View Finder: Stan hikes its price as Foxtel preps for Game of Thrones
Winter is coming to Australia at the same time as the US.
This one isn't GST related though. Instead, Stan has shuffled its plan structure to more closely match that of Netflix, with an entry level tier for a single standard definition stream, an HD level and the 4K premium package.
For users that were originally paying $10 a month for HD content, that price will be increased to $12 per month. The cheapest plan will remain at $10 per month, but you will only get a single SD stream for your troubles, and you can only download to a single device for offline viewing.
For those wanting 4K streams, the premium tier will cost $15 per month and includes four simultaneous streams, downloads to five devices and UHD content (where it's available). That pricing is actually a little bit cheaper than Netflix's offerings now, as you can see from the table below:
|Netflix Tier 1||Stan Tier 1||Netflix Tier 2||Stan Tier 2||Netflix Tier 3||Stan Tier 3|
|Number of streams||1||1||2||3||4||4|
|Number of download devices||1||1||2||3||4||5|
As with Netflix, the price hike is far from unreasonable, even if the justifications for it are slightly less evident. But when it comes down to it, Stan offers a pretty great selection of shows, movies and documentaries to watch, and is well worth the price of entry. Especially given...
Season 2 of Wolf Creek is now shooting
Original Australian programming is always a hot topic for streaming services, but the news this week that Stan has begun production on the second season of its Wolf Creek mini-series is extremely welcome. Given the success of the original series (following the successful two movies), it's no surprise Stan has pushed forward with more tales of predator Mick Taylor.
Joining the cast in the second season is Tess Haubrich (from Alien: Covenant), Matt Day (of Rake and Paper Giants fame), Ben Oxenbould (The Kettering Incident), Laura Wheelwright (Animal Kingdom), Stephen Hunter (from The Hobbit) and Chris Haywood (from Shine and Muriel's Wedding).
But Wolf Creek is just the latest in an ever-growing list of originals Stan has been pushing, from comedy No Activity to the series of stand-up specials, plus the series from Matt Okine dubbed The Other Guy and upcoming shows All Thumbs and Chaperones. And given the investment in content, that recent price hike is looking a bit more justified, wouldn't you say?
Winter is almost here
We're 10 days away from the return of Game of Thrones as I write this, and the hype is ramping up. Exclusive rights holders Foxtel have already sent the ravens announcing that the show will be airing at the same time in Australia as it does on HBO in the US, so it is literally the quickest way to watch the show in Australia.
Unfortunately, time zone differences mean it'll air at 11am on Monday 17 July, which isn't exactly a convenient time to watch the Khaleesi lay waste to the Lannisters, but there will also be a 8:30pm encore on Showtime for both Foxtel and Foxtel Now subscribers.
Trailer of the week: Comic-Con is coming
It has been a fairly quiet week in streaming trailers, but Netflix did drop a series of teasers for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, starting with Stranger Things:
And then there's The Defenders:
Or Death Note, if that's more your style
Or Will Smith's upcoming Bright.
- Still looking for something to watch? Why not check out our full round-up of the shows launching in July?
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