Blinkbox inks new streaming deals


LONDON -- Digital delivery site Blinkbox has sealed a slew of streaming deals with a host of content providers including Warner Bros., E1 Entertainment, Revolver Entertainment and Eagle Vision, the company said Monday.

The deals mean Blinkbox will have what it claims is the first live service in the U.K. to offer paid streaming of blockbuster films including such titles as "Dark Knight," "Twilight" and "Gossip Girl."

Warner Bros. has extended its agreement with Blinkbox to streaming rights for more than 1,000 full-length film and TV titles including "Body of Lies," "RocknRolla," the entire "Harry Potter" collection, "Yes Man" and classics such as "Casablanca," "Gone With the Wind" and "Arthur" as well as "ER," "Smallville," "Supernatural" and "Friends."

Other distributors with the service include Cinetic Rights Management, Black Diamond, Raindance and X-Treme Video, Blinkbox said.

Users will be able to rent and buy premium movie and TV titles at competitive prices, with immediate access. Rental prices will start from £2.49 ($4) while outright purchase will cost up to £11.99 ($20) for new release titles.

The service relies on consumers having broadband connections and will offer three different streaming speeds depending on connection capacity.

"With our streamed service, users get instant gratification at affordable prices without having to leave their home, wait for the post or download any unnecessary software," Blinkbox CEO Michael Comish said. "We've made a substantial percentage of our catalogue available to stream on blinkbox.com right now, thus giving our users immediate access to the world's best films, legally, quickly and efficiently."

Blinkbox also has download deals in place with Universal, Paramount, FremantleMedia, Aardman, Discovery and specialty producers such as 3DD, All3Media, Raindance, Eagle Vision, Zodiak Television and Fortune Star.

Blinkbox's announcement follows hot on the heels of billionaire entrepreneur Alki David's stated aim to expand his patented live streaming Internet business FilmOn.

David's Internet portal -- that allows access to high-definition television live streaming to PCs, televisions and cell phones -- also has content deals in place with Paramount Digital Entertainment International and indie distributors such as CBC, Playboy and Cinetel Films.
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