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Paramount Plus vs Stan: Price, content and features compared

Choose your fighter. The showdown is about to begin.

Paramount Plus vs Stan: Price, content and features compared

Whenever I subscribe to a new streaming service I can't help but feel a mix of excitement and dread. It's nice to have so much intriguing content right at our fingertips. Yet, whichever service you choose, you inevitably miss out on something else. Should you try this shiny offering? Will it fix your problems or at least keep you distracted for long enough to forget about them? As far as Paramount Plus is concerned, you're about to find out.

The streaming service replaced 10 All Access in Australia back in August 2021, offering a lower price point and a bigger content library, live sport and movies included.

Paramount Plus entered a market that's already crowded with everything from general-interest options like Netflix to niche services like BritBox. To figure out if it can survive the fierce competition, we're pitting it against Stan, a service that has been around for years and has grown into a force to be reckoned with.

Let's see which of these 2 options works better for you.

Stan vs Paramount Plus: Price, screens and video quality

The best thing about Paramount Plus is the price. For only $9.99 per month, you get access to a solid library of TV shows and movies, with reality TV and kids' content sprinkled in for good measure. There is also an annual subscription for $89.99. There are no ads and the platform streams live football as well. No 4K video quality content is available, but there's a good chance that might change in the future. The subscription lets you watch on 3 screens at the same time.

Compared to other streaming services in Australia, Paramount Plus is a good deal. It offers a 7-day free trial, so you can sign up for a week and test it out.

Stan starts at $12 per month for the Basic plan, which lets you stream on 1 screen at a time in SD quality. The Standard plan costs $16 per month and buys you 3 simultaneous streams and HD content. Finally, there's the Premium plan, which lets you stream selected titles in 4K on 4 devices at the same time for $21 per month.

The big downside is that, regardless of which plan you choose, live sport is extra. Stan Sport, which offers a lot of rugby union live and on-demand, is an add-on. You can opt to add it to your subscription at any time, but you can't subscribe to Stan Sport alone. The add-on comes with a 7-day free trial and costs $10 a month afterwards. In other words, if you want the Standard plan with Sport, for instance, you'll pay a total of $24 per month.

Deal

Subscribe to Stan for as low as $12 monthly

Monthly packages start at $12 for Basic, $16 for Standard, and $21 for Premium. Get the Stan Sport add-on for an additional $15 monthly. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Try Paramount+ free for 7 days

Watch series and films from Paramount, Showtime, MTV, CBS, Nickelodeon and more. Once the free trial is completed, Paramount Plus costs start at $9.99 per month.

How do the Stan and Paramount Plus content libraries compare?

Content is king. Luckily, both Stan and Paramount Plus come with captivating and generous libraries.

Stan wins as far as quantity is concerned. At the time of writing, we counted 803 TV shows and 2,242 movies in the platform's library. Stan rarely scores blockbuster movies and the quality of films on offer varies, but you can easily find titles worth your while. Highlights include Parasite, Heathers, In Bruges, Nitram and True History of the Kelly Gang. The service also invests in original productions – Relic, Gold and I Am Woman are definitely worth a stream.

On the TV front Stan lost some titles to Paramount Plus, with the latter now the official home of Showtime premieres – like the Dexter revival or the survival thriller Yellowjackets. Ongoing series like Billions will stay on Stan for the moment due to current licensing deals.

Elsewhere, Stan made a name for itself for streaming iconic television, hosting all seasons of popular series Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and Breaking Bad. You can also stream hits like Better Call Saul, a lot of British productions and new shows straight from the US due to Stan's partnerships with Starz and Peacock.

The platform offers a great deal of original TV series too, like No Activity, Romper Stomper, Bloom, Eden, The Tourist, Wolf Like Me and Bump, with more to come in the future. There's some kids' content, as well as reality television – beloved RuPaul's Drag Race included. Stan lost several of its iconic shows like Grey's Anatomy and Lost to Disney Plus, but is making up for it with new licencing deals and original content.

