STAN stuns rivals with new DISNEY, STAR WARS, MARVEL, PIXAR content deal.
Locally owned streaming provider STAN has stunned its rivals by announcing a content supply agreement with DISNEY.
The new deal will bring some of Disney’s most popular live-action and animated films and TV programmes to the Australian streaming service this Friday, December 14.
The announcement from the NINE owned SVOD provider is perfectly time for the Christmas holiday period and includes content from Disney’s biggest brands: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Disney Channels.
The new content will be made available to subscribers for no extra cost, and will be available to stream from tomorrow (Friday 14th).
The new output deal with DISNEY comes at an important time for STAN. The company is competing in an increasingly crowded streaming market which includes new competitors' 10 All Access, and Kayo, plus established brands such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Foxtel Now.
Disney Movie and Pixar content on STAN includes titles such as Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, Frozen, The Lion King, Cars and Cars 2, Monsters Inc. and Monsters University, Big Hero 6, The Incredibles, Up, Wall-E, the animated Beauty and The Beast, Maleficent, The Little Mermaid and the live-action Cinderella. These titles will feature alongside films from the past year including Coco and A Wrinkle in Time.
The partnership will also bring the Marvel universe to STAN including this year’s blockbusters Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Ant-Man.
Fans of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars universe will be able to enjoy recent box office titles Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Alongside the movie collection will be a selection of Disney’s kids TV programming from Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Key titles include Disney Junior’s Sofia the First and The Lion Guard, and Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series, Star Wars Rebels, Andi Mack and DuckTales.
The new deal with STAN comes at a time when DISNEY is making significant changes to how its content is distributed worldwide. As previously revealed by this website, DISNEY will shutdown its teen-oriented Disney XD channel in Australia on January 6th. Disney XD had been broadcast in Australia via Foxtel and FetchTV.
DISNEY has also confirmed it will launch its own streaming service Disney Plus in late 2019. The service will initially only be available in the US, but is expected to quickly expand worldwide. As part of the preparation for the new Disney streaming service, the company has been winding back its supply agreements with Netflix.
It’s unknown for how many years the new STAN/DISNEY agreement extends for.
Mike Sneesby, Stan’s CEO said “Disney is one of the most iconic entertainment brands globally and we are very proud to be partnering with them to bring a huge collection of their biggest live-action and animated films and TV programmes toour customers. With hits from across all their biggest franchises including Disney Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm as well as Disney Channels’ TV series and movies, the deal further illustrates Stan’s ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the world’s very best premium entertainment.”