blinkbox gains films from all majors, introduces tablet download
| 27 November 2014
Proving that contrary to rumour there is very much still life in the company, the blinkbox UK online video service has revealed a major content deal with a US film studio and added offline viewing for tablets users.
blinkboxDownIn the latest of a number of deals with studios and distributors including a recent one with UK broadcaster Channel 4, the Tesco subsidiary has signed a deal with Entertainment Film Distributors, bringing its content offering to all major new films released in the UK. This would bring to members titles such as American Hustle, The Butler, Transcendence, I, Frankenstein, The Giver, Her and August: Osage County.
Commenting on the deal, Douglas Davis, blinkbox's director, content acquisition and sales, said: "The new deal with EFD means we have 100% coverage of major new release movies released in the UK, strengthening our position as the UK's go to service for those wanting to rent, buy and enjoy the latest movies and TV on multiple devices, without being tied into a subscription or one specific brand of device."
And those who do indeed want to rent, buy and enjoy can now download films and TV to iPads and Android tablets to watch the online video service without an Internet connection. The 'Watch Offline' update allows customers to download movies and TV shows bought on blinkbox to up to five devices, and rented films to one tablet.
Added blinkbox co-founder and CEO Adrian Letts: "The ability to watch offline on tablets is one of the most frequently requested features and will transform the way many customers use blinkbox – whether that's by allowing more freedom to watch what they want in the home – or taking their entertainment on the move."