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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.
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.
Historically blinkbox combined a free and pay model to allow users to buy titles and also watch free ad-supported titles. In December 2012 blinkbox stopped all ad-supported titles and launched www.clubcardtv.com shortly after, in which users with a tesco clubcard can watch titles for Free, viewing ads targeted to them directly 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.
Blinkbox have launched Blinkbox Music, an online music streaming service to rival Spotify following the acquisition of WE7.
In March 2014 blinkbox launched ebooks service Blinkbox Books.
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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:34:39 -0700
Speaking to Marketing Week, Gail Rivett, marketing director for Blinkbox, says the aim with these events is to build the ebook service into something more than just a site for buying books. Tesco wants to create a reading community, helping to make ...
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:03:45 -0700
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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:08:07 -0700
Blinkbox has joined rivals Netflix and Google Play Movies on the Chromecast TV streaming dongle. The Tesco-owned pay-per-view film service has upgraded its iPad and Android tablet apps with Chromecast support, with a £5 film and TV credit when you ...
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:10:35 -0700
David Nicholls, Graham Norton, Caitlin Moran and Kate Mosse are among the authors who will be in conversation with Clare Balding as part of a “two-day spectacular” organised by Tesco's e-book service blinkbox Books. The four shows, taking place at ...
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:22:30 -0700
Subscribers to Tesco's Big Broadband and Entertainment Bundle also receive £5 blinkbox credit, which can be spent on films and TV programmes. The deal is priced at £4 per month plus line rental, with a £6 router delivery charge applying at the start of ...
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Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:21:35 -0700
Mormon pop band The Killers have been credited with writing the weirdest-ever pop lyric. "Are we human or are we dancer?", from the band's 2008 single Human, topped a poll of 2,000 music lovers conducted by streaming service Blinkbox. As Killers ...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:52:30 -0700
Tesco's blinkbox Movies and TV is now available on Google's media streaming device Chromecast. Customers can watch movies and TV shows through Chromecast via blinkbox.com or blinkbox's app on iPad and Android tablets. Customers need to plug ...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:09:29 -0700
Speaking to Digital Spy at a reader's event sponsored by Tesco's ebook service, blinkbox Books, about progress on The Winds of Winter, Martin denied that his work on the TV series was stalling the books. "The TV show has nothing to do with my progress ...
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