Monday, 22 December 2014 11:44

Presto’s Christmas movie promo so you join pronto

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Presto’s Christmas movie selection is one way the promise of a white Christmas in Australia’s summer can be fulfilled - is it tempting enough?

Foxtel’s hoped-for Netflix killer, Presto, which recently joined forces with Channel 7 to deliver TV shows from Foxtel and Seven’s TV library in 2015, has rolled out a suite of Christmas movie favourites.

Aimed at kids, families and the nostalgic, these ‘family favourites’ are aimed at your wallet, in the hope you’ll open it up, pull out your credit card and sign up for the Presto streaming service.

Noting that the ‘school holidays and well-earned vacations’ are ‘in full swing’, Presto is pumping titles such as ‘Home Alone, Santa Clause 3, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Nightmare Before Christmas.’

Tweaking thoughts of a ‘white Christmas’ is evident with Presto’s ‘Frosty Family Fun’ selection of films through titles such as ‘Frozen, Happy Feet, Ice Age, Brother Bear and Holidaze’, even though none of those titles have anything to do with Christmas.

Presto is also promoting its ‘Animation Fixation for Kids on Vacation’ selection, proffering titles including ‘Planes, Monsters University, Toy Story, Adventures in Zambezia and Jimmy Neutron – Boy Genius’, which are all titles that can keep your kids occupied especially after Christmas is over and the height of summer sets in.

As is the case with all of Presto’s titles, they’re available to watch instantly thanks to the magic of video on demand and broadband.

There’s also the promise of TV shows joining Presto in 2015, although at an additional cost that has not yet been disclosed to the public - which will ‘include a large range of children’s programming’.

Foxtel’s Director of Presto and On Demand, Shaun James, spruiked that: “Christmas holidays are a great time to come together as a family and enjoy quality movies, and Presto has a fantastic selection to fit the bill for parents and kids alike.

“What’s more, we’re working hard to fill our Presto Entertainment vault with some fantastic kids programming that is bound to keep pre-schoolers and older kids entertained with lots of laughs and adventure.”

Separately, Presto is really pulling out all the stops in its efforts to sign up as many people to Presto as possible before the Netflix onslaught hits, even going so far as to offer 1 month of Presto movies free if you sign up to News.com.au's free newsletter, as can be seen here. Whether any of this is enough to sway you is a decision you'll have to swing past yourself. 

Presto can be watched on your big-screen TV via Chromecast, on iPads, PCs, Macs and ‘selected Android tablets’, but sadly not on iPhones or Android smartphones, and not on any of the zillions of Android tablets out there that Presto and Foxtel refuse to support, despite competing services from free-to-air TV networks having no issue with the vast majority of Android smartphones and tablets.

We’ll keep mentioning this until the day comes when, Presto can say ‘hey, presto, we support everything’. Which would even include Windows Phone. Just like Netflix.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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