Less than two years after the Australian launch of Netflix, the streaming industry has claimed its first scalp, with Foxtel and Seven West Media announcing the closure of Presto.
The service will stop streaming on January 31, 2017.
Foxtelin March 2014 offering unlimited movies for a monthly fee. In December of that year, Foxtel announced a to bring TV shows to the platform, and in January 2015, Presto's all-you-can-eat TV and movies service was .
Presto's parents were an unlikely pairing. Pay TV giant Foxtel joined forces with a partner from the world of free to air, Seven West Media, to play in a space that had hitherto been dominated by pay-per-view players such as Quickflix and EzyFlix.
For its part, Presto's local rivalset itself apart from Netflix by focusing on Australian content, commissioning home-grown series such as the comedy "No Activity" and the tent-pole horror series "Wolf Creek."
Now, not even two years after Presto first launched, it's owners have pulled the pin. And alongside niche streaming services such as Dendy Direct and reality TV-focused Hayu, Stan and Netflix are all that's left.
In financial terms, Foxtel will pay to acquire Seven's stake in the joint venture. Foxtel also says it will continue to serve streaming customers,, which is re-launching in December this year.
Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh says Play will be, but IPTV, with its mix of live and catch-up TV, is a different beast to streaming. The new service will include a tiered pricing structure and content streams broken down by genres such as kids and documentaries, starting at AU$10 per month -- but the full complement of catch-up and live TV goes as high as AU$100 for all channels (plus extra for English football channels).