Watch out Netflix! New documentary and current affairs streaming service iwonder launches in Australia today
- iwonder launched on Monday offering more than 500 hours of content
- The streaming service focuses on news, current affairs, and documentaries
- The channel is the brainchild of former Foxtel executive James Bridges
A new documentary and current affairs streaming service has launched in Australia that could give Netflix a run for its money.
iwonder officially went live on Monday, offering viewers more than 500 hours of news, current affairs and documentary content.
Similar to Netflix, the channel is available online and can be accessed through smart TVs, computers and mobile phones.
An iwonder subscription, however, costs three dollars less than a basic Netflix account at just $6.99 a month.
iwonder officially launched in Australia on Monday, offering 500 hours worth of current affairs content. The streaming service curates films, news stories, and documentaries on similar topics
The brainchild of former Foxtel executive James Bridges, the video-on-demand service offers biographies, true crime and documentaries covering a range of topics including history, sport, science and technology, religion, art and the environment.
iwonder is brainchild of former Foxtel executive James Bridges who said the channel will focus on great storytelling
Australian stories are included, with the biography of Wayne Gardner – the first Aussie to win the World Motorcycle Grand Prix – and a documentary following the career of Perth rock band Screwtop Detonators among the programs added to the service.
The content will also be curated to reflect current events, news stories, and shows on similar topics presented together on the home page.
Mr Bridges said this will enable users to go deeper into topical issues.
‘For example, when students around the world continue to take to the streets to demand a response from world leaders on climate change later this month, iwonder will respond by featuring the news on our home page and pairing content which delves deeper into surrounding issues on climate, politics and activism,’ he said.
He said iwonder will always focus first on great storytelling that helps to better understand the world.
Unlike Netflix, iwonder focuses on current affairs and costs three dollars less at $6.99 a month
‘We are passionate about connecting the best of the 30,000 or so documentaries produced each year, so many of which fly under the radar without Hollywood marketing budgets, to audiences that are increasingly migrating to streaming,’ Mr Bridges said.
Select iwonder content has already been available to 15 million users in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East via the platform iflix since June 2018.