Best streaming services: Australian Streaming TV Charts I May 2023

Each month, Finder’s streaming app algorithm provides the definitive ranked list of the best TV services in Australia.

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The Australian Streaming TV Charts, produced via a union of Finder and Parrot Analytics data, provides a definitive insight into the state of the SVOD (streaming video on-demand) app market Down Under each and every month.

On this page you will find each of the major streaming video on-demand services ranked. Primarily these streaming TV apps are ranked on the value proposition they offer consumers in any given month. As new shows come and go seasonally and in popularity, these charts reflect that change.

Please read the methodology for further insights into how the Australian Streaming TV Charts data has been produced.

May 2023 TV charts



Best TV app May 2023 chart analysis

Let's take a closer look at the top stories to emerge from this month's charts.

Winners

  • With another small jump in value, Paramount Plus continues its grip on top spot this month, securing a 5th number one ranking in a row. The service continues to benefit from a number of big releases and its $89.99 annual subscription fee. South Park and Yellowjackets continue to hold Top 10 spots. There was an impressive debut for Rabbit Hole at 23, which joined 1923 in the top 30. The main reason for the improve was the arrival of Star Trek: Picard on the service, which was formerly a Prime Video exclusive.
  • Sister products Foxtel Now and BINGE closely fought out the top spot for overall market share of in-demand content. This despite last month winner The Last of Us plummeting from 1st to 16th. Succession continues to soar for the service. And while there was no big addition to either service, new seasons of Barry and Snowfall saw both re-enter the top 100. Otherwise both services continue to lean on the last seasons of big hitters like The White Lotus, Spongebob, The Walking Dead and House of the Dragon.
  • There was a slight bump in interest for Apple TV+, mostly thanks to the continued success of Ted Lasso.

Losers

  • Amazon's Prime Video service is in a slump. The app managed to just hold onto second spot, but suffered a 23% drop in value. With a planned price hike on the horizon, that slide is set to continue. Alarmingly only 3 shows - Daisy Jones & The Six, The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power and Star Trek: Picard from the Top 100 debuted this decade, with the latter no longer exclusive. The service is starting to rely too heavily on legacy content like Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire and Doctor Who.
  • To be fair, there was a bit of slump across the board through April. Disney Plus saw an overall popularity slide despite The Mandalorian taking top spot with its latest season and The Owl House and The Simpsons holding firm in the top 20. There were drops for Family Guy, Andor and The Bad Batch.
  • Stan, Netflix and Funimation also saw minor drops in content popularity. Netflix had a small win with The Night Agent landing at 34 on debut, but alarmingly the only other shows released on the service this decade to make the top 100 were top 10 hit Shadow and Bone and Bebefinn.
  • It's worse for Stan, which only has Poker Face making a splash from this decade's debut series, and that just crept in at 100th place.

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TV charts market share explained

We've also provided a look at the market share for each month. This purely looks at the number of shows each TV service provider has in the Top 100 in any given month relative to the demand of each of those shows.

The TV service in first place would be the app with the biggest percentage of shows based on consumer demand for that month. But it does not take into account the price of accessing those shows.

Note: Each month's chart reflects the previous month's data. So, April 2023 charts reflect data collected from March 1 to March 31.

Best streaming service for top TV shows

It's hard to make a sweeping statement about a definitive best streaming service in Australia as people sign up to them for different reasons. But 2 constants are price and content. It's those pillars we've used as the foundation of our charts above, and our guide to the best streaming services in Australia.

We've compared 24 streaming services to help you narrow down your search. With the help of our friends at Parrot Analytics, we've determined the best streaming services in Australia based on the quality of programming and their cost. This means the results are based purely on numbers – no personal bias included.

