05 February 2014
With a whole range of movie and TV-on-demand services it can be difficult to know which one sets itself apart from the others and offers the best, and most value for money, option. Video-on-demand has become increasingly popular. It allows customers to stream or download content and watch it, not just on a traditional TV screen, but on computers, games consoles and tablets.
What differentiates one service from another?
But not all the services are the same. Blinkbox, founded in 2006 and 80% owned by Tesco, has a major advantage over rivals such as LoveFilm because there is no subscription charge. You simply pay for what you watch. So, if you go for for a few weeks withouwwt watching anything you're not paying for something you're not using. But another key success for the service is just how quickly you can watch the newest major movies. On Blinkbox they can be available months or even years ahead of other providers. With releases available so quickly it can be very economical to avoid an expensive cinema visit and wait the short while until your film appears on Blinkbox and you can watch it from the comfort of your own home. On-demand is also popular because it allows customers to buy and own films. That way they can keep them in their online library for ever to watch at their leisure. You can of course just rent if you prefer, making the service very flexible. Rental periods last 30 days, so there's no need to rush your viewing. It's certainly a long way from the high street rental stores of old with their crackly VHSs. Which is another advantage of Blinkbox. The quality is always superb.
More than just blockbuster movies
And, of course, it's not just films you can watch. Snuggling up on the sofa with a box set has become a popular stay at home pastime and these series can also be watched via Blinkbox. Blinkbox also steals a march on a provider like Netflix thanks to an exclusive deal with HBO. It allows them to offer popular programmes such as Games of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Mad Man to buy, before they become available on DVD or Blu Ray. If oldies are your thing there's a bursting at the seams catalogue of classic films and much loved TV shows. One final advantage of Blinkbox is that you can collect one Tesco Clubcard point for with every pound you spend, helping you get to your chosen rewards faster. Of course if you're going to spend more time watching your favourite movies and TV shows on your devices then it's a good idea to get new tablet cases to protect your tablet from any bumps. And while you're at it why not get new phone cases for your Android or iPhone too.
What is your go-to entertainment app?
Rahima Aktar on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 · Leave a Comment