Stan delivers high definition video streaming to Australians, with plenty of local and international content.
Launched to coincide with Australia Day 2015, Stan is a joint venture equally owned by Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment. It provides one of the strongest Netflix alternatives for Australians to consider when they want to stream television shows and movies over the Internet and onto their television or mobile devices.
Stan has a range of powerful content broadcasting rights with a variety of producers, including Sony Pictures, ABC, SBS and World Movies as well as Viacom, MGM, BBC Worldwide, Showtime, CBS and Village Roadshow. These partnerships allow Stan to stream some of the world's most popular movies and TV shows to their subscribers.
Stan has also entered the brave new world of original productions. Beginning with the Logie-nominated No Activity and building to the successful Wolf Creek mini-series, Stan has a commitment to deliver an increasing amount of original content to its customers.
The Internet TV service provider has also struck a deal with ABC Commercial that allows them to broadcast the network's mostly Australian content. This includes popular TV shows like Private School Girl, It’s a Date and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Another agreement is with Viacom, which is responsible for the television shows on MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. With this agreement in place, Stan will be able to offer subscribers television series such as Teen Mom, Geordie Shore and South Park.
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Stan delivers some of the best sitcoms from the 90s, plus local and international award winning shows.
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How much does Stan streaming services cost?
Stan’s Internet streaming package starts at $10 a month and includes access to both television series and movies. They offer a free trial for the first month but you will still be asked to enter your payment information when signing up for the free service. If you do not cancel after the initial 30 days, your card will automatically be debited for the next month’s service.
During sign-up you can enter any coupon code or voucher you may have for an additional discount. You will be prompted for this during check out, and the discount will be applied during your first billing cycle.
Which devices are compatible with Stan?
Stan has worked hard on delivering a comprehensive suite of devices to access its streaming service. Stan has dedicated iOS and Android apps, with support for iOS 7 and above for iPhone and iPad users and Android 4.2 and above for those that prefer Android devices. That said, not every Android phone is supported, but if your handset was released within the last two years from a major manufacturer, you should be fine.
For those who want to watch on the big screen, the easiest way to access Stan on your television is through a compatible streaming device or game console. If you have either an Apple TV, a Telstra TV, a Fetch TV or a Chromecast connected to your television set, you'll be able to watch on your television. Alternatively, owners of either a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console can also easily connect to Stan's service via the dedicated app.
Stan has announced that it will launch 4K streaming in April 2017, which will require a compatible 4K TV from Samsung or LG, or a Playstation 4 Pro in order to enjoy the full Ultra HD resolution.
Additionally, certain models of LG, Samsung, Sony and HiSense smart TVs and Blu-ray players offer a Stan app for direct access to the streaming service.
Watching the latest shows on Stan is easy on any computer or laptop, as long as you have one of the following browsers installed:
- Google Chrome. Version 42 or higher.
- Mozilla Firefox. Version 38 or above.
- Internet Explorer. Version 10 or higher.
- Safari. Version 7 or higher.
- Microsoft Edge. Version 1 or higher.
- Opera. Version 40 or higher.
For certain browsers, Stan supports HTML5 playback, so you can access the service without any need for plugins or additional software. But with some older browsers, you will need to download and install Microsoft's Silverlight in order to play back video files on your computer. The best way around this is to make sure you're running a more recent browser like Google Chrome, Firefox of Microsoft Edge.Back to top
How much data will Stan use?
The quality of your stream will significantly impact the amount of data you will use while binge-watching the latest season of Sherlock. On a number of devices, Stan will actually let you manually set the quality of your connection via the app's settings, though Stan also automatically adjusts quality based on your Internet connection's speed. If you want to know how much data you will use streaming Stan at the different quality settings, see below:
- Low quality: Approx. 570MB/hour
- Medium quality (SD): Approx. 1.13GB/hour
- High definition (HD): Approx. 2.89GB/hour
If you're watching Stan on a mobile device and don't have access to an unmetered plan, manually adjusting the quality is going to help reduce the amount of data you'll have to pay for.
To change video quality settings, select the settings cog in the Stan app on your device of choice and select the Video Quality option. For the best possible quality for the connection speed, leave it on Auto, but if you want to save your precious data, manually select Low or Medium.
It's important to note that even if you select the high-quality setting, if your connection can't deliver HD, it will automatically drop the quality to try and keep the stream running rather than pause and buffer.
In March 2017, Stan will be launching an offline mode for its Android and iOS apps, which will allow users to download TV and movies to watch without a constant internet connection.Back to top
Stan frequently asked questions
Q: Does using Stan to stream videos count against my data allowance?
A: Yes, Stan is a metered Internet service. It is generally 1.5 Mbps for stream ability and then 2.5 Mbps for a standard definition program. Movies and episodes in HD can be as high as 6.5 Mbps.
Q: How can I switch from HD to SD?
A: Once you begin to watch the streamed video click on the blue HD icon on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. This is a toggle switch for HD. When blue it means HD has been activated and when white it means the content is being broadcast to you in SD.
Q: How can I watch Stan on my television?
A: Stan streams to your television using a compatible mobile device and either Chromecast or Apple TV. It is also compatible with some brands of smart TV and gaming consoles.
Q: Does Stan come with parental controls?
A: Yes, you can control what your children watch through Stan either by using your kids' profiles or by setting your own restrictions by classification.
Q: What are profiles?
A: Stan allows each user in your household to access content through their own profile. This allows you to keep track of what each person has viewed and set restrictions if necessary.
Q: How do I create profiles using Stan?
A: You will need to log into your Stan account and use the "manage account" tab on the right side of the screen. Here you can create, edit and delete profiles.
Q: How many devices can I have connected to my Stan account?
A: You can have up to six different compatible devices and can watch different content on three at the same time. You are also able to add new devices which will automatically replace the oldest registered device.
Q: Does Apple TV or Chromecast count as one of my six devices?
A: No, these are not counted as a compatible device. Computers, iPhones and tablets are all considered devices.
Q: How do I know if new TV shows or movies have been added to Stan’s selections?
A: Stan has "new releases" and "recently added" categories to browse when you are looking for something to watch. You can also sign up for the newsletter which will email you the instant new content has been released.
Q: How far behind the air date are Better Call Saul episodes?
A: Episodes of Better Call Saul should be available for streaming from Stan within hours of being broadcast in the US.
Q: Do I sign a contract when I sign up for Stan?
A: No, there is no contractual agreement between Stan and subscribers. You can cancel at any time.
Q: How do I pay for Stan?
A: Stan accepts payments from Visa, Mastercard and American Express, which you will use when you create your account. That same card will then be used to pay automatically for the service each month on the same date you signed up.
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