View Finder: Stan together in Electric Dreams
Stan has upped the ante with its original content aspirations, announcing a range of fresh originals including some major international action.
This week was the week that Stan got serious. The streaming joint venture between the nine network and Fairfax has always been a solid offering for Australian streamers, with a wide range of content and some solid international partnerships, but this week the company lifted its game.
Sure the news that Stan was reviving the cultural Aussie film Romper Stomper as a series was big news, and the details about Wolf Creek's second season was also exciting. And let's not forget that the early impressions of Stan's next local production, The Other Guy, seemed to deliver on its promise of laughs and misery.
But the most exciting news, by far, was the fact that Stan has stepped up from just local content into the big international arena. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams sees the service joining forces with Sony Pictures Television to develop a series with some serious Hollywood heavyweight names, including Bryan Cranston and Steve Buscemi.
To be clear, this isn't Stan's own show. Multiple services around the world are throwing in with Sony to make this show a reality, with Amazon Prime getting the US streaming rights and Channel 4 also chipping in for the UK rights.
But this announcement is an exciting pioneer for the future of Stan's original entertainment. While Aussie remakes of older Aussie films are fun and all, there is a level of quality and authority that comes from a show made in the US for a global audience. And with Netflix's original programming expanding every week, banding different services banding together around the world to create exciting new content to rival that investment is a great way to compete.
And coupled with the strategy of selling the IP rights to original shows like No Activity to international audiences, Stan is building a solid bedrock for a successful future. It's unlikely it will ever topple Netflix from the number one position in Australia, but it will continue to do enough to stay relevant in the market.
And that's the waaaay, the news goes
While I'm excited by the prospect of a high-quality international original on my Stan subscription, I was slightly more excited this week by the news that Netflix is bringing Rick and Morty season 3 to Australian internet connections on the Saturday after it airs in the US.
Okay, maybe "excited" isn't quite the right word, given that it's almost a full week of waiting for the exploits of Rick Sanchez and his misfit grandkids, but it's still better than nothing.
In an ideal world, we'd be getting fast-tracked episodes live the second they air in the US, but the commercial realities are that the system isn't quite ready for that yet. But at least an Australian streaming service is aware enough to take advantage of the show's popularity to deliver it in a fairly timely manner.
Trailer of the week: What did happen to Monday?
Seven Noomi Rapaces, a dystopian future setting and Willem Dafoe. It's all I need to get excited by a movie trailer:
And sticking with Netflix, we have a brand new trailer for the third season of Narcos, and it looks incredible.
- Still looking for something to watch? Why not check out our full round-up of the shows launching in August?
Each week, View Finder rounds up the latest news in TV and movie streaming in Australia.