Your Ticket To The Movies - Rocky Mountain News
By: Jeff Smith
The movie-download business heated up last week, providing consumers with more choices than ever.
Apple, as expected, announced it would begin offering an online movie-rental service at $2.99-$3.99 a title, with more than 1,000 titles available by next month.
Netflix, an online movie business that mostly delivers DVDs through the mail, tried to counter Apple's foray by announcing it would start offering its 7 million subscribers the added benefit of streaming movies and TV episodes onto their personal computers.
Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications analyst in the Atlanta area, characterized the announcements as a milestone in the transition from traditional movie-rental stores to online movie services.
"The potential growth is huge for the companies that can market and price correctly," Kagan said. Many also are finding success by targeting niches and specialty markets.
Some services promise a movie will be available within 30 seconds for streaming, while others may require a download. Some services focus on popular titles while others specialize. Jaman, for instance, features foreign films, MovieFlix offers classics, and TotalVid is known for its extreme sports and instructional videos.
Some services work only on Windows platforms. Vongo is offered only on Windows XP and Vista. Others support Mac and Windows. Others require subscribers to download special software or buy a set-top box. The movie-download services typically allow a subscriber to view a movie for 24 hours before it disappears from their computer, although a number offer "download-to-own" or burn-to-DVD options. High-speed Internet service is a requirement. A user generally needs Internet speeds of nearly 1.5 megabits a second to watch streaming video without glitches. The higher the speeds the better when downloading an entire movie file. A standard-definition movie may take more than an hour to transfer at 1.5 megabits a second but a lot less at higher speeds.
Most rental services allow consumers to view a movie for 24 hours. TotalVid allows a seven-day viewing period. Most can be played on Windows media players. All support computers with Windows. Apple iTunes, EzTakes and MovieFlix also support Mac computers. Consumers, in many cases, can watch the movies on their TV by connecting their computer much as they would a VCR or video camera.
January 21, 2008 - Rocky Mountain News
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Money For Breakfast - Fox Business Channel
Click here to watch Fox's business channel interview with MovieFlix COO, Robert Moskovits, as they discuss the future of broadband, streaming and MovieFlix.
October 23, 2007 - Fox Business Channel
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MovieFlix.com Reaches 2.5 Million Member - Video Business
By: Ned Randolph
The online movie service, MovieFlix.com announced today thats website membership has reached 2.5 million subscribers.
The company, which offers a free basic subsription model and premium model to more popular titles for $7.95, says the significant increase in membership is attributed to the rising prevalence of both broadband and wireless Internet connections and the site's expanded film selection of over 4,000 titles.
"We're extremely pleased to see our membership numbers growing so rapidly. MovieFlix provides a unique combination of high speed streaming video and rare, classic and hard to find movies. This niche market has proven to be larger than expected and our members tend to be real movie buffs who are extremely loyal," says MovieFlix cofounder and CEO Opher Mizrahi.
MovieFlix.com, founded in 1998, is a privately held company based in Hollywood. Its library contains movies, short films, independent films and television shows in over thirty popular categories -- many of which are offered to members for unlimited free viewing.
It has 4,000 movie titles, of which 250 are adult titles, said its spokesman Robert Moskovits.
MovieFlix has two subscription models: a free basic package, which entitles users to about 1,500 titles available only on a Real Player; or for $7.95 a month, they can upgrade to a MovieFlix Plus subscription package, which includes more popular movies and unlimited downloads, and access to a Media Windows Player, said Moskovitz.
November 13, 2007 - Video Business
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