Stan hits 4K before Foxtel Play reaches HD


WhistleOut
20 April 2017

Subscribers of Australian streaming service Stan can now watch select content in 4K, but at a cost. To gain access to Stan's 4K content library, you'll need to sign up for Stan's new $15 per month "Premium" plan which gives you access to the higher resolution content.

In addition, the plan also lets you simultaneously stream to four different devices, and authenticate five phones or tablets for offline viewing. This limit is three for both simultaneous streams and offline viewing on Stan's standard $10 per month. 

Stan's new pricing structure is similar to Netflix's model, where you pay more for higher quality content and additional simultaneous streams.

To smoothly stream 4K video through Stan, you'll want an internet connection of at least 15Mbps. You can expect to burn through 7GB per hour of 4K content.

The one other major barrier to entry is the need for a compatible device. At present, only the PlayStation 4 Pro, and 2015, 2016, and 2017 LG and Samsung Smart TVs have access to Stan's Ultra High Definition content. Stan plans to support other devices throughout the year. 

The following shows will be viewable in 4K through Stan:

  • Better Call Saul
  • Breaking Bad
  • Wolf Creek
  • No Activity
  • Preacher
  • Mad Dogs
  • Transparent
  • Mozart In The Jungle
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • Power

Stan's move to 4K is notable, as a rival Australian service Foxtel Play has yet to give subscribers an easy way to stream content in high definition. If you've got access to a Telstra TV, you can access Foxtel Play content in HD, but if you've got any other compatible device - an Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android smartphone, or select LG and Sony TVs - you can only watch Game of Thrones et al in standard definition. And that's pretty '90s.

When Foxtel killed off Presto and announced its restructured Foxtel Play offerings, it said it would introduce a high definition offering early this year. Let's hope that happens before July 17, cause SD doesn't do Westeros justice.


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