With the holidays drawing to a close for most of us, where we start to get back into our ordinary routines, it’s time to check in and see which latest offerings are available to kick off the New Year so that we can wind down in the evenings or on weekends. The selection of streaming services seems to be ever-growing, so we thought it would be a good idea to expand the idea of “What’s New…” and cover the main three streaming services operating in Australia: Netflix, Stan, and Presto.
Netflix will be adding several new productions to its original line-up, as well as streaming some old favourite movies such as The Sound of Music (1965) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). Comedian Chelsea Handler launches her 4-part investigative documentary series, Chelsea Does season 1, while the second series of Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine will also make its way to Netflix.
Other originals include Tom Segura: Mostly Stories and Dragons: Race To The Edge season 2 (from the creators of the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ film series).
Mad Max (1979) is one of the most iconic Australian films, and will fittingly be available on Stan from Australia Day. Season 4 of Logie Award-winning drama, House Husbands, begins streaming on January 10th. Additionally, movies to suit all moods will be added throughout the month, including the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes (2014), critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station (2013), comedy-drama 50/50 (2011), and thriller Prisoners (2013).
The biggest list of new offerings comes from Presto, who are adding hours and hours of streaming content in just January alone. From January 1st, True Detective season 1 will be available on the format. Expanding their movie library also begins right from the beginning of the year, with classics such as Cast Away (2000), while other titles such as Mary Poppins (1964) and The Terminator (1984), as well as others throughout the month.
Fans of Disney’s Aladdin (1992) will be happy, with the original movie, along with its two sequels The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) being added. The animation line-up also includes seasons 1-8 of SpongeBob SquarePants, and the two SpongeBob SquarePants movies. As with Stan, there is a significant amount of Australian programming added to this month, including the quintessential Aussie cinema comedy-drama, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), action-adventure Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) based on the popular young adult novels, and Crackerjack (2002) on Australia Day. Additionally, all four seasons of the Australian family/science-fiction 90s show, Ocean Girl, will be added.
A full list of new movies / shows to all three streaming services – Netflix, Stan and Presto – is available on finder.com.au and there is sure to be something for everyone to settle into 2016.