Stan signs exclusive deal with Showtime

Stan signs exclusive deal with Showtime

All future series from US premium TV brand Showtime will be exclusively available on Stan, following an agreement signed between the CBS Corporation and the Fairfax Media and Nine-owned streaming service.

The long-term licensing agreement caps off Stan’s first year of operation with its CEO Mike Sneesby saying the service has reached more than 1.5 million Australians and attracted almost 700,000 subscriptions since its debut on January 26, 2015.

“Showtime is one of the world’s greatest creators of television programming, and we are delighted to enter this long-term partnership, cementing our position as Australia’s leading local SVOD service,” he said.

The deal was launched with the Australian premiere of the Showtime New York finance drama Billions. Hundreds of hours of past Showtime programming, including House of Lies, Penny Dreadful, Dexter and Californication, will also be made available on Stan.

President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group Armando Nuñez said the international growth of streaming services had created huge demand for premium content globally.

“We’re excited to expand the international footprint of Showtime in a big way in Australia with Stan, and build on our relationship with their corporate parents Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media.”

Stan is one of a number of streaming services operating in Australia – including Seven West Media and Foxtel’s Presto – facing heavy competition from popular US service Netflix.

Other programs available on Stan as part of the deal include Madam Secretary, Limitless, Elementary, every episode of Star Trek and the much anticipated 2017 return of cult show Twin Peaks.

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