We've been speculating for some time what might happen to Stan's library when Disney+ rolls into Australia. In 2018, Stan and Disney struck an epic content deal to screen Disney and Marvel content, removing it from Netflix's streaming service. But with the news of Disney+'s release in November and Stan's new signing with Paramount Television, this is what a Stan library might look like post-Disney.
Disney has revealed the Australian launch date for its new streaming service, Disney+ - and it's coming much sooner than we all predicted. It will be available this November and it's bound to shake up Australia's streaming scene in a big way with Disney likely scrounging for all its content from the various streaming services, like Stan, Foxtel and Netflix, already hosting its content. Here's everything you need to know, including how much it will cost Aussie subscribers.
What's the situation?
The TL;DR of it all is: Stan has an exclusivity deal with Disney. Disney now wants to release its own streaming service in Australia. This means Stan will no longer have a deal with Disney once the existing licensing agreement expires.
It's a big deal because Stan is currently one of the best places to view Disney, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic content in Australia. (There are a few rogue examples, like the short-lived Netflix-Marvel partnership and select animated titles on Foxtel, but most Disney content can only be streamed on Stan.)
Fortunately, it looks like the company already has a plan in place to fill the gap. Stan recently announced it was partnering with Paramount Television to offer its subscribers an "exclusive multi-year output agreement". This means they'll now have long-term licensing agreements with the television distributor as well as Showtime, Starz and MGM.
So, what can I watch on Stan in the future?
It seems increasingly likely that all Disney, Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic content will no longer be available on Stan in the coming months - but it's due to be replaced with more Paramount Television content.
This means we can expect to see the following confirmed titles:
- Looking For Alaska
- Made for Love
- Station Eleven
- Sexy Beast
- Devil in the White City
- The Vampire Chronicles
- The Great
- Mission: Impossible films
- Transformers films
- Star Trek films
- Top Gun
- The Godfather Trilogy
"Paramount has built a fantastic slate of premium scripted television series in addition to their iconic box office blockbusters, legendary film franchises and library of classics," Stan's CEO, Mike Sneesby, said.
"We're thrilled to expand our relationship with Paramount under this new long-term output agreement as part of our ongoing commitment to bring the world's greatest TV series and movies to Australians."
Note the emphasis on the "long-term" aspect of the quote, which suggests this is Stan's strategy after Disney+ lands in Australia. The interesting thing about Paramount Television is that it partners with Hulu to create content for them such as Catch-22 and the upcoming Looking For Alaska.
Hulu, is of course, owned by Disney, which again suggests Stan might be able to hold on to its Hulu content while Disney+ takes the rest.
The streaming service is understandably tight-lipped for now while the kinks of the situation are ironed out but we'll have a better idea when November comes around.
Lifehacker Australia reached out to Stan for comment about what might happen to its Hulu content once Disney+ is released.
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