Presto heads back to Summer Bay for Home and Away specials

Alex Kidman 6 May 2016

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Presto has commissioned two new Home and Away specials due to air later this year.

Presto has announced that it is once again going to leverage its connections with Channel 7 (half-owner of Presto) to produce two new Home and Away "special events", broadcast only on the streaming TV service.

Not much is known about content for the two new specials. All Presto's statement says is: "The two new Home and Away specials will feature current and returning cast members". Given the long-running history of the series (it debuted back in 1988) that could mean just about anybody could appear, although we’ll suggest the odds of a Guy Pearce or Dannii Minogue reappearance seem low.

This isn’t Presto’s first play in Summer Bay, having previously aired Home and Away: An Eye For An Eye over Summer 2015. Its other previous locally produced series was Let’s Talk About, which also aired last year.

There is clearly a market for Home and Away content on Presto, with the company claiming that Home and Away: An Eye For An Eye broke its streaming records when it went live last year.

To date, Australian streaming services haven’t been awash with locally produced content. From Stan we’ve seen No Activity (which has been recommissioned for a second series) and this month’s debut of em>Wolf Creek, while Netflix has done nothing beyond filming a fan (no, really).

You can read the full rundown of new May content on Presto, Stan and Netflix Australia in our roundup here.

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