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Foxtel pledged its Presto subscription movie service as an Australian launch partner for Chromecast, and today it’s made good on that promise with an app bringing Presto’s service to Android tablets, with Chromecast support baked-in to cast those movies to the biggest screen in the house.

Presto gives you access to a library of movies available to stream instantly at a price of $19.95/month, with a few deals going around to make your first month or two a little cheaper. You can start and stop your subscription whenever you like.

There’s a decent library of recent-ish movies on offer from all of the major studios and distributors, like current features Pain & Gain and The Wolverine. We also found Iron Man 3 and Fast & Furious 6, although some titles like Avengers and Transformers were notable by their absence.

The app itself sports an attractive, if not particularly Android-y, UI with some neat page-folding animations and it works best on tablets in landscape mode. There’s a number of interesting and amusing categories to browse (our favourites are “Bad Boys Like Fast Toys”, “Robbed! Pipped at the Best Picture Post” and “Movies of Mass Destruction”) alongside the usual genre selection. The parental controls can be set to require a pin to view content with particular classifications.

You can also see the current schedule of Foxtel’s movie channels and watch the movies on the schedule (including those yet to air) via the app.

Chromecast support works as you’d expect, allowing you to play your selected movies on your TV. You can continue to use the app as usual, while playback controls are overlaid at the bottom of the screen.

What it doesn’t do is allow you to subscribe in the app – you’ll need to go to the Presto website for that, side-stepping Google’s in-app purchase conditions.

Owners of Australian Chromecast units purchased since launch will be happy to find they’re getting a free month of service from Presto from July 1, while digital subscribers to News Corp’s “+” services can get two months of free access. If you’re using Preston on iOS you’ll find an update to the app bringing Chromecast support today, further proving the device’s cross-platform, ecosystem-agnostic appeal.

Today’s release of Presto to Android tablets marks the first of the Australian Chromecast launch apps to actually reach the market, for which Foxtel deserves some credit. It’s a welcome addition indeed, as we’re still waiting for ABC iView and Quickflix to launch their Chromecast-enabled apps.

Update Presto’s site hasn’t been updated to indicate its newfound Android availability, but their Android Launch FAQ does reveal some new details.

The recommended device list is the usual Samsung tablets (Galaxy Tabs and Galaxy Notes) but Nexus tablets can come along for the ride too – the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are on the recommended list.

Presto has also increased the number of devices users can have on their account from three to four.

And the app has now hit Google Play! Download it below:

Will you be checking out Presto? Tell us in the comments!