Stan sends out free advanced passes but users quick to point out glitches

stan test inviteNine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media’s video streaming service Stan has sent out advanced access passes to people who had registered an interest with the site this afternoon asking for feedback before its full launch.

Users are already pointing out glitches with the service which include not being supported to play on Google Chrome for Macs and very slow loading times on Safari on those machines.

No official launch date has yet been announced for the service, although its flagship show Better Call Saul is set to debut in the US on February 8, with many suggesting it will go live then.

The invitation has sent out a day after rival service Presto, a collaboration between Foxtel and Seven West Media, went live with new TV content in what promises to be one of the most competitive media battles this year.

The invite read: “You have been selected from the thousands of people who registered interest in Stan to check it out before we launch. You will be able to jump on to Stan ahead of our launch to get a taste of what’s to come whilst we put on the finishing touches. Let us know what you think!

“The choice is yours — be part of this first look, or hang back and get it with the rest of Australia.”

Subscribers are then given an option to register for a free one month trial pass for the service.

Earlier this month the first adverts for Stan started to air, featuring brand ambassador Rebel Wilson.

The service also has Amazon Prime content including shows Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle. The price has been set at $10 per month.

Update: An earlier version of this article suggested issues with the security certificate of Stan, although it has since been confirmed that was caused by one user trying to access the service through a VPN.

Alex Hayes


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