First, a confession. If we don’t include Quickflix’s DVD business, it’s very difficult to get hold of any figures on exactly how many titles are available from either provider. So this morning, we did what any top quality comparison site would do. We took a deep breath and delved into the online catalogues of both Stan and Quickflix, and we counted every single title in every single category. These numbers may be slightly on the high side, as some Stan titles are listed in multiple categories, and Quickflix lists each series of a show as a separate entry – but take it from us, these are the most reliable figures you’ll find online. Here we go: Quickflix has 895 TV series and movies in its subscription streaming library, with an additional 1381 available to rent. There are also over 50,000 titles only available to DVD subscribers
Stan has 670 listed movies and 320 listed TV shows, plus 123 different shows specifically for kids. But as we mentioned, this number may be a little high due to overlapping categories. Obviously, numbers don’t mean everything. And it’s the quality of what’s on that counts – no-one wants to be in Bruce Springsteen’s situation, with 57 channels and nothing on.As a newcomer on the scene, Stan has invested heavily in its launch lineup. A deal with Sony Pictures has made Stan the exclusive SVOD home for ‘Breaking Bad’ in Australia, and if the exploits of New Mexico lowlifes are your cup of tea, then you’ll be doubly pleased to hear that Stan will also be showing ‘Better Call Saul’. The series follows the trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Saul Goodman and is set six years before he meets Walter White.
Stan is also proud to stick its own ‘First on Stan’ label onto series including ‘Transparent’ – which follows the story of an unconventional family each struggling to come out with their own secrets; the orchestrally themed ‘Mozart In The Jungle‘ and ‘Lost Girl’ – in which Bo, a bisexual succubus must work out who she can trust in the fairy kingdoms hidden from view in human cities.
The movies section includes all 24 major James Bond films, ‘Three Days to Kill,’ and ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’.
The truly excellent kids’ section has a selection of family friendly movies and TV content divided up by age, so whether you’re looking for something for your toddler or your tweenager, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find something they’ll like.
Just because Quickflix has been around for a while doesn’t mean that the service has been neglecting its content. Dive into its listings and you’ll find “Ja’ime – private schoolgirl”, six series of ‘Doctor Who’, and two series of Scandinavian detective drama, ‘The Bridge’. While the latest shows available on subscription were made in 2013, if you stroll over to the premium titles, you’ll see content which is right up to date, including four series of ‘Game of Thrones’, Five series of ‘The Walking Dead’, the latest two series of ‘Doctor Who’, and both series of ‘Orange is the New Black’, alongside movies including Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’.
The DVD service already has six 2015 films ready to ship, most notably ‘Taken 3’, and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai. In the interests of preventing undue strain on your wallets, we should point out that the premium series we mentioned a moment ago will cost in the region of $30 per series to stream, but are included in the DVD subscription.