How to Access Stan and Foxtel Now
On its front page, Stan advertises the fact that you can “watch Stan on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone”. However, you’ll need to dig a little deeper and visit the “help” section to find out if you can genuinely view content from Stan on your favourite device. Chromecast, Apple TV, and most Smart TVs are compatible if you want to start watching on the big screen. Stan is also available on Xbox One, Playstation 3 and 4, Telstra TV, Android TV, and Fetch TV, with more devices on the way.
You may be in the clear if you’re planning to watch on your brand-new Android mobile phone or tablet running the latest edition of the OS, but don’t take it for granted. All Apple devices running iOS 7 and above are okay though.
Stan also officially supports laptops or desktops running Chrome, Firefox, IE, or Safari. But again, you’ll need to look closer. Stan would not run at all on our Chromebook, and it required extensive workarounds to get Stan running on our Linux system. However, Stan has since rolled out an HTML5 version of their web player. This will enable it to work in the Chrome browser on all supported operating systems.
Stan allows streaming to only one screen at a time on the Basic Plan (they don’t require users to register their devices). If you get the Standard Plan you can stream on three devices at the same time, and Premium Plan subscribers can use four.
Foxtel Now is available on a wide range of platforms. Subscribers just need to install the relevant app on their preferred devices. Devices include PC/Macs, mobile devices, Chromecast, PS4, and Telstra TV, along with Foxtel’s own Foxtel Now Box. The Foxtel Play app is still available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 3, recent-model LG, Sony, and Samsung Smart TVs and Samsung Blu-Ray players.
The only drawback here is that Foxtel Now limits the number of devices that can access a particular subscription. Users can register up to five devices they want to use with Foxtel Now and only two screens can be active at any given time.
In short, both Stan and Foxtel Now should be compatible with most devices. However, there are exceptions, not all of which are publicised.