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Blinkbox (stylized as blinkbox) is a UK-based transactional (purchase and rental) video-on-demand (VoD) service available on Macintosh and Microsoft Windows computers, games consoles, tablet computers and Smart TVs. Content is generally streamed, with downloading currently possible on Windows PC/laptops. The blinkbox brand has been extended to companion services offering digital music and books.
The company was co-founded in 2006 by Michael Comish (he was Blinkbox's chief executive officer until June 2013 when he became Tesco Group Digital Officer) and Adrian Letts, chief operating officer of the blinkbox group of services and MD of the Movies and TV service, both former senior executives of Channel 4 and Vodafone respectively. Blinkbox was launched in October 2007 with the backing of a number of venture capital firms.
On 20 April 2011, Tesco acquired an 80% stake in Blinkbox from Eden Ventures and Nordic Venture Partners. It intends to use the company to boost its digital entertainment offering. The Movies and TV service has around one million users per month.
As of December 2014. Tesco was rumoured to be in negotiations with Vodafone concerning the acquisition of Blinkbox. after massive losses reported by the British retailer.
Blinkbox Movies and TV has content deals with over 50 of the world's leading content producers including HBO, BBC Worldwide, Disney, Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 21st Century Fox, FremantleMedia, All3Media, Revolver Entertainment and Aardman Animations.
In 2010 the company signed a deal with the Samsung Group allowing films to be streamed directly though any Internet@TV Samsung TVs. blinkbox also formed a content partnership with YouTube allowing the site to carry blinkbox films on its new Movies section. The service was also the first in the UK to offer streaming film content through Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles.
In June 2010, Blinkbox launched the "Full Stream Ahead" campaign bringing together several film studios to offer free movie content for one week to encourage consumer adoption of streaming technology and demonstrating what the company asserts to be the advantages of legal streaming services over illegal file-sharing.
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Historically Blinkbox combined a free+pay model allowing users both to buy titles and also to watch free ad-supported titles. In December 2012 Blinkbox stopped all ad-supported titles and shortly after launched www.clubcardtv.com, in which users with a Tesco clubcard could watch titles free of charge, viewing advertisements targeted to them based on their buying habits.
Rental content can be streamed directly to a Windows PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Samsung Smart TV, and can be viewed any number of times within 48 hours. Buy-to-own content can be viewed without limit. The Blinkbox app is built into all pre 2012 Samsung Smart TVs. Content is protected with Microsoft's Windows Media DRM digital rights management and requires Microsoft Silverlight to play. Blinkbox cannot be used on Linux.
In March 2014 blinkbox launched ebooks service Blinkbox Books.
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