Foxtel Play is replacing Presto: what you need to know

Angus Kidman 4 October 2016

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There will be no more Presto by February 2017, but Game of Thrones will be relatively cheap.

Streaming service Presto is closing down, and will be replaced with Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now) from the end of January 2017.

Foxtel has bought out Seven West Media's stake in Presto, and unsurprisingly Foxtel wants to shift subscribers to Foxtel Play.

As we've reported previously, Foxtel Play is being revamped and relaunched in December this year. We now have details of what packages will be on offer at that time:

  • Separate Drama and Entertainment packs at $15 a month each, or $25 for both. Both packs will include Game of Thrones, Westeros fans.
  • Separate Lifestyle, Documentary and Kids packs for $10 a month each.
  • A Sports tier for $25 a month (which requires at least one other pack).
  • A Movie tier for $20 a month (which requires at least one other pack).

That's a lot more expensive than Presto's top-priced $14.99 a month, but it's hard to make a direct comparison. Foxtel Play includes many live streaming shows, particularly on the sports channel, and catch-up viewing for many shows currently showing on Foxtel's main TV service. Foxtel says that Presto customers will have access to "more premium first run television programs and more recent movies than ever before". We'll be crunching the numbers to see how many shows the service actually offers when it launches.

Existing Foxtel Play customers will be invited to switch to the new pricing from December. The current cheapest Foxtel Play deal is $25, so customers who don't want every channel will save money.

So what happens to Presto customers? Presto will continue until 31 January 2017, when it will be switched off. Presto customers will be able to switch to Foxtel Play from December, and anyone with excess credit after that date will be offered alternative content or deals.

Presto's disappearance isn't surprising: Roy Morgan data suggests that it's running in a distant third place to Netflix and Stan.

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