Stan adds BBC titles

Stan adds library titles Sherlock, Orphan Black, Top Gear, Doctor Who, Ab Fab & Fawlty Towers.

2014-12-02_1554Fairfax and Nine video streaming service Stan has announced a deal with BBC Worldwide.

From its launch early next year it will feature library dramas such as Sherlock, Ripper Street, Orphan Black, Top Gear and Doctor Who. Also coming are Luther, Wallander, Parade’s End and Torchwood.

Comedies will include The Office, Gavin and Stacey, The Vicar of Dibley, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous and Fawlty Towers.

Children’s titles will include Charlie and Lola while David Attenborough and Louis Theroux comprise factual documentaries.

“Australians have long been entertained by BBC Worldwide’s great slate of programming. Their shows are especially loved by Australians, with British drama and comedy particularly relevant to our audience,” said Nick Forward, Stan’s Director of Content and Product.

“We’re proud to include such a broad selection of premium content for our members.”

Jon Penn, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We’re delighted to be a launch partner for Stan in Australia, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one.”

None of the titles have been confirmed as premieres and it appears recent titles on BBC First, such as The Missing, The Fall and Peaky Blinders are outside the current deal.

Stan is yet to announce a launch date or price.

4 Responses

  1. Netflix make only a couple of original shows, Stan probably won’t have much original content at all.

    Most of Netflix’s stuff in the US is old stuff in library deals, plus movies and TV seasons that have finished their run in the cinema or TV. They have done deals for the SVOD rights at the time they go to cable.

    What SVOD services are selling is unlimited amount of stuff whenever you want to watch something. It’s been a successful model in the US. Here though most of it will be US shows that have less appeal in a foreign market.

    Premium BBC dramas could eventually have cheap non-exclusive FTA and SVOD rights available. But not until they have had an exclusive airing on BBC First, or been sold at MIPCOM to FTA if the price is right, and the DVDs have been released.

  2. I’m the same. A lot of the British shows I like are on Netflix, so I’m awaiting what Aussie content will be on Stan. Unlock all the stuff that has only been seen of late on Fox Classics or in the Crawfords library or Grundys and they can count me as a subscriber.

  3. I’d be interesting in seeing the sign up rate in the first 3 months. I do not see myself subscribing, mainly because I have seen or not interested in programming so far listed for Stan. The original content does not appeal to me either, which is minimal at launch.
    But not everyone is like me, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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