A few of the things you can watch on Presto
The Feisty Upstart — Presto
Presto started out as a movies only streaming service backed by Foxtel’s movie channel — but in early 2015 they started to also stream TV, in an attempt to compete with Netflix. It’s the Foxtel backing that gives Presto the (perhaps unfair) advantage, as they can pick and choose from the cream of the movies (both recent and vintage) and also offer the TV shows that the others can’t — particularly HBO’s acclaimed catalogue. A wide range of the HBO catalogue is available, all of it in HD and all of it included in the monthly price, which at $14.99/month is more expensive than Quickflix and the other two competitors.
Just don’t expect to see Game of Thrones here, not yet anyway. For whatever reason, Presto’s held that one back from streaming, but there’s plenty of other HBO goodness to be had here, along with some very high-quality shows from other premium networks — Mr Robot, Aquarius, American Horror Story, Haven, The Affair, Homeland, Ray Donovan, and many more. It’s a library chock-full of stuff you simply cannot stream elsewhere, and it’s all included in the monthly price. No “premium” extras here.
The movies section is comprehensive too, featuring titles that are far fresher than most of what you’ll see on Netflix or Stan, as well as a huge library of older films of all kinds. It’s not all A-grade stuff, of course, but the good outweighs the bad — and there’s a nice selection of Australian films here too. Many of the movies — though not all — are available in HD.
Presto’s been a victim of its own sudden popularity recently, with their servers struggling under the load caused by thousands of Home and Away fans flocking to Presto for the exclusive episode they produced, but they’re upgrading capacity and slowly but surely ironing out the bugs (a particularly annoying one being the fact that your watchlist on the web site and on the iOS app are completely separate).
For $14.99/month it’s a seriously good value, even simply for the exclusive content that gives them a real point of difference. It’s an even better value for Virgin Mobile customers at the moment, too, with Virgin offering a bonus 2GB of mobile data simply for streaming Presto on your mobile phone. Check the offer page for details on that limited-time deal.