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Warner Bros to sell streaming movies on Facebook

By Jos
Mar 9, 2011
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  1. Hollywood movie studio Warner Brothers is using Facebook to let users stream full-length films through the social networking platform. Initially available in the U.S. only, the service will grant users a 48-hour window to stream a movie for a fee starting as low as $3 -- or 30 Facebook Credits -- and they can pause and restart the movie as needed without losing any functionality. Interestingly enough, Reuters is reporting that this is not a really partnership, but rather a Facebook application that Warner developed on its own, using the website's open payment and technology standards.

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Addict Posts: 639   +127

    They're trying to stream movies when they can't even get chat to function correctly
     
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    It's kind of disappointing to see a company like WB shoe-horning movies onto Facebook when there's a perfectly good platform already out there (*cough* Netflix *cough*). I am sure Netflix wouldn't be paying close to what WB would be making off of the 48 hour 'rental' fee across (potentially) hundreds of thousands of people though....

    Facebook is super popular and certainly has an incredible audience, but Facebook is hardly the appropriate platform for this... as evidenced by "the audio-visual quality on the Facebook video isn?t great"
     
  4. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    Rightly said,Rick .Facebook should focus on social-networking .There are a lot of bugs & very annoying one's.
     
  5. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Seems like they are just taking the old traditional rental model and putting it on Facebook. I'd imagine it doing decent even with somewhat high priced content and bad video quality considering the large user base. I however will stick with competing services that offer superior value at a better price.
     
  6. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    They aren't trying to do what Netflix is doing. They are trying to compete with services like itunes and amazon and just cut out the middle man by using FB.

    I am a Netflix user btw and love it, however I could see a market for users that don't watch large numbers of films and only watch the big title films would want to go with a pay per watch type of service.

    As for Facebook's audio-visual quality it could get better. Look at how far youtube has come. Netflix in terms of audio doesn't have that good of quality either when it comes to surround sound. Well Netflix is updating there library to have more and more 5.1 movies most still are not.
     


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