A streaming service built by Aussies for Aussies has its upsides, and one of those upsides is having up-to-date access to new TV shows soon after they debut internationally. Star Wars director JJ Abrams’ adaptation of the Stephen King thriller 11.22.63 will be available to stream exclusively on Stan, hours after it’s released in the US.
11.22.63 is a eight-part TV mini-series based on the Stephen King book of the same name, about a time traveller attempting to stop the assassination of JFK in Dallas, Texas — the title is a reference to the date when JFK was killed.
The book itself was released in 2011, and has been in the process of being turned into a TV series by Hulu in the US since 2014; it’ll premiere internationally on President’s Day, February 15 — and a couple of hours later in Australia on February 16.
You’ll be able to watch the show within hours of its US broadcast on Stan, and probably on Australia’s free-to-air TV networks a couple of months after that. It’s great to see this kind of agreement becoming standard — with some notable exceptions like the X-Files reboot.
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