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Netflix VS. Stan VS. Presto

Alright, ladies and gentlemen. Please quieten down. The showdown you’ve all been waiting for is happening right now. That’s right, 2015 is the year of the Showdown of the Show Showers! *sound trumpets*

Not sure if you’ve heard the news or not (if you haven’t, welcome out from underneath that rock you’ve been living under), but Netflix has finally landed in Australia. But before it was able to stake its claim, fill screens around the country and steal the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Aussie streamers, a couple of quick-footed local competitors did a heap of work to appear on the scene in the months leading up to the Netflix launch. Say hello to Stan (owned by Fairfax) and Presto (owned by Foxtel). Oh, and before that there was Quickflix, Foxtel, free-to-air, illegal downloading, DVD, VHS, Betamax … But let’s not get into that.

So, here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about the three streaming services that strutted on the scene in 2015.

PRICING

Netflix:
  • $8.99 per month for streaming of standard-definition content across a maximum of one screen
  • $11.99 per month for streaming of high-definition content across max. two screens
  • $14.99 per month (hey big spender!) for streaming of ultra high-definition content (that’s 4K quality) across a maximum of four screens

Stan:
  • $10 a month for unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows

 

Presto:
  • $9.99 per month for Presto Movies, giving you access to Presto’s movie catalogue
  • $9.99 per month for Presto TVs, which gives you access to Presto’s TV catalogue
  • $14.99 per month for Presto Entertainment, which allows you to watch movies and TV shows
    (all plans are for a maximum four devices, max. two streams at a time)

A Few of the Drawcards

Netflix:

  • House of Cards
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Bloodline
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Marco Polo

Stan:

  • Better Call Saul 
  • Dig 
  • Transparent
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Community 
  • Fargo

Presto:

  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Homeland
  • Wentworth
  • Entourage
  • Girls

Watching It

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You can stream your fave shows and movies on your desktop, laptop or tablet device, as well as numerous Android devices. To see if your phone’s compatible with Stan, click here. PC users can also take advantage of Google’s Chromecast, while Mac users can take advantage of Apple TV via Airplay.

Netflix

This is where Netflix stands out the most. It’s readily available on more devices than any of the other streaming devices in Australia. As well as watching on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones, users can watch Netflix on quite a few smart TVs (Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, LG, HiSense and Philips to be specific). Set top-box provider, FetchTV, also has a Netflix app on their device, and LG, Samsung and Sony BluRay players are also set up for it. Netflix can also be viewed on TV using Chromecast or Apple TV.

More info can be found here.

Presto

Presto is a tad more limited than Netflix and Stan. If you enjoy watching your movies or shows on the big screen you can using the Chromecast with an HDMI-enabled TV. Just know that the Chromecast counts as one streaming device and the TV counts another, meaning it uses up both your streaming availability access at once. Presto can also be streamed on selected tablets, all PC/Macs and certain phone devices.

Want more info on Presto device compatibility? Click here.

 

Making a Choice

Ultimately, the choice you make comes down to the content you’re after and how you prefer to watch the content. The great news is all three offer a 30-day free trial, meaning you can sign up and check out the full catalogue before deciding whether it’s what you want. If it’s not, just remember to unsubscribe at the end of 30 days so that you don’t begin paying for something you don’t want!

 

 FYI – Chromecast is available at the Co-op. Just $48 for Members, $61 for Non-Members.

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The Co-op at VU MetroWest Is Opening!

When the season ticks over from Spring to Summer on December 1, the Co-op will be opening the doors at its new and improved VU Nicholson store, which has relocated to the exciting new VU at MetroWest facility. Not only will the the Co-op at VU MetroWest store have more floor space for you to wander around in, it’ll be jam-packed with an even greater range of awesome books and cool general merchandise, as well as all the textbooks uni students need.

This is set to be a store that not only VU students and staff will enjoy, but also the broader Footscray community. Head in-store and check out the variety of bestselling fiction, pop culture collectables, cookbooks, VU-branded apparel, games and other items of awesomeness. It will even be opening it’s very own café in the near future, Co-Café, the perfect place to sit down and catch up with friends between classes (or shopping trips)!  As always, all Co-op Members receive discounts on everything in-store! So, if you’re not yet a Member, get on it now. Click here to join now and start scoring sweet discounts and benefits for life!

The existing VU Nicholson store’s final day of trading was yesterday. If you have any urgent enquiries for the store prior to Monday, December 1, please contact the Co-op Footscray Park on (03) 9919 4610 or email vu-footscraypark@coop.com.au.

