With Netflix arrival looming, Aussie SVOD Stan strikes major deal

Distributor Roadshow Entertainment sells exclusive SVOD rights to box-office hits such as Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Lego Movie.
January 28, 2015

As a counter-strike to the impending March arrival of Netflix in Australia, Stan – the Fairfax and Nine Entertainment co-owned SVOD – has struck a deal with distributor Roadshow Entertainment for the rights to a number of box-office hits.

The exclusive SVOD deal includes last year’s blockbusters The Lego Movie and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (pictured), as well as Academy Award nominee The Imitation Game and Golden Globe-nominated St. Vincent. Many of the catalog films that Netflix streams in North America are part of the deal including the Sex and the City movies, The Wolf of Wall Street and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Stan, which launched on Jan. 26 with a 750-title mix of TV shows, documentaries and movies, is priced at $10 per month. It’s the latest player in a market that includes Australian SVODs Quickflix and Foxtel’s Presto.

TV series that are part of the library deal include U.K. show Utopia, which won an International Emmy Award for best drama, and Australian productions Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms; Brides of Christ, and the series run of Frontline and The Hollowmen.

Kids series LazyTown, Dino Dan and Animalia also join the lineup, according to the announcement Tuesday.

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