Supply on demand
This year will be the TV year of more choice, more catch- up and, more than ever, the chance to choose what you want to watch and when. HOLLY BYRNES runs her eye over one of the new kids on the block
Satisfaction TAKING control of the remote has long inspired domestic power struggles – just who gets to decide what you watch and when?
Whether you’re fi ghting for the right to play programmer, or railing against the network professionals who play fast and loose with the daily schedule, the pleasure can sometimes be taken out of your favourite leisure activity.
Now, with the rise of streaming video on demand ( SVOD) services like Presto off ering a back catalogue of movies and TV shows, control is back in the viewer’s hands.
Presto’s new TV vault – a joint venture between Foxtel ( part- owned by News Corp, publisher of this magazine) and Seven West Media – opens up a vast library of ad- free TV shows including drama, kids, comedy, factual and reality, with the audience able to revisit hits they may have missed on fi rst airing.
With more Australians than ever watching an average of 97 hours of TV every month, or three hours a day ( according to OzTam/ Neilsen fi gures), you watch remains the relevant question rather than when.
Small- screen lovers can use the SVOD options to catch up on old favourites, discover hidden treasures often buried by free- to- air television, or add to your TV “education” by exploring those programs proclaimed by the experts as modern classics.
Remotes at the ready, here’s our guide to the best of Presto.