Stan is getting an offline mode. Today, the streaming service announced plans to bring "thousands of hours" of downloadable content to its customers starting in March. In addition, it has secured the rights to The Cartoon Network's catalogue - including brand-new episodes of Adventure Time and Regular Show. Here are the details.
When Netflix launched its offline viewing feature last year, we predicted other streaming services would quickly follow suit. Stan just proved us right. From March, Stan customers will be able to download content for offline viewing.
Stan subscribers will be able to download available shows and movies via the Stan app on both iOS and Android devices from March. According to the company, the majority of its shows will be available to watch offline, including upcoming original series such as Twin Peaks.
The advantages of this feature are obvious, particularly for people who use Stan on phones or tablets - it means you can watch shows without wasting your mobile data even when no WiFi is available. For parents, this tool will be a godsend with shows from The Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, ABC for Kids and Roadshow all available for offline viewing.
In a further boon to parents (and self-proclaimed geeks), Stan is entering a new partnership with popular children’s channel Cartoon Network. As mentioned, this includes the upcoming seasons of Regular Show and Adventure Time as well as Powerpuff Girls. The deal also includes the entire back catalogue of many popular cartoon shows.
Stan also announced several new original local productions that will stream exclusively on Stan; Wolf Creek Season 2 and a series of comedy specials featuring Wil Anderson, Tom Ballard, Celia Pacquola, Tom Gleeson, Sam Simmons and Judith Lucy. Your move, Netflix.
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