Stan Announces 2017 Line-Up, 4K + Offline Streaming
Australia video streaming player Stan has detailed its for intentions for 2017, confirming that 4K content and offline-access will be coming to the service in the coming months.
The company has slated 4K ultra HD video content for an April rollout to coincide with the new season of popular US series Better Call Saul.
More popular content is expected to be added from there, with the big difference being that Stan are looking to offer 4K support that goes beyond just their own original content.
Originally-produced content constitutes the bulk of 4K content offered by rival Netflix
Though still small compared to global player Netflix, Stan has managed to hold onto a dedicated audience of its own (estimated to be around 600,000) through investments in their own content library. That number looks set to grow, with new US and locally-produced on the cards including:
- Wolf Creek (Season 2)
- Better Call Saul (Season 3)
- The Girlfriend Experience (Season 2)
- Transparent (Season 4)
- Preacher (Season 2)
- iZombie (Season 3)
- Twin Peaks (Season 3)
A lot of the above content is the result of content deals Stan have struck with US companies AMC, Showtime and Amazon.
The latter could prove a sticking point as Amazon continue to expand into the Australian market.
A spokesperson from Stan previously indicated to ChannelNews that Amazon content “will continue to be first run on Stan”.
A six-part comedy special titled “One Night Stan”, is also set to premiere on March 24 and feature Australian comedians Wil Anderson, Tom Ballad, Celia Pacquola, Tom Gleeson, Sam Simmons and Judith Lucy.
The content company also confirmed that they’d struck a deal with US giant Cartoon Network to flesh out their library of content aimed at younger audiences.
Stan’s offline viewing feature will arrive in March, with the majority of its content said to be available for download via the service’s iOS and Android apps.