F.Y.I.

SBS and World Movies to be available on streaming service Stan

Stan logoSBS has announced it will be taking its World Movies channel, also available on Foxtel, to Nine’s new streaming service Stan.

World Movies will be included in Stan’s yet to be announced monthly price, and will join SBS series and Australian-made productions including Housos, World Movies logoWilfred and Better Man in the Stan content library.

World Movies will remain a linear Foxtel channel, with titles to appear on the Foxtel channel before being available on Stan.

SBS CEO Michael Ebeid said: “Diversity is at the heart of SBS and we are thrilled that many of SBS’s original productions will form part of the launch lineup for Stan. We are big believers in the power of locally made Australian television and see Stan as contributing to the ongoing strength of our television landscape.”

The multi-year licensing agreement will also see SBS provide European dramas The Killing, The Bridge and Prisoners of War to the service.

SBS general manager of subscription TV Chris Keely said: “World Movies has long been Australia’s home of international film, showcasing the best films from around the world. World-class content continues to be a key driver to digital platforms, making Stan a natural home for World Movies.”

Earlier this month Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax’s joint venture StreamCo announced the consumer brand Stan and revealed it had secured streaming rights to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Stan also has the streaming rights to Fargo which SBS has the first run rights to.

CEO of Stan Mike Sneesby said: “Diversity is at the heart of SBS and we are thrilled that many of SBS’s original productions will form part of the launch lineup for Stan. We are big believers in the power of locally made Australian television and see Stan as contributing to the ongoing strength of our television landscape.”

The announcement follows Foxtel dumping fellow SBS subscription channel Studio in favour of replacing it with its own produced arts channel, Foxtel Arts HD. Studio will move to SBS One in special programming blocks.

It also follows on from US streaming giant Netflix officially announcing its intentions to launch locally in March next year which will see the local market get more competitive, with Netflix set to compete alongside Stan, Foxtel’s BoxSets , with increasing  speculation Networks Ten and Seven could be set to join its Presto streaming subscription service.

Miranda Ward

 

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