Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Verizon Offers Starz Video Download Service

Verizon offers a $5.99 per month Starz Play video download service to broadband subscribers in the U.S. from a website it has set up for the service. The movies are viewed on the PC using viewer software downloaded from the website.

Films are stored on the PC and may be viewed off line. Films will be automatically deleted from the PC when they are removed from the service. Some titles will expire in a few days and others will be available for months. It will typically take 30 to 90 minutes to download a film. Movies can be watched while they are downloading. The service uses Microsoft digital rights management software and does not permit burning the movies onto a DVD.

Verizon's broadband customers can pay for the Starz Play monthly subscription fee on their Verizon bill. Other broadband users can charge the fee to a credit card.

I have felt for a long time that the Telcos need to get involved with over the top Internet content. I think that this is just the start and that the Telcos will eventually merge unmanaged over the top content with their managed IPTV services.

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