I pictured this as one of those old-timey news reels they used to show before movies, with telegraph noises and everything, but I lack both the technological skills and sheer moxie to pull that off. Anyway, we’ve had a lot of good company-related news lately, and I thought I’d share it with you all here. The three major announcements we’ve had in the past week are:
Rental Deal with Warner Bros
We just finalized a deal with Warner Bros that will allow us to continue to rent their movies the day they’re released. So, say you’re determined to rent Sherlock Holmes when it’s released on March 30. We have you covered, my saucy friend — we’ll have it on DVD and Blu-ray in stores and by mail, and we’ll also have it to rent digitally through BLOCKBUSTER On Demand. Netflix and Redbox won’t have it until 28 days after release. It’s kind of a big deal.
BLOCKBUSTER On Demand now on HTC HD2 Phones
If you are a fancy, jetsetting master of travel like me and George Clooney, you’ve probably wanted to have a movie to watch on a flight, limousine ride, or elephant-back safari. Well, if you have a new HTC HD2 phone (which looks quite sweet), you can download movies over a Wi-Fi connection, then watch them wherever you want. They didn’t even have that kind of future-y technology on Star Trek! Sure, they had a holodeck, but I never saw Warf watching Stripes on his tricorder. And who’s to say we’re not working on that whole holodeck thing (we’re not)?
We’re Also on Samsung Devices
BLOCKBUSTER On Demand was already on some Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems, but now we’re on even more! The BLOCKBUSTER On Demand app will be available on many of Samsung’s 2010 products. There’s no monthly fee: all you do is launch the app, select a movie you want to rent or buy, and the cost is automatically debited from your card on file. I’ve seen a movie played through a Samsung TV, and it looks and sounds great.
We’re working on a number of other major deals right now. As they are announced, I’ll be sure to blog about them here. Stay tuned!