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Presto now available on smartphones

The video-on-demand service makes the move from tablet to smartphone, with new apps for both iOS and Android phones.

As the streaming video marketplace in Australia starts to ramp up in anticipation of Netflix's arrival next month, Presto has launched a smartphone app for both Android and iOS, allowing you to stream the subscription service's TV and movies on your mobile device.

Presto is an offering by pay-TV provider Foxtel that began as a movie-on-demand service, recently adding TV series to the mix as part of a joint venture with Seven West Media. Users can subscribe month-by-month to either Presto Movies or Presto TV separately at AU$9.99, or a combined offering of the two for AU$14.99 to access the service across all devices.

Presto had initially only been available on tablet or desktop, and the smartphone offering puts it in line with rival Stan, a joint venture between Fairfax and Nine Entertainment, which launched with a smartphone app.

The Presto app, however, works with a limited number of compatible devices. On iOS you'll need an iPhone 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 plus.

On the Android side of things it's a little more complex. Availability for each manufacturer breaks down like this:

Samsung

  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Note Edge
  • Galaxy S 4 with 4G
  • Galaxy S 5

HTC

  • Desire 610
  • One Mini 2
  • One (M8)

Sony

  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z3
  • Zperia Z3 compact

LG

  • LG G3

The Presto smartphone app also works on the Telstra Dave made by ZTE. Presto does offer Chromecast compatibility, but it will only stream TV and Movies in standard definition.

Updated at 1.12 p.m. AEDT: The apps are now live on the iTunes Store and Google Play.