Netflix vs Stan: What is the best streaming service?


Updated on 22nd August 2019

Is it possible to choose between Netflix vs Stan? How do their streaming TV libraries stack up? What about their monthly subscription prices? What devices can you watch them on? How easy are they to use? Are there any features that put one ahead of the other? Read on to find out how these two excellent services compare!

Netflix Australia vs Stan

It wasn’t long ago that streaming television in Australia was an impossibility, so to have advanced to the point where we now have multiple streaming platforms with enormous libraries of content is a huge step forward. Netflix has taken the world by storm while Stan has done the same thing in Australia, and they are both worthy choices – so which one best suits you?

It comes down to a number of things, be it the content that they offer, how easy they are to use, the cost, the availability, or anyone of numerous other factors. To simplify what can be at times a difficult decision, we’ve laid each of these factors out below to make it easier for you to settle on either Netflix or Stan.

What movies and shows are on Stan?

Stan launched in Australia back in January 2015 and offers unlimited viewing from a big library. Its parent company StreamCo is co-owned by Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media – meaning it has access to some well-known titles. These include exclusive offerings like:

  • Electric Dreams 
  • Billions
  • Better Call Saul
  • Will & Grace
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • The Detour
  • Black Sails
  • Good Behaviour and Friends
  • iZombie
  • White Famous and the new season of Twin Peaks

What Aussie Content is on Stan?

Australian content includes shows from the hilarious Summer Heights High to more serious dramas like Rake. Check out some of the Australian content on Stan below. 

  • Rake
  • Summer Heights High
  • Frontline
  • The Hollowmen,
  • Underbelly,
  • Mother & Son 
  • Love Child.

What Original Stan is available on Stan?

Stan has begun producing its own content, too – so far with the half-hour comedy series No Activity and two seasons of the high-budget horror-drama series Wolf Creek. Most recently, Stan’s 6-part series sequel to the movie Romper Stomper was launched.

On the cinematic front, Stan delivers modern titles like John WickKill SwitchSan AndreasThe Zookeeper’s Wife and Miss Sloane as well as older favourites like Men In BlackJumanjiGhostbusters and Jerry Maguire.

What Can I watch on Netflix Australia?

Meanwhile, Netflix Australia offers dozens of its own award-winning titles from the juggernaut political series House of Cards to one of Marvel’s many series such as Daredevil. Check out some of the content you can watch on Netflix Australia below.

  • House of Cards 
  • The Crown 
  • Altered Carbon
  • Jessica Jones
  • Daredevil 

Australian-produced content available on Netflix includes OffspringThe Time of Our Lives and Glitch.

Netflix Plans

Premium
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel Anytime
  • Service Only Plan
  • 8 Content Genres
$19.99/mth
Min Cost - $19.99 over 1 month

Standard
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Service Only Plan
  • 8 Content Genres
$13.99/mth
Min Cost - $13.99 over 1 month

Basic
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Service Only Plan
  • 8 Content Genres
$9.99/mth
Min Cost - 9.99 over 1 month

Which Streaming Service has the best content?

Looking at the libraries, it’s clear that Netflix offers Australian viewers more content. However, SVoD libraries aren’t static offerings. Companies buy, swap and extend broadcasting rights to certain programmes and movies. In that light, the perceived value of any SVoD service becomes quite subjective. Libraries change – and so does what the viewers enjoy.

Stan’s library is smaller than Netflix’s but offers far more content for niche audiences, including foreign and arthouse films as well as less mainstream TV shows. There’s a bit of crossover between the two, but with Netflix’s library dominated by their original shows and movies, Stan tends to be the first port of call for more classic material. Netflix got off to a slow start in Australia, but their local library is now very large and frequently updated.

Stan vs Netflix: Devices and Apps

Stan is available on a wide range of devices, including both iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. It’s also available on laptop and desktop computers with modern browsers. Apple Airplay and Google’s Chromecast are also compatible with Stan’s mobile apps. Additionally, Stan has apps available for select Smart TVs, current gaming consoles, Apple TV, Fetch TV and Telstra TV, and there is also now an Android TV app that works even on imported Android based streaming boxes like the Nvidia Shield.

Device Available? User Guide
PCs and Macs Yes
Mobile Devices Yes
Apple TV Yes
Telstra TV Yes
Fetch TV Yes
Android TV Yes
Chromecast Yes
Gaming Consoles Yes Xbox One, PS3, PS4
Smart TVs Yes Hisense, Sony, LG, Samsung

Netflix has apps available for just about every device. It’s available on most modern smartphones and tablets, modern browsers, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players and Smart TVs, as well as Windows 10 via a dedicated app. It’s clear that Netflix has had years of development to refine their streaming technologies.

Device Available? User Guide
Apple TV Yes
Chromecast Yes
Smart TVs Yes Select Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony
Gaming Consoles Yes PS3, PS4, PS VITA, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Nintendo Wii U
Fetch TV Yes
Blu-ray Players Yes
Select LG, Samsung, Sony
iOS/Android devices Yes
Telstra TVYes
iQ4 Set Top BoxYes
Windows Phone Yes
PCs and Mac Yes
Microsoft Windows XP 3 or later; Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later (Google Chrome 37+, Firefox 3+, Safari 8+, Internet Explorer 6+, Microsoft Edge)
Amazon Fire TVYes
Vodafone TVYes

What Streaming Service has the best Video Quality?

Stan needs a minimum connection of 2Mb/s for streaming. For buffer-free viewing, they recommend a 3Mb/s connection for standard definition. At 1080p, subscribers need a minimum broadband connection of 7.5Mb/s for buffer-free HD display, while those streaming at 4K will want a connection capable of at least 15Mb/s.