The new Co-op at VU MetroWest is located at street address:  138 Nicholson Street, Footscray 3011

 

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The Co-op’s Now Open in Parramatta!

We’ve opened up yet another store, this time in one of the country’s busiest shopping areas in Western Sydney’s Parramatta. Woo hoo!

We’re extremely excited about this new addition, which opened its freshly-shined doors on Monday. The store is just one of the many innovative ways the Co-op is exploring growth opportunities outside of traditional university campuses.

ACU2Located between the newly-developed Church Street Mall Plaza, Westfield Parramatta and Parramatta train station, the store will be passed by more than 40,000 commuters every day. It will cater to the needs of students and staff from the University of New England Parramatta, as well as other training and learning centres in Western Sydney.

Along with offering textbooks, course notes and study supplies, the store will focus on re-engaging with lost Members through sales to the general public. There’s a wide range of general merchandise for shoppers, including fiction and non-fiction books, tech gear, health and beauty items, games and homewares.

This new store brings the Co-op’s total number of store to 58 around Australia.

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The store was ready for business thanks to the hard work and elbow grease of a few awesome members of the Co-op team. Check out this quick time-lapse video of the three-day creation:

 

 

 

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New Store Opening at UQ’s Oral Health Centre

Peter Knock, Chief Executive Officer

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A message from the Co-op’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Knock.

As I look at the Co-op’s broad membership base, I’m so pleased to see that around half of Australia’s medical, dental and oral healthcare professionals and students are Members with us. This is particularly pertinent right now, as the Co-op is set to open another retail store with a medical focus, this time at the University of Queensland‘s Oral Health Centre (OHC) in Herston.

The OHC is UQ’s main campus for clinical health teaching and research, and we’re thrilled to be able to establish ourselves there and meet the needs of our customers within such a unique environment. The centre combines UQ’s School of Dentistry with sectors of Queensland Health’s Oral Health Services, and is Australia’s largest and most advanced specialist oral health centre and tertiary oral health facility.

A new store at UQ Herston means the Co-op can further honour its commitments of supporting students and Members, this time catering to the needs of top-tier medical, dentistry and oral health students, renowned academics and researchers, and leading practitioners. The Co-op is dedicated to supporting students throughout their studies by providing all the learning materials and resources they need at university. This service and support continues long after uni finishes too, with Members able to access professional development materials and other general merchandise in-store, via www.coop.com.au or through Coinfo.

As well as growing the Co-op’s retail footprint (there are now 55 stores), the new UQ Herston store will allow the business to give back even more. Because, like all Co-op stores, the profits made at the UQ Herston store will go directly back to Members in the form of discounts, student support, scholarships and sponsorships.And that’s the best and most motivating part of our business – helping customers understand that a part of every dollar they spend at the Co-op will support the professional development of all members and students across Australia.

The new UQ OHC store is set to open in early September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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O Captain! My Captain! Remembering Robin Williams

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This week the world is mourning the loss of a true entertainment legend. A man who has made us laugh ’til we cry, and touched many the world over with his moving performances, kid-at-heart nature and genuine kindness. Not only was Robin Williams a brilliant performer, he exuded a sincerity and warmth that made his eyes sparkle and people’s hearts sing. The world reacted with both shock and sadness at the news this week that the actor and comedian had died of a suspected suicide. Here was a man who had dedicated his life to providing joy and happiness to others; all the while he was battling with his own inner demons, ones that ultimately led to his untimely death.

Young and old are now left to reminisce about Williams and his work. And for many, the reflection has made them realise just how big a part Williams played in their lives. That’s certainly the case for me. I was raised on a diet of Robin Williams, with some of my fondest movie memories (both as a kid and adult) involving him. He brought magic, creativity and spirit to my childhood adventures thanks to Hook, which I fell in love with as a youngster and still adore to this day. Dead Poets Society was on high rotation in my house when I was growing up, a film that made me fall in love with poetry and literature and realise the power of words and how much they can inspire (check out the clip below). Of all the Walt Disney musical cartoons that were released in the ‘90s,Aladdin was definitely my favourite, and this was undoubtedly because of Genie. Robin Williams, who voiced the character, largely improvised his script, and it is a film that highlights his comedic genius brilliantly. There’s also Awakenings, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire (based on Madame Doubtfire), Jumanji (based on the book of the same name), FernGully, in which he voiced Batty, Jack, Good Will Hunting (for which he won an Oscar for), Patch Adams, One Hour Photo, The Birdcage, Toys, Nine Months, The World According to Garp. The list really does go on …


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Some people were fortunate enough to meet the man, maybe even call him a friend. For most of us though, we simply watched him with delight as he shone on screen or stage. And this alone was privilege enough. He was a man of outrageous talent and inimitable style. His comedy was fast, frenetic and unpredictable; his dramatic performances heartfelt, real and imbued with a tender vulnerability. His personality was one of a kind. Robin Williams will be sorely missed and the world is now a shade less colourful without him. However, while he is no longer with us, his films will live on forevermore and we can turn to them whenever we want to marvel at his brilliance. RIP Robin Williams. You will be missed by all and remembered as a true legend.

