Presto unveils HD streaming, connectivity upgrades


Rebecca Hawkes

| 02 September 2015

Australian video-on-demand (VOD) service Presto is now offering more than 2,500 hours of streamed HD content to subscribers, as well as support for Apple AirPlay, and an enhanced mobile and tablet app.

Presto HD streams up to 1080P and uses an adaptive bitrate to ensure the best quality video for a given Internet connection while providing a smooth streaming experience, the company says. The service is now available for select Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, 2012-2015 model Samsung Smart TVs, Google Chromecast and now Apple TV using AirPlay on iPhones and iPads.

Presto is also to be a launch partner for Telstra's soon to be introduced Telstra TV service on Roku, and claims to be "well advanced" in plans to support other connected TVs and games consoles.

"Presto customers have enjoyed streaming our great movies and drama since launch, but feedback has consistently shown a strong desire for HD," said Shaun James, interim CEO, Presto.

"Today we're thrilled to say HD has landed and landed in force on multiple screens, including support for AirPlay on Apple TV. We've been trialing our HD streams for several weeks and many savvy customers who discovered our early HD content were suitably impressed with what they saw. We will launch with more than 2,500 hours of HD and intend to quickly update the remainder of our content to make it available in HD."

In addition, Presto has unveiled an updated mobile and tablet app for its VOD service with new features including: Watchlist access, letting subscribers keep track of favourites and view on the go; play-next-episode functionality, which screens the next show in a series; parental control and registered devices view, so subscribers can review ratings settings and devices on the go.