Home Your Tech Entertainment Presto: Aye to 9 December airdate for Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye

Aye, Home and Away fans who have been keeping an eye out for Presto’s exclusive world premier of its Home and Away ‘movie’ will get an eyeful from Wednesday 9 December 2015.

Australian SVOD service Presto has confirmed the date its exclusive world premiere of ‘Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye’ will begin streaming, which as listed above, is Wednesday 9 December 2015.

The event is Presto’s first local commission, announced earlier this year (and covered in iTWire here). 

For those wondering, Home and Away is an Australian soap opera, usually aimed at teenage viewers and young adults, but also popular overseas, like similar show ‘Neighbours’ for its portrayal of the Australian lifestyle, Australian landscapes and universally whacky soap opera storylines - common to all soap operas the world over.

Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye centres on the Braxton family and will see the special guest return of two of Home and Away’s favourite characters, Heath (Dan Ewing) and Bianca (Lisa Gormley), to Summer Bay.

The storyline for the special event sits immediately after the dramatic season finale of the regular series on Network Seven as the popular Braxton family face their biggest challenge ever when Brax (Steve Peacocke) and Ricky’s (Bonnie Sveen) baby son Casey is kidnapped in a calculated act of revenge by Brax’s arch nemesis – Gunno (Diarmid Heidenreich) – the man responsible for his seeming ‘death’.

It’s a race against time as Heath, Ash (George Mason) and Kyle (Nic Westaway) frantically search for baby Casey while Bianca, Ricky and Phoebe (Isabella Giovinazzo) desperately try to raise the ransom money as the clock ticks.

As noted, the show and all those like it are always famous for their whacky but loved storylines, and with Presto fighting the SVOD (subscription video on demand) fight against the US giant Netflix, Presto needs all the content it can get, first and foremost to tempt Australians to sign up for to watch, but also to sell to international markets to earn international revenues from.

Presto says that ‘Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye’ has been produced exclusively for Presto by Seven Productions and will screen only on Presto, which is clearly designed to encourage new subscriptions to Presto. Despite Presto’s protestations, one would have to imagine that the show will eventually be broadcast elsewhere, but so far off into the future as to make its storyline much less relevant by then.

In other words, if you’re a Home and Away fan, this show is clearly designed to be a must-watch event - and the only way you’ll be able to watch it without your friends or social media and the Internet spoiling it for you is to subscribe to Presto and enjoy it for yourself!

Shaun James, Presto TV CEO, said, “The countdown is on with the world premiere of Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye coming to fans of this beloved series on December 9. We couldn’t be more thrilled for its arrival and anticipation among Presto subscribers is approaching fever pitch.

“The response to our fan poll selecting the most memorable Births, Deaths and Weddings has been huge as we approach the premiere of Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye, which has really added to the excitement. Home and Away fans have voted and, from today, Presto is delivering the Top 10 Births to help whet subscribers’ Home and Away appetites as we look forward to the special event.”

Read on for more below!

Today’s World Premiere news announcement also accompanies Presto’s unveiling of Australia’s favourite Home and Away moments of the past 28 years, as voted by for by Home and Away fans.

The first selection of favourites featuring the most popular Home and Away “Births” episodes have started streaming from today, exclusive to Presto, and include such iconic episodes as the 2008 arrival of Archie Hyde who was born on the side of the road when his father Kim (Chris Hemsworth) tried a shortcut through an old drovers track and got a flat tyre; the 1998 birth of Martha MacKenzie to teenage mum Roo (Justine Clarke) who gave Martha up for adoption by the MacKenzie family only to try desperately to get her back at the last minute; and the 1996 new addition of daughter Shane Parrish, who was born to Angel (Melissa George) after the sudden death of his father and who was named Shane in her late dad’s honour.

The Top 10 Home and Away “Deaths” episodes will stream soon after from 22 November followed by the Top 10 “Weddings” episodes starting on 29 November. The full list of the Top 10 Home and Away “Births”, “Deaths” and “Wedding” episodes as voted by Home and Away fans include:

Births

  • Casey & Braxton
  • Rocco Scott Braxton
  • VJ Patterson
  • George Franklin
  • Pippa Saunders
  • Shane Parrish Jnr
  • Martha Mackenzie
  • Byron Fisher
  • Ella Hunter
  • Archie Hyde

Deaths

  • Casey Braxton
  • Charlie Buckton
  • Belle Taylor
  • Noah Lawson
  • Flynn Saunders
  • Shane Parrish
  • Jack Holden
  • Gina Auston
  • Bobby Simpson
  • Meg Bowman

Weddings

  • Heath & Bianca
  • Belle & Aden
  • Indi & Romeo
  • Hayley & Noah
  • April & Dex
  • Marilyn & John
  • Angel & Shane
  • Sally & Flynn
  • Martha & Jack
  • Leah & Vinnie

As always, Presto offers a one month free trial of its Entertainment bundle subscription for those who have never trialled Presto before.

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