Blockbuster Unveils Set Top Box
Posted by Mehar Gill on November 29, 2008
Filed Under: Blockbuster, Blu-ray, Disney, Downloads, DreamWorks, Format War, Fox, HD DVD, Lionsgate, Netflix, Paramount, Rental, Retailers, Sony, Studios, Universal, Warner
Remember that set top box Blockbuster teased during their latest conference call? It has finally been revealed! Dubbed the “MediaPoint”, the box will allow users to progressively playback DVD quality video directly to their living rooms.
The box is essentially free for those who rent 25 movies from Blockbusters video service with a total value of $99, a “lone” price has not been announced. Unlike a majority of the competition, MediaPoint will not require a monthly subscription.
Rentals start at $1.99 with titles available on the service 30 days after initial DVD release. The box will feature HDMI, USB, Ethernet, Composite, Component, and Digital Audio outputs.
Jim Keyes, the chairman of Blockbuster had this to say,
“We are bringing Blockbuster, and the thousands of movies in our digital library, straight to customers’ televisions. The player is simple to use, delivers DVD quality video, and there’s no monthly subscription commitment.”
“Even though this is a very small market, the movies and the devices are the differentiators,”
The box won’t support any HD content at this time, theirs always the possibility it may change in the future.
It goes without saying, the box is only available in the United States. Your thoughts? Will this box be able to compete with Netflix let alone the other competition? By the looks of it the player is available now, are your ordering one?