How much of Stan’s content is available for offline viewing?

Alex Kidman 23 March 2017 NEWS


How well does Stan’s promise that the vast majority of its content can be streamed actually stack up?

Update: A collation error in an earlier version of this story included incorrect figures, which we've since updated.

After promising that offline viewing would become a feature of its platform earlier in the year, Stan this week launched its offline viewing capability for mobile devices including Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.

Offline viewing is great for those times when you don’t have access to high quality mobile broadband, especially inflight, where we’ve already tested similar functionality on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Equally, offline viewing can be a great way to moderate your mobile spend, because if you can preload a show onto your phone or tablet, you’re not chewing up expensive mobile data to stream it. Either way, you’re also immune from buffering issues, or even that annoying visual switch as adaptive streaming tries to decide if you should be in standard or high definition.

That’s all predicated on having a decent quantity of content available for viewing in the first place. Stan’s promise is that the "vast majority" of its shows and movies are available for offline viewing, but how true is that?

Using our comprehensive lists of the TV shows and Movies available on Stan, and checking against those that are available for offline playback, we calculated the sums for TV series and movies.

On the TV show front, we counted individual series titles, but not seasons thereof. Generally speaking, if a show is available for offline, Stan appears to offer every part of it that it can. Conversely if it’s not available for offline viewing, don’t expect random seasons to be available. Results as are per Stan's available titles as of 23 March 2017.

TV Shows on Stan for offline viewing
Total number of shows by title 382
Number available for offline viewing 252
Percentage of total 65.96%

Stan's promise of a majority of titles available does hold on a pure titles count, and more so if Stan's counting individual seasons of a show as distinct titles. It's still under 2/3rds of total content, however.

For movies the sums are substantially easier, because we do count sequels as being individual movies, as anyone would. Here’s how the numbers stack up for films on Stan.

Movies on Stan for offline viewing
Total number of movies by title 1305
Number available for offline viewing 907
Percentage of total 69.50%

It's interesting that Stan manages to get more of its movie library offline than its TV catalog. We’d argue that with movies it’s very much more a function of having individual titles that you’re interested in. TV shows could well be more important unless you have a long trip ahead of you, because it's easier to accommodate an episode of Ash vs Evil Dead than it is to watch all of Army Of Darkness.

The practical upside of this is that while Stan can rightly claim to have thousands of hours of content available for offline viewing right away, there’s still significant work to be done if you wanted every title available for offline viewing. What we’d expect however is that most, if not all new series, and especially any Stan commissions, will be automatically available for offline viewing from now on.

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