SBS shakes hands with Stan

24 November, 2014 by Don Groves

Subscription streaming service Stan today unveiled a wide-ranging content deal with SBS which will see World Movies, European dramas and some Australian productions carried on the platform.

World Movies will be available as part of the low monthly fee- reportedly $10- on the SVoD service co-owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media's StreamCo, which is expected to launch in January.


Among the Euro dramas are The Killing, The Bridge and Prisoners Of War. The Aussie productions include Housos,  Go Back To Where You Came From,  Who Do You Think You Are?, Better Man, Wilfred and Luke Nguyen's cooking series. World Movies continues on Foxtel as part of the movie tier.

SBS boasts that Australia's largest collection of movies is available to watch for free on SBS on Demand but Nick Forward, content and product director of Stan, tells IF there will be no crossover with the titles shown on World Movies.

Forward sees a big plus in the quality and breadth of the films on World Movies and being able to offer the channel for which Foxtel subscribers pay a premium.  

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 line-up 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.”

Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said: “With Stan, Australians will have a value-for-money entertainment service that makes premium content accessible to everyone. Our partnership with SBS and World Movies shows a commitment to collaborating with the industry’s best in bringing a new standard of entertainment to Australians.”

The multi-year SBS partnership augments StreamCo’s licensing deals with MGM and Sony Pictures Television. Deals with other studios plus Roadshow Entertainment and ABC Commercial are likely to be announced in the coming weeks.

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