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12 months of free TV streaming: Here’s how

Australian money and a person looking at a laptop which is displaying various streaming sites like Netflix, Prime, Disney+ and hulu.
Aussies are saving cash by sharing passwords to streaming services. (Source: Getty)

Aussies love streaming services and, with so many to choose from nowadays, many Aussies have turned to password sharing to gain access to more than one.

With the TV streaming wars in full swing, new Finder data revealed how much people were spending, and how Aussies could get the best bang for their buck.

The average Aussie consumer spends around $39 per month on streaming services.

Finder’s nationally representative survey of 1,062 respondents revealed a whopping 40 per cent of Aussies admitted to using a family member’s or friend's password for their streaming service.

That's around 8 million Aussies mooching off someone else.

The research found Aussies were most likely to freeload off someone else's Netflix account (30 per cent), followed by Disney+ (16 per cent), Stan (13 per cent), and Amazon Prime Video (10 per cent).

Gen Z were far and away the most likely to freeload, with a staggering 76 per cent saying they used a service that wasn't in their name, compared to 17 per cent of Baby Boomers.

Finder streaming expert Mark Neilsen said sharing subscriptions could be a great way to save some extra cash.

“Just make sure you keep track of who is paying for what, and who has login privileges,” Nielsen said.

“Keep an eagle eye out for special deals and bargains. For example, Disney+ is usually $11.99 a month, but for a limited time in September, you can subscribe for just $1.99 for 1 month – that’s an 83 per cent discount.”

Nielsen said if you didn’t have the luxury of sharing subscriptions, there was a tricky way to get nearly a year on free streaming.

“Simply follow the free trials. Finder analysis from June shows this could get you just under a year of free streaming,” he said.

“Remember to cancel any services you aren’t currently using – you can easily join back up to them again if you find a show or movie you want to watch.”

Do you share a password for a streaming service with a friend or family member living in another house?

Yes, for Netflix


Yes, for Disney+


Yes, for Stan


Yes, for Amazon Prime Video


Yes, for Binge


Yes, for Foxtel Now/Go


Yes, for Kayo


Yes, for Paramount+


Yes, for AppleTV+


Yes, for YouTube premium


Yes, for Optus Sport


Yes, other


No, I don’t share a password


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