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Since 2021 Australians have yet another sports streaming service on the scene. The Nine-owned Stan streaming service announced it would be launching Stan Sport back in 2020.
The announcement was made after striking a deal with the Australian Rugby Union, securing a smorgasbord of rugby broadcast rights. Shortly after Stan Sport confirmed it had also picked up some tennis.
How much does Stan Sport cost?
When Stan Sport first launched it cost $10 per month, though it has since received a price rise in 2023 and now costs $15 per month.
The other problem is you can only subscribe to Stan Sport as an add-on to an existing Stan subscription.
Regular Stan memberships are between $10 and $21 per month. So the true cost of Stan Sport is from $25 per month to $36 per month. It's frustrating that you can't subscribe to the sport option alone.
What is on Stan Sport?
Stan first announced it would be securing all the rugby union on the Australian calendar and more in an exclusive deal until 2024. It then went after the tennis first securing the French Open and Wimbledon.
Since then it has added the remaining tennis Grand Slams and most other non sanctioned ATP and WTA tennis events. It also secured UEFA football rights for both the Champions League and the Europa League until June 2024.
The last sports Stan has added include a range of motorsport plus the Professional Fighters League and UCI Cycling.
Stan Sport has also had boxing PPVs. It first had this in 2022 with Sonny Bill Williams vs Barry Hall and Sonny Bill Williams vs Mark Hunt. Stan Sport has another boxing PPV on 7 October 2023 called Battle on the Reef which will feature several NRL players including Jason Taumalolo, Junior Paulo, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Tevita Pangai Jr.
Why you don't need Stan Sport to watch tennis Grand Slams or the Wallabies
Although Stan Sport is the primary broadcaster for all of these events, it still shows every Wallabies game and tennis grand slam final on 9Now and the Nine Network.
Part of that is thanks to Australia's Anti-siphoning laws, which force the Wallabies and the likes of the Australian Open to be available on free-to-air.
Parts of every tennis Grand Slam including every final also are usually on Gem.
Even the likes of the Super Rugby has continued to have 1 weekly Saturday game shown on free-to-air.
So unless you're a fanatic and want to watch every rugby or tennis match, free-to-air can still suffice.
Stan Sport free trial
Stan Sport does not have a free trial anymore. When it first launched there was a 7-day free trial for Stan Sport, but it has since been removed.
The main Stan platform has a 30-day free trial for new users, but if you want to sign up for Stan Sport, you have to pay straight away.
Stan Sport compatible devices
Stan Sport is available on a wide range of devices. Of course it's compatible with your regular iOS and Android devices along with Mac and PC. In addition to those Stan Sport is available on:
Set-top boxes and streaming hardware
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Fetch TV
- Telstra TV
- Xbox One
- Xbox One S
- Xbox One X
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Android TVs
Why did Stan get into sport?
Stan and Foxtel are the 2 streaming services in Australia that rely the most on third party content. Due to the launch of so many new streaming services that took content away from Stan it moved into sport.
When Disney Plus launched, Stan lost the rights to all of its Marvel, Star Wars and Disney content. Then with the launch of Disney Plus channel, Star, things like Grey's Anatomy, Family Guy and the Deadpool movies also left.
Some of Stan's other premium shows like Yellowstone and Billions are owned by Showtime which will also eventually leave to its owner Paramount Plus.
Sports broadcast rights in Australia are also extremely valuable as seen by the success of Optus Sport and Kayo Sports so far. The most watched broadcasts in Australia have been for sport, with that means big advertising dollars.
How does Stan Sport compare?
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