Netflix adjusts streaming quality based on the connection available. It also depends on the subscription package – more on that below. The minimum recommended broadband speed is 1.5Mb/s for standard definition. This moves up to 25Mb/s for subscribers making use of 4K streaming.

4K Content from Stan and Netflix

Speaking of 4K, both Netflix and Stan offer a selection of Ultra HD shows and movies to stream on your new 4K smart TV – if you have a fast enough broadband connection. Stan’s 4K library is still very small – but growing steadily, and showcased by original productions Wolf Creek and Romper Stomper which were both made in the format. Netflix, meanwhile, has plenty of 4K content – including most of their original productions – with some available to stream in HDR if your TV supports it.

How much does Stan Cost?

Stan’s entry-level rate of $10/month is now called the Basic plan. This price gives you access to the entire library in standard definition and viewing on one screen at a time – just sign up and start watching. New subscribers also get a 30-day free trial. The Basic plan is great for those watching on mobile devices, but there’s also a $12 Standard plan (HD available and 3 screens) and a Premium plan for $15 (HD and 4K available, 4 screens). Currently, no Australian ISPs offers unmetered access to Stan’s content.

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How much does Netflix Cost?

Netflix offers three tiers of subscriptions. The Basic plan brings the full catalogue to a single screen for $9.99/month. The Standard pack is $13.99/month and enables streaming to two screens simultaneously. And the Premium pack brings streaming to up to four screens for $17.99/month. Again, there are no lock-in contracts, and new users can check out Netflix for free for 30 days. Netflix limits HD viewing to Standard subscribers, and Ultra HD (4K) to the Premium plan. Both iiNet and Optus have offered broadband packs with unmetered viewing for Netflix in the past, but both ISPs now let their unlimited-download plans get customers the same result.

Do Netflix and Stan offer Free Trials?

The sign-up processes for both services are very simple and take about one minute. They also both offer a 30-day trial experience from the day of sign-up. One difference is that Netflix gives you the opportunity to pay with PayPal. It also offers to remind you when your trial expires.

If you’re a Telstra customer, you can actually use your existing Telstra customer account to sign up to Netflix and have all of your bills under the one monthly payment. This saves you having to remember multiple monthly payments and especially passwords. Telstra also offer this service for Kayo Sports, that’s if you’re interested in adding on a sports streaming TV service to your monthly streaming TV subscriptions.

All in all, both TV streaming offers are pretty appealing. But if you still want more, you can check out the table below!

Streaming TV & Movies Plans

Basic
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 1 Content Genres
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Pay Per View
  • No Subscription Fee
  • Service Only Plan
  • 8 Content Genres
$/ days
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title

Entry Pack - Foxtel Now from Telstra
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 5 Content Genres
$25/mth
Min Cost - Min Cost - $25 over 1 month

Basic - Stan on Telstra
  • Telstra Plus Silver members get 3 months free
  • Telstra Plus Gold members get 6 months free
  • Service Only Plan
  • 7 Content Genres
$0/mth
Min Cost - $0 for Telstra Plus Silver (3 months) and Gold members (6 months), $10/mth afterwards

Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 6 Content Genres
$6.95/mth
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial

Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 7 Content Genres
$6.99/mth
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial

Monthly Subscription
  • 1 Month Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 4 Content Genres
$9.99/mth
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month

Stan vs Netflix: Key Features

Stan makes it easy to find shows and movies across a range of genres and it lets subscribers add content to a list for later viewing. The interface also delivers brief descriptions, classifications and viewing times. Additionally, Stan offers suggestions based on what both you and other customers have viewed. This works well when combined with the “my list” feature. Maybe you start watching one movie and Stan suggests something similar. Instead of writing it down, you just click a button and Stan remembers the title for later.

Netflix features a personalised online interface that offers viewing options based on subscriber feedback. Users can rate what they watch with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and get recommendations based on their feedback. You can also add programs and movies to your list for later viewing. Netflix’s apps have a consistent look and feel no matter what device you’re using, with full-motion previews playing as you browse through content and suggestions for what to watch next displayed at the end of each episode or movie.

Choosing Between Stan and Netflix

Both Stan and Netflix offer compelling reasons to sign up. The content they provide is excellent and the availability is improving all the time.

On one hand, Stan delivers a massive content library. Many well-known titles are exclusive to Stan, making this a valuable selling point. The interface is slick and easy to use, and their library offers a lot of content that you’re not going to find anywhere else.

Netflix offers a vast library of shows and movies including a seemingly endless list of originals that you can’t see anywhere else. Like Stan, the service keeps track of what you’re watching, so if you’re interrupted you can find where you left off without a fuss. Netflix also offers suggestions based on your viewing habits and customer ratings. When comparing on self-produced content and technical slickness, Netflix also has the lead. The buffer-less viewing makes watching movies and series a breeze, while the $9.99 entry point is easily affordable.

Netflix and Stan Customer Service

Stan offers an extensive and growing help service. The Stan Help Service is streamlined and easy to navigate. Every article offers links to helpful resources. Subscribers can submit written help requests and even files directly through the help interface, and support through Facebook is lightning-fast. As usual, lost passwords are easily recovered using an automated email system.

The Netflix Help Centre offers subscribers quick links to frequently-asked questions. These are alongside with a searchable library of helpful answers. Users can chat with an online representative, after about a one-minute wait. Customers can also call Netflix directly, with a one-minute wait time in most cases. Lost passwords are easily resolved, with subscribers getting email support in seconds.

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