Netflix vs. Stan: The Ultimate Comparison

  • What are Netflix and Stan?
  • Netflix vs. Stan: Subscription, Prices, and Number of Devices
  • Netflix vs. Stan: Content

If there is a good thing about a competition, it is that it pushes each competitor to be on their best capacity to stand out among their co-competitors. Each participant in a market should ensure that they have the edge, or at least a unique feature, that will make them known in the niche where they belong. 

This could be seen evidently in the streaming industry that we currently have. It was not long ago when the video streaming service industry was born but look at it now. It has been flourishing and blooming continuously over the past decades. With various streaming service providers, the service won’t just stop from improving along with the development of features only available in each competitive streaming provider. 

In Australia, we have a lot of heavyweight streaming service providers which include Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Binge, Hayu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV. Nonetheless, Netflix and Stan are one of the most notable ones since they have a lot to offer when it comes to streaming services. These two have been making noise in the streaming market since they have established their names on their niche. 

In this guide, Compare Broadband will talk about each of the two competitors while objectively comparing their services. The article will compare Netflix and Stan when it comes to their subscriptions, features, number of devices, quality of videos, data consumption, and content of their libraries. 

What is Inside?

  • What are Netflix and Stan? 
  • Netflix vs. Stan: Subscription, Prices, and Number of Devices
  • Netflix vs. Stan: Content
  • Netflix vs. Stan: Quality of videos and Data Consumption
  • Netflix vs. Stan: Which should I pick?

What are Netflix and Stan? 

These two streaming service providers, Netflix and Stan, belong to the giants of the Subscription Video On-Demand (SVOD) industry in Australia. Each of which has successfully embarked their names when it comes to on-demand movies and TV shows online viewing. 

Netflix and Stan are both subscription-based stream providers. This means that in order for you to have access to what they call as “premium channels and premium contents”, you have to first avail their service by subscribing. They can be accessed via internet connectivity or broadband plans. Nonetheless, a download option is also available in their service which would be convenient for the busy persons or adventurous ones who can’t bring their internet plans with them. 

Netflix is a U.S-born service provider that can be currently considered as a world dominator. With 182 million active subscribers around the world and 12.59 subscribers in Australia, the fresh-cub of the SVOD industry has surely grown into a proud lion. This streaming service provider is available in various regions. Netflix Australia is an offspring of Netflix that is dedicated in providing on-demand movies and TV shows that are top hits for Aussies. 

Stan, on the other hand, is a locally born SVOD provider that currently holds the title of Aussie’s king by being the leader of the Aussie-owned streaming industry in Australia. Although the total number of subscribers Stan has is a far cry from what Netflix has, we still can’t say that Netflix is better than the latter. 

In this article, we will try to be more objective in comparing the two in order for us to arrive at a valid and reasonable conclusion. We will talk more about their prices and subscriptions, features, number of devices, quality of videos, data consumption, and content of their libraries. 

Netflix vs. Stan: Subscription, Prices, and Number of Devices

Different households-different needs. The same is true with the type of subscription one will avail. In looking for the perfect plan for you, you need to know first how much you are willing to pay and what kind of service consumption do you have in your household? Service consumption may refer to the number of household members who will utilize the service. 

Both Netflix and Stan have three tiers for their subscription plans: the basic plan, the standard plan, and the premium plan. If we will take a look at their basic plan and standard plan, their prices have no significant differences. It is only when you shift to premium that the price of Netflix Premium Plan becomes a bit higher to Stan Premium Plan.

SUBSCRIPTION TIER

NETFLIX

STAN

BASIC PLAN

$9.99 

$10 

STANDARD PLAN

$13.99 

$14

PREMIUM PLAN

$19.99 

$17

Now as for the number of devices that can simultaneously use the account, Stan closed the match in the Standard Plan. With both offering 4 devices sharing screen in the premium plan and only one device for the basic plan, the standard plan became the tie breaker. While Netflix enables 2 devices to screenshare in its standard plan, Stan leveled it up to 3 devices at a time. This is a very important subscription feature most specially for households or people who want to maximize their account value.

NUMBER OF DEVICES PER SUBSCRIPTION

SUBSCRIPTION TIER

NETFLIX

STAN

BASIC PLAN

1 DEVICE

1 DEVICE

STANDARD PLAN

2 DEVICES

3 DEVICES

PREMIUM PLAN

4 DEVICES

4 DEVICES

The two competitive SVOD service providers also do have free trial services for their first time service subscribers. However, Stan has edged the competition in Australia when it comes to the free-trial service since Netflix has halted its free-service for Aussies since last March 2020. There are no lock-in contracts for both streaming providers which gives the clients the freedom to unsubscribe or cancel their subscription any time they want. 

Looking at the data, we could say that Stan has won this match with its barely lower price and a free trial service which Netflix doesn’t have currently. However, when it comes to the number of devices that can screen share, Stan obviously won it over Netflix. 

Netflix vs. Stan: Content

Digging the pie in the middle, we will get to see the heart of the service providers: library content. Of course, the question will be, which among the two has the better library of contents? This may sound subjective but let’s try to look at it in an objective way through numbers. 

With the enormous number of subscribers Netflix have, it is just important that they keep their library updated and full with a variety of titles to watch. Netflix has approximately 3,500+ available movie titles and 1,800+ TV shows ready to be streamed. This is the combined numbers of the titles from different studios and producers plus the Netflix Originals which it prides off. Stranger Things and To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before are just a few of the Netflix Originals which hit the blockbuster. This streaming service provider also managed to secure international contents like the La Casa De Papel/Money Heist and Elite which only boosted the demand for Netflix. 

Stan on the other side, stores a lower volume of content on its library. This Aussie-born streaming service provider currently offers 1700+ movie titles and 500 TV shows that are ready to be watched. Nonetheless, it is good to take note that it has made its name known with some of its rights-secured titles being phenomenal not only in Australia but also around the globe. We have Grey’s Anatomy and Friends to grace our screens with the “Stan Iconic Series”. 

We won’t be able to conclude which among the two has the best content since it is pure subjective. The quality of the content will of course base on your taste. Nonetheless, we can say that Netflix won this match in terms of numbers. Well, the more the choices, the more the probability of finding a content that will suit your taste in streaming. 

Netflix vs. Stan: Quality of videos and Data Consumption

The quality of the available video streaming will say a lot about a streaming service. You won’t enjoy the special effects of a quality content if you are watching it in a low resolution, of course. As usual, the quality of video will depend on the data you are willing to consume. Given that video streaming relies on a stable connection, it is better if you have a NBN connection or a stable broadband plan

Nonetheless, Netflix has won this match with its basic plan data consumption. Both Netflix and Stan consume 3GB per hour for the HD video quality at a standard plan. Each also eats 7GB per hour at UHD or what they call 4K UHD for premium plans. Surprisingly, Netflix has a significantly lower data consumption compared to Stan in the basic plan. Netflix’s basic plan only consumes 700MB per hour while Stan eats 1.3GB per hour. Netflix obviously got the upperhand in this match. 

Netflix vs. Stan: Which should I pick?

As we have seen in the previous comparisons, both have shown a teeth-to-teeth match. It is really hard to tell which among the two is best since it would somehow depend on subjectiveness. However, if you would like to delve more on Aussie hit titles and local contents for a lower price, Stan might be the go for you. On the other hand, if you are willing to cash out a bit more for more exclusive and international contents, Netflix could provide you that. In the end, the competition of the two brings only benefit to us since they are forced to improve their service for our patronage.