Streaming service Stan flies by the 1 million subscriber mark, creating multi-year deals in the process

Online streaming service Stan has officially passed the 1 million subscriber mark, only 3 years after launch. As this number continues to grow rapidly, Stan shows no signs of slowing down, announcing various multi-year deals with powerhouse studios such as Lionsgate and MGM, while reinforcing Stan as the home of American studio Starz.

A recent event in Sydney broke the news, with Stan’s CEO Mike Sneesby announcing the series of deals, stating “The Australian television landscape continues to change rapidly and with that change, the ambitions and opportunities for Stan continue to grow.  We have set out to pioneer the future of television in Australia and today’s subscriber milestone is a great indication of how quickly Aussies are changing their TV viewing habits.  Premium programming is the key driver of our business growth and strategy and today we have announced some important strategic partnerships that will help us continue to change the face of television in Australia.”

Stan’s agreement with Lionsgate marks the latest step in the continued exclusive rollout of Starz content, as critically acclaimed new series Sweetbitter and Vida, along with ground-breaking original documentary series Wrong Man from Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost). The Starz brand will also look to roll out internationally, with the company continuing its premium streaming service Starzplay in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as establishing new content licensing deals such as the Stan partnership in Australia.

Stan and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) have also announced their multi-year output deal, bringing MGM’s exciting array of new premium television series, as well as a selection of feature films to boot.

As part of the agreement, the 10-part series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair will look to debut later this year, based on the murder mystery of the European bestselling novel by Joel Dicker. The series will star Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actor Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) in his return to television.

Finally, Stan has commissioned the groundbreaking new original drama series Bloom. Set one year after a devastating flood kills five locals in an small country town, a mysterious new plant appears with the ability to restore the youth of the townspeople. Originally perceived as a gift beyond anybody’s wildest dreams soon becomes a challenge of priority and appreciation, as those affected must re-evaluate what is truly important.

The series is created by Glen Dolman (Hawke) with John Curran (Tracks) set to direct. Bloom will start shooting in August, and will premiere exclusively on Stan this summer, with Sony Pictures Television distributing the drama globally.

Stan shows no signs of slowing down, with its ever growing list of original content. For more information, or to simply see what’s showing, head on over to


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Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.