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Presto - Free 3 Months for New Users

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TELXAM16

Another month, another free Presto code.

I don't know if it works with existing accounts so may be worth a try.

Cue more Presto sucks comments.

Update: Works for previously paused accounts too.

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  • +17 votes

    Curious as to whether anyone has ever actually paid for Presto? I guess some people may forget to cancel before the free trial expires…

    • +21 votes

      Thanks for reminding me to cancel.

    • +24 votes

      Free 6 Months trial, set alarm to cancel 6 month later based on Congrats for joining Presto email I received. They sent the email 2 weeks after I joined, so I stuffed the date up, and got charged for 1 month. I think my $15 has been keeping them afloat.

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      I have to say that I pity anyone who does pay for Pesto. I've signed up for the first time and it's just issue after issue.

      1. I signed up with the 3 month deal first, but when I went to use Presto on my mobile I was told I don't have an active account. I log in again and find my account is 'paused' so I use the 6 month deal. 9 months now = 6 months for me.
      2. Message on the phone stated multiple times on content that it is not currently available. A retry enables it to work.
      3. The chromecast button is used to access what is currently streaming - inconsistent with other services where it would enable you to disconnect the device.
      4. Picking up where you left off just doesn't work. Every time I've tried this I've started at the beginning again and had to scroll to where I was.

      Netflix was a much better user experience.

      P.S. Is Netflix traffic free on most ISPs, but Presto not?

  • +3 votes

    Presto has Louie, the others don't. That's the only saving grace…

  • +3 votes

    I haven't logged in for a while (actually never used my current 6 month 'trial'), but is it just me, or is the movie selection much better than Netflix?

    I cancelled Netflix when they started being dicks with DNS/VPNs.

  • +1 vote

    cant argue with free

    i got in on the 6mth free but i got to say the only thing i really watched is hell on wheels and godfather trilogy
    and just looked at a few others the rest is really nothing of interest

  • +3 votes

    I've just finished a 3 month trial with Presto and have found it pretty good. It hasn't been so good for kids movies but I've had plenty to choose from. I just discovered that they have several series (7 I think) of The Big Bang Theory, which I have also just discovered, so have paid for the next month. I haven't previously tried Netflix (was going to try that next) but certainly wasn't impressed with Quikflix. Definitely give Presto a go.

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      You probably will never have to pay for Presto. You can add another 6 months for free: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/247023

      I haven't paid for Presto in 8 months, and have another free 9 months to stack on thanks to rifter. By the time all that expires there'll be more codes posted to OzB…

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        Thanks qiqi. Just tried sms'ing presto to that no and the reply was "Your message did not match an active promotion and was not processed" :(

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          OzBargain'd. :(

          But if your next payment for the subscription is before June 30 you can still use this 3 month code.

          Pause your subscription before you are next charged, you'll still be able to watch Presto until the subscription fully runs out. Then you can enter this promo code to resubscribe for free.

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          @qiqi1021: Thanks again - will do!

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    Which streaming service overall would be the best with content at the moment? Now that you can't get Netflix US anymore with DNS it seems?

    • +1 vote

      You can still get US Netflix, if you're willing to put up with random blocks, waiting for fixes and changing endpoints.

      Personally, I refuse to deal with that garbage for a service I'm paying for.

      • +2 votes

        Getflix are making it easy. All I needed to do (when using a Nexus Player at least) is switch to one of their new servers in the US that is apparently employing more sophisticated geo-block dodging techniques.

        This cat and mouse game will probably be an ongoing affair, but it's not like I've really been inconvenienced in any major way yet.

        As such Netflix remains my streaming service of choice, by a significant margin.

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          Agreed. I don't watch it as much as I used to (nothing to do with the VPN/DNS stuff, just doing other things instead of TV). Usually it just works when I turn it on, same as always. Twice it hasn't, so I went to their Facebook page to see what server they recommend. Spent the 10 seconds updating and good to go. I only watch US these days though, no UK/Aus etc.

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      Not had any downtime on my USA Netflix and a couple of days only on the uk one.

  • +6 votes

    Presto has some decent titles, however the library is quite small. Their app is shocking. It crashes often and it asks me to log in multiple times a night.

