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Netflix, Presto, Stan: Aussie Content Compared

Screenshot of sample Australian content on SVOD platform Stan
Krystle Shrimpton Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:50

Do you sometimes feel like returning to something a little more home grown and familiar? Miss the good old days and wish you could enjoy movies from yesteryear? Well, let us help you browse through your streaming accounts and take the guesswork out of it. There's a large selection of Australian made movies and TV shows at your fingertips.

Lets load up your Stan account and have a peek. Sorted under Australian Cinema, you could browse Kenny, Red Dog, Chopper, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; even discover a young and handsome Mel Gibson in Mad Max (1979) and relive Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

If crime solving plus real life and piques your interest, choose the Underbelly series commissioned by Channel Nine. Based on the factual book Leadbelly by John Silvester and Andrew Rule, the Underbelly series spans A Tale of Two Cities (2008), The Golden Mile (2010), Razor (2011), Badness (2012), and Squizzy (2013). If you missed it the first time, chances were you were in Victoria, as it was banned from broadcast to prevent prejudice in ongoing court proceedings.

Fancy a laugh instead? Pour a cold one, curl up to a bowl of popcorn (or Malteasers), and let Hamish and Andy keep you in stitches with their travel adventures. Put on your silly cap and binge on Hamish and Andy's Gap Year (2011), Euro Gap Year (2012), Gap Year Asia (2013) and Gap Year South America. (2014).

Other TV Offerings are House Husbands (S1-S4), Seachange (S1- S3), complete series of McLeod's Daughters (8 seasons), Love Child (S1 - S2), and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (S1-S2)

For Netflix subscribers, choices are a little scant on the ground. We have critically acclaimed claymation movie Mary and Max (2009), Muriel's Wedding (1994), and the Jack Irish Trilogy headed by Guy Pearce. Throw in a few movie length comedy show (Kitty Flanagan, Jimeoin, Sammy J and Randy (my personal favourite) and the Umbilical Brothers, and that rounds up the list.

Presto viewers may feel a little left out in the cold, as the Aussie offerings are TV series that are already available for on demand on Yahoo Seven's Plus. Both platforms offer multiple seasons of popular Packed to the Rafters, Winners & Losers, The Slap, and All Saints.

Update: We have since been contacted by Presto with an exhaustive (and impressive) list of TV series and movies which we previously did not find on our searches. To clarify, complete series of Packed to the Rafters and All Saints are available exclusively on Presto, whereas ongoing series such as Wentworth, and A Place to Call Home are exclusively available on Presto after they air on Foxtel. Other shows, like Winners and Losers, are available in full on Presto only. To search on Presto, click TV > Australian Made and you'll come across and well known yarns such as Babe, Rabbit Proof Fence, Kings of Mykonos and Tomorrow When the World began. For recent series you might have missed, there's Brynne: My Bedazzled life, Russell Coight Series 1 & 2, and Chris Lilly's shows such as Angry Boys and Summer Heights High.

Krystle's Comment

Stan comes up on top with it's impressive collection of Aussie content. With over 50 movies, you have plenty to choose from if you're at a loose end on Saturday night. Presto has access to the catalogues of Foxtel and Yahoo Seven Plus as its source of Aussie content.

Netflix's push for original content overshadows and backs the homegrown content into a niche pocket.


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