The streaming TV wars continue apace, with Presto striking back against the Netflix behemoth by adding yet more televisual content to the SVOD streaming roster.
The latest batch of content comes from NBCUniversal (NBCU) and includes comedy and drama programs.
These include Mrs Brown’s Boys, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Grimm and Heroes, all of which go live on the Presto service today (Monday 24 August, 2015.)
Presto says its TV arm will be ‘the exclusive SVOD home to the complete seasons of the hit Irish comedy series Mrs Brown’s Boys starring Brendan O’Carroll,’ which includes all three seasons of Mrs Brown’s Boys and two of the Mrs Brown’s Boys specials, ‘Buckin’ Mammy’ and ‘Who’s a Pretty Mammy?’.
Part of this appears to be in aid of a new Mrs Brown live stage show, called ‘Good Mourning Mrs Brown,’ which will tour Australia in early 2016, although when Presto might get it for streaming is undisclosed - you’d have to imagine it would be much, much later in 2016 at the earliest, if not 2017.
Then there’s the SVOD rights to 30 Rock, which includes all seven seasons, and the first five seasons of Parks and Recreation with more presumed to come, alongside the aforementioned dramas ‘Grimm’ and the full four seasons ‘Heroes’.
Then there’s the NBCU drama series ‘Bates Motel’, which will arrive to Presto in December.
Interim CEO, Shaun James, whose position reminds me of when Steve Jobs was iCEO, or Interim CEO too, said: “NBCUniversal is a prolific producer of quality popular content and we are delighted to be able to offer Presto subscribers some of their most iconic shows including comedies Mrs Brown’s Boys, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation and drama series such as Heroes, Bates Motel and Grimm.
“There is also massive interest in the anticipated new drama series Heroes Reborn which will soon premiere on the Seven Network, so there is no better time for viewers to reacquaint themselves with the original four seasons of Heroes which ignited this popular franchise.”
Here’s Presto’s ‘key summary’ of the new shows:
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Brendan O’Carroll stars as Agnes Brown, a loud-mouthed Irish matriarch who runs her house with an iron fist and whose favourite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children. Produced by the BBC, The sitcom also stars Jennifer Gibney, Dermot O’Neill and Paddy Houlihan.
Based loosely on the backstage goings on of hit variety show Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock is told through the comedic voice of Emmy® and two-time Golden Globe® winner Tina Fey as variety show producer Liz Lemon. The series also features Alec Baldwin as top network executive Jack Donaghy and Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, the unpredictable star of Lemon's hit variety show, "TGS with Tracy Jordan." All seven seasons of 30 Rock will be available to Presto TV and the Presto Entertainment Bundle subscribers.
Parks and Recreation
A hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a mid-level employee in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana and her tireless efforts to make her American town just a little bit more fun. The series also stars Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott and Rob Lowe.
Bates Motel is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and gives a portrayal of how Norman Bates' (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans discover the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly is. Bates Motel will join the Presto service in December.
Inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales, Grimm tells the story of Portland homicide detective, Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms", and increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.
People all over the US start to realise they have special abilities, like telekinesis, healing abilities, flying powers, time travel, invisibility, and the ability to absorb other's abilities. One man, known as Sylar, wants to gain all the power of these "heroes" to become the most powerful of all, and stops at nothing to kill these people. In order to protect themselves, these people must help one another before Sylar can destroy them all. All four complete seasons of Heroes will be available to Presto TV and Presto Entertainment bundle subscribers.