Thursday , October 19 2017

Foxtel adds smartphone support to Presto mobile app

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Video streaming is becoming a hot topic in Australia ahead of an Australian launch of international video streaming juggernaut Netflix in March. While Streamco service Stan launched last month, they were already playing catchup to Foxtel offering Presto which launched their TV offerings earlier this year, though only for tablets. Today Presto has advised that they have updated their app to now support a range of mobile phones.

The announcement lists a number of handsets included in the initial rollout, including phones Apple iPhone handsets but specifically names Android handsets manufactured by Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and ZTE. The app isn’t currently live in Google Play (or the Samsung App Store) but is expected to be later today.

Samsung HTC Sony LG ZTE
Galaxy Note 3 Desire 610 Xperia Z2 G3 Dave (Telstra)
Galaxy Note 4 HTC One Mini 2 Xperia Z3
Note Edge HTC One (M8) Xperia Z3 Compact
Galaxy S4 with 4G

While it’s a limited assortment, bear in mind that Netflix is about to arrive with their app and service available on just about any phone, tablet or device you care to mention, so the pressure is on Presto to deliver more handset support quickly if they want to retain or grow market share.

Presto offers a tiered payment system for their service, based on what type of content (TV or Movies) you want to enjoy. Plans start from $9.99 a month for either Presto TV or Presto Movies or you can bundle both services together for $14.99 a month with the Presto Entertainment bundle. The plans are sold on a month-to-month basis, so there’s no ongoing commitment.

Presto offers a wide range of movies from major motion picture studios such as MGM, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney, Warner Bros. and more, and their TV offerings include content from international networks such as HBO, ShowTime, CBS, Viacom and local content from Foxtel, the Seven network and the ABC.

If you’ve been waiting for Presto to arrive on your phone then hopefully your handset is included. If you haven’t tried out Presto, with the no commitment plans it’s definitely worth giving it a shot at least once.

The app was not found in the store. 🙁
 

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7 Comments on "Foxtel adds smartphone support to Presto mobile app"

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Manya3084
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Manya3084

OMG! Thank you foxtel for allowing me to use….oh wait, I own none of those phones. Never knew a nexus device would require certification.

News flash presto/stan/quickflix(Hahaha, quickflix), netflix is comming, and it runs on anything, hell, even my 3 year old rooted china tablet runs netflix. Stop trying to prevent piracy that doesn’t exist at the cost of convenience that is already there.

Ofazza
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Ofazza

My bad, they now allow 4 devices to be registered per account. But services like Vudu, Netflix, Hulu allow unlimited device registration. Even Stan allow 6. And NONE of them include Chromecast as a Device. Presto really need to make some changes if they want to remain competitive. They are already overpriced by comparison…

Butt Man
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Butt Man

I was worried about dumping Foxtel but now, I couldn’t be happier. With a chromecast and a USA Netflix account I can now watch WHAT I want, WHEN I want.

TheBagging Man
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TheBagging Man

Meh,
Just get Netflix and a dns service
So many devices WDTV(US version), Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV/Stick, Chromecast, Apple TV to name a few.
Presto and Stan always going to be 3rd tear services, will never be able to compete with their US counterparts.

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Luke Vesty

Haha Foxtel, I hate you so much.

Ofazza
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Ofazza

Nice, except Presto counts Chromecast as a Registered Device (with a limit of 3 devices). Not many services include Chromecast as a Device which could cause a problem with such a low maximum number permitted….

chris
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chris

Good point, you can only view and cast from a registered device so a house with 3 chromecasts in it uses all of your devices… typical crap from Foxtel, I would not buy their product on the basis that they are part owned by News Corp let alone the rest of the crap business model.

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