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Disney on Stan doesn’t allow for offline viewing


You can now watch a whole helping of Disney goodness on Stan, but only if you've got an active Internet connection.

One of the more appealing parts of the streaming experience, especially if you're travelling or have a shaky Internet connection, is the ability to download content to a mobile device for later watching.

You don't own the the show or movie and you've typically got a limited time window to watch it before it will remove your access, but it's super handy for those long car trips with kids or plane flights to anywhere outside Australia.

Stan has offered offline viewing for mobile devices since March 2017 and compared to Netflix, it has typically done a much better job, offering the majority of its content for download to subscribing mobile devices.

With the announcement yesterday that Stan would be offering the Disney catalogue (including Star Wars, Marvel and more) just in time for the Christmas school holidays, I was intrigued to check if that would include offline viewing. The Marvel content on Netflix (excluding its own mostly cancelled Netflix Originals such as Daredevil and Iron Fist) has never been available for offline viewing in Australia, so I was keen to see if Stan's deal might do so.

The answer, if you somehow failed to read the headline coming in, is sadly no.

Having checked through most of the Marvel movies, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more, there's no sign of the download icon that indicates a title is available for offline playback. Maybe that's a feature we'll get when (and if) Disney+ ever launches Down Under.

All of the promised content is there, so you can binge your way through dozens of hours of Marvel movies or keep Frozen on an endless loop to keep the kids happy over the holidays, but only as long as you've got an active Internet connection to keep the stream going, or in the case of Frozen, enough sanity left to keep it looping.

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