Stan Will Show JJ Abrams' 11.22.63 First

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.

Disclosure: Stan is a 50/50 joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media. Allure Media, the company which publishes Gizmodo Australia, is also owned by Fairfax.

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    Nice add for them, the show will be available for download minutes after it airs in the US if you are that desperate.
    If Stan can make a compelling argument for going with them through much better content than they have now then I will pay for it, I tried their free trial and it sucked.

      It's not an ad, mate. Also, if you're advocating piracy I think you lose the moral high ground straight away.

        I have actually been pleasantly surprised by Stan. Tried it on launch and had quite a mediocre experience. Got another free trial (due to an smh sub) and I've actually been watching quite a bit on it. I'd highly recommend you give it another go. The quality is on par with Netflix, and the content is more like US Netflix with a nice selection of current content.

        It sure seems like an ad... I mean you're literally advertising a show coming to a service that your parent company has a stake in.

      That's basically saying that every streaming service is a waste of money because you can download anything for free. Guess we'd better cancel our Netflix subscriptions too then!

    Are they really doing the whole "hours after it’s released in the US" on an instant streaming service, it makes sense on free-to-air TV networks but not on a streaming service.

      It's released for stream hours after it's released for stream in the US — this makes sense to me.

        The point of a streaming service is to watch whenever you want it, no TV schedules. It makes sense on a free-to-air TV because of the time difference in US, shows like this have more viewer at night. But if I want to watch something that release at 3am why cant i? It will be on torrent sites in minutes of the release, so it stands to show that a streaming service could release it instantly. I just feel like Australian owned streaming services are still playing by their TV rules and foreign providers like Netflix will have the advantage.

    I really want to like Stan and I know the criticism is getting old... but that name! It will never be cool to drop 'Stan' in a convo, which is where they'd have to missing a lot of marketing that services like Hulu & Stan or unforuntately Presto (screw Murdoch) get signups from.

      I think their numbers are probably 90% of people on those free trails they got when they bought phones or other products.

    Got the 3 months free when I bought a game of the PSN last month. Still haven't used it yet, so I'll sign up right at the end of Jan before the cut off date so I can get as much of this show as possible!

      Yeah, same here - I just signed up for it last week because I suddenly remembered out of the blue that I had that voucher, so thought I'd better use it before I forgot about it again and missed out :P

      I have to say I'm reasonably impressed with their content (compared to Netflix AU, at least, not Netflix US). Obviously it's lacking the Netflix Originals stuff, but in terms of movies, TV shows, etc, my initial impression is that it is at least a match for Netflix AU, if not slightly better.

    I would much rather stream it on Stan rather than jumping through the hoops of torrenting it.

    or you know

      Hulu requies a proxy or vpn... and avoiding geo-blocking is a legal grey area

      I would rather not have to pay for a service to access and pay for another service when I can just watch it on Stan.

    I signed up for a 30 day free trial of Stan last night (after I saw they had both Star Trek: TNG and DS9 (Where's Voyager?!)). The streaming quality was very good, even for my pitiful internet speed. My only gripe so far is the Android tablet app seems to be locked to Landscape?

    My tablet nowadays is pretty much exclusively used as a Chromecast remote. Crunchyroll, AnimeLab, Stan, YouTube and I'll resub to Netflix once Daredevil S2 is out!

    I'm really liking when this sort of situation happens; same thing just began with Shadowhunters on Netflix, which is a show I'd wanted to watch. They're releasing new eps weekly to Netflix AU at the same time as it airs in the US (give or take some hours potentially, I don't know).

    Book came out in 2011.

    "The book itself was released in 2001, and has been turned into a TV series by Hulu in the US since 2014"

    The book was released in 2011 and that second sentence makes almost zero sense

    Or... just watch it as soon as it is released on Hulu?

    There's almost no useful streaming devices that have Stan.

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