CinemaNow, an internet video download service owned by Best Buy, has begun offering service in Canada.
The service gives movies lovers the ability to rent or buy standard and high definition movies over the web will compete with similar services from Sony and Apple.
Contrary to what has been reported by a number of Canadian media outlets, CinemaNow is not a Netflix type service. Under the Netflix service, users can stream an unlimited amount of television shows and movies to their HDTV or Netflix enabled device for $8 a month. The CinemaNow service is an online video store that enables consumers to rent a movie for 48 hours or buy it outright.
Movies can be viewed on Windows computers, streamed through an Xbox 360 or a CinemaNow ready Blu-Ray player, TV or set-top box. Movie prices are pretty much in line with what you'd expect to pay with the Apple or Sony services - $5 for a standard definition rental and $20 to buy.
Digital Home reviewed the Canadian CinemaNow site this morning and was disappointed with the limited number of movie titles on offer and failures on the site. Under the new rentals section the recommend movies were Date Night and Fantastic Mr. Fox, two movies that can hardly be considered new since Date Night came out in early 2010 and Fantastic Mr. Fox was released in 2009.
In addition, when we clicked on Customer Support, we were greeted with this message.
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