Digital songs, TV and movies are rapidly streaming into Australian homes, writes Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson
The flow- on effect
ONCE upon a time, all songs arrived on CDs and all television programs were broadcast. How times have changed! Australians are increasingly embracing streaming services that let them access this media when they want, where they want and without having to store it.
Just this year, doors have opened to a host of fresh musicstreaming services and digital TV offers including Google’s TV service.
We’ve investigated 10 of the best on your behalf.
1 ABC iView [ Free] The national broadcaster is ahead of the game in video streaming and recently launched its ABC iView service on iPhone and iPod. The apps give users access to homemade and imported TV episodes. Shows can be streamed over wi- fi or 3G and users can create a ‘‘ watchlist’’ within the app. 2 Foxtel on Xbox 360 [$ 10-$ 19.50 a month] This low- commitment, month- bymonth proposition lets Xbox 360 users stream pay- TV channel packages over their broadband connection, swapping, adding and ditching channel packs as they wish. Live AFL games have been added to the service’s $ 10 monthly sports pack, while four other packages include movie and general entertainment channels. 3 FetchTV [ Varies] FetchTV is a hybrid television service offering a combination of free- to- air, pay and internet TV. The FetchTV set- top box offers access to free TV and movie rentals, with TV on Demand offered as an extra package. Seven on- demand channels are available, including BBC Earth, Warner TV and ABC for Kids. FetchTV is available from internet providers including iiNet, Optus and Internode. 4 YouTube Channels [ Free] The world’s biggest online video repository offers more than just funny cat videos. YouTube has added channels to its offering, where videos have been handpicked to play one after the other, much like a TV station. Original channels are available on topics including news, sports, health, style, comedy and, yes, pets ( bit. ly/ Qp3wya) and can be played from YouTube apps inside tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and Blu- ray players. 5 Quickflix [$ 14.99 a month] Users who subscribe to Quickflix’s WatchNow service can stream TV shows to their smartphones ( Apple iPhone/ Samsung Galaxy S III), computers ( Mac and PC), games consoles ( PlayStation 3), Blu- ray players and smart TVs ( Sony and Panasonic). The streaming service delivers popular US and UK shows including
True Blood, The Wire, Entourage and Little Britain.
1 MOG [$ 6.99/$ 11.99 a month] Telstra’s new streaming music service ( mog. com) offers ad- free access to 16 million songs for a monthly fee and promises the highest quality streaming songs at 320kbps. The basic model lets you stream music from a computer’s web browser for just $ 6.99 a month, while a premium $ 11.99 monthly service also delivers mobile phone access. in Australia in May and offers a choice of free ad- sponsored song streaming from a computer, ad- free computer streaming for $ 6.99 a month, or access to songs on computers, smartphones and tablets for $ 11.99 monthly. The premium subscription includes a 320kbps bitrate and the ability to save songs on your phone. 3 Sony Music Unlimited [$ 4.99/$ 12.99 a month] Sony’s 15 million- song streaming service is not just for Sony devices. Music Unlimited’s premium service, which costs $ 12.99 per month, can be used on Google Android smartphones or tablets, or Apple iPhones and iPods. Sony Music is offering a 30- day free trial of this service at music.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com. 4 Rdio [$ 8.90/$ 12.90 a month] The US service beat its Swedish rival to Australia by a few months and offers 15 million tracks to stream to a computer or mobile device. The basic Rdio service lets users stream songs as they like through a web browser. 5 Nokia Music [ Free/$ 1.49 a track] Nokia’s music service arrives pre- installed on its Windows Phones, allowing users to stream songs from its Mix Radio for free. Song downloads are available for $ 1.49 a track, and the Windows app also has a Gig Finder that lets users buy tickets.
2 Spotify [ Free/$ 6.99/$ 11.99 a month] This Swedish musicstreaming service arrived