CinemaNow to offer Same Day Access to New Release Movies and TV Shows
[Best Syndication News] Best Buy announced that their Roxio's CinemaNow.com online video rental service will have same-day instant access to new release movies and TV show that are released on the same-day as retail stores to Blu-ray and DVD. The CinemaNow service will be expanding support for LG Electronics Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems that are connected to the internet.
The service supports many different ways to rent movies and TV shows to your home using the internet. You can use set top box configurations using Microsoft Media Center, Sling Media, Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console, Prodea ROS Home Center, EchoStar, Quartics, and HP Media Smart Server, as well as the LG BD370/ LG BD390 Network Blu-ray Disc Players. For portable devices, currently Cinemanow supports Archos7, Archos 605 Wireless, Archos 604, Archos 504, Archos 404, Samsung P2 and P2+, Creative Zen Vision W, and the CinemaNow Mobile Phone App. There is also support for DivX certified devices which includes, TVs, DVD and Blu-Ray players and also Sony's Playstation 3 game console.
The rentals are a Pay-Per-View and cost between $2.99 to $3.99 each. Cinemanow also has Download to Own options which range in price from $9.99 to $19.99 for movies and $1.99 to buy TV shows and music videos. The nice part to their video rental service is that there are no monthly subscription fees to pay each month. You can rent when you want to watch a movie. However, if you watch a lot of movies, it might cost less overall to subscribe to Netflix or Blockbuster for a monthly fee.
Best Buy owns the legal rights to the CinemaNow trademark and they have a strategic alliance with Sonic Solutions. The CinemaNow online movie rental website is powered by RoxioNow technology.
Since this is a new format for online movie rentals, it can be a little bit confusing to understand how to use the service. Matching up the technology and getting the internet connection that will use the service is the hardest part, and the rest is just picking and paying for the movie that you want to watch.
By: N Wilson