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, Village Roadshow, Starz and Lionsgate. 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.
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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 30 days 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 across Smart TVs, gaming consoles, desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and more.
Stan also launched 4K streaming in April 2017, which requires a compatible 4K TV from Sony, LG, Samsung or Hisense in order to enjoy Stan in full Ultra HD resolution.
Last updated 19 June 2018
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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 launched an offline mode for its Android and iOS apps, which allows users to download TV and movies to watch without a constant internet connection.
For more information on Stan's date usage, we've broken it all down in another guide.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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