Free to Air Fans waiting for new episodes of Scandal could be in for some wait with the Australian television premiere of season 4 and the first 9 episodes of season 5 now available on Foxtel / Seven-owned Presto.
The remainder of season 5 will be fast tracked after their US broadcast in February.
How long it will take for a Free to Air screening is unclear, but Aquarius arrived on Seven several months after its SVOD debut.
Season 1 of American Crime (not to be confused with American Crime Story) has also launched on Presto, with the second season fast-tracked from January.
Also making its Australian television premiere on Presto is the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American Crime, starring Felicity Huffman (Desperate Houswives), Regina King (who won the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series) and Timothy Hutton, and explores issues of race, class and gender politics as it follows a racially-charged murder and the subsequent trial.
The first season of this anthology crime drama focuses on the aftermath and investigation of the murder of a veteran, Matt Skokie (Grant Merritt), and brutal assault of his wife, Gwen (Kira Pozehl). This stunning, critically-acclaimed series explores the story from multiple perspectives, centred around the impact of the event on the victims’ families, as well as the suspects and their loved ones.
Presto TV CEO Shaun James said, “Scandal is one of the most successful dramas currently airing on US television and Presto is thrilled to have secured the exclusive SVOD rights to all episodes of the multi-award-winning series.
“Australian audiences will be able to see every episode of Scandal including season 5 which is currently airing in the US, plus the never before seen season 4, as well as all three previous series’.
“We’re also excited to bring to Presto the stirring drama American Crime, which is a courageous series that wraps up raw emotions among a diverse cast and is sure to strike a chord with our subscribers.”