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Both Blockbuster and TiVo confessed that a partnership was in the works, and now we've finally got the confirmation we so desperately yearn for. Starting right now, TiVo owners (that includes Series2, Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL users) can access Blockbuster's growing library of On Demand films right from their set-top box. No extra boxes required, no going to the movie store--just fire up your TiVo (like you do every night anyway!) and get the renting.The movie streaming service has been a long time coming on TiVo; we've been waiting since the original announcement in March. But now that it's here, users can look forward to film rentals ranging from $2.99 for classic hits to $3.99 for new... Read more...
ARCHOS, a company that claims to have released the first-ever, pocket-sized hard, drive-based MP3 player, has struck a deal with Blockbuster to feature ARCHOS netbooks in Blockbuster stores. The ARCHOS 10 netbook, manufactured by the company which is evidently well-known in Europe and unknown in the US, will allow access to entertainment from Blockbuster on the go.In a canned, press release statement, Joanne DeLorenzo, VP of product for Blockbuster, said, "Blockbuster strives to provide consumers with convenient access to media entertainment when and where they want it. Enhancing our consumer electronics offerings with an affordably priced netbook that allows customers to access our online... Read more...
Whatever you can do, I can do better. That's the saying that Samsung and Blockbuster have evidently taken to heart, as the tandem has joined up to match Sony and Netflix's streaming announcement with one of their own. The Blockbuster movie services are slated to go live this fall, the same time in which Sony BRAVIA TVs will be able to stream Netflix movies if they're of the Internet-connected variety. This deal involves a far less popular alternative in Blockbuster, but the premise remains the same. Starting in a few months, owners of Samsung HDTVs, home theater systems and Blu-ray players will be able to watch Blockbuster OnDemand movies from the comfort of their home, provided they have a broadband... Read more...
It looks like Netflix isn't the only company that sees that streaming is the future of movie rental distribution. Blockbuster, which always seems to be playing catch-up with Netflix, will start making its on-demand rental and purchase content available on TiVo DVRs. While streaming video to computers is nothing new, streaming video to TVs is still a nascent, but fast growing concept. TiVo, which initially started out just as a DVR platform, has evolved into a much more robust series of devices and services that offer a growing number of Internet streaming options, such as from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, CinemaNow (which includes titles from Walt Disney Studios), Rhapsody, YouTube, and now... Read more...
In an effort to keep up with competition, Blockbuster announced an alliance with Sonic Solutions that will provide consumers with instant access to the using a variety of home and portable devices. Through the partnership, Blockbuster hopes to become an ever-present competitor in the digital world: "We are excited to be partnering with Sonic, the industry's leading entertainment delivery and technology provider, to make Blockbuster's digital entertainment service easily and instantly available to consumers through the widest range of devices available in the marketplace," said Jim Keyes, Blockbuster Chairman and CEO. "Blockbuster is a ubiquitous entertainment presence in the physical world. Through... Read more...
Blockbuster is offering to buy Circuit City. They made the offer privately in February, and made it publicly today; a defacto appeal to Circuit City shareholders to pressure the board to sell. If you were on the Lusitania, would you accept a ride on the Titanic?  Circuit City is struggling, Blockbuster  still has rental-movie money to throw around, but can read the video-on-demand writing on the wall. Let's play Corporate-Speak Bingo with Chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Jim Keyes' statement. "Our proposal offers Circuit City a significant premium to its existing stock price and creates a game-changing retail concept with a sustainable competitive advantage. We believe the combination... Read more...
When Apple formally announced plans for an iTunes rental service it was only inevitable that a conflict between Blockbuster and Apple was to occur.  We weren’t entirely sure how this conflict was going to be waged, but now things are becoming clearer:  Blockbuster is developing a set-top box to compete with the Apple TV.“The product would be an offshoot of Movielink, the online film service Blockbuster acquired last year that allows consumers to watch films licensed from the major studios on their PCs.Delivering movies to TV might be the most audacious attempt yet that Blockbuster is making to reinvent its brand as digital delivery weakens the viability of its retail footprint.  But by offering... Read more...
Apple has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to offer an on-demand video rental service through their iTunes interface.  Perhaps as interesting as that tidbit, Apple is also offering their Digital Rights Management system to Fox for their DVD releases.Apart from letting people rent online, Apple will also for the first time extend its FairPlay digital rights management system beyond its own products.A digital file protected by FairPlay will be included in new Fox DVD releases, enabling film content to be transferred or “ripped” from the disc to a computer and video iPod. DVD content can already be moved to an iPod but this requires special software and is considered piracy by some studios.So... Read more...
Another victory for people scared of the outside world (we hear it's dangerous out there) came today when Blockbuster bought Movielink for an undisclosed sum that is rumored to be $50 million. “Blockbuster said Wednesday it is buying the digital movie-download service Movielink, giving it a stronger online foothold to compete with its rival. The Dallas-based video rental chain said it would continue to operate Movielink as a stand-alone service but eventually make elements of it available through Blockbuster’s online-ordering, mail-delivery service.” Whether or not this acquisition will allow Blockbuster to catch up to Netflix in the online delivery market is open to debate.... Read more...
Online video rental service Netflix noticed that their big rival for your rental dollar, Blockbuster, was wooing away their customers with lower prices. So Netflix is lowering the cost of two of their most popular subscription plans to match Blockbuster's prices. With the reductions announced Sunday, Netflix will charge $16.99 per month for subscribers who keep up to three DVDs at a time with no limit on how frequently the discs are mailed back in return for another movie. The price to keep one DVD at a time will fall to $8.99 per month. The price cuts, which take effect Tuesday, match Blockbuster's fees for similar online services. Earlier this year, Netflix... Read more...
Sonic Solutions (duplicating software) and Macrovision (encryption) announced Monday their partnership to offer retailers and movie studios the technology to download films and sell DVDs on demand, freeing up warehouses and shelf space. The software could also be beneficial to movie studios. Only 25% of titles in studio vaults are made available on DVD because three-quarters of the films wouldn't attract enough buyers, Sherf said. "The vast library of content has not been released because of the cost involved," he said. "Studios have to produce DVDs by the millions, and it's impossible to do that for every film."... Read more...
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