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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.

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