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VIDEO: Presto TV $9.99 per month, $14.99 with movies on 18 January Featured

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While Netflix is expected to offer both movies and TV shows for its $9.99 monthly charge, Presto thinks it can charge $9.99 per month just for TV or movies, with both services to cost $14.99 per month.

Foxtel’s hoped-for Netflix killer, Presto, has finally announced pricing for its Presto TV service, which will go live more than two months before Netflix’s March 31 launch date, with Presto going live on Sunday, 18 January 2015.

Presto promises an ‘unbelievable selection of thousands of hours of ad-free television’, which only makes us wonder how long it will be before the ads inevitably get added.

It will cost $9.99 per month for either Presto TV or Presto Movies, if you want both Presto TV and Movies at the same time, it will cost $14.99 per month - ‘with no ongoing commitment’.

Presto will offer ‘a vast collection of TV shows’ from HBO, Showtime, CBS, Viacom, Hasbro and content from Foxtel, Channel 7 and ‘ABC Commercial’ - which is ABC Australia, not ABC in the US.

As you’d expect, these shows will be ‘complete seasons’ that you can gorge upon at will, with key genres including ‘drama, comedy, reality and kids and family.’

Here’s Presto’s 30-second commercial to promote the service.

Full seasons exclusively available on Presto’s SVOD service include titles such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City, Entourage, True Blood, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood, Dexter, The Borgias, Californication, Nurse Jackie and Ray Donovan’.

Presto also says new seasons [are] ‘coming first to Presto TV for the standalone SVOD window.’

Foxtel shows on the service include Wentworth, Love My Way and Tangle, while shows from Channel 7 include Packed to the Rafters, All Saints, Always Greener, Mr Selfridge, Rosemary and Thyme, and A Touch of Frost, ‘as well as full series of a number of Seven’s locally-produced factual, drama, comedy and entertainment programs.’

Even more complete series will include ‘Frasier, Cheers and Everybody Loves Raymond.’

Full seasons of TV shows from ‘ABC Commercial’ include Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes and Ja’mie: Private School Girl, A Moody Christmas, The Librarians, Rake, Redfern Now and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Kids TV includes Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Angelina Ballerina and The Wiggles will also be available, with more shows coming soon including Sesame Street, Postman Pat, Pingu and Fireman Sam.

Want more kids TV? You’ll also get a SpongeBob SquarePants, the Littlest Pet Shop, Arthur, Transformers, the mighty morphing Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.

Preschoolers can enjoy Dora the Explorer, Boots and Backpack, Bubble Guppies and My Little Pony.

Foxtel’s Director of Presto and On Demand, Shaun James said: “Presto TV will provide a fantastic television experience for subscribers for just $9.99 per month with a terrific line up of hit shows, quality dramas and hidden gems which can be streamed ad-free and watched instantly on demand.

“Presto TV will cater for viewers of all ages and we are committed to adding new programming to our offering over time giving our subscribers the opportunity to watch complete series and full seasons from some of the biggest producers such as HBO, CBS Studios International, SHOWTIME and locally from Foxtel, Seven West Media and ABC Commercial. We will also have more exciting content announcements to make in coming weeks.

“Presto TV can also be bundled with Presto Movies for just $14.99 providing a value for money way to access television and movies in one place. Presto also offers an intuitive customer interface with curated collections, recommendations and critics’ reviews.”

Presto is available on PC, Mac, iPads, Chromecast and some new language stating ‘selected Android tablets coming soon’ - but still no iPhones, games consoles, Smart TVs or all Android phones and all Android tablets.

This contrasts with Netflix which appears to run on any Internet connected device with a screen or that can be attached to a screen.

Presto tells us that ‘Subscribers can register up to four compatible devices and watch two devices simultaneously.’

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