Foxtel and Network Seven’s streaming joint venture Presto has confirmed deals with two major studios, HBO and Showtime, however Game of Thrones is not amongst the programs to be shown.
Today a spokesman for Foxtel confirmed whilst HBO series including The Sopranos, Entourage and Boardwalk Empire will be exclusive to the service in Australia, “HBO has made the decision that Game of Thrones won’t be available on any SVOD services worldwide”.
Separately Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment Co’s rival service Stan has this morning confirmed a content deal with ABC Commercial which will see some of the public broadcaster’s most popular shows made available on the paid-for streaming service.
In regards to Game of Thrones HBO is reported to be readying for the launch of its own stand alone streaming service to be ready in time for the launch of season five of the popular show, although it is not known whether that will be available internationally.
The Presto announcement today has also confirmed it will carry shows including Ray Donovan, Dexter and Californication, all of which will also be on Stan when it launches next year.
In a statement to Mumbrella today a Foxtel spokesman confirmed: “Presto will feature complete past seasons from the HBO and Showtime programming we’ve announced, with the most recent past seasons from Showtime coming to Presto first.
“While Presto Entertainment has exclusive access to many hit HBO programs including Entourage, Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and many others, HBO has made the decision that Game of Thrones won’t be available on any SVOD services worldwide. Game of Thrones will continue to be available on Foxtel or Foxtel Play.”
Stan’s announced today it has agreed a non-exclusive deal with the ABC to carry the back catalogue of shows including comedy, dramas, children’s shows and documentaries.
Shows to be carried include Summer Heights High, Ja’mie Private School Girl, Upper Middle Bogan, It’s a Date, The Moodys, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends, The Wiggles, Redfern Now, the crime series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Jack Irish and Janet King.
Nick Forward, Stan’s director of content and product, said in a statement: “We’re very proud to support Australian-made productions and offer Stan’s members a wide range of programming that can be viewed whenever and wherever they want. Our partnership with ABC Commercial shows a continued commitment to investing in Australian content.”
Robert Patterson, director ABC Commercial, added: “ABC Commercial is pleased to partner with Stan at launch, offering a wide variety of Australian content to the new streaming service. The agreement creates new licensing revenues which can then be reinvested into the production of ABC content and programming.”