Stan announces new shows but fails to secure The Grand Tour

Streaming service Stan has secured the exclusive rights to US shows Preacher and Underground as well as the full series of Seinfeld, however it is understood it will not be showing highly-anticipated Amazon series The Grand Tour.


While Stan has secured rights to other Amazon original shows including Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, the US giant is understood to be closely guarding the new car show starring the former hosts of Top Gear, which will begin airing globally from next week.

That move increases speculation in market that Amazon will launch a version of its streaming service locally in the next few weeks or a pay-per download strategy, or risk triggering a wave of piracy from people eager to see the new show.

In a deal with Sony, Stan has secured the first-run rights to AMC’s Preacher, developed by Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, with all episodes of season one to drop at once next month while season two of the US show will be fast-tracked.

The adaption of the comic book series, Preacher stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun in an action packed supernatural blockbuster.

The platform has also acquired the rights to season one of historical drama Underground, which tells the story of a group of escaping slaves,  which will start streaming in January 2017.

Starring Australia’s Jessica De Gouw, season one was ranked as WGN America’s most watched original series, with season two to be fast-tracked on Stan in 2017.

And the service also unveiled something for comedy fans with every episode of cult classic Seinfeld to stream on the service from this Friday, November 11.

Stan is co-owned by Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment Co, which has its upfronts this afternoon.



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