With March looking like a promising month for streaming services in Australia, now could be the time to try that one-month free subscription.
American streamer Netflix and its Australian competitors Stan and Presto all offer free trials, to help you if you’re not ready to commit to a long-term relationship with a particular streamer.
The US streamer still leads the pack for Australian subscriptions, with Presto coming in second with shows such as Mr Robot, Scandal and 30 Rock to name a few.
And despite coming in third, Stan content is nothing to sniff at, with inclusions such as Dexter, The Good Wife and Doctor Who.
In March, Netflix subscribers can binge on House of Cards season four and check out Pee Wee Herman’s return to screens, while Stan viewers can catch the Oscar-decorated Mad Max: Fury Road and Presto subscribers can catch fellow Oscar winner, the futuristic Ex Machina.
New on Netflix
Flaked (starts March 11)
Set in California, Flaked centres around Chip (Will Arnett from Arrested Development and 30 Rock), a habitual liar and self-proclaimed guru trying to maintain his sobriety. Promisingly, the show has talent from The Office and black-ish writing for it.
Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday (starts March 18)
Much has been made of actor Paul Reubens’ big return to the small screen (and his digital retouching). Judd Apatow is likely to put his well-recognised spin on the old formula.
Daredevil season 2 (starts March 18)
Part of the Marvel Comics phenomenon, lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock uses his heightened senses from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City. Season one audiences loved this slightly darker offering from the Marvel stable.
House of Cards season 4 (started March 4)
The show that triggered binge sessions all over the world, Netflix original show House of Cards is back for another season. Watch if only just to see if Frank Underwood (played by the brilliant Kevin Spacey) can get any crueller.
Suits season 4 (starts March 24)
The sexy, dramatised account of lawyers at work is difficult not to love, centring on legal genius Harvey Specter and his secretly unqualified protege, Mike Ross.
Toy Story (starts March 24)
Pixar is loved for making children’s films that adults love just as much, and Toy Story is the perfect example. Hopefully the sequels will arrive on Netflix eventually.
Entourage (starts March 16)
In the big-screen sequel to the TV series, Hollywood superstar Vincent Chase makes his directing debut, backed by stressed-out studio president Ari.
Chef (starts March 12)
In this food-driven drama, chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity.
New on Stan
Happyish (started March 4)
Steve Coogan (British funny man from The Trip and Alan Partridge) stars in this new comedy about two adults who feel halfway to death in a youth-obsessed world.
Penny Dreadful (starts March 29)
Created for Showtime, British-American horror series Penny Dreadful features some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and characters from Dracula. Starring French knockout Eva Green of Bond Girl fame.
Star Trek every episode ever (starts March 26)
It’s the holy grail for Star Trek fans in March. Every episode ever will be available to stream, including Star Trek: Original, Star Trek: Voyage and Star Trek: Enterprise. That’s a lot of Star Trek.
Mad Max: Fury Road (started March 2)
Fresh off winning six gongs at the Oscars last week, George Miller’s post-apocalyptic thriller is up for grabs on Stan.
New on Presto
Strike Back (started March 1)
A high-octane, globe-spanning thriller about two members of a top-secret anti-terrorist organisation known as Section 20 on the trail of a deadly terrorist.
Banshee (started March 1)
A recently-paroled master thief assumes the identity of the Sheriff of Banshee, PA, and reconnects with his onetime lover and partner-in-crime while avoiding gangsters they both betrayed years earlier.
Halt and Catch Fire season 2 (started March 1)
In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive plans to reverse-engineer the flagship product of his previous employer, and he forces his current company,
Argo (started March 6)
The Oscar-winning drama starring Ben Affleck as a ‘hostage extractor’ who poses as a Hollywood director in order to save 66 refugees from Iranian terrorists. Based on a true story.
Ex Machina (starts March 12)
A young coder at the world’s largest internet company wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to the reclusive CEO of the company, only to find he is to be part of an experiment.
Sideways (starts March 27)
Oscar-nominated comedy/drama starring the talented Paul Giamatti, who along with his best friend Miles, embarks on a road trip through California’s wine country.
Say goodbye to: Band of Brothers S1. Entourage, Six Feet Under, Flight of the Conchords and Dexter