WEB Presto is a strange little streaming beast. A collaboration between Seven and Foxtel, it offers TV and movie services, which you can subscribe to separately or combined, but the content is only available in standard definition.
Taking a quality not quantity approach, Presto’s biggest selling point is a deal struck with HBO that sees incredible series like Band of Brothers, The Wire, The Sopranos, and Boardwalk Empire all making an appearance. Other shows like Dexter, Californication, Deadwood, and Ray Donovan are also all worth a look, but would be even better if they were streaming in high definition.
A movie streaming service before its television branch launched, Presto has an impressive library of films on offer. There are hundreds of titles swiped from Foxtel’s movie channels, but again, the lack of high definition is astounding. Like Netflix, Presto offers newish films like Captain America: Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World, but the viewing experience just can’t compete with the US service. There are times when it feels like you might as well have hired that old VHS tape after all.
Kids can be entertained by the likes of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and chances are they won’t notice the dip in picture quality. A big bonus is the appearance of classic Disney films like Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and Tarzan, alongside more recent releases like Frozen.
Presto is not generous with its accessibility options. It’s available on a limited range of smartphones, including iOS devices later than the iPhone 5, and selected Android devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and ZTE. It’s possible to use your Mac’s AirPlay to cast to an Apple TV, but this isn’t optimised for Presto. Also, there’s a Presto Anytime app for your iPad, but strangely you can’t use that to stream content to your Apple TV.
If you only want Presto’s TV or movie pack without the other you’ll be paying $9.99 per month. For both, the cost is $14.99, which is extortionate when you consider that the only other service charging that much is Netflix, and even then it’s for the 4K offering. SD just doesn’t cut it.