Presto has stepped up its streaming platform adding High Definition, Airplay compatibility and a new app for tablets.
From today Presto subscribers can view TV and movies in HD on select Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, 2012 – 2015 model Samsung Smart TVs, Google Chromecast and Apple TV, using AirPlay on iPhones and iPads. Additional smart TVs, games consoles other devices are expected soon.
Unlike Netflix and Stan, the joint Foxtel / Seven service has not been available in HD, until now.
“Presto customers have enjoyed streaming our great movies and drama since launch, but feedback has consistently shown a strong desire for HD,” said Shaun James, Interim CEO, Presto.
“Today we’re thrilled to say HD has landed and landed in force on multiple screens, including support for AirPlay on Apple TV. We’ve been trialling our HD streams for several weeks and many savvy customers who discovered our early HD content were suitably impressed with what they saw.
“We will launch with more than 2500 hours of HD and intend to quickly update the remainder of our content to make it available in HD. This is great news for Telstra residential Bigpond customers and Foxtel Broadband customers who will have unmetered access to Presto’s HD content.
“Presto is also delighted to make AirPlay available for our customers using iOS devices and we have also updated our mobile and tablet app, adding a range of fantastic new features which will be most noticeable to those using tablets.”
A new mobile and tablet app adds includes Watchlist access, Play-Next-Episode functionality, Parental Control and Registered Devices View.
The content library includes several HBO, Showtime and AMC titles plus first-run series including Mr. Robot and Aquarius and early Australian seasons of Wentworth, A Place to Call Home and Packed to the Rafters.
Presto HD streams up to 1080P and uses an adaptive bitrate and 5.1 Surround Sound. Presto is also still offering new customers a free 30-day trial. It will also be a partner for Telstra TV on Roku, expected to launch soon.
“We are committed to continuing to innovate the Presto service and we have a lot more great announcements still to come,” said James.