Monday, 31 October 2016 10:30

Optus to leave competitors steaming with added free iView, Stan streaming


If your Optus mobile plan qualifies for select free video streaming, then you’ll be beaming to discover Stan and ABC iView now added to your TV watchlist.

Yes, Optus has added not just Stan and ABC iView to its free streaming list, but ABC Kids iView, too.

Tim Cowan, head of Mobile Marketing at Optus said: “Optus is leading the market with access to some of the best streaming services from Australia and the world. Optus is removing the biggest barrier for customers who want to stream on their mobiles with data-free streaming.

“Optus customers have been quick to embrace Mobile TV streaming. Our customers that have taken up Mobile TV have more than doubled the amount of time they spend watching streaming content on their mobile devices,” which the company notes is a stat that goes from its own "internal data and insights".

Optus proudly boasts that "access to ABC iview and Stan brings a whole new dimension to the range of content offered through Mobile TV streaming".

ABC content includes "ABC, ABC2, ABC News 24, ABC ME and ABC Kids", ensuring Optus customers "get access to some of the world’s leading local and international comedies, dramas, documentaries, news and current affairs programs and children’s programming".

Stan understandably "gives customers access to thousands of hours of entertainment including exclusive premiers such as Better Call Saul, Transparent, Younger and UnREAL, plus Stan Original programmes including the critically acclaimed drama series Wolf Creek, and the Logie Award nominated series No Activity".

Stan also offers a huge selection of movies from MGM, Roadshow Entertainment and SBS World Movies.

So, what’s on offer with the Optus Mobile TV streaming service?

  • Data-free streaming from Netflix, Stan and Presto.
  • Data-free streaming of all ABC channels and on demand from ABC iView.
  • Data-free streaming of the dedicated preschool children’s app, ABC Kids iView.
  • New and existing Optus customers on selected consumer and SMB My Plan Plus and My Mobile Broadband Plus plans, can stream all their favourite mobile video entertainment content from Stan, ABC iview, Netflix, and Presto in standard definition without using their plan’s monthly data allowance, for $10 extra per month.

Optus says "data-free streaming is included at no extra cost on other selected mobile and mobile broadband plans. ABC iview and ABC KIDS iview are available to all customers and access to Stan, Netflix and/or Presto just requires a current subscription."

Cowan concluded: “We know that our customers are really enjoying the freedom and certainty over their data that comes with Mobile TV streaming. This is an exciting step for Optus as we continue to expand our entertainment offering for customers and deliver a great entertainment experience.”

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