Do you avoid spending too much time indulging in Australia’s favourite couch-based past-time (watching Netflix) because it costs you too much in precious anytime data?
What if we said there was an easy solution to this minor set-back?
SkyMesh recently teamed up with PlayOn, a service that enables you to maximise your off-peak data allowance by recording your favourite Netflix shows while you sleep.
People rarely use their more abundant off-peak data, so there’s plenty of it to go around.
On top of that, most of our Sky Muster™ plans include a whopping 140GB of off-peak data. That means 45 hours of streaming glorious television in HD, or 20 hours in ultra HD!
With all that data to take advantage of, we thought you could use a little help working out what to record and watch.
Here are our top 20 suggested binge-worthy Netflix shows:
This is the prequel to the much-loved 1982 Jim Hensen film, The Dark Crystal.
Through flawless puppetry and clever special effects, we’re transported back to Thra – the world of Gelflings, Skeksis, Mystics and many other phenomenal creatures.
Listen closely as you watch and you’ll recognise some well-known voice actors including Helena Bonham Carter, Caitriona Balfe (The Outlander) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).
There are now two seasons of this suspenseful American crime thriller.
Based on a true story, the first season set the scene, showing us how criminal profiling came to fruition in the FBI. The current season is just as thrilling and builds on the last season, taking a look at the horrific murders in Atlanta during the early 80s.
The most recent season of Suits to be released on Netflix will be the first without everyone’s favourite Duchess, Meghan Markle. Following the departure of loved characters, Mike and Rachel (Meghan Markle) at the end of season seven, new regulars were introduced including Samantha Wheeler played by Katherine Heigel.
There are eight seasons of this to lose yourself in.
Kath & Kim had a good run on free to air TV between 2002 and 2007, and it has just joined the ranks of Netflix.
If you’re up for a light laugh at Australian suburbia, it’s worth recording all four seasons.
The 1980s were a strange decade in their own right if you ask me, but Netflix has released three seasons of a science fiction horror that add fuel to that fire.
Set in 1980s America, Stranger Things is wonderfully addictive. I think it’s the touch of nostalgia mixed with a truly unique storyline.
The main character of the show is a real person! Piper Kerman really did spend time in a minimum-security prison, and then she wrote a memoir about it, which Netflix kindly turned into a TV series for your viewing pleasure.
While Piper’s last name was changed to Chapman for the series, and her crime was changed from money-laundering to drug smuggling, it’s all still based in the most bizarre of realities.
The show and its actors have won a bunch of awards. Well worth a watch!
There is a stack of viewing to be had on Netflix centering on the loveable Aussie rogue, ex-lawyer and part-time debt collector, Jack Irish. Three movies and one series to be exact.
Jack Irish, played by Guy Pearce, is joined by a sensational Aussie line-up of actors including Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing, and Shane Jacobson.
This series is the prequel to the movie, occurring before giant food fell from the sky.
Given it’s based on a children’s book and movie by the same name, it’s probably safe to spend a quiet Saturday arvo bingeing this with the kids.
Do you remember the 1989 true crime story dubbed the Central Park Five?
This limited series is based on the story of those five African American teens who were wrongly convicted of assaulting and raping a jogger in New York’s Central Park. In 2002 they were exonerated but it was 2014 before they finally reached a settlement with the city of New York!
Unbelievable and powerful stuff.
I’m a little late to the party on this one myself, but when I found out it was based on characters (Archie, Jug-Head, and Veronica) that I loved during my childhood, I knew it had to get bumped up to the ‘must-watch’ list.
I think it’s meant to be quite a deal darker than the good ‘ole Archie comics but I’m going to give it a go all the same. I know a lot of people who rate this well.
I’m a bit of a sucker for historical dramas.
Peaky Blinders is a clever story with some addictive characters to fall in love with, like main character Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) for example, and his unpredictable sometimes friend, sometimes enemy, Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy).