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      Ugh the login thing is so annoying. I use the app on PS3 and I have to put in the email and password all the time with the controller. The app is so bad it makes me very unlikely to continue once my 3 month trial is over. Plus, no Xbox One app, which is my primary system, and I have the chatpad for it which would assuage this problem slightly.

      • +1 vote

        Can't the PS3 use a USB keyboard? Even the PS2 could do that…

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          Hmm, never thought of that. I barely use my ps3. I'll give it a crack.

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          Not in the PS3 Presto app. It forces you to select letters onscreen - painful considering every time the app drops I have to log in again. And that happens a lot.

          Not to mention somehow surround sound broke a few months ago and Presto hasn't updated the app despite users continuously raising the issue on their forum.

  • +1 vote

    Had it for 6 months that just ended - all their good shows seems to just disappear mid watching like the wire and sopranos

    It was ok but i enjoy stan much better

  • +3 votes

    Worth checking out…they have some great content - Mad Men, Homeland, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Everyone Loves Raymond, Wentworth, The X-Files etc.

    I found ChromeCast was easily the most stable and user friendly Presto experience, having tried the apps on my Samsung TV, PS3, PC, and ChromeCast via Android.

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      Nexus TV.

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        How is it better than Chromecast?

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          It's a standalone device, not mirroring.

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          @PainToad:

          Mirroring and casting are different things - Chromecast does the latter (as the name suggests).

          My question is how's Nexus TV better than using your phone / tablet with Chromecast?

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          @elektron:

          1) Your phone/tablet isn't tied up while watching content.
          2) Your not reliant on phone/tablet battery.
          3) Your not reducing the life span of your expensive phone/tablet, having it chug along for hours on end.
          4) You get a real remote.
          5) Less chance of streaming quality reduction; Internet -> WiFi -> Device, instead of Internet -> WiFi -> Tablet -> WiFi -> Device.

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          @PainToad:

          You are still confusing screen mirroring and casting.

          None of your points, with the exception of #4, apply to casting. Once you have started casting media to Chromecast, it no longer uses your phone (you'll only need it for the remote control functions). You can even turn it off if and the content will still keep playing on your TV.

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          @elektron:

          Fair enough, but what if you want to pause, fast-forward etc.? What about when the TV show finishes and you want to select the next episode? You still need your phone/tablet?

          Let me put it to you like this, besides saving a few dollars, why would you use a Chromecast?

        • +1 vote

          @PainToad:

          I've used dedicated 'media boxes' for quite a few years (e.g. WDTV Live, Blu-Ray players etc), but have found myself using the Chromecast more and more. Here are a few reasons off the top of my head.

          • 1) It doesn't need its own power point.
          • 2) It doesn't need to be turned on or off.
          • 3) I can easily start watching a YouTube video (or through a ton of other compatible apps) on my phone and continue watching it on a TV within seconds.
          • 4) Any member of the household or an authorised guest can instantly 'throw' on the big screen any content they'd like to share, including media stored locally on the device.
          • 5) Plugged into my A/V receiver, the Chromecast allows me to listen to music either from a streaming service or music stored locally on my phone without having the TV on.
          • 6) And yes - for the price of 1 Nexus TV I can buy 3-4 Chromecasts (I use 1st gen, which works just fine) - 1 for each TV in the house :-)
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          @elektron:

          1) It doesn't need its own power point.

          I guess that's saves you buying a double adapter for $2.

          2) It doesn't need to be turned on or off.

          Nexus Player doesn't get turned off. Switch off at the wall along with the TV (no one on ozbargain uses standby right?)

          4) Any member of the household or an authorised guest can instantly 'throw' on the big screen any content they'd like to share, including media stored locally on the device.

          The Nexus Player is 100% compatible with Chromecast, so they can still do that. Infact, if you install Kodi, you also get Airplay so it works with Apple devices.

          5) Plugged into my A/V receiver, the Chromecast allows me to listen to music either from a streaming service or music stored locally on my phone without having the TV on.

          Again, so can the Nexus Player (Chromecast or Airplay)

          6) And yes - for the price of 1 Nexus TV I can buy 3-4 Chromecasts (I use 1st gen, which works just fine) - 1 for each TV in the house :-)

          Yes, price. Everything else is subpar.

          But if you're happy, each to their own.

