Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Blockbuster Making Inroads On Digital Delivery

More news on the download front:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blockbuster Inc on Monday said it would roll out a new digital media player that brings fewer, but more recent titles from the Internet to consumers' televisions than a six-month old offering from rival Netflix Inc.
The MediaPoint player by broadband device maker 2Wire allows Blockbuster customers to download high-definition quality movies to their TVs via broadband lines for $1.99 apiece, after an initial $99 for the box and 25 films.
Consumers have 30 days to watch a film once it is downloaded to the set-top box, and must finish watching it within 24 hours of pushing the "play" button.
The service, called Blockbuster OnDemand, can be ordered at
www.blockbuster.com beginning on Tuesday.

I know what you custom installers are sarcastically thinking: "Hooray, another fucking box to integrate!"

Well, it's a start, at least.

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1 comment:

Charles Farley said...

The interesting thing will be the attempts by Comcrap and others to limit download volume or add incremental charges for additional gigabytes by their customers.

It will be an potentially effective tool to limit the Blockbuster customer and drive them to their own offerings (regular HBO, onDemand, etc...)

I hope Blockbuster et al go for a restraint of trade class action suit...