UPDATE: We have expanded the suitable gadgets part of our Stan evaluate. Learn on to search out out extra.
Now that Australians have spent a while with Stan, it is time to replicate on how properly the ultimate product has delivered when it comes to its major aim – to present Aussies the streaming video-on-demand expertise that they have been clamouring for.
Since Stan’s Australia Day launch, Aussies have turn out to be accustomed to what prompt streaming content material is all about, however is that content material as much as snuff? And the way does Stan carry out now that it is out within the open and away from its preview section?
Then comes the massive query: does Stan have what it takes to maintain Australians coming again for extra given the favored of Netflix and its ever rising lineup of 4K authentic content material?
Getting Stan up and operating is a reasonably easy course of, although you’ll require a couple of issues with a purpose to view the service in your tv at house.
To begin with, you may must resolve which service you need to subscribe to. Stan presents three choices: Till now, subscribers have entry to the $10 a month Stan Customary service, which presents Full HD streaming and downloading performance to 3 gadgets concurrently. This value has now been raised to $12 a month, which a brand new single stream, normal definition plan taking the $10 entry-level value level.
Now, Stan has a brand new Stan Premium service, which will provide you with entry to 4K Extremely HD content material on 4 screens concurrently and the power to obtain on 5 gadgets for $15 a month.
Should you’re an current buyer who desires to improve your account, merely go to your app’s settings, click on on ‘Plan’, choose your required possibility then hit ‘Save’.
At current, Stan’s 4K content material can solely be seen on chosen 4K suitable Sony, Samsung and LG sensible TVs, in addition to the PlayStation four Professional and Xbox One X.
At launch, a suitable iOS or Android smartphone or pill was wanted with a purpose to browse Stan’s content material library, along with an Apple TV or Chromecast media streaming machine in order that you possibly can AirPlay or Forged the content material over to your tv.
And, although Stan was beforehand absent from Xbox consoles, the app is now available on Xbox One with platform-exclusive options, resembling the power to browse and management the service with Kinect’s voice recognition performance (in case you occur to have a launch console – the newer fashions have eliminated the Kinect performance totally).
It must be famous that whereas Stan is accessible on the Microsoft’s present console, the app continues to be unavailable for final technology’s Xbox 360.
On high of the platforms listed above, Stan’s record of supported gadgets continues to develop, because it’s now additionally obtainable on numerous 2012-2016 mannequin Samsung smart TVs, 2014-2016 mannequin LG smart TVs and now 2014, 2015 and chosen 2016 mannequin Sony smart TVs which are operating the Android TV platform.
Stan has additionally expanded its suitable gadgets record to incorporate help for chosen 2015 and 2016 mannequin Hisense sensible TVs, and can be obtainable on each Hisense TV launched in 2017 and going ahead.
Alternatively, you should use your PC or Mac to view Stan’s content material on most browsers and stream it to your Chromecast from there.
Stan has additionally launched a local model of its app for PCs, tablets or smartphones operating the Windows 10 platform. This model helps you to use to Cortana voice-assistant to pick the exhibits and films you need to watch, and even helps you to pin exhibits to your Begin Menu.
Stan is suitable with iPads operating iOS7 and above from the second technology onwards, in addition to all iPad minis and iPhones from the fourth technology onwards.
Most Android telephones from four.2 onwards are supported, together with not too long ago added help for Sony’s Xperia Z1, Z2, Z3 telephones and tablets, HTC One M7, M8, M9 and Need and LG’s G2, LG Optimus L7II smartphones.
When it comes to tablets, most Android items operating four.2 and above will work, apart from the HP eight G2.
As soon as you have chosen one thing to look at, you can begin enjoying it in your cellphone or pill, or faucet the AirPlay/Forged icon to throw it to your Apple TV or Chromecast, at which level you possibly can put your sensible machine to sleep.
Although the Stan app for Apple TV initially lacked the Siri voice search performance that Netflix has been having fun with for some time, a brand new up to date has added Siri common search help.
However that is not all – Stan is now obtainable to stream on the Roku 2-powered Telstra TV streaming field.
Following on from Netflix, which not too long ago introduced offline viewing to its iOS and Android apps, Stan now permits customers to pre-download content material to their gadgets to look at whereas they’re exterior of a Wi-Fi community. Better of all, nearly all of Stan’s library is accessible to obtain, not like Netflix which solely presents a small number of its library.
This guide tells you precisely how you can obtain your favorite exhibits inside the Stan app.
Get that interface up in yo’ face
Anybody who’s seen Netflix’s interface ought to know what to anticipate with Stan when it comes to performance. Stan is certainly on the identical enjoying subject in the case of the service’s interface.
Admittedly, it is form of awkward that your highlighted content material field sits on the proper aspect of the display screen. On Netflix, the field sits on the left, providing you with a good suggestion of the subsequent batch of titles are available in from the correct to make their means into your highlighted part. With Stan, having this field on the correct means you haven’t any thought of what is arising – you solely see a path of titles that you’ve got already handed over on the left of the display screen. Extra importantly, looking titles like this feels disagreeable, like strolling backwards right into a crowd.
That stated, most the whole lot else about Stan’s UI is spectacular. Film and TV present publicity artwork is throughout Stan, and it seems to be extremely slick – its carousel specifically is clear and image-driven, with over half of our iPad’s display screen displaying a few of Stan’s most enjoyable content material, like its unique exhibits Clear and Mozart within the Jungle, in addition to different premium dramas like Hannibal and Fargo.
Flicking up on the display screen will present you a variety of genres and collections beneath, resembling Comedy Classics, Better of Australia and World Films, with titles and poster artwork laid out horizontally so that you can swipe throughout and browse.
Tapping on a present will allow you to select the season and episode you need, whereas tapping on a film will provide you with some info display screen the place you possibly can press play and bounce straight in.
Choices could be revealed on the left aspect of the display screen by tapping the icon within the higher left hand nook, permitting you to change profiles, browse TV and film genres, youngsters content material, your watch historical past or your record of saved exhibits (identical to on Netflix), and the higher proper hand comprises a search bar and entry to your profile (once more, identical to on Netflix).
Stan’s Apple TV app is barely totally different 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 mode that is extra in keeping with Apple TV’s different apps.
That Stan certain has some good options
Not like its opponents, Stan provides you the choice to decide on the picture high quality of your stream on smartphones and tablets through a cog icon on the backside of your participant window.
You’ll be able to decide to make use of Stan’s automated setting for an adaptive bit charge that is tailor-made to the standard of your connection, or select the SD or HD fixed bit charge encode, relying on whether or not or not you may have bandwidth to spare.
Although curiously lacking at launch, Stan now presents closed captions on a number of its exhibits, which means that listening to impaired individuals can take pleasure in at the very least a few of its content material – we hope that Stan finally applies closed captions to its whole catalogue, identical to Netflix has been doing for years.
Stan would not have the power to suggest motion pictures and exhibits to you based mostly in your film habits, which is considered one of Netflix’s finest options. And, as a result of there is no score system applied, there is no feeling that any of its ‘trending’ exhibits are literally pushed by viewership.
Hopefully, a personalised ‘really useful exhibits’ function is someplace in Stan’s future.