Subscription streaming services like Netflix and Stan generally refuse to disclose how many hours of content they offer, but those numbers can be a useful raw metric for deciding who provides the best value. Streaming search app Gyde has toted up the numbers on the five main services in Australia right now. Who comes out on top?
Here are Gyde's figures for the number of hours of TV and movies available on Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Presto, Foxtel Play and Quickflix.
Here's that same information in a shiny chart:
Stan (a joint venture with Fairfax, owner of Lifehacker's publisher Allure Media) comes out on top of this comparison, but Gyde's announcement notes that Netflix has been adding content rapidly since its launch last month. Stan has the largest amount of Australian content, while Foxtel Play has the largest proportion of more recent TV series.
The number of hours isn't the only metric: the range of choices is also important. As we noted in a recent analysis, none of these services do well with recent box office hit movies — that's a market where you still need to buy outright or rent.