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          @PainToad:

          I guess that's saves you buying a double adapter for $2.

          I already have a dozen devices using power outlets in my home theatre area and have no room for more nested double adapters or powerboards. However, I do have unused HDMI andn USB ports on my TV. Definitely a plus in my book.

          And what about the pain of managing additional power and HDMI cables? My TV is professionally wall-mounted with no visible cables or wires. Getting Chromecast hasn't changed that - is the only device of its kind that's completely hidden behind the TV.

          Nexus Player doesn't get turned off. Switch off at the wall along with the TV (no one on ozbargain uses standby right?)

          In other words, it needs to be turned on (anyway, I thought all OzBargainers used the free power saving boards handed out by the government?)

          The Nexus Player is 100% compatible with Chromecast

          A short while ago you didn't know what Chromecast did and now you're saying that the Nexus Player is 100% compatible with Chromecast? I don't own the Nexus Player so can't confirm or dispute this.

          if you install Kodi, you also get Airplay so it works with Apple devices.

          Chromecast is also compatible with Apple devices, at a fraction of the price of either the Nexus Player or Apple TV.

          Yes, price. Everything else is subpar.

          Besides having a dedicated remote, which may or may not be an advantage depending on personal preferences (personally, I don't need another remote), you have yet to explain what exactly is "everything else" that's subpar and what exactly is it that you are getting extra by paying 4 times the price?

          Moreover, people that own both devices prefer Chomecast.

          From where I sit, I can't see why an OzBargainer (or anyone else for that matter) would chose a Nexus Player over a Chromecast. Personally, I'd rather have a Chromecast in every room and still have some change left, but that's just me.

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          @elektron:

          In other words, it need to be turned on

          Nope. Turn off at wall, it turns off (obviously). Turn on at wall, it auto boots up.

          A short while ago you didn't know what Chromecast did and now you're saying that the Nexus Player is 100% compatible with Chromecast? I don't own the Nexus Player so can't confirm or dispute this.

          I knew what it did, just not the routing of the stream, because I never use it. Find it pointless personally. If you're interested https://support.google.com/androidtv/answer/6123347?hl=en

          Chromecast is also compatible with Apple devices

          Some apps right? Eg. not Apple's default apps?

          at a fraction of the price of either the Nexus Player or Apple TV.

          $129 vs $58

          you have yet to explain what exactly is "everything else"

          Apps.

          Your choice. Enjoy your device.

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          @PainToad:

          Turn off at wall, it turns off (obviously). Turn on at wall, it auto boots up.

          Wouldn't that require getting off the couch? Yes, OzBargain has made me lazy. All I have to do is press a button on the universal remote and the smart powerboard will take care of the rest. Anyway, my point is that Chromecast's boot time is shorter than that of my TV, which means that a) it's always on when the TV is and b) it's easier to set it up with a universal remote that any external box with a long boot sequence.

          Some apps right? Eg. not Apple's default apps?

          Don't own any Apple devices so can't speak for this. All I know is that Chromecast supports many dozens of TV-specific apps alone, not to mention hundreds of others.

          I knew what it did, just not the routing of the stream, because I never use it. Find it pointless personally.

          If you have never used it how would you know it's pointless, especially when people who have used both devices prefer this very method.

          $129 vs $58

          Actually it's $129 vs $38.
          I own a few Gen 1 units, which are still widely available at this price (I got them cheaper) and do everything stated above.

          Apps.

          Really? In the previous post I linked, the person who owns both says that the Nexus Player is "way too limited app-wise", which is exactly why he prefers Chromecast.

          So, from what I can see "everything is subpar" on the Nexus Player, which also happens to be much more expensive. Why an OzBargainer would pay a substantial extra for an inferior product beats me, but each to their own - as long as you are happy.

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          @elektron: i have nexus player and chromecast. they are not teh same. when nexus updated and changed to google cast a while lof of stuff doesnt cast anymore, but still continues on chromecast. they used to be similar but isn;t now after the marshmellow update. I have since stopped using my nexcus player for casting.

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          @supnigs:

          They're the same thing. Google Cast is the software, Chromecast is one particular version of the hardware (that runs Google Cast).

