WEB Wearing its national pride on its sleeve, Stan is a strong contender for anyone who likes their content homegrown.
The service boasts a robust selection of international TV shows and movies, but its Australian content is the area where it completely outshines the competition. The new Gallipoli TV series leads the charge along with a solid fist of Aussie flicks like Animal Kingdom.
Perhaps most exciting, Stan has taken a page out of Netflix’s book by announcing original locallyproduced content, including a six-part Wolf Creek TV series that will see John Jarratt return as everyone’s favourite outback nightmare, and a mini-series partly written by Q&A host Tony Jones called Enemies of the State.
Stan’s other big selling point is exclusive access to Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spin-off starring everyone’s favourite shonky lawyer, which takes place before Walter White ever set foot inside a meth lab.
While Aussie content is great, Stan has plenty from Hollywood on offer, too. The LEGO Movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Wolf of Wall Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Inbetweeners 2, and John Wick are all available, while The Imitation Game, St. Vincent, and Golden Globe-winner Big Eyes are all on their way.
If you have kids who are fans of the ABC then Stan delivers, offering favourites like The Wiggles, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and Guess How Much I Love You, as well as overseas fare like Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends, and Sesame Street. Plus, Stan has a buffet of Nickelodeon content, including Avatar: The Last Airbender, iCarly, and Victorious.
Stan lets you choose whether you want to watch your content in SD or HD (no 4K yet), but its biggest hurdle is accessibility. At the time of writing, the service is available via iOS and Android apps, with content then streamed to the TV via Apple TV or Chromecast. It can also be viewed on Firefox, Chrome and some iterations of Internet Explorer on Windows, and Safari or Firefox (but strangely not Chrome) on Mac. It’s a world away from the plethora of access points offered by Netflix.