View Finder: Iron Fist, The Ranch, Presto

Angus Kidman 6 October 2016 NEWS


All the latest news from streaming and TV, plus the pick of new shows this weekend.

When is Iron Fist coming to Netflix?

If you've already binged your way through Luke Cage and the second series of Daredevil, Netflix wants you to know that it plans to keep the Marvel action coming. Iron Fist will debut on 17 March 2017 with 13 1-hour episodes. That's quite a few months away, which gives you time to exhaustively analyse the trailer:

Beyond that, Netflix's Marvel's The Defenders will combine all the Marvel superheroes it has featured in original series so far: Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

So long, Presto

So we learned earlier this week that Presto is going to shut down next year, with the more expensive Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now) essentially taking its place. It wasn't surprising news: no-one has ever thought that Australia was big enough to sustain multiple streaming providers, especially when Netflix has by far the largest number of customers and Presto had relatively few truly exclusive shows. (And one of those shows, Aquarius, was officially axed this week anyway.) A possible consequence of the shutdown might be a boost in numbers for Stan. 2017 looks likely to be interesting.

Key new shows and movies this weekend

I'm not going to lie: this isn't the most stimulating of weekends for new shows. Netflix's key new titles (both available from 7 October) are the second half of season 1 of Ashton Kutcher comedy The Ranch, and war drama The Siege of Jadotville starring Jamie Dornan.

Over on Stan, season 2 of The Flash appears on 7 October, offering a DC Comics option for all those exhausted Luke Cage fans. Chris Hemsworth pops up in In The Heart Of The Sea on 6 October.

Presto's most notable offering is the Jennifer Lopez romcom Maid in Manhattan, which debuts 6 October. Aussie drama Looking for Grace shows up on 8 October.

For the full list of what's coming to Australian streaming services throughout 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.

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