UPDATE: We’ve expanded the suitable units segment of our Stan evaluate. Read on to determine extra.
Now that Australians have spent a while with Stan, it is time to mirror on how neatly the general product has delivered on the subject of its number one purpose – to provide Aussies the streaming video-on-demand enjoy that they have been clamouring for.
Since Stan’s Australia Day release, Aussies have develop into accustomed to what speedy streaming content material is all about, however is that content material as much as snuff? And how does Stan carry out now that it is out within the open and clear of its preview segment?
Then comes the large query: does Stan have what it takes to stay Australians coming again for extra given the preferred of Netflix and its ever rising lineup of 4K unique content material?
Setting up Stan
Getting Stan up and operating is a moderately simple procedure, although you’ll require a couple of issues with a purpose to view the provider to your tv at house.
First of all, you’ll be able to want to make a decision which provider you need to subscribe to. Stan provides 3 choices: Until now, subscribers have get entry to to the $10 a month Stan Standard provider, which provides Full HD streaming and downloading capability to a few units concurrently. This value has now been raised to $12 a month, which a brand new unmarried circulation, usual definition plan taking the $10 entry-level value level.
Now, Stan has a brand new Stan Premium provider, which will provide you with get entry to to 4K Ultra HD content material on 4 monitors concurrently and the power to obtain on 5 units for $15 a month.
If you might be an current buyer who desires to improve your account, merely pass for your app’s settings, click on on ‘Plan’, select your required possibility then hit ‘Save’.
At provide, Stan’s 4K content material can handiest be seen on decided on 4K suitable Sony, Samsung and LG sensible TVs, in addition to the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.
At release, a suitable iOS or Android smartphone or pill was once wanted with a purpose to browse Stan’s content material library, along with an Apple TV or Chromecast media streaming instrument so as to AirPlay or Cast the content material over for your tv.
And, although Stan was once up to now absent from Xbox consoles, the app is now to be had on Xbox One with platform-exclusive options, akin to the power to browse and keep watch over the provider with Kinect’s voice reputation capability (for those who occur to have a release console – the more moderen fashions have got rid of the Kinect capability completely).
It must be famous that whilst Stan is to be had at the Microsoft’s present console, the app continues to be unavailable for closing era’s Xbox 360.
On most sensible of the platforms indexed above, Stan’s checklist of supported units continues to develop, as it is now additionally to be had on a lot of 2012-2016 style Samsung sensible TVs, 2014-2016 style LG sensible TVs and now 2014, 2015 and decided on 2016 style Sony sensible TVs which might be operating the Android TV platform.
Stan has additionally expanded its suitable units checklist to incorporate fortify for decided on 2015 and 2016 style Hisense sensible TVs, and could also be to be had on each and every Hisense TV launched in 2017 and going ahead.
Alternatively, you’ll use your PC or Mac to view Stan’s content material on maximum browsers and circulation it for your Chromecast from there.
Stan has additionally launched a local model of its app for PCs, pills or smartphones operating the Windows 10 platform. This model permits you to use to Cortana voice-assistant to make a choice the displays and flicks you need to look at, or even permits you to pin displays for your Start Menu.
Stan is suitable with iPads operating iOS7 and above from the second one era onwards, in addition to all iPad minis and iPhones from the fourth era onwards.
Most Android telephones from 4.2 onwards are supported, together with lately added fortify for Sony’s Xperia Z1, Z2, Z3 telephones and pills, HTC One M7, M8, M9 and Desire and LG’s G2, LG Optimus L7II smartphones.
In phrases of pills, maximum Android gadgets operating 4.2 and above will paintings, with the exception of the HP 8 G2.
Once you’ve gotten decided on one thing to look at, you’ll get started enjoying it to your telephone or pill, or faucet the AirPlay/Cast icon to throw it for your Apple TV or Chromecast, at which level you’ll put your sensible instrument to sleep.
Though the Stan app for Apple TV to start with lacked the Siri voice seek capability that Netflix has been playing for some time, a brand new up to date has added Siri common seek fortify.
But that isn’t all – Stan is now to be had to circulation at the Roku 2-powered Telstra TV streaming field.
Following on from Netflix, which lately introduced offline viewing to its iOS and Android apps, Stan now lets in customers to pre-download content material to their units to look at whilst they are outdoor of a Wi-Fi community. Best of all, nearly all of Stan’s library is to be had to obtain, in contrast to Netflix which handiest provides a small choice of its library.
This information tells you precisely learn how to obtain your favorite displays throughout the Stan app.
Get that interface up in yo’ face
Anyone who is noticed Netflix’s interface must know what to anticipate with Stan on the subject of capability. Stan is no doubt at the identical enjoying box relating to the provider’s interface.
Admittedly, it is more or less awkward that your highlighted content material field sits on the proper facet of the display screen. On Netflix, the field sits at the left, providing you with a good suggestion of the following batch of titles are available in from the correct to make their method into your highlighted segment. With Stan, having this field at the proper way you haven’t any thought of what is arising – you handiest see a path of titles that you’ve got already handed over at the left of the display screen. More importantly, surfing titles like this feels ugly, like strolling backwards right into a crowd.
That mentioned, maximum the entirety else about Stan’s UI is spectacular. Movie and TV display exposure artwork is all over the place Stan, and it appears to be like extremely slick – its carousel particularly is blank and image-driven, with over part of our iPad’s display screen exhibiting a few of Stan’s most fun content material, like its unique displays Transparent and Mozart within the Jungle, in addition to different top rate dramas like Hannibal and Fargo.
Flicking up at the display screen will display you a variety of genres and collections underneath, akin to Comedy Classics, Best of Australia and World Movies, with titles and poster artwork laid out horizontally so that you can swipe throughout and skim.
Tapping on a display will will let you make a choice the season and episode you need, whilst tapping on a film will provide you with some data display screen the place you’ll press play and soar immediately in.
Options will also be published at the left facet of the display screen by way of tapping the icon within the higher left hand nook, permitting you to modify profiles, browse TV and picture genres, youngsters content material, your watch historical past or your checklist of stored displays (similar to on Netflix), and the higher proper hand comprises a seek bar and get entry to for your profile (once more, similar to on Netflix).
Stan’s Apple TV app is quite other 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 method that is extra in line with Apple TV’s different apps.
That Stan certain has some great options
Unlike its competition, Stan provides you with the choice to select the picture high quality of your circulation on smartphones and pills by means of a cog icon on the backside of your participant window.
You can decide to make use of Stan’s computerized atmosphere for an adaptive bit charge that is adapted to the standard of your connection, or make a choice the SD or HD consistent bit charge encode, relying on whether or not or no longer you’ve got bandwidth to spare.
Though interestingly lacking at release, Stan now provides closed captions on a choice of its displays, that means that listening to impaired other folks can experience no less than a few of its content material – we are hoping that Stan ultimately applies closed captions to its whole catalogue, similar to Netflix has been doing for years.
Stan does not be able to counsel films and displays to you according to your film behavior, which is one in all Netflix’s highest options. And, as a result of there is not any score device carried out, there is not any feeling that any of its ‘trending’ displays are in fact pushed by way of viewership.
Hopefully, a customized ‘beneficial displays’ function is someplace in Stan’s long run.