Aquarius to air online in Oz ahead of TV network premiere

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 13 May 2015

The US drama series Aquarius is to be shown in full online in Australia ahead of its local television network debut on Seven West.

Aquarius - Cast key art 002The drama, starring David Duchovny, will be available first on the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service Presto, in which Seven West Media is a joint partner with Foxtel.

All 13 episodes of Aquarius will be available for binge viewing from 29 May for 28 days. After then, Presto will screen each episode simultaneously to the linear broadcast run in the US.

Duchovny, who starred in The X Files, plays a detective who goes undercover to track cult leader Charles Manson and the infamous Manson family in Los Angeles in 1967. Australian actress Claire Holt also stars as police officer Charmain Tully.

A broadcast date has not yet been set for the show to air on Seven West, however a spokesperson confirmed it would be shown.

"We are targeting all potential consumers of the content we own and distribute. Seven reaches over 15 million Australians every week. That is a huge number," the spokesperson told Ad News.

"We see SVOD through Presto as a tremendous platform to add to our audience delivery and complement our leadership in broadcast television."

In a statement, Shaun James, director of Presto and On Demand, said: "There has been huge anticipation for Aquarius, both for the historic and infamous subject matter the series is based on, but also for David Duchovny's return to a major television role.

"Presto is delighted to have secured the exclusive first run Australian rights to air Aquarius from our partners Seven West Media and even more excited to bring all 13 episodes to our subscribers to binge on in full during its initial run."