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Both Netflix and Presto this week have shone a light on new content they’ve added to their services, with Presto’s available now and Netflix’s to come next month.

Earlier this month, Presto promoted its romantic movie selection in time for Valentine’s Day, and earlier this week, showcased its range of Oscar winning movies due to the 87th Academy Awards next week.

Presto has a ‘Best Picture Winners Collection’ with classics such as Chariots of Fire, Rain Man, Ghandi, The English Patient, The Silence of the Lambs, No Country for Old Men and The Departed.

It is also featuring visually stunning masterpieces such as Titanic, Chicago and Dances with Wolves; as well as titles like American Beauty and A Beautiful Mind.

2013’s Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, goes like from 23 February 2015, the date Australians can watch the Oscars because of time zone differences with the date being 22 February for the 87th Academy Awards in the US.

Other Oscars winners include Jerry Maguire, Zero Dark Thirty, Letters from Iwo Jima, Lost In Translation, Atonement, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Master and Commander, Ray, Her and Dallas Buyers Club.

While Presto is focusing on popular big name winners from the past, Netflix is going down the comedic route and beyond with titles from production company Beyond Distribution, while also featuring Beyond’s other big hit title: Mythbusters.

Stand-up comedians to be featured include Carl Barron: A One Ended Stick, Arj Barker: Harvest, Kitty Flanagan: Hello Kitty, Jimeoin: Something Smells Funny, and Umbilical Brothers: The Rehearsal.

Netflix is also boasting it ‘will be the exclusive streaming home of popular Australian kids titles’ including Lightning Point, the first three seasons of H2O: Just Add Water and the first season of Mako Mermaids; as well as titles from overseas Maya the Bee, Lalaloopsy, and The Hive.

Sean Carey, Netflix VP of Content Acquisition said: “We’re excited to include these top-notch local titles on our Australian and New Zealand services.

The partnership with Beyond Distribution will bring Netflix members entertainment from local shores and abroad that we know they will spend many hours enjoying.”

Joanne Azzopardi, VP Sales for Australia/New Zealand at Beyond Distribution, said: “Netflix has been a very successful platform for our content worldwide and we are thrilled to now be extending this relationship to include Australia and New Zealand."

So … the streaming content wars continue, with each side trying to outdo the other. It’s a televisual feast and a battle for your dollar - let’s just hope with all this potential watching you’ve got a solid broadband connection with a big, fat download limit!


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