Foxtel's movie streaming service Presto will be coming to select Android tablets — and Google Chromecast — this July. This will provide Presto customers with a fuss-free way to watch movies on their TV screens with no cables required.
To coincide with the launch of Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle, Foxtel has announced it will be bringing its subscription streaming movie service Presto to Android. The dedicated app will be released in conjunction with Google Chromecast, allowing users to stream Presto content from their Android tablet directly to their TV through a WiFi connection.
Foxtel has yet to announce a list of compatible devices, stating only that the service will work with "selected Android tablets". If past Foxtel roll-outs are anything to go by, we suspect availability will be limited to a handful of Samsung and Nexus models to begin with, although we're purely speculating at this point.
Presto itself costs $19.99 per month, which grants you unlimited access to the Foxtel Movies archive and seven live movie channels on an all-you-can-eat subscription model. (Brand new releases need to be rented as pay-per-view, however.) Currently, you can try the service for $4.99 in your first month.
Even after you factor in $49 for the Chromecast dongle, we think this is a pretty reasonable asking price for the movie selection on offer. It still pales in comparison to something like Netflix, but if you want a 100 per cent legal movie streaming service, Presto is probably the way to go. The fact there are no lock-in contracts is also a huge bonus.
Quickflix has also announce it will be bringing its streaming service to Google Chromecast, although no pricing details or hardware compatibility has been announced yet.
"Quickflix expects to be one of the first subscription movie and TV streaming services available on Chromecast in Australia and in the coming weeks will be unveiling new enabled Android and iOS apps to make the most of Google Chromecast," the company confirmed in a statement.
Look out for a future article comparing both Chromecast apps as soon as more information becomes available.