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          @PainToad: on paper they may be the same but they are not in function. Apps that supported Chromecast need to be modified to allow support to google cast. If you have used both you will understand better

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          @supnigs:

          It's a shame that Google would intentionally cripple a product by removing a feature that's even available in it's much cheaper sibling. So much for an 'upgrade'…

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          @elektron:
          They're not. If there are any issues (which I still question), it would be due to a bug in the third party apps. From Google's perspective they function identically.

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    My six months just expired and need some more free stuff

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    Code does not work for existing account

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      nope it works
      you cant have concurrent codes active

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        Basically your subscription needs to have completely run out (not going to run out on xx/xx/16). Stick the account on pause a day before your free period expires. Let the day tick over and the account thinks you no longer have a subscription - it will look different to what it looks like when its paused and a period is still running.
        It will now allow you to now enter at least this promo code. (or did for me)
        Once the code is added you will need to hit the subscribe button to confirm (text is there to indicate this if it has accepted the code) Once you click subscribe a refresh (go into billing then back to summary) will show your now on the new 3 month period.

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          my subscription already ended/cancelledway back in Dec-2015

          • I select Presto entertainment
          • Click Add Promo
          • Enter the promo code: TELXAM16
          Then get this message:

          Promo Code Error
          An error occurred when applying the promo code. Please review the troubleshooting guide to ensure you are applying the code correctly. If you continue to have further issues, please contact customer support at support@presto.com.au

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          I don't think you need to pause the day before.

          I forgot about my trial so decided to pause it in case I accidentally get charged.

          My Status currently is:

          Subscription: Presto Entertainment - Pausing on 06/06/2016

          So looks like you can do it instantly and the subscription will then never charge you.

          Also when I was going through the settings the pause it basically mentioned the pause starts when the subscription runs out and that I can still use it until that point.

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          Bleh sorry to hear that atlinus. I got a similar message with my wifes account. But her free subscription hadnt run out as yet. Could try again a few times. I have found in the past their codes are weird around cookie state. Meaning go into the billing area or somewhere else then back to summary screen and try it agiain. Clear cache and go back in fresh - log in to your account and try it again.

          Its Presto tho - cant be guarenteed it will work.

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          @Catarack21:

          I just close the account and use the same information to open a new account 0 the code works this time.

          spoke too soon..
          Code accepted but I could not pass subscribe — it says


          Uh-oh! Presto has encountered a bit of a glitch
          We are working hard to fix it, so you can try again in a few minutes or come back a bit later.

  • +4 votes

    I'd probably be a Presto subscriber, in addition to a Netflix subscriber, if they could just get their shit together. But as it stands the frequent crashes, the inexplicably repetitive login demands, and the inability to leave a show paused for an extended period of time and have it resume properly when you come back ultimately result in an "entertainment" experience that is actually rather unpleasant overall.

    My own 6 month trial just ended, and like many other people I hardly used it at all. And that wasn't because of a lack of decent content.

    • +1 vote

      It sounds like a terrible service that isn't worth using for free let alone paying for it.

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      Not to mention lack of subtitles. No surround sound also sucks, although it wouldn't be a dealbreaker if everything else worked well.

  • +1 vote

    It's not too bad, really. I enjoy watching the series and the movies. Also has a pretty good kids section. The big sell is that it's free data (doesn't count towards your downloads) on our bigpond TV Box thingamajig (technical term).

  • +6 votes

    they should totally bring out an apple tv app

  • +6 votes

    lol Presto

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    I had the 6 month presto trial (which recently expired and I cancelled). Not once did I use it… lol

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    thank you, worked for me. I had paused my free membership in time as i didnt want to pay for this. Thanks for another 3 free months.

  • +2 votes

    Cancelled my free 6 month trial just before being charged at the end of last month. Only used it a couple of times.

    My biggest issue with it was I had no idea how big the files were that I was watching or was not able to set the quality as far as I could tell, and since I'm on a limited data plan that was a bit of a problem. I did a little testing and it seemed the data used was quite a bit higher than I had expected given the quality of the videos, I don't think their compression is very good (maybe they have done this to make it more compatible with slower devices?)

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      Agreed consumption is very hit and miss - there is an indication in the PS3 client at least but its in no way obvious.

