Presto adds BBC documentaries to OZ SVOD service

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 06 July 2015

Nearly 100 hours of BBC TV documentaries have been acquired by Presto, the Australian subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service from Foxtel and Seven West Media.

The package of shows, from BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), will be available on Presto TV and Presto Entertainment from 16 July.

"The BBC is a prolific producer of high quality documentary programming and we are thrilled to offer our subscribers a terrific selection of their programming which they can stream on demand," said Shaun James, interim CEO, Presto.

Louisa Bayles, head of digital sales, BBC Worldwide ANZ, added: "We're delighted to be partnering with Presto to offer viewers access to a diverse range of informative and engaging content from our slate of factual programming."

The documentaries include Brazil with Michael Palin, which explores Brazil's rich diversity of cultures; and Michael Palin's New Europe, which sees the Monty Python comedian travel to 20 countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain.

One of the worst ecological disasters and a journey through thousands of years of language are both explored by UK national treasure Stephen Fry in Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill and Fry's Planet World.

Australia with Simon Reeve, Joanna Lumley The Quest for Noah's Ark, An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby and Louis Theroux documentaries are also part of the deal, along with biographies: Steve Jobs Billion Dollar Hippie, Mark Zuckerberg Inside Facebook, All Apologies: Kurt Cobain and Leonardo Inside the Mind of a Genius.