When streaming service Stan was announced last November, it was said to be launching in early 2015. We now have a date for the launch — January 26.
Stan's launch comes just weeks after Foxtel launched its similar Presto service. At $10 a month for both movies and TV, it looks slightly better value than Presto, which charges $14.95 for both TV and movies, or $9.95 for a TV-only or movie-only version.
The rush to market by both services is heavily influenced by the imminent arrival of dominant streaming service Netflix, which will launch in Australia before the end of March. Netflix hasn't announced local pricing, but it seems likely that it will also come in around $10.
We'll have a full comparison between Presto, Stan and Quickflix next week.
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