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 Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.” President Barack Obama

(you can read President Obama’s full statement here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Commonwealth Games, Starring Your Peers!

July 2014. For many, it is the time to put down the beer jugs (just for a moment), have a shower and head back to uni refreshed and ready for Semester Two. But for a handful of students (and alumni too), this is the moment they’ve been awaiting for months and preparing for for years. They’re the students who have been performing the ultimate juggling act; balancing a university workload with a strict, intense training regime. For along with being uni students (think tutes, lectures, exams, assessments!), they are elite athletes who are right now representing Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

To all these dedicated individuals, we salute you! A huge congratulations to all of you who have already competed and done Australia proud (some of whom have ended up on the podium with a medal around their neck!), and good luck to all those yet to compete.

Students and alumni in the Aussie squad come from universities across the country, including the University of Western Australia; Sydney University; Macquarie University; University of Queensland; Victoria University; University of Western Sydney; Melbourne University; University of Canberra; Australian National University; Griffith University; University of Tasmania; La Trobe University; Curtin University; University of Notre Dame; University of South Australia. Sorry we couldn’t name you all, guys. There are just too many talented athletes coming out of Aussie universities!

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Ben Treffers of ANU, who won gold in the 50m backstroke (Image credit: Ben Treffers/ANU Sport)

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Miao Miao of Victoria University took home bronze in table tennis doubles. (Image credit: Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour de France – a diehard fan speaks

In just a few short days (maybe a few long days is more apt), the 2014 Tour de France 2014 champion will ride down the Champs-Élysées and take his well deserved crown. The French crowds will take to the streets of Paris in their thousands, jubilant at the completion of yet another Tour. All the while, many Australians will lay slumbering in their beds, oblivious to the spectacular circus taking place. So here’s to the night owls in lycra. The fanatics clad in yellow, green, polka dots or white. The diehards who sit up to the early hours of the morning, coffee in one hand, energy gels in the other. I stand with you in solidarity, my brothers and sisters, for I too am a Tour de France tragic.

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Sunflowers and cycles (image courtesy of: roadbikereview.com)

If you have never watched the Tour de France – and I mean really watched it– you won’t understand. You cannot simply watch a few minutes of footage and expect to grasp the magic of a race that has captured hearts and minds for more than a century.

No, my friends. If you truly want to understand le Tour you must watch every single stage. All 21 of them. Only then will you be able to appreciate the tactics, teamwork and the very specific role each rider must play within his team. It is also reasonable to expect that after 21 days of commentary you will know maillot jaune is NOT pronounced ‘Mellow Johnny’.

Some of us watch it for the crashes, which are, admittedly, spectacular. Others watch for the scenery – the chateaus, castles, mountains and fields of sunflowers. Many of us watch because the Tour de France is the ultimate endurance sport: One single bicycle race over 3,664 kilometres (in 2014, the route changes every year), combining chess-like strategy, sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears. It’s like Survivor on wheels.

The Tour is transfixing to watch when you understand it. The race manages to be both chaotic and beautifully choreographed at the same time, and the excitement of the chase pack closing in on the leaders is addictive.

So here’s to us. To sleep deprivation. To waking the neighbours at 1am as you cheer the peloton home. Wear your lycra with pride my friends, for le Tour comes but once a year.

Books for the Tour de France fan!


Guest blogger Johanna has been a Co-op Member since 1997. She is a runner and a writer, and is planning on sleeping for two weeks solid following her endurance spectating of Wimbledon, Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games. 

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Spectacular scenery is what makes the Tour de France so unique

 

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Tour de Crashes!  (image courtesy of roadbikereview.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy 50th, Macquarie University!

2014 marks the 50th birthday of Macquarie University – that’s 50 years of the uni ‘doing things differently’. Happy birthday and congratulations, Macquarie Uni! We’ve loved being there with you along the journey (the Co-op opened on the campus in 1967, just three years after the uni first opened its doors).

