Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:26

VIDEO: Presto’s Mr. Robot to ‘hack’ Channel 7 broadcast, mate


Presto’s Mr Robot has been described as if ‘Stanley Kubrick wrote Fight Club and it was about hackers”, with one special Ch 7 airing on 21 August.

SVOD streaming service Presto has already started airing the smash-hit new TV show ‘MR. ROBOT’ from August 14, which has also been described as “
The Social Network meets ‘Occupy Wall Street’”, and which has already won impressive critical acclaim from a range of top US sources.

The first episode aired in March at the US SWSX (South by Southwest) Film Festival, and won there too - the Audience Award for Episodic Television, with the show then actually going to air on the USA Network on June 24.

But now it’s available in Australia via Presto, with the first 8 episodes now available and the rest going to air on Presto ‘short after their US broadcast.’

One of my iTWire colleagues stated: “That show is really good ... the best representation of hacking I've seen in a TV show or movie.”

It features a young computer programmer, Elliot, who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night; ‘a loner with a social phobia of being around most people, Elliot believes in using his computing skills to help those he cares about, as well as to punish those he believes are bringing harm to others.’

Presto’s ‘Interim’ CEO, Shaun James described the show as “a daring piece of television which tackles the controversial subject of hacking. It has critics and audiences raving, especially about the standout performance of Rami Malek as Elliot, and we are delighted to make the series available first in Australia as a premiere to Presto subscribers.”

Chris Taylor, VP of NBCUniversal’s International Networks & Distribution A/NZ stating this show is “a truly unique, contemporary and culturally relevant drama series. Since its premiere a few months ago, the show has already achieved great success, both with viewers and in the media, and we are proud to partner with Presto and bring this series to Australian audiences.”

So, what is all of this about Mr Robot hacking into Channel 7, mate?

Well, we’re seeing Presto TV and its 50% joint venture partner, Seven West Media, which owns Channel 7, using the Ch 7’s free-to-air network TV properties to promote the show - something that’s a clever move to help move Presto’s subscriber numbers up.

Mr Robot will be getting a special screening of the first episode on Friday, August 21 ‘following the Friday Night Football match between Hawthorne and Port Adelaide’ on Channel 7 itself in Melbourne and Adelaide, and on the 7mate channel in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Anyone interested in watching is advised to check local guides - or to take Presto up on its 30 day free trial for brand new Presto customers.

Obviously, it’s not a ‘real’ hack - Channel 7 is simply doing Presto a favour, but as Ch 7’s parent company owns half of Presto, it’s a clever way to give a brand new show and the Presto SVOD network a bit of a televisual boost.

Here’s Presto’s 30 second trailer of MR ROBOT in action!


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