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A Place to Call Home absent as Presto announces first wave of TV shows

presto foxtel and sevenFoxtel and Seven West Media’s joint venture Presto Entertainment has confirmed it will offer subscribers access to Foxtel and Seven West Media drama series including Wentworth and Packed to the Rafters.

Earlier this week it was confirmed Seven West Media had joined Foxtel in the streaming service,which will now add TV content to its existing movie offering as it looks to establish its place in the market with Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax’s joint venture Stan and US behemoth Netflix coming early next year. 

Subscribers will be able to watch full seasons of home grown drama series from launch, with Foxtel bringing exclusive access to prison drama Wentworth as well as a collection of some of its most popular series including dramas Satisfaction and Love My Way, supernatural drama Spirited and miniseries Tangle, while Seven is offering Packed to the Rafters, All Saints, City Homicide, Home & Away, Winners & Losers and Always Greener.

However, there was no mention of new local co-production A Place to Call Home which Foxtel commissioned a third season of after Seven failed to pick it up. It will be made by Seven’s production unit still.

Seven also committed to offering subscribers access to content currently played on secondary channels including British period drama Mr Selfridge, British detective series Lewis and A Touch of Frost and Rosemary and Thyme.

New US crime drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny, is also set to join the Presto Entertainment line up after it airs on Seven early next year. It is already airing in the US.

Director of Presto and On Demand Shaun James admitted to Mumbrella  there would have to be a “balance” for the service to avoid cannibalising the existing pay-TV customers on Foxtel, and eroding audiences for major franchises on the biggest free-to-air TV network Seven.

In a statement on the content line up he said: “These titles are just a small taste of what both Foxtel and Seven bring to the table for Presto Entertainment. The addition of hit TV shows from our combined libraries of landmark entertainment will add dozens of brilliant programs to Presto Entertainment in the lead up to launch.

“Presto Entertainment will offer subscribers access to fantastic TV programs from a single online streaming source and will complement the existing Presto Movies service. Customers will be able to subscribe to Presto Entertainment or the Presto Movies service as stand-alone services or bundled together.”

Presto Entertainment, a 50-50 joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media, is yet to confirm its launch date, with more announcements on its TV content line-up to made in the coming weeks.

 

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