Paramount Plus currently hosts 470 movies and 436 TV shows. A lot of the series you could previously watch on 10 All Access but there are new, exclusive titles as well. At launch, you could stream dark comedy Two Weeks to Live, sitcom Everyone Is Doing Great, period drama Anne Boleyn, the iCarly revival and historical drama Leonardo. The second and third seasons of Aussie show Five Bedrooms are exclusively streaming on Paramount Plus.

Plus, Paramount Plus added more high-profile content in late 2021 and early 2022. The list includes Yellowstone prequel 1883, period drama The Gilded Age, all seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, crime drama Mayor of Kingstown and Australian original Spreadsheet. The highly-anticipated Halo TV series premieres on 24 March, 2022.

Your Network 10 faves are there too, most notably Survivor, but also MasterChef and The Bachelor. The service offers a lot of crime procedurals such as NCIS, CSI, Blue Bloods, SEAL Team and Hawaii Five-O. Showtime content includes Dexter, Ray Donovan, The Affair and Californication, among others.

Paramount Plus also offers titles from Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Smithsonian Channel. That means a lot of kids' shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and Rugrats, MTV reality hits like Teen Mom and Ex on the Beach, plus a collection of docos.

The highlight movie at launch was Infinite, a 2021 sci-fi thriller starring Mark Wahlberg. Fast-forward to present day and Paramount Plus is releasing new movies on a regular basis, including Ray Donovan: The Movie, A Quiet Place 2 and Queenpins. The rest of the film library consists of older titles – Indiana Jones, Pulp Fiction, Transformers and so on.

Finally, Stan Sport offers live and on-demand coverage of rugby union, tennis and the UEFA Champions League. Meanwhile, Paramount Plus is the home of domestic football – streaming the A-League, W-League and some matches of Australia's national teams. The service also features a news section with a live stream of CBSN.

All in all, the Paramount Plus library isn't as generous as Stan's, but there's enough there to appeal to viewers – especially if you're a fan of crime procedurals. Paramount Plus will bring more original production in the future, so it's worth keeping an eye on the service if you plan to wait a while before giving it a go.

Stan vs Paramount Plus: Devices, streaming experience and features

On streaming experience, Stan is the clear winner. First off, the service comes with robust device compatibility. It works on smart TVs, game consoles, streaming players and a wide variety of devices.

Stan also offers multiple profiles, a seamless user interface, the ability to download content on mobile devices, parental controls, subtitles and audio description for selected titles. The 4K content library isn't very extensive but it's growing.

Paramount Plus on the other hand delivers a very basic streaming experience. The service works via web and on phones and tablets, Android TV/Google TV, Apple TV, Fire TV devices, Roku and Chromecast. It's compatible with Fetch and Telstra TV but it doesn't have any smart TV or game console apps. However, you can subscribe to Paramount Plus via Prime Video Channels and access the platform through the Prime Video app on all compatible devices.

Despite offering 3 simultaneous streams, the platform doesn't support multiple profiles. The interface is a bit clunky, so it can be tricky to find what you're looking for unless you use the search function. Pages for individual titles aren't rich in content. You only get a short description of the show or movie, no further details included.

On the plus side, Paramount Plus supports offline viewing, so you can download titles to your mobile device. Closed captioning is available on most titles. The service also offers multiple profiles and 4K content in the US, so there's a good chance those features will make their way to Australia eventually.

So, should I get Stan or Paramount Plus?

As a person who mostly streams shows and movies using my laptop or phone, content is my main concern when deciding whether I should subscribe to a service.

If you're the same, I suggest browsing what's on offer from both services and deciding which has the most titles you're interested in. Stan has a bigger library, true – but if you're a big fan of crime procedurals, for instance, Paramount Plus would be a better fit. For sports fans, things are much more straightforward. You like domestic football, you go with Paramount Plus. You're into rugby union or the UEFA Champions League, you pick Stan.

Device compatibility should also be a factor, so make sure your preferred device is supported by the service you choose. Luckily, both platforms come with a free trial. Test them out and see which one comes out on top.

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