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Nine and Fairfax’s streaming service Stan signs content deal with BBC Worldwide

Stan logoNine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media’s joint venture streaming service Stan has announced an content agreement that will see a selection of BBC Worldwide programs available on the platform.

BBC WorldwideThe consumer name for the platform was announced last month, with the company also confirming it had secured the exclusive rights to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, with the platform since then announcing other content deals including the streaming rights to Fargo and a deal with SBS which sees its World Movies content available on the platform.

Stan’s agreement with BBC Worldwide appears to be rounding out the back catalogue offering, with series currently under broadcast deals with some Australian networks including Sherlock (Nine), Ripper Street (Ten), Orphan Black (SBS), Top Gear (Nine) and Doctor Who (ABC) available to Stan’s members to watch instantly from the launch of the platform.

There will also be other back catalogue shows including The Office, Gavin and Stacey, The Vicar of Dibley, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers will also be available on the platform alongside dramas Luther, Wallander, Parade’s End and Torchwood.

Children’s content Charlie and Lola and documentaries from David Attenborough and Louis Theroux round out the content. However, none of the titles have been confirmed to be premieres and recent series shown on BBC First, shown on Foxtel locally, such as Peaky Blinders have not been mentioned as part of the deal.

Stan director of content and product Nick Forward said: “Australians have long been entertained by BBC Worldwide’s great slate of programming. Their shows are especially loved by Australians, with British drama and comedy particularly relevant to our audience.

“We’re proud to include such a broad selection of premium content for our members.”

In announcing the deal, Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We’re delighted to be a launch partner for Stan in Australia, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one.”

Titles will be available to watch instantly in full HD on multiple platforms including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones.

A launch date has not been formally announced for the platform, however there is speculation that Nine will push it out before the end of the year to beat the arrival of US streaming giant Netflix locally in March next year.

Stan is set to compete against Netflix, Foxtel’s BoxSets and Presto, with speculation mounting that Networks Ten and Seven will throw their content behind Presto.

Miranda Ward

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