The Players In Internet Movie Downloads

The Players In Internet Movie Downloads

There are several online movie download services that have established themselves as real players in the instant gratification film niche. The latest to join the fray is Apple with its iTunes Movie Store. You can download a film to your Mac, your PC or your iPod – although watching a feature link film on that three inch screen could leave you babbling into your popcorn box.

Apple is joining a number of existing online services. The largest among them include Guba, Movielink, CinemaNow and – who else? – Amazon’s Unbox. With the exception of the Apple site, you’re going to need a PC and in most cases, use the Microsoft Explorer browser to download your films. It’s not just films that are available – many of the services have a TV library as well.

There are a number of variations among the sites – size of library, presence (or absence) of first run films, and variations in the licensing agreements. Without exception, your download will include digital rights management (DRM) technology which controls your use of the downloaded file.

The Apple store recorded one million sales in its first month of operation, seizing on its position in the media download market to get off to a running start. They feature Disney products, but these days Disney has a number of film genres put out under various labels. Their recent releases cost from .99 to .99 to download.

Amazon has deals with 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. That’s an excellent collection of partners, and their film lineup reflects it. You can download The DaVinci Code for just under fifteen bucks, and a show from TV’s CSI for .99. They have been heavily criticized for incorporating some extremely intrusive software into their download process.

Movie Link is a partnership of several major movie studios, another example of content developers trying, successfully and economically or not, to create a distribution network. Their library is probably the best on the block, as the partner roster includes MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Brothers, Disney, Sundance Channel, BBC, and National Geographic. If you’re searching for an obscure gem, Movie Link has the largest catalogue online. Their new releases are usually .99 and their better catalogue choices .99.

CinemaNow is the only service to have managed a film release simultaneously with the DVD release, which they accomplished with “Too Fast Too Furious.” They also will provide the ability – for a price – to burn selected downloads to a DVD. Their licensed partners include Disney, Fox, Lionsgate, NBC Universal, Sony, and Warner Bros. Their prices for new releases range from .99 to .99 and their catalogue charge is .99.

Guba is the bargain download shop, with a library built on deals with Warner and Sony. They began originally as a Usenet service provider, and feature a Usenet uploads in their onsite search. Their prices top out at .99.

While Netflix has been talking about getting into the download business for two years, their service remains in the planning stage. They’re going to be challenged when they make the transition from DVD to computer file, as many of the major movie houses have tied up their download rights in services that are their own creations, such as Movie Link or services in which they are partners.

The computer-driven movie-on-demand service is on the scene, and many think it will be the format of choice in a few years. A top end PC is capable of being a highly functional entertainment center, and the convenience of true on-demand films is going to overshadow even the most sophisticated cable TV on-demand services, as compression technology improves and download times drop.

Madison Lockwood is a customer relations associate, specializing in small business development, for Apollo Hosting. Apollo Hosting provides website hosting, ecommerce hosting, vps hosting, and web design services to a wide range of customers.

Set-Top Multimedia Players an Inexpensive & Easy to Use Entertainment Alternative


EGreat EG-M31B Networked Media Tank


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2009

For many TV viewers, the thought of piping Internet media like YouTube.com to their TV’s brings forth images of expensive, complicated equipment that’s difficult and impractical to use. If you think you need to spend a bundle or have a degree in computer science to start watching internet media on your TV, think again. One of the models in the latest generation of set-top multimedia players could be the answer for you.

New set-top HD TV Media Players like the EGreat EG-M31B and the TVIX HD PVR R-3310 make watching internet media on any television simple and affordable, and they don’t require a PC. For example, the EGreat NMT, building on the success of the Popcorn Hour A-110 and A-100 and the Syabas NMT software, allows viewers to stream BitTorrent and Usenet downloads directly to their TV’s. In addition, viewers can stream tube sites such as YouTube.com and other free internet media content straight from the web to their living rooms. Most players support wired or wireless network connections and UPNP for easy setup. All control is navigated on screen with a simple remote.

For tech savvy viewers, the EGreat EG-M31B and EG-M32B offer support for TVersity media aggregation software allowing viewers to watch a wide range of available and programmable content at their leisure.

During a time of economic shrinkage when viewers are tightening their belts, multimedia player manufacturers are packing their players with features making them an attractive and valuable TV entertainment alternative. And they’re not stopping at free internet media.

Both EGreat and TVIX solutions offer the ability to store and playback entire home media collections. They can store photos, DVD’s, CD’s and Blu-Ray discs in addition to a long list of audio and video files. With its powerful digital and analog PVR capabilities, the TVIX PVR R-3310 allows users to record and time-shift cable and over-the-air HD and SD broadcasts. Users can convert VHS tapes to digital files for posterity and HD home movies can be stored and played in full High-Definition brilliance on demand.

According to the management team over at EGreat USA, if someone is into internet media, chances are they are watching it on their PC. It’s their rule that if you have to call your family to come watch a video over your shoulder, you might as well be watching it in the living room, on your big screen.

“It can get a little cramped huddling around a PC to watch a video, don’t you think?” asks Jackie Waters lead sales manager at EGreat USA.

“When you can watch everything–personal media, internet downloads and subscriber services–in the living room for a single 0-0 purchase, anything else just doesn’t make sense.”

EGreat USA and TVIX Box are retailers and distributors of high-definition digital multimedia players and high-definition personal video recorders. For more information please visit either company at www.egreatusa.com or www.tvixbox.com.

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