StreamCo signs deal with MGM, secures streaming rights to Fargo

Stan StreamCo has partnered with TV and film production and distribution company MGM in a multi-year licensing agreement for content that will see Stan, StreamCo’s subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, the exclusive Australian streaming home for the miniseries Fargo.

Earlier this month Nine and Fairfax’s StreamCo revealed its streaming platform’s name and marketing push, revealing it had secured the exclusive rights to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Fargo aired on SBS ONE earlier this year, with its double-billing premiere watched by 255,000, while the show will also air on the free-to-air network before it appears on Stan next year.

StreamCo CEO Mike Sneesby said: “Fargo has proved to be one of 2014’s best new series and adds to the lineup of high-quality dramas Stan will have at launch. MGM’s library includes some of the greatest movies ever made, and we’re delighted to be able to bring a range of them to Stan for our audience to enjoy.”

MGM movie titles Stan will offer at launch include the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, RoboCop, 21 Jump Street and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A number of catalogue titles including When Harry Met Sally, The Silence of the Lambs, West Side Story and Four Weddings and a Funeral will also be offered, with franchises including Rocky, The Pink Panther and Legally Blonde available in their entirety.

The deal also includes television series including Teen Wolf, The L Word and Will and Grace.

The movies and TV shows from the MGM library will be available to watch in full HD across TV, tablets, computers and mobile phones.

MGM president of international television distribution and acquisitions Chris Ottinger said: “MGM is thrilled to offer Stan’s audience access to a wide variety of premium entertaining content, including new and classic titles from our catalogue, as well as Fargo, our breakout Emmy-winning miniseries featuring world-class talent.”

The SVOD market is set to heat up in Australia with US online giant Netflix appointing creative and social agencies ahead of a major $20m Australian marketing push while Foxtel’s Presto is also ready to ramp up with CEO Richard Freudenstein last week dismissing its online competitors and confirming it would have an announcement “soon”.


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