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        Yeah, they do give you an indication in their FAQ or something about how much data per hour the different resolutions are meant to use, but from memory I don't think you can manually set the quality? I could be wrong as havent used it in a while, but from memory it was either too hard to find or there wasnt a way to do it. I think it just adjusts based on your download speed?

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          Oh great.

          So for Telstra internet users their ISP is in control of their video quality for the additional service they're paying for and every extra byte of added quality costs the ISP money.

          Australian consumers are braindead idiots lol.

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    can confirm it doesn't work on existing accounts. tried to apply the code and received promo code error.

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      Worked on my existing account. Suspended my subscription on Sunday when my promo expired.

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        ahh! must be for accounts that were suspended? I've managed to use the 6month promo just posted so not unhappy this didn't work earlier!

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      Worked for me on an existing account - haven't been subscribed in a few months. Thanks OP

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    Thanks just signed up.

    So I signed up today, so does that mean my free trial ends on 9/08/2016?

    So if I just login to my account say on 8/08/2016 and choose "Close account" then I will not be charged, correct?

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    They must make a ton of money off giving people 3 months for free and then billing people for the fourth month after they forget :p

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      Doubtful. Having people pay for only 1 in 3 (or 6 for past codes) wouldn't be sustainable or beneficial at all. Presto is still having to pay royalties during the trial months. This can't continue, they will eventually go under, but until then…

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    Add me to the list or dummies who forgot to cancel the last deal and have never even logged into it.. :(

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    My password for both my accounts isn't working and the forgot password option isn't sending me an email. Huh.

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    I watched 3 eps of Mr Robot on the plane and Presto has the rest of the season, so might use it for that

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      I'm 2 episodes in, enjoying it so far. Though I torrented the whole season in FHD and it looks like Presto can't match that, so kinda useless.

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    Gave it ago, but it just doesn't work on my laptop and home desktop! Why Presto why?! You are offering all these offers to get us to like you instead of Netflix. Sort out your bugs and flaws before you get us to experience your bugs and flaws!

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      it just doesn't work on my laptop and home desktop

      Doesn't work…how descriptive.

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        You a Presto technician? You going to fix it?

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          It might be something obvious. There's no reason for it not to work on his PC, clealry either his net sucks, using a shitty browser or hasn't got something installed.

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          @PainToad: My point is, it doesn't have to descriptive for you Dr PC.

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          @FabMan:

          And my point is, as a developer I deal with ridiculous reports like this all day. Maybe if he provided some details, someone here could of helped. Guess he didn't really want help, just to whinge.

        • -1 vote

          @PainToad: I don't even remember what the error message was anymore because I have unsubscribed to Presto. I remember googling for the solutions and finding out that many others are having the exact same issues. I remember someone posting a solution that's too complicated for everyday people to execute.

          Yes I agree I could have provided you with more details, signs and symptoms about the issue that I am facing, but thousands of others are experiencing the same thing 1 year before me. If Presto truly wants it fixed, it should have been fixed way before I started using it.

          Could I have solved my issues for every single one of my devices by going through a complicated process one by one? Yes.

          Should I be the one that's solving that issue? No.

          I have no problem with Netflix. Netflix gets my money. Easy as that.

        • -2 votes

          @supervigilante:

          So basically, there was something setup incorrectly with your computer, you were provided a solution but had no interest in applying it. Yep, totally Presto's fault /s

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          @PainToad:
          I wasn't provided a solution by Presto. It was a workaround solution posted by a forum user who went through different suggestions and found the best that worked for him/her. Even if I have taken all the complicated steps to change my IP or add a port to my firewall or installing greasemonkey extension and add a script to it, it might not even work for me.

          Sorry for not wanting to deal with Presto's bug feature.

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          @PainToad:

          Just to quote a wise man, "You can still get US Netflix, if you're willing to put up with random blocks, waiting for fixes and changing endpoints. Personally, I refuse to deal with that garbage for a service I'm paying for."

          Exactly.

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          The sad thing is, it's more likely to be fixed by some random online forum user than an actual Presto technician.

          Many technical mambo-jumbo solutions are provided by different online forums due to the large number of people having similar issues, some said it works, some said it doesn't work. Some gave up.

          If Presto could fix it, it would have been fixed a long time ago, after getting complaints for the Nth time.

          "Personally, I refuse to deal with that garbage for a service I'm paying for." - PainToad

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