Seeking to hit Netflix for six, Presto has announced many popular TV show titles arriving upon Presto’s launch, while still saying in its boiler-plate text that it is yet to ‘make more announcements on its television content line-up in the coming weeks.’
But while what’s set to come is still being kept mum, Presto has announced a swathe of HBO and Showtime content meant to bring a smile to your dial, that of Presto’s programmers but not that of Netflix executives.
So naturally, the big question is: what are these super popular TV shows?
Well, from HBO, you’ll be able to watch The Sopranos, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers, Entourage, The Newsroom, True Blood, The Pacific, Girls, Six Feet Under, Hung, Veep and Big Love.
From Showtime, you’ll be able to watch Dexter, The Borgias, Brotherhood, Californication, Deadwood, Nurse Jackie and Ray Donovan.
Foxtel’s Director of Presto and Video on Demand, Shaun James, said: “We’re pulling out all the stops to ensure we have a compelling line-up of television content available for our subscribers when Presto Entertainment goes live and are thrilled to announce these amazing hits from HBO and Showtime.
“Aussies will see these hit shows first, and in HBO’s case exclusively, on Presto and we know that these TV gems will delight our subscribers. We’re looking forward to more surprises for TV lovers with our full content line up as we approach launch, so stay tuned, Presto Entertainment is just getting started.”
Presto can be enjoyed on your TV via Chromecast, on iPads, PCs and Macs, but iPhones and iPod Touches miss out, including the iPhone 6 Plus which is practically and ‘iPad nano’, while only ‘select’ Android tablets can be used with the service while Foxtel/Presto competitors seemingly have no problems whatsoever in offering streaming to virtually any Android smartphone or tablet.
iPhone owners and Android tablet owners not yet supported by Presto are hoping that Presto can, with a magical, cool as a cucumber ‘hey presto’ flourish, switch on support for these devices to finally end the digital streaming divide no other streaming service appears to be encumbered with.