If you own a TiVo, then you will soon be able to access Blockbuster’s OnDemand service. Compatible with broadband connected TiVo Series2, Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL DVRs, users will be allowed to rent and buy movies. Both companies will utilize cross-marketing and, as part of the deal, Blockbuster will sell TiVos on their site as well as in their stores. Plans to feature Netflix and Amazon will still continue, so it looks as though this is a win-win-win for TiVo. Expect the new service to begin in the second half of this year. Sign up with TiVo to be notified of the changeover.
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Still trying to compete with their nemesis, Blockbuster has announced their own set-top box. The MediaPoint Player was made by 2Wire and will set you back $99.00 with an initial 25 films. After that, customers can download HD movies via broadband for $1.99 and keep them up to 30 days. However, once play is pushed, it must be watched within 24 hours. Blockbuster OnDemand is available now and will be to future customers who do not subscribe to Blockbuster Online.
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Residents in California will soon be able to watch a 3-D, locally made, super computer-generated earthquake video in about 28 minutes of its initial strike. Scientists at Caltech and the SDSC (San Diego Supercomputer Center) use data from ground sensors and archived information of the region to create images with OnDemand that can be viewed on a PC or TV screen. The information will be made available beginning in October when a quake of 3.5 magnitude or greater occurs. We think we would prefer spending that time getting out if indeed it is the “Big One.”
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