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In celebration of it’s Jubilee, Macquarie Uni has been reflecting on its history and achievements, with several retrospective events having already taken place this year. These include two exhibitions showcasing arts and artefacts from the last 50 years. There’s also been the creation of the Jubilee Hub, an online portal where people are able to submit stories about their MQ memories, as well as read and comment on other people’s submissions. In May, some of the uni’s earliest graduates returned to campus to relive old memories and admire how far MQU has come. You can find the full list of events here.

But Macquarie Uni is not simply looking back in their Jubilee year. Rather than resting on its laurels and settling into ‘middle age’, the uni is looking to the future, with many exciting new projects and improvements already in development. And we for one cannot wait!

Congratulations once again, Macquarie University. Well done on 50 years. The Co-op looks forward to being there with you for the next 50 years!

 

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Staff at MQ Uni’s Co-op Bookshop in the 1970s

 

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An insight into MQ Uni’s Co-op Bookshop in 1975

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Inside MQ Uni’s Co-op store in 1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Study Overseas Foundation’ Announces Scholarships

The Study Overseas Foundation is a fully-registered Aussie charity dedicated to providing all students, no matter their background or circumstance, with life-changing opportunities to study abroad.

The scholarships are designed to support students who demonstrate great leadership potential and academic excellence as well as those who believe an overseas study experience will help Study-Abroad-scholarships-for-Graduates them to become a better leader in their field.

Earlier this week, the Foundation announced its first-ever round of scholarships. Woo hoo! Applications for these open this Friday, 20 June, so keep reading – you might just want to apply!

The scholarships will see five worthy students provided a $1000 grant across the following categories:

  • Business Leadership
  • Leadership in community or international development
  • Leadership in sciences

So, do you show outstanding academic merit or strong leadership qualities? Are you hungry for knowledge and passionate about achieving success in your field? If you answered yes and you’re an Australian student currently studying in Australia you may just be who the Foundation is looking for!

More information on the Assessment Criteria can be found here, and further details on the Application Process can be found here. Alternatively, visit the Study Overseas Foundation at www.studyoverseas.org.au for everything you want and need to know.

(FYI – applications close at 11.59pm on Friday, 15 August. So, get your skates on if you’re keen to apply for this fantastic opportunity!)

 

 

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Ole, Ole, Ole …

It’s coming. Prepare yourself.

In just a few short days, millions of seemingly healthy people around the world will cut-off ties with the outside world as they are struck down with what is commonly referred to as ‘football fever’. This global outbreak occurs once every four years and lasts for one whole month. People, please be warned – football fever knows no boundaries and is deemed highly contagious.

Yep, that’s right – it’s FIFA World Cup 2014 time! Football Celebration

Running from 12 June to 13 July, this massive event will cause hundreds of thousands to descend upon the football grounds of Brazil, and millions more eyes around the world to stare intently at their TV screens. Why? To watch 32 teams from around the globe, each comprising of the game’s most talented athletes, compete for the coveted World Cup. (Btw, just so we’re clear … we’re talking about soccer football!)

Ensure you have all the football facts you need at your fingertips during the big event with The Football Book – The World Cup Edition 2014.
The Socceroos …

Australia has fought hard for their place in the World Cup, and the team are hungry for success. Skippered by the much-loved Tim Cahill, and supported by Vice-Captain Mark Bresciano, there’s no doubt the Socceroos are the underdogs of the competition. Not only are Australia the lowest-ranking of the 32 teams in the tournament, they are in one of the most difficult groups (the World Cup uses a knockout round format, with the 32 teams divided into eight groups of four; the winners from each group advance to the next round). However, this doesn’t seem to have phased the team, with midfielder Tommy Oar recently saying, “We are the underdogs. It will be a good opportunity for the Australian team to surprise, so this is all very exciting. And being in the ‘soccer country’ is an extra motivation, of course.”

The Socceroos history  is full of highs and lows, but throughout it all they’ve always proven themselves to be up for the fight and have never let the ever-present underdog tag bother them. So, get behind the Aussies and cheer them on. You never know – it might just be the biggest upset in World Cup history.

Don’t understand football?

For anyone out there who isn’t normally a football fan but wants to get involved, here’s a quick guide to the rules, positions and other stuff you need to know. Then, all you gotta do is jump on that loud football fanatic bandwagon and get cheering! Even if you can’t be bothered learning the rules, just choose a team and head to one of the many places around Australia playing the games. Then, all you gotta do is rejoice when your team gets the ball in the goal and boo when the opposition takes a dive or scores! Even if you don’t care about the game, the atmosphere really is quite intoxicating. Enjoy!

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