Sam Neill also plays a crucial role in this series as Chester Campbell, a protestant Irish Major whose initial role is to recover some missing guns stolen by the Peaky Blinders.
Any DC Comic fans out there? This one’s for you. Stephen Amell plays the lead character, Oliver Queen (also known as the Green Arrow). I’m not known for being a DC or Marvel fan but admittedly, I did really love this series.
Aussie drama is the absolute bomb in my eyes and how can you really go past a series that features Marta Dussledorp?
Janet King is actually a spin-off from Crownies, which also starred Marta Dussledorp as – you guessed it – Janet King. In Janet King and Crownies, Marta plays a Public Prosecutor dealing with high-profile crimes.
In between the two legal eagle roles, she played Sarah Adams in a Place to Call Home, and Linda Hillier in the various iterations of Jack Irish (also available on Netflix). She knows how to make a TV series a riot and a success.
Travis Fimmel is the Australian actor at the centre of this saga about the legendary
Norseman who frequently raided England and France.
There are actually six seasons of this gripping Scandanavian drama, but only the first five seasons are currently available on Netflix. The release date for season six is unknown but what you do know is that with PlayOn and Sky Muster TM you’ll have no issues binging the lot when it airs.
I personally loved the books, but they can be a bit heavy going unlike the easy to watch television series.
In case you’re not familiar with the somewhat racy time-travelling historical drama, we follow British nurse Claire Randall back in time from the end of WW2 to Scotland in 1743 where she becomes entwined with Highlander Jamie Fraser and his involvement with the Jacobite rebellion.
There are three seasons available on Australian Netflix with a fourth expected to hit later in 2019.
Another piece of intriguing Aussie drama about a police officer (James Hayes played by Patrick Brammall) who has to deal with deceased locals coming back from the dead in perfect health. It’s completely left of centre and unlike much else on TV at the moment.
Viola Davis has either won or been nominated for sooooooo many awards for her role as Annalise Keating in this American legal drama.
Other cast members, and the series itself, have also garnered a lot of attention and awards.
It’s all based around a law professor, her five students, and various murder plots. You can’t help but get entwined in all the twists and turns of this dynamic story.
Hands-up if you like a good James Patterson book?
This series is based on his book by the same name about a random group of unlikely companions who try to save the world from a mysterious pandemic of violent animal attacks.
Royalist or not, there is plenty of entertainment value in this series that follows the
life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s through to more modern days.
More great Australian television based on a book series by the same name written by Australian author, John Marsden.
Get caught up in the drama of eight teenagers who find themselves in the middle of a war when they return from a camping trip. They get clever about defending themselves and trying to save their families.
It’s not heavy watching and makes for an easy-going Friday night on the couch.
Simple. You get yourself access to PlayOn by clicking the button below and following the prompts
Until 31 December 2019, SkyMesh customers can download 30 recordings every month for $4.99USD by clicking the button above and following the prompts.
There are two distinct PlayOn products that will work with your Sky Muster™ plan:
But, for a number of reasons, we now recommend you go with PlayOn Cloud rather than the desktop version.
Here’s what we’re thinking:
That way, you’re making the best decision for your particular circumstances.
If you’re planning on recording and downloading a lot of television (be it Netflix or from a different streaming service), you might find the Cloud Plans more beneficial.
Cloud Plans offer you a fixed amount of recordings and storage space per month.
|PlayOn Cloud Plans (Monthly recording credits)||PlayOn Cloud Credits (Anytime recording credits)|
|Fixed amount of storage per month||Y||N|
|Fixed number of recordings per month (without additional fees)||Y||N|
|Credits expire monthly||Y||N|
|Must download recordings in 7-days||N||Y|
PlayOn is an American company so prices are in US Dollars, but it’s still a fabulous way to maximise your precious anytime data. You will also need to have, and pay for, the streaming services you want to record through Playon (like Netflix for example).