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New Player in Home Video

Hometheater Magazine has an interesting promotional piece for a new company named MovieBeam. MovieBeam wants to get in on the home video rental business. The idea is a set top box that can download new home video releases for rental. The cost is about $200 for the box, and $1.99 to 3.99 with a $1 additional charge for HD.


  • Big Industry Players involved: Cisco, Disney, Intel
  • Supports HD
  • Supports a plethora of physical connections
  • Supports widely-used digital format for future expansion.


  • Yet another device to use.
  • A high upfront cost in addition to rental costs.
  • Nothing sets it apart the content from other home video options.

Time will tell if this device becomes a player in the industry, but until they sweeten the deal I can't see the point. --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on February 20, 2006 10:37 PM
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I saw a demo of this. It was really cool, but you are right --- nothing sets it apart from what's out there. Why get a whole new box when my satellite box provides a DVR and PPV movies. Sure, it's not 100 of them at once, but sheesh --- there is plenty of crap on.

-- Posted by: Rachel at February 21, 2006 11:47 AM

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