In Brief: Stan was launched in January this year and is a collaboration between the free-to-air Nine network and Fairfax media. By March, it purported to have 100,000 customers. It has a very good movie and TV show library which includes movies and shows from Sony Pictures, ABC, SBS and its World Movies subsidiary, Viacom, MGM, BBC Worldwide, Showtime, CBS, and Village Roadshow. It also has secured non-exclusive rights to MTV, Comedy Channel and Nickelodeon.
Subscription: Stan offers what is becoming the standard for similar services, which is $10 per month and non-contract. They offer a 30-day free trial to test their service to see if it meets your needs, however you must have a valid credit card. Like other “free trials”, if you don’t cancel before the free period is over, your credit card will automatically be debited the monthly subs.
Content: With a very extensive library of movies and shows to watch, and access to a number of Australian and international networks and studios, this service will keep you entertained for quite a long time. All its content is included in the monthly subscription. Content currently being shown includes – Australian ABC Television back catalogue including popular series Summer Heights High, Ja’mie: Private School Girl, Upper Middle Bogan, It’s a Date, The Moodys, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends, The Wiggles, Redfern Now, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Jack Irish and Janet King. From overseas networks and providers, you get SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, iCarly, VICTORiOUS, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Teen Mom, My Super Sweet Sixteen, Geordie Shore, South Park, Tosh.0 and Reno 911.
Movie wise, they are currently showing some Australian classics like Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding, Van Dieman’s Land, Snowtown, Crocodile Dundee etc. They also have a reasonably good World Movie selection, with movies from China, Spain, France, USA[?] and Israel. Surprisingly, they don’t seem to have any movies from countries like Korea, Greece, Germany, Vietnam etc, which have sizable communities in Australia. Also, a better menu structure would be ideal and they may like to have a look at Netflix’s menu structure.
Content – 5/5
Site usability: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall, Stan offers a pretty good value-for-money online streaming service. However I Chromecast the shows to my TV set, yet it is a bit tricky. You need to start the streaming before you start the movie or show otherwise I have found it won’t Chromecast it. Also, you have no control over the movie or show once you are Chromecasting it as you can’t pause the broadcast unless you stop the casting itself. I also found that it would stop Chromecasting about 1/3rd of the way through, and sometimes when you restarted the broadcast, it would start from the beginning. However, leaving that aside, Stan is definitely worth considering if you want to spend a minimal amount on watching TV and/or movie shows.
You can draw your own conclusions by taking advantage of their 30-day free trial at Stan