Presto TV will be the “exclusive” subscription video on demand home to the hit sitcom Modern Family as part of a content agreement with 20th Century Fox that will deliver a raft of 'popular and evergreen' programming to the streaming service.
With Netflix launching in Australia on March 24th, Local providers Presto and Stan have been keen to make a number of announcements to gain back some much needed attention. This latest Presto deal will bolster the SVOD providers TV offering which has been criticised for its limited offering. While this deal includes a number of titles currently airing on Ten, it will not affect FTA viewers.
Under the deal announced today Presto TV will offer its subscribers full seasons of Modern Family, the show critically lauded for revitalising the television sitcom, which focuses on three different, but related families who face trials and tribulation in their own uniquely comedic ways.
Presto TV subscribers will be able to watch all episodes of the first four seasons of Modern Family, which stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofia Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell and Eric Stonestreet as Cameron.
The fifth series of Modern Family, which includes an episode shot in Australia last year, will premiere on Presto TV in the second half of 2015.
The 20th Century Fox deal will also deliver Presto TV subscribers access to full seasons of the hit psychological drama Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin; Sons of Anarchy about a sheltered community watched over by a renegade motorcycle club intent on protecting the town; as well as other hit shows such as American Horror Story, The Americans, Glee and the comedy series Louie.
Presto TV has also acquired from 20th Century Fox all seasons (every episode) of the award-winning science fiction series X-Files and Roswell; the fan favourite series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and the quirky hit comedy My Name is Earl.
The X-Files, which covered the exploits of FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) was seen as a defining series of the 1990s and coined pop culture slogans as “the truth is out there” and “trust no one”. Presto TV will make all 203 episodes of the X-Files, which ran for nine years, available to its subscribers to watch on demand when and where they want.
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as a young girl destined to slay vampires, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was another popular series of the 1990s with seven seasons (144 episodes) produced, while Jason Lee starred for five years as Earl Hickey in My Name is Earl, the comedy series about a man who has a karmic epiphany after he wins the lottery and vows to change his ways.
“20th Century Fox is a prolific producer of great television programming and we are delighted to have access to some of their most successful shows including series which are currently in production such as Modern Family and Homeland for Presto TV,” Shaun James, Director of Presto and On Demand, said.
“Our deal with 20th Century Fox has also bolstered our great library of television with some of the most iconic television shows ever produced including the X-Files and Buffy The Vampire Slayer which have amassed massive fan bases around the world and which will now be available to Presto TV subscribers to watch every episode when and where they want on demand.”
“We are continuing to add programming to our Presto TV service and have more exciting announcements to come.”
“We’re delighted to partner with Presto TV, one of Australia’s premiere streaming platforms,” said Gina Brogi, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Pay Television and SVOD, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. She added, “Presto TV is the perfect new home for the first four seasons of Modern Family on SVOD. This program, along with the other great Fox programs, will give Australian viewers more choices and better programming than ever.”
Presto TV delivers an unbelievable selection of 1000s of hours ad-free television shows to Australian TV lovers to stream on demand for $9.99 per month. Presto subscribers also have the choice of subscribing to Presto Movies for $9.99 per month or both services for $14.99 per month with no ongoing commitment.
Presto TV has previously announced programming deals with quality production houses including HBO, SHOWTIME®, CBS Studios International, Viacom International Media Networks and Hasbro Studios as well as a range of some of the best local content from Foxtel, the Seven Network and ABC Commercial.