How does Stan actually compare to its older semi-sibling? Will this be a one round knock-out, or will Stan and Quickflix call it a draw?
Well, we at comparetv.com.au, are the referees, umpires, judges, and linesmen in this as-yet-unspecified sporting analogy, and we’ll walk you through the contest as it happened.
And it should come as no surprise that in order to maximise their chances of victory, Nine entertainment, already the majority shareholder in Quickflix, has trained up another contender for the royal rumble. That’s right, we’re talking about Stan, the slick, quick, SVOD only competitor, which was born of a union between Nine and Fairfax media, and launched on Australia Day to much fanfare and the personal attention of Rebel Wilson.
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What are they?
Despite Quickflix and Stan sharing the same esteemed parentage in the form of Nine Entertainment co, the two stablemates offer vastly different products with some overlap.
Quickflix has been offering streaming video direct to your home since 2011, which makes it one of the grand old men of all you can eat streaming within Australia, and as far back as 2003, the company has been helping Australians get their movie fix by operating a movies-by-post business, where customers could rent a physical DVD, and have it delivered to their door, to watch and return at their leisure. That business model is still there, but as we’ll see, Quickflix has more than one string to its bow.
Stan, in comparison, has been brought up with a purely 21st century attitude. DVDs are unnecessary and clutter up your living room – no-one wants that. With Stan, it’s internet streaming all the way, with a growing library of top quality films and TV shows for you to enjoy without even leaving the couch.
As we mentioned, Quickflix runs more than one service, and as such, has more than one pricing tier. For old school viewers, those who simply like the feel of something solid in their hand, or perhaps just miss the good old days of waiting for the postman to arrive, there’s the DVD option priced at $12.99/month that allows you to rent one disc at a time, $22.99 gets you two, and for $29.99/month, you can have up to three discs out at once. Postage is included in the price, and there is no limit on the number of discs which can be borrowed in a month. If retrieving parcels isn’t for you, and you prefer not to have to wait until the next day to watch your film of choice, Quickflix can stream video directly into your home for a subscription price of $9.99/month. For both DVD delivery and on-demand streaming, you can expect to pay out a not insignificant $19.99/month. You think we’ve finished? We haven’t finished, because Quickflix has one more option for you, and that is premium streaming video rental.
What? Allow us to explain. Although Quickflix does have an extensive library of movies and TV shows available as part of your subscription, occasionally you may want to watch a film which has only just finished showing at the cinema, or perhaps a show that’s still being shown on HBO or Sky Atlantic. If you’re an ethical person, and you absolutely can’t wait to watch it, then you can pay between $3.99 and $5.99 for a full movie, or $2.99 per episode of a TV show.
So what about Stan? While we’d love to dedicate as much space to describing Stan’s pricing structure, we can’t. And that’s because Stan keeps things simple – there’s one service and one price. $10/month gets you unlimited streaming access to TV shows and movies from their online collection. Stan doesn’t do DVDs, and it doesn’t have a premium rental catalogue. If you can find a movie on the Stan website or the app, you can watch it as part of subscription. Simple. You can now try out Stan for free with their latest 30 day free trial offer!
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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.
TV and movies are meant to be shown on the big screen, and provided you have the right equipment, both Stan and Quickflix have you covered. As well as being accessible through PCs and Macs, Quickflix is compatible with most internet connected Sony devices including the PS3, & PS4, Blu-ray players most Smart TVs, and Microsoft’s XBox one. Not all features are available through all hardware and on the PS3 / PS4 for instance, there is no support for HD playback, personal playlists, or premium access.
To watch Stan on your giant TV, you’ll need either a google Chromecast or an Apple TV. Not quite as convenient as Quickflix, but as it’s a new service and is still working on its offering, we’ll give them a pass on this. However, Stan is available on select smart TVs and game consoles.
Both Stan and Quickflix boast extensive compatibility with IOS and Android devices in case you want to catch a show while out and about.
We like Stan and we like Quickflix, but despite sharing some common ground they are both completely different animals (we still haven’t decided what kind of metaphor we’re going for here). Stan has a more limited library, but includes everything at one single price. It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s a one stop solution if you want to watch their selection of top class telly.
Quickflix on the other hand, has a library so huge, we’d struggle to get through it if we watch movies all day, every day for the rest of ours lives. But it comes at a cost, both financially and in terms of convenience. If you want the cutting edge in entertainment, you’ll have to pay extra for it. If you want the bleeding edge, there’s a good chance it’s available through Quickflix, but you’ll have to wait for the postie to come.
|Offers||Flat fee subscription streaming||DVD by post; Flat fee subscription streaming, premium streaming|
|Headline shows||Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Transparent||The Brige, The Returned|
|Compatibility||IOS 7 & 8 Android 4.2 and above. Chromecast, Apple TV Most laptops & desktops using Chrome, Firefox, IE, or Safari. Will not work on: Smart TVs: HP 8 G2, HTC Desire 610, HTC One, HTC One M7 & M8, LG Fino, Sony Xperia Z3, Chromebooks, Linux systems, macs using Chrome||Samsung Smart TV, Panasonic Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Sony Bravia Sony PS3& PS4 XBox 360 & XBox one PCs running XP onwards Macs running OSX 10.6 upwards IOS Android (But not Sony Xperia 21 & Z2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0)|