7 and Channel 10.

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Catch up on the best of commercial TV with free streaming apps. Image: Renate Kppel via Pixabay.

Free trials
Once you have run out of free content to binge watch, do not immediately reach for the credit card to purchase a new subscription service. Most paid streaming services have a generous free trial period. For example, Stan and Amazon Prime each have a 30-day free trial, while YouTube Premium offers two months. Unfortunately, popular streaming providers Netflix and Disney no longer have a free trial period.

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If you feel the need to pay for streaming services, take advantage of free trial periods first. Image: Omar Medina Films via Pixabay.
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Your Comment
Best kept secret on watching movies on free TV and streaming.
by w008h (score: 0|2) 10 days ago
Thanks Natasha. Yes the best kept secret indeed! I will check these out. 😄
by jeash (score: 0|4) 9 days ago
Beamafilm and Kanopy are not available in South Australian libraries.
by lashi (score: 0|2) 8 days ago
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