A swathe of titles from Paramount’s existing library will also be added to Stan within coming weeks, such as Mission: Impossible, Top Gun, The Godfather Trilogy, the Transformers and Star Trek franchises and family-friendly movies like Shrek.
Stan chief executive Mike Sneesby said that the TV landscape was changing “more quickly than ever before, and Stan is best positioned in Australia to take advantage of that change”.
“Stan has a clear strategy to partner with the world’s greatest creators of content and this is another example of us delivering on that strategy,” Mr Sneesby said.
Stan has long-term partner arrangements with Starz, MGM and CBS Showtime, and a short-term deal with The Walt Disney Company, including Finding Nemo and Marvel movies. The content deal with Disney ends later this year ahead of the launch of rival service Disney+, which has been described as a “Netflix killer”.
The local subscription video market is becoming increasingly competitive, with newly appointed Seven West Media chief executive James Warburton revealing on Tuesday that the network was ready to partner with a streaming service as part of his plan to return the embattled broadcaster to growth.
While Disney+ is set to launch without a local partner in Australia on November 19, Stan and News Corp’s Foxtel are believed to be among those vying for a future deal with the US entertainment giant. This could be a bundling deal or a more substantial arrangement with Hulu.