Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Movie service promises lag-free HD streams

updated 10:40 am EST, Tue December 23, 2008

FilmOn HD Movies

A new service promises to offer HD video streaming without the typical long buffering times for typical internet connections. Online movie provider FilmOn says it has implemented a new video compression technique known as HDi that reduces the normally very large footprint of HD videos to as little as 2Mbps. While not explaining how this is accomplished, the provider claims that "HD-quality" movies can play on typical broadband connections in real time rather than caching some of that data in advance.

The service itself is notable also for its emphasis on free content; about 70 percent of videos are available to watch without costs, FilmOn notes. Most of these would otherwise be budget titles but are helped by the use of Amazon Web Services, which offloads the need to host content directly, and by private financing that offsets the price.

Most content should also be viewable from more than one country, according to the company's founder, Alki David. Unlike services such as Hulu that often restrict content only to those living within the country of origin, FilmOn is expected to offer content both to the US and the UK. Paid, "premium" content is also available and includes major movies such as No Country for Old Men; pricing in the UK is set at 4 ($5.92) to gain 24-hour streaming access to a movie and 5 ($7.40) to download the same title.

The service is set to be demonstrated to UK provider British Telecom in January and will potentially reach dedicated media hubs in the future, although no specific plans have been revealed. [via The Times]



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one-dimensional in functionality, r ...

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News