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What is Foxtel’s Binge streaming app?

In early 2019, Foxtel and Streamotion revealed Binge, a new Aust 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.

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

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 device like Chromecast or Apple TV. If you’re interested in checking out Binge, your first step will be to sign up for a fortnight 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.

Binge price: How much does it cost?

Binge costs between $10 and $18 per month. Binge Basic costs $10 per month for a single SD stream, Standard costs $16 per month for two HD streams, and Premium will set you back $18 per month for four HD streams.

That’s almost exactly what Stan and Netflix charge but remember that the difference is, Stan and Netflix’s top plans include 4K streaming, whereas Binge doesn’t, which is probably why Foxtel decided to price the BINGE service a little lower.

Foxtel says there are no “plans to offer 4K streaming for Binge.”

There’s also a 2 week free trial 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 and Pricing
Plan
Monthly Price
Free Trial
Devices
Max. Stream Quality
Binge Basic $10 1 Standard Definition
Binge Standard $16 2 High Definition
Binge Premium $18 4 High Definition

What TV shows can I watch on Binge?

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

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.

Some of the most popular TV shows on Binge
TV show
Genre
Stream it
And Just Like That Comedy-drama
Euphoria Drama
Mare of Easttown Crime-drama
Mr. Inbetween Crime-drama
The Sopranos Crime-drama
Succession Drama
The Undoing Thriller-mystery
His Dark Materials Fantasy
The Flight Attendant Thriller-comedy
Chicago Fire Drama
What We Do in the Shadows Comedy
AHS: 1984 Horror
The West Wing Drama
Modern Family Comedy

 

What movies are on Binge?

Here’s a quick glance at some of the most popular movies streaming on Binge.

Here are a few popular movies on Binge
Movie
Genre
Stream it
Tenet Sci-fi
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Fantasy
The Fast and the Furious Family
Fast and the Furious 8 Family
Freaky Comedy-thriller
Space Jam Kids
The Dark Knight Action
Knives Out Mystery-Comedy
Emma Comedy
The Invisible Man Horror
The Hunt Thriller-Comedy
The Lighthouse Horror
Hereditary Horror
Gremlins Horror-Comedy

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

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 in the last year, 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.

 

 

When did Binge release?

Foxtel launched Binge TV on Monday, 25 May 2020.

 

Is Binge the same as Foxtel?

While Binge and Foxtel are both owned by the same company, they are two very different services. 

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. Binge also doesn’t offer 4K streaming so that’s a feature that is still exclusive to Foxtel iQ subscribers.

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).

 

Can you download Binge content for offline viewing?

Offline viewing is not available on Binge at launch.

Foxtel spoke to Reviews.org before launch and confirmed that “offline viewing won’t be available for launch, but it is in the pipeline.” We still don’t know what type of content will be available for offline viewing on Binge, but we’ll keep this section updated with the latest updates.

Does Binge offer 4K streaming?

There are no plans to offer 4K on Binge.

We also asked Foxtel about a potential 4K streaming option for Binge.  Foxtel stated that there are “no current plans to offer 4K streaming for Binge.”

 

Is Binge available on PlayStation or Xbox?

Binge is now available on PlayStation 4 and 5, but still no Xbox support.

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. Still, there have been no updates around Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 compatibility.

 

Does Binge have subtitles and closed captions?

Yes, English subtitles and closed captioning are available on select content.

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. At the moment, Binge only has English subtitles and closed captioning but the help page claims Binge is looking at adding more languages in the future.

 

Is Binge owned by Foxtel?

Yes, it’s owned by Foxtel subsidiary Streamotion.

Just like Kayo Sports, Binge is owned by Streamotion, a subsidiary of Foxtel. Despite seeming like a direct competitor to Foxtel Now, both apps are in fact owned by the same company. They are just run by different teams.

Binge and Telstra: Are there deals for bundling?

Not at the moment.

 

Patrick Larobina