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Beamafilm is Australia's leading streaming channel for documentaries and independent features. Our premium collection of award-winning movies and festival favourites will delight, inspire and entertain you. You can enjoy our movies a variety of different ways:
Simply select the rental option for a movie and you’ll be directed to the payment page. Fill out the details and pay securely with credit card or PayPal, and you will then be able to watch the movie for 48 hours. It's that simple!
Select the Subscribe option when you want to watch a subscriber movie and you’ll be directed to the payment page via Beamafilm’s third party Paywall: Piano/Tinypass. Complete the details and pay securely with credit card or PayPal for a recurring monthly period, and you’ll be able to watch as many films as you like from our extensive Subscriber catalogue at your own pace.
3: Library Card Access
Municipal and Tertiary libraries can license Beamafilm so that their patrons don’t need to pay to watch our films. Check if your library is a participant using our libraries page and then follow the instructions to watch using your library barcode.
Remember, if you decide to subscribe and watch as much as you want, you can cancel at any time - there are no lock in contracts.
To get the most out of the Beamafilm service: sign up for email updates on our new releases, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest and check out our blog with exclusive content including exclusive filmmaker interviews.
Technical info on how to get the best out of Beamafilm is available below:
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I know if my library has a Beamafilm subscription?
2. Which films are included in my library subscription?
3. My library has a Beamafilm subscription - how do I play a film for free using my library subscription?
4. What if my library isn’t signed up yet?
5. Are all films included in my subscription?
6. Will I be charged during my FREE TRIAL period?
7. When can I cancel my subscription?
8. How can I cancel my subscription?
9. How can I change my account or payment details?
10. What if I forget my password?
11. Can I watch films on my other devices?
12. How fast does my internet speed need to be to watch a film on Beamafilm?
13. I’m having problems with my stream. I’m getting a low-res version of the film when I have fast broadband access.
14. Can I download a film and watch it later?
15. What if I’m overseas, can I still watch films with my Beamafilm account?
Q1: How do I know if my library has a Beamafilm subscription?
More than 50 municipal and tertiary library clusters serving 7M+ Australian and NZ patrons are included in the Beamafilm network. If your library is signed up, you can view any of our films - including Premium Rentals - for free (except MA 15+ titles). Firstly, check if your library has a subscription using our libraries page. If your library is signed up, just select your library and enter your library barcode to view any film.
Q2: Which films are included in my library subscription?
As a participating library patron you can view any of our films, including Premium Rentals, FOR FREE (except MA 15+ titles).
Q3: My library has a Beamafilm subscription - how do I play a film for free using my library subscription?
Firstly, select your library's subscription using our libraries page and then enter your library barcode and watch any film.
Q4: What if my library isn’t signed up yet?
If your library isn’t signed up yet, you can ask your librarian to apply online using our libraries signup page. Or, you can just sign up for a FREE TRIAL subscription. If the film you want to see is not a Subscriber Film you can also just rent a film for 48 hours from our premium films.
Q5: Are all films included in my subscription?
Most films can be watched as part of a subscription package. Some films, however, are Premium Rental only, and aren't available as part of our subscription offering. Our entire catalogue is displayed on our Films page and you’ll see that Subscriber Films are marked with a blue tag while Premium Rental Films have orange tags. You can view all Subscriber films on our subscriber films page and Premium Rental films on ourpremium films page. Some films may not be available in all geographical regions due to the rights available. Our Worldwide Subscriber collection is available to view in our global access films.
Q6: Will I be charged during my FREE TRIAL period?
No, you will not be charged - the point of our free trial is for you to experience the subscriber offering FOR FREE. Watch as many of our Subscriber Films as you like for free - it’s on us. We hope you love our offering and that you'll decide to stay on and become a paid subscriber at the end of the trial period. When you sign up for the free trial, we ask you for your credit card details. That means that if you love the Beamafilm experience you don't have to take any action when your trial is over, it just automatically rolls over into a paid subscription. You can cancel your subscription at any time (refer to Q2 "How can I cancel my subscription" below).
Q7: When can I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel at any time. If you cancel before the end of your free trial subscription, you can still watch Beamafilm until the end of the initial seven-day trial period, and you won’t be charged any further.
Q8: How can I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel at any time here. Simply login to your Piano/Tinypass Account for Beamafilm - "My Account” is at the top right of the screen. From there, you can manage anything associated with your account including cancelling, re-subscribing, changing payment details, amending your password, etc. You can find more information here.
Q9: How can I change my account or payment details?
You can manage your account information from the "My Account” section of Piano/Tinypass. Under “My Account” you can change your credit card details, or Paypal details, amend your password or email address, etc.
Q10: What if I forget my password?
If you forget your password, simply go to the login page, enter your email address and select "forgot password”. A new password will be emailed to you.
Q11: Can I watch films on my other devices?
