Now that Australians have spent a while with Stan, it is time to replicate on how nicely the ultimate product has delivered when it comes to its major aim – to provide Aussies the streaming video-on-demand expertise that they have been clamouring for.
Since Stan’s Australia Day launch, Aussies have change into accustomed to what prompt streaming content material is all about, however is that content material as much as snuff? And the way does Stan carry out now that it is out within the open and away from its preview part?
Then comes the large query: does Stan have what it takes to maintain Australians coming again for extra given the favored of Netflix and its ever rising lineup of 4K authentic content material?
Getting Stan up and operating is a reasonably simple course of, although you’ll require a couple of issues in an effort to view the service in your tv at house.
Initially, you may must resolve which service you wish to subscribe to. Stan presents three choices: Till now, subscribers have entry to the $10 a month Stan Normal service, which presents Full HD streaming and downloading performance to a few gadgets concurrently. This value has now been raised to $12 a month, which a brand new single stream, commonplace definition plan taking the $10 entry-level value level.
Now, Stan has a brand new Stan Premium service, which will provide you with entry to 4K Extremely HD content material on 4 screens concurrently and the flexibility to obtain on 5 gadgets for $15 a month.
Should you’re an present buyer who needs to improve your account, merely go to your app’s settings, click on on ‘Plan’, decide your required possibility then hit ‘Save’.
At current, Stan’s 4K content material can solely be seen on chosen 4K suitable Sony, Samsung and LG good TVs, in addition to the PlayStation four Professional and Xbox One X.
At launch, a suitable iOS or Android smartphone or pill was wanted in an effort to browse Stan’s content material library, along with an Apple TV or Chromecast media streaming system in order that you may AirPlay or Solid the content material over to your tv.
Fortunately, the Stan app has made its technique to the Apple TV, PS3 and PS4, permitting customers to browse the streaming service’s content material library on their TV screens.
And, although Stan was beforehand absent from Xbox consoles, the app is now obtainable on Xbox One with platform-exclusive options, equivalent to the flexibility to browse and management the service with Kinect’s voice recognition performance (in the event you occur to have a launch console – the newer fashions have eliminated the Kinect performance totally).
It needs to be famous that whereas Stan is obtainable on the Microsoft’s present console, the app remains to be unavailable for final technology’s Xbox 360.
On prime of the platforms listed above, Stan’s record of supported gadgets continues to develop, because it’s now additionally obtainable on numerous 2012-2016 mannequin Samsung good TVs, 2014-2016 mannequin LG good TVs and now 2014, 2015 and chosen 2016 mannequin Sony good TVs which can be operating the Android TV platform.
Stan has additionally expanded its suitable gadgets record to incorporate assist for chosen 2015 and 2016 mannequin Hisense good TVs, and can be obtainable on each Hisense TV launched in 2017 and going ahead.
Alternatively, you should use your PC or Mac to view Stan’s content material on most browsers and stream it to your Chromecast from there.
Stan has additionally launched a local model of its app for PCs, tablets or smartphones operating the Home windows 10 platform. This model helps you to use to Cortana voice-assistant to pick out the reveals and flicks you wish to watch, and even helps you to pin reveals to your Begin Menu.
Stan is suitable with iPads operating iOS7 and above from the second technology onwards, in addition to all iPad minis and iPhones from the fourth technology onwards.
Most Android telephones from four.2 onwards are supported, together with just lately added assist for Sony’s Xperia Z1, Z2, Z3 telephones and tablets, HTC One M7, M8, M9 and Want and LG’s G2, LG Optimus L7II smartphones.
By way of tablets, most Android models operating four.2 and above will work, except for the HP eight G2.
As soon as you have chosen one thing to look at, you can begin taking part in it in your cellphone or pill, or faucet the AirPlay/Solid icon to throw it to your Apple TV or Chromecast, at which level you may put your good system to sleep.
Although the Stan app for Apple TV initially lacked the Siri voice search performance that Netflix has been having fun with for some time, a brand new up to date has added Siri common search assist.
However that is not all – Stan is now obtainable to stream on the Roku 2-powered Telstra TV streaming field.
Following on from Netflix, which just lately introduced offline viewing to its iOS and Android apps, Stan now permits customers to pre-download content material to their gadgets to look at whereas they’re outdoors of a Wi-Fi community. Better of all, virtually all of Stan’s library is obtainable to obtain, in contrast to Netflix which solely presents a small number of its library.
This information tells you precisely find out how to obtain your favorite reveals throughout the Stan app.
Get that interface up in yo’ face
Anybody who’s seen Netflix’s interface ought to know what to anticipate with Stan when it comes to performance. Stan is unquestionably on the identical taking part in area on the subject of the service’s interface.
Admittedly, it is type of awkward that your highlighted content material field sits on the proper facet of the display screen. On Netflix, the field sits on the left, providing you with a good suggestion of the following batch of titles are available from the appropriate to make their method into your highlighted part. With Stan, having this field on the appropriate means you haven’t any concept of what is arising – you solely see a path of titles that you have already handed over on the left of the display screen. Extra importantly, shopping titles like this feels disagreeable, like strolling backwards right into a crowd.
That mentioned, most all the pieces else about Stan’s UI is spectacular. Film and TV present publicity artwork is throughout Stan, and it seems to be extremely slick – its carousel specifically is clear and image-driven, with over half of our iPad’s display screen displaying a few of Stan’s most fun content material, like its unique reveals Clear and Mozart within the Jungle, in addition to different premium dramas like Hannibal and Fargo.
Flicking up on the display screen will present you a spread of genres and collections under, equivalent to Comedy Classics, Better of Australia and World Motion pictures, with titles and poster artwork laid out horizontally so that you can swipe throughout and browse.
Tapping on a present will allow you to select the season and episode you need, whereas tapping on a film will provide you with some info display screen the place you may press play and soar straight in.
Choices may be revealed on the left facet of the display screen by tapping the icon within the higher left hand nook, permitting you to modify profiles, browse TV and film genres, youngsters content material, your watch historical past or your record of saved reveals (identical to on Netflix), and the higher proper hand comprises a search bar and entry to your profile (once more, identical to on Netflix).
Stan’s Apple TV app is barely totally different to the pill and smartphone model, in that it lists its sections alongside the highest of the display screen, with genres and content material specified by a mode that is extra according to Apple TV’s different apps.
That Stan certain has some good options
In contrast to its rivals, Stan offers you the choice to decide on the picture high quality of your stream on smartphones and tablets through a cog icon on the backside of your participant window.
You possibly can choose to make use of Stan’s automated setting for an adaptive bit charge that is tailor-made to the standard of your connection, or select the SD or HD fixed bit charge encode, relying on whether or not or not you’ve got bandwidth to spare.
Although curiously lacking at launch, Stan now presents closed captions on a number of its reveals, which means that listening to impaired folks can get pleasure from a minimum of a few of its content material – we hope that Stan ultimately applies closed captions to its whole catalogue, identical to Netflix has been doing for years.
Stan does not have the flexibility to suggest films and reveals to you based mostly in your film habits, which is considered one of Netflix’s finest options. And, as a result of there is no ranking system carried out, there is no feeling that any of its ‘trending’ reveals are literally pushed by viewership.
Hopefully, a personalised ‘really useful reveals’ function is someplace in Stan’s future.