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Netflix, Presto rival ‘Stan’ to launch Aust Day

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The wait to meet Stan is over.

The new subscription video-on-demand service will be available to homes across the nation when it launches on Australia Day.

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The joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with first-run exclusives, award-winning TV shows, classic catalogue, blockbuster movies, and a range of kids content.

The service can be watched in up to full HD on your TV or device, including smartphones and tablets.

Stan rivals other on-demand services.

In December, Foxtel and the Seven Network joined forces to run Presto, in an effort to combat the imminent arrival of Netfix Australia, which is set to launch on March 31.

The deal means television content from the Seven Network will become available on Foxtel’s Presto service, which until recently was a movies on-demand service only.

Stan chief executive officer Mike Sneesby says the new service is “a game-changer” for entertainment in Australia.

With the launch, viewers can take up a special offer, which includes unlimited access to Stan’s entire library of both TV shows and movies for the single price of $10 per month, with a 30-day free trial.

“We know there’s been some speculation about the launch date … we’re really proud to be able to announce that Australia’s newest streaming service will launch on Australia Day,” Mr Sneesby says.

The most anticipated new TV show of 2015, Better Call Saul, the prequel to Breaking Bad, will premiere on Stan on February 9, fast-tracked from the US.

However there’s no word yet on how Stan actually differs from existing Australian services, like Quickflix, Presto, Netfix or Ezyflix.

The “face of Stan”, Australian actress Rebel Wilson, says: “Australians will now have a streaming service like the kickass ones we already have in the US.”

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