By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 22 Mar 2010
Blockbuster March 22 said its Blockbuster On Demand movie download service has expanded to include the newest line of Samsung Blu-ray Disc players, Internet-connected high-definition televisions and home theater systems.
Dallas-based Blockbuster, which distributes movie rentals and sellthrough via in-store, by-mail, kiosks and the Internet, last summer first announced its partnership with Samsung for Blockbuster On Demand on select electronics devices.
The download service is powered by Sonic Solutions’ Roxio CinemaNow technology.
Specifically, Blockbuster On Demand is part of the newly-launched Samsung Apps, the first HDTV-based application store where users can download applications from select 2010 Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray players and home theater systems via the upgraded Internet@TV – Content Service.
Consumers can select new release and classic movies, directly on their TV with no monthly fee the same day as DVD/Blu-ray.
Separately, Best Buy began marketing nationwide a 3D-enabled Samsung HDTV (UN55C7000 for $2969.99) and Internet-enabled Blu-ray player (BD-C6900 for $399.99).
The Blu-ray player also features Netflix movie streams and Pandora music downloads with separate subscriptions.
With every purchase, Best Buy offers a free 3D starter kit, which includes two battery-operated 3D glasses and Monsters vs. Aliens, the first commercially available 3D Blu-ray movie from DreamWorks Animation.
Best Buy earlier this month sold its first 3D TV and Blu-ray player when Panasonic rolled out its nationwide 3D consumer retail tour.