Australian streaming service Stan has been loading up their programming with tons of great TV shows and movies as of late, with a strong focus on exclusive content and Originals. If you've recently jumped on board (Preacher or Twin Peaks draw you in?), you might not be familiar with all the tricks and shortcuts you can use.
Here's the best ones we use all the time -- from finding 4K content to downloading your favourite shows.
How to download Stan shows (for when you've got no Internet)
You can download TV shows and Movies using the Stan iOS and Android mobile apps - perfect if you don't have Wi-Fi or want to save data for your long commutes to work and school. To download, you just need to click the "Download" button on a title page, which will put the title into "My Downloads". Once you start watching, you need to finish watching within 48 hours, and downloads remain in your memory for 30 days, before they need to be redownloaded. Load up just before a holiday!
Find out what's new on Stan with ease
Like all good streaming services, Stan's newest programming is easy to find by simply clicking 'New Additions' in the search threads. You can also find both First on Stan and Stan Originals by scrolling through the main page. About halfway down, Stan curate their big shows all together. Unfortunately, you can't just search for them.
How to find Stan 4K content
If you own an Ultra HD TV, type "4K" in Stan's search bar to see a full list of TV shows and movies available in 4K resolution. You can get nice and bloody with Ash vs Evil Dead and Wolf Creek, with Stan periodically adding more titles in 4K.
Search via Cast Member
In the details page on any series or movie, you can click on a cast member's name to see all their available content. Neat way to track your favourites. (After watching Deadwood, I did this with Ian McShane and found that John Wick was also on the service! Boo-yah!)
How to stop Stan from buffering all the time
Stan requires a minimum internet speed of 0.6Mbps but a good picture requires around 2.0Mbps. With ADSL2 and the NBN, you should be right but if you constantly run into playback errors and loading times are poor, it might be worth changing the quality of your stream. Stan lets you do this by heading to Settings and changing between Low and Medium (Standard Definition), High (High Definition) and Ultra (Ultra High Definition). UHD is only available to Premium subscribers.
Take note, UHD will run your data usage up about 7GB per hour, while High (2.89GB), Medium (1.13GB) and Low (0.57GB) are far less data-hungry.
To binge or not to binge?
If you are the kind of person that likes to take shows at their own pace, you can easily switch off 'autoplay' in the settings during video playback. Once your video is playing, hit the settings cog and flick it off. On the flip side, if you want Stan to just let you watch without bugging you and asking if you're still watching, on the TV app you can turn it off and run through your marathon interrupted.
How to access Stan's Closed Captions
During video playback, if closed captions are available, there will be a small CC logo next to the time bar. Click on that and you'll have access to Stan's subtitles. Unlike Netflix, you can't change their appearance, but they are a simple white on black bar, so there shouldn't be too many issues.
Create restricted accounts for the kids
To create a Kids account, you just need to go to 'Manage Account' and click through to the 'Profiles' tab. Once there, you can create a Kids account that will allow access purely to kids content. To switch back to a Primary Account, a PIN will be required. Keep the kids away from UnREAL...
How to delete Stan titles from your Watch History
If your account is in use by multiple people in the house and you're not keen on letting everyone know you're addiction to RuPaul's Drag Race then you can head to your Watch History and remove the titles by clicking on 'remove'. Easy as that - and also handy if you've binge-cheated on your partner.
Use Siri to control Stan
If you've got the Stan app on Apple TV 4, you can use Siri to launch the app ("Play Stan"), search for specific titles or genres ("Find [Title]/[Genre]"), or even play specific episodes with specific cast members ("Play the episode of [Title] with [Actor]")! In addition, Siri can fast forward, rewind and start from the beginning using commands such as "Fast-forward ten minutes" or "rewind five minutes".
Or throw out "What did he just say?" and Siri will jump back and display the subtitles of what was just said. Bang!
There'll be no Game of Thrones airing this April to sate your incessant zombie dragon fetish (how did they get the chains down there?), so what ever is a couch potato to do? Find some new shows! With the rise and rise of streaming, it's easier than ever to dig in to a back catalog of TV dramas and Stan have a whole lot of the good stuff.
Here's some of their best TV dramas.
Are there any tips and tricks you use to make browsing Stan easier?