Presto TV SVOD sets 18 January launch date

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 16 January 2015

Presto TV, the Australian online streaming service from Foxtel and Seven West Media, will launch on 18 January for A$9.99 per month, ahead of its subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) competitors Netflix and local operation Stan.

Presto TV will provide TV shows to subscribers on demand from US content giants HBO, Showtime, CBS Studios International, Viacom International Media Networks and Hasbro, in addition to local content from Foxtel, the Seven Network and ABC Commercial.

Entire seasons of programming will be available, including The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City, Entourage, True Blood, Girls and Boardwalk Empire from HBO, as well as Deadwood, distributed by CBS Studios International.

Full seasons of Showtime series from CBS Studios International include Dexter, The Borgias, Californication, Nurse Jackie and Ray Donovan. While local dramas Wentworth, Love My Way, Tangle, Packed to the Rafters, All Saints, and Always Greener will also be available.

A range of children's shows will also feature on Presto TV, including Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Angelina Ballerina, Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, and The Wiggles.

"Presto TV will provide a fantastic television experience for subscribers for just $9.99 per month with a terrific line up of hit shows, quality dramas and hidden gems which can be streamed ad-free and watched instantly on demand," said Shaun James, director, Presto and On Demand. "We will also have more exciting content announcements to make in coming weeks," he added.

The company said subscribers could also bundle the TV service with the existing Presto Movies film streaming service for A$14.99 a month.

At launch Presto content can be delivered to connected computers, iOS tablets and via Google Chromecast, with selected Android tablets also soon to be catered for. Subscribers can register up to four compatible devices and watch two devices simultaneously.

Netflix is set to arrive in Australia in March 2015, while local competitor Nine, in partnership with Fairfax, is set to launch its streaming video service Stan in the coming weeks.