View Finder: Free Westworld, Twin Peaks, Black Mirror
All the latest news from streaming and TV, plus the pick of new shows this weekend.
Free Westworld, no Foxtel required
HBO's latest big budget mega-series Westworld debuted earlier this month. Each episode is being fast-tracked by Foxtel, with a 12pm showing each Monday on Showcase and an evening repeat at 8:30pm, as well as availability on Foxtel Play. But even if you're not a Foxtel subscriber, you can watch the first episode online completely for free.
First look at Big Little Lies
Elsewhere in HBO-land, we've had the first teaser for drama series Big Little Lies, from prolific producer David E. Kelley. Local connection: it's based on a book by Australian author Liane Moriarty. We can expect this on Foxtel (and associated streaming services) next year.
Twin Peaks teases its return
David Lynch classic Twin Peaks is returning next year (Stan has the local rights). We don't have an airdate yet, but we do have this new clip of the cast discussing the return of the series:
Netflix makes more shows than all of Australia's TV networks put together
How big is Netflix? In the last year, it has spent US$4.91 billion on new programs, according to the World TV Production Report. To put that in perspective, all of Australia's TV networks combined spent US$2.4 billion over the same period.
So there's really only one thing to say: c'mon Netflix, produce an actual show in Australia already. Make that Kath and Kim revival happen! (Netflix has recently been announced as co-producer on the next series of local drama Glitch, but that had already been commissioned by the ABC, so we don't think it properly counts.)
Key new shows and movies this weekend
By far the most notable new show on Netflix this weekend is Black Mirror. The six new episodes of Charlie Brooker's much-acclaimed horror anthology series hits the virtual tubes on 21 September. Let's watch that trailer again, shall we?
On Stan, documentary Gayby Baby, which caused a tabloid stir in Australia, shows up on 21 October. The same day sees Tim Winton anthology film The Turning make an appearance. Really, we're all just hanging out for No Activity Season 2 next week.
Presto is closing out the month quietly, with (500) Days of Summer hitting on 21 October, Laws of Attraction on 22 October and Narc on 23 October.
For the full picture of what's coming to Australian streaming services this month, check out our guide to what's new on Netflix, Presto, Stan and hayu in October.
Each week, View Finder rounds up the latest news in streaming TV and movies for Australians.