  • Foxtel Now keeps its stranglehold at the top of category with 28 shows in the top 100.
  • BINGE also remains unmoved, still only being behind Foxtel.
  • Paramount Plus has made its podium debut in this category. It's been able to knock off Netflix thanks to the likes of some of its new show releases like Yellowjackets and longstanding series such as NCIS.
  • Disney Plus came in at 4th place not far off Paramount Plus. However, the drop off to 5th was substantial with Netflix, Stan and Prime Video grouped closely together.
Top pick:
from $16 /month
  • Has the second highest ranked in-demand show in Succession
  • Has second highest number of in-demand shows (32)
Top pick:
from $8.99 /month
  • High number of in-demand shows compared to library size
  • Lower cost compared to a lot of streaming services
  • Has 3 of top 10 most in-demand shows
Parrot Analytics

Finder was given access to the top 100 TV series popularity data from Parrot Analytics' enterprise audience analytics dataset. Parrot Analytics compares the demand that exists for each series in Australia against the average TV show. To access a "Lite" version of Parrot Analytics' audience demand measurement system for TV shows, movies and talent, check out DEMAND360 Lite.

Best streaming service for HD content value

Our selection for the best streaming service in Australia for HD content value uses Parrot Analytics' Global TV Demand data plus the cost of each streaming service where you can view in HD and features at least 2 simultaneous streams. As cost was a determining factor in this, free-to-air streaming services are excluded from the results.

  • Paramount Plus is perched at the top of our rankings for content value, finally knocking off Prime Video.
  • Disney Plus is another service that benefits from having only 1 plan that automatically offers HD and a high number of in-demand shows . This saw it jump Prime Video in Aprils data.
  • Prime Video is now the number 3 streaming service regarding content value in HD. It's worth noting that for this calculation we still used Prime Video's $6.99 a month price point. Though, with the Prime Video price going up in May it could drop down the rankings next month.
Top pick:
Best value
from $8.99 /month
  • High number of in-demand shows compared to library size
  • Lower cost compared to a lot of streaming services
  • Has 3 of top 10 most in-demand shows
Top pick:
from $16 /month
  • Second-highest number of in-demand shows (27)
  • HD plan specifically needed
  • Second-highest cost for HD plans
Top pick:
from $13.99 /month
  • Buzzy Star Wars and Marvel shows
  • 1 plan only, with HD included
  • Fourth-highest cost for HD plans

Best streaming service for overall quality of TV shows

Our selection for the best service for overall quality of shows is based on the percentage of the top 100 in-demand shows a streaming service has had in relation to the total number of shows in its catalogue.

So while a streaming service could have a higher overall number of titles, they're not all going to be winners. That's why the best in this instance is not based on the number of titles in a streaming service's library but on the quality of these shows.

  • Thanks to its popularity in April, Paramount Plus has been able to make it 3 from 3. Despite it not being the biggest streaming service on the market, it still packs a punch. It's been boosted up our rankings leapfrogging both Apple TV and Disney Plus thanks to the success of new Australian original Last King of the Cross, South Park, and lesser known shows like Mayor of Kingstown and Yellowjackets.
  • Apple TV Plus's mantra is quality over quantity and it has paid off as it's ranked the best streaming service for the quality of its TV shows. However, this is because of only the small number of shows on the service, with only 98 in total. The number of in-demand shows is only 2 for April: Ted Lasso and Shrinking. The likes of For All Mankind, Shantaram, See and Slow Horses are no longer on the list.
  • Disney Plus is still sitting inside the top 3. it’s still got a constant stream of shows that people are loving. However, Andor is the only recent release. Shows like Station 19, Grey's Anatomy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 9-1-1 are helping prop it up. With news that Disney might start getting rid of old shows off its service, it may jump further up for this category, by trimming the fat.
  • It may be shocking rather than surprising but Netflix came in dead last in April for quality of shows. Original series Stranger Things is still adorned by Aussies, but no other Netflix originals made the top 100 which punished Netflix this month.
  • We were very surprised Beef didn't crack the list. Netflix can expect more positive May results with the likes of Queen Charlotte.
Top pick:
Best quality
from $8.99 /month
  • High number of in-demand shows compared to library size
  • Lower cost compared to a lot of streaming services
  • Has 3 of top 10 most in-demand shows
Top pick:
from $9.99 /month
  • Highest percentage of quality shows in catalogue
  • Maximum of 5 in-demand shows in total
  • Small library of TV shows (98 in total)
Top pick:
from $13.99 /month
  • High number of in-demand shows (19)
  • Good-sized TV show library (797)

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