Foxtel’s movie streaming service, Presto (not to be confused with Foxtel Play), has partnered with Google Chromecast to bring its content to the biggest screen in your house. Starting from today, Presto will be available on Chromecast devices, as well as select Android tablets.
Even better, if you pick up a Chromecast, or if you’ve bought one since its official Australian debut on May 28, your first month of Presto is totally free. After that, if you don’t think it’s worth continuing at $19.99 per month, you can cancel your subscription for no charge.
Of course, the first trial month of Presto is only $4.99 without a Chromecast, so you’re not exactly saving a bundle if you run out and grabbing one right this second.
More attractive is Presto’s two month free offer to News Corp Australia digital subscibers. Also from today, members of The Daily Telegraph+, Herald Sun+, The Courier-Mail+ and The Advertiser+ brands can enjoy two months complimentary access to Presto.
Presto is a movie subscription service that provides blockbuster and classic movies for a monthly fee of $19.99. Its claims of providing the “most recent premium movie content available in Australia to a subscription streaming service” are probably true, if you only count those that are legitimately available.
Movies cycle through with Foxtel’s licencing agreements on its channels: Foxtel Movies Disney, Foxtel Movies Premiere, Foxtel Movies Comedy, Foxtel Movies Romance, Foxtel Movies Thriller, Foxtel Movies Action, Foxtel Movies Family, and Foxtel Movies Masterpiece.
Until now users have been limited in terms of viewing Presto on their TVs, but with Chromecast and Android tablet support more options have now opened up. Just exactly what specific tablets it is available on is not clear, but with any luck it's based on Android version and not manufacturer or model.
Presto is definitely available on iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini with Retina. You can also get it on Windows XP and up, and Mac OSX 10.7+.
Google Chromecast is a USB-mounted streaming device available on the Google Play store for AU$49.
It enables streaming from Google Play, YouTube and other services. Thanks to this partnership, Presto is now also supported.
It is a cheap and affordable way to turn your TV in to a content streaming machine that can be synced to and controlled by your Android phone or tablet at the press of a button.
YouTube now sees more streaming from Chromecast than any other streaming device. Users have increased their average daily activity by 40% since Q3 of last year the list of compatible services continues to increase.