Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:15

Presto’s legal medicine for the Dallas Buyers Club Featured


With piracy of the Dallas Buyers Club in the news, Foxtel has announced the Oscar-winning movie is available to watch along with plenty of other movie titles from its Presto streaming service for just $9.99 per month.

Presto’s move is a clever one, taking advantage of the legal action between the movie’s makers and iiNet, with the movie’s creators seeking contact details for iiNet IP address (and customers) identified as having accessed the movie over Torrent networks.

That said, the people who were downloading Dallas Buyers Club over torrent networks were doing this some months ago, but for anyone still thinking of doing this now and worried about running afoul of those who actively record the IP addresses of torrent users, Presto does deliver a streaming movie fix that is free of the virus and malware threats torrent networks expose users to.

For those thinking Presto is just filled with older titles, the Company says: “Presto is known for the recency and quality of its movie selection and currently features more than half of last year’s top 100 Australian Box Office titles. Subscribers can sign up to Presto in minutes and are free to come and go from the service on a monthly basis.”

Presto’s library is billed as having “the most recent blockbusters, classic favourites and a host of other Oscar Award winning titles including, Argo, Frozen, Her, Blue Jasmine, Million Dollar Baby, The Departed, No Country For Old Men, American Beauty, Forrest Gump and others.”

In addition, Presto’s user interface is slick, with “curated collections, recommendations and critics’ reviews”, as well as the ability to watch Presto on your TV via Google Chromcast, or on selected Android tablets, iOS tablets and PCs and Macs.

The Company also has even more up-to-date movies that aren’t yet part of the general $9.99 all-you-can-stream package, with these available as “pay-per-view” titles.
You’ll need an internet connection of at least 3Mbps to reliably watch Presto titles, and if you plan on watching a lot, you’ll want a generous download limit, but as that’s pretty standard these days for ADSL, cable and those with actual NBN connections, most people shouldn’t have an issue being Presto customers.

Presto’s moves to continue advertising itself and its movie library come in the face of the rumoured entry of US movie and TV show streaming giant Netflix into the Australian market, although it if comes, it’s Australian library is expected to be much smaller than its content library in the US due to movie and TV show licensing issues.

So, if you haven’t yet been tempted by legal movie streaming options, whether from Presto, Quickflix, Netflix or even Foxtel itself via its Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go services, the drumbeat to get you to try it and see if you like it is only going to get louder in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

The Dallas Buyers Club trailer via YouTube. 

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