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

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

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.

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