by Jonas Sawyer

The best thing about the internet age can be summed up in one word: Choice. Here, we’ve identified a few alternatives to those “mainstreamers.” All are available to Australian audiences, and most offer some sort of free trial period.

HBO Roulette

What started out as a Pennsylvania-based movie channel with 365 subscribers is now a global force, watched by more than 100 million. The network recently announced that it is opening up a substantial part of its library on a free-to-view basis. If you’re too spoilt for choice, try out HBO roulette, an online randomizer that will pick something out for you.

Or real roulette

There was a recent rumour doing the rounds that there is more to staying in than movies and boxsets. It sounds like a pretty wild theory, but there’s no denying that more and more people are having a go at gaming to pass the time. If you thought it was some kind of joke, think again – provides a list of sites offering online roulette NZ and Australian players. Unleash your inner 007 – after all, you only live twice.

Acorn TV

Has the thought of Her Majesty’s most famous spy got you thinking of Britain and the good old empire? Acorn TV is a streaming option that is heavily focused on UK offerings, and it has recently become available in Australia without any need for VPNs and the like. You can even enjoy a 30-day free trial with the code ACORNTVAU30. There are all sorts of treasures here, but make sure you check out No Offence, a Manchester-based police procedural series from the creator of Shameless.


If horror is your thing, it doesn’t take long to exhaust everything that’s worth watching on Netflix and be left with those one-star rated offerings that are shocking for all the wrong reasons. Shudder is a streaming service that specialises in the genre and has classics like Poltergeist alongside hidden gems such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Again, there’s a 30-day free trial if you type the code SHUTIN.

The Criterion Channel

Will there ever be a better time than now to revisit the classics and share them with your family? The Criterion Channel is the place to find and stream them. The range is immense, covering decades of films, from huge international phenomena from Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick to highly acclaimed independent and art house productions.


As the name suggests, this streaming service has a UK-focus. However, its content is quite different to Acorn. Here, you’ll find most of the classic TV series from across the years, including Broadchurch and the original mockumentary The Office starring Ricky Gervais.


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