Piracy is a huge problem in Australia. It is estimated that 3.5 million Australians illegally download at least month. You probably know of a mate or a relative who gets something for free that they shouldn’t. Don’t get caught out doing something illegal just because it’s easy. Here is a guide to the best legal places to download your movies, TV and music.
Movies and TV
Netflix has finally made it downunder to Australia, it is a subscriptions service you can watch instantly from any Internet-connected device that offers a Netflix app, such as a computer, gaming console, DVD or Blu-ray player, HDTV, set-top box, home theater system, phone or tablet. You can cancel anytime online as there are no contracts.
Fetch TV is a subscription service that allows you to watch and record TV and movies through a set-top box and on your smartphone or tablet. The basic package starts at $15 a month and you can add entertainment and sports channels for an extra cost. For the movie buffs among us, you also get 30 movies a month with the basic package with an option to even rent more.
If you are looking for something a little different to watch, like documentaries and art house films, then try Beamafilm. It is a service that allows you to stream movies and documentaries. You can subscribe for free for seven days to see if it is your thing. Subscription packages start at $5.99 a month.
Big Star Movies has an extensive choice of movies including box office hits. They even have a library of films to watch for free. For $4.99 a month you can access all their films and you can watch them on your computer, tablet or mobile.
If you really want something for free then have a look at what Crackle has to offer. They have a great selection of movies and TV and the best part is there is no need to subscribe.
BigPond Movies is a service which allows you to rent and buy TV shows and movies. If you want to watch reruns of The Moodys or your child fancies Dora the Explorer then have a look at what they have to offer.
If you are mad about movies and tired of picking and dropping off DVDs at your rental shop then try Presto. For $9.99 a month you get a choice of films and can pay more for extra flicks.
There is no need to whip out your bank card for music site 8Tracks. You can stream music from other people’s playlists or make up your own. As long as you are hooked up to the internet you can just hit play and enjoy.
If you want the freedom to stream and download your music, and share it with your friends, then try Spotify. They will have every track you are looking for with more than 20 million songs available. You can sign up for free but you will also listen to the ads or you can sign up for the premium service without the ads. Along the same line is Pandora, online radio which you can tailor to your taste, which also has an ad-free premium service.
Deezer is much like Spotify. You can sign up for free and stream music to your computer or you can pay a subscription which allows you to stream to mobile and other devices. You can also download tunes to play on your mobile devices.
You may have heard of a site for downloading music called iTunes. Yep, if you are looking for the latest songs, including many exclusives, then head to the place owned by those guys at Apple.
And, finally, so you remember Myspace? Well, it’s still around and launched a new site last year. It has canned its social network and is now simply all about the music. You can stream tunes, watch videos and listen to the radio.
To find out other sites to legally stream and download digital content take a look at the Digital Content Guide which has been created to help consumers find content online.
Share with us! Which sites do you use for legally downloading media?