Beamafilm can be enjoyed on many devices (except where some manufacturers may have imposed limitations), including phones, tablets, and your home computer system (PC or Mac). You can view on your TV screen by connecting your TV to your computer or device via Apple TV, HDMI cable, or Chromecast. Our Digital TV has more detailed instructions.
Q12: How fast does my internet speed need to be to watch a film on Beamafilm?
How fast does my internet speed need to be to watch a film on Beamafilm?
a: Watch our free trailers - this provides a gauge of the quality you are likely to experience.
b: Conduct your own speed-test (speedtest.net), using one of the free speed-test services available online (a download speed no less than 850 KB/s (0.81 MB/s will ensure a good result).
c: If your online access speed is too low, simply contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and discuss options for improving your line speed.
Q13: I’m having problems with my stream. I’m getting a low-res version of the film when I have fast broadband access.
1: OK so first, check your internet line speed. (see Answer above). Every Beamafilm title is hosted in multiple renditions, and only the appropriate version is sent to you based on your internet connection speed. If you have a very low internet connection speed you may experience buffering or else a low res version of the film may be sent to you. You may need to upgrade your connection speed through your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
2: Secondly, check that your internet connection isn't being used by someone else to download data-intensive content e.g. someone else in the house downloading a large file or watching YouTube, as this will affect your result.
3: Thirdly, make sure you're not uploading any content to the internet. Close all connections you currently have and restart your browser.
4: Lastly, you may need to re-start your router. Turn off the power for 30 seconds and then turn on again.
Q14: Can I download a film and watch it later?
Beamafilm is currently a streaming-only site, and therefore you can't download our films. Any Premium Rental Film can be paused and watched later within the 48 hour rental period. Any Subscriber Film can be paused and viewed later during your subscription period. We hope to introduce a Download option in 2016.
Q15: What if I’m overseas, can I still watch films with my Beamafilm account?
Beamafilm is a global platform and with our HQ in Australia all of our content is available in the Australia/NZ territory. However, not all of our films are available globally as some films have geo-restrictions applied. If you are viewing from overseas choose from our Worldwide Films collection.
If you have an Apple TV, you can “cast” video from your Apple phone or tablet directly to your TV using AirPlay. All you need is:
- iPhone 4 or later. iPhone 4s or later for AirPlay Mirroring.
- iPad, iPad mini. iPad 2 or later for AirPlay Mirroring.
- iPod touch (4th generation or later). iPod touch (5th generation or later) for AirPlay Mirroring.
1. Make sure your iOS device (one of the phones, tablets or iPods above) and your Apple TV are connected to the same WiFi network.
2. On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center.
3. Tap AirPlay.
4. Tap the name of the device you want to cast to. Your TV will be identified with a small icon of a television.
What’s the difference between AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring?
AirPlay means that any audio or video on your iOS device will be displayed on your TV screen. AirPlay mirroring will show the entire iOS screen of the connected device on your TV screen. Either will work for watching Beamafilm.
Android devices can also connect to Apple TV through AirPlay. AndroidCentral has an instructions on how to connect Android to AirPlay
Using Chromecast, you can “cast” video from computer or laptop directly to your TV. All you need is:
- a television with a HDMI and USB port
- and the Chromecast Device, which you can purchase from tech stores for between $39-$59, depending on the model
First of all, make sure your Chromecast is set up according to Google’s Instructions.
Cast from Laptop/Computer:
1. If you don’t already have it, download the Google Chrome web browser. Then, use it to download the Google Cast Web Extension. Once installed, a new icon will be displayed in the top-right corner.
2. Make sure your TV is on, and plug your Chromecast into the HDMI port. Connect the Chromecast’s power supply to the USB port. (Your Chromecast should come with detailed instructions).
3. Open Beamafilm on the Google Chrome web browser and choose a film.
4. Click on the Cast Extension in your browser’s top-right corner, and choose your Chromecast.
Using an HDMI cable, you can connect your laptop to your television so that you can view content from your laptop on your T.V. All you need is:
- a television with a HDMI port
- a HDMI cable (can be purchased online and at all tech stores)
1. Plug your HDMI cable into your laptop, and then onto the HDMI port on your TV.
2. Select the HDMI input on your TV with the remote (Usually the “Source” button).
3. You should now see and hear everything on your laptop on your television.
For the best viewing experience please use one of the latest browsers:
- Google Chrome version 37 or later on Windows 7 or later and Mac OS X 10.9 or later (Snow Leopard)
- Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
- Mozilla Firefox version 47 or later on Windows Vista or later and Mac OS X 10.7 or later
- Opera version 33 or later on Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later and Mac OS X 10.9 or later
- Safari on Mac OS X 10.10 or later (Yosemite)
You can use our HTML5 player to watch Beamafilm movies on PCs running Windows XP or later, and Intel-based Macs running OS X Tiger (v10.4.11) or later.
Note that only the client versions of Windows are officially supported, and an error is known to occur when a player loads in Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Servers 2008. You may be able to resolve this issue by installing the optional Desktop Experience component on Windows Server 2008.