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Tiscali launches film download service
Monday 07 May 2007 10:02:39 by John Hunt

Tiscali has launched a film download service called 'Movies Now' in conjunction with Arts Alliance Media, a digital film distributor. The service offers over 500 films and specialist entertainment programmes via the Tiscali portal. The service is not however limited to Tiscali customers, so anyone can use it.

Prices range from £0.99 to £3.49 for rental depending on the film and quality chosen. You are granted 7 days to view the title once the download is complete and can view it as many times as you like within 24 hours or 48 hours (depending on the title) from when you begin viewing it.

You should bear mind mind that downloading the films will form part of your downloads, so if you have a package with a fair usage policy or other caps/limits, this will count towards them. As such the cost of the film may be higher than the simple cost of renting it. Tiscali quote the average 'high quality' film as 500MB (megabytes) and 'super high quality' at 1.2GB (gigabytes). The distribution system does not use peer-to-peer technology but direct downloads from Tiscali servers. As with the BBC service launching later this year, it is only currently available to Windows PC users.

Comments

Posted by macarrow over 10 years ago
Very interesting - But ......
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Posted by digger78 over 10 years ago
They should have Fixed their current services before bringing out new ones!!
Posted by Ephexis over 10 years ago
Why would anyone use a service like this compared to a real rental store where you can get the actual DVD/HDDVD/BluRay media, plus all the extras, use no bandwidth and generally pay around the same price. Not to mention a far superior selection to choose from.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
Ephexis I mentioned something very similar in the BBC/4OD service on this site. Also i dont know what Tiscali are thinking when they call a 500MB film high quality a 2 hour film encoded down to 500MB will be nothing of the sort. Macro blocks and other image distortion will appear, especially in detailed or fast moving scenes, i dont know about others but i wouldnt pay £3.49 for that plus what ever it cost from your ISP in bandwidth. You may as well go buy the film.
Posted by keith_thfc over 10 years ago
Why would anyone in their right mind want to pay to download movies from an already heavily traffic shaped network?

Do they really think people come home from work at 7pm and think "hey now I can download a movie at dial up speeds which might be complete within the next 3 days providing I don't use the machine for anything else. And fingers crossed Tiscali don't sent me a FUP warning in the meantime...."
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
^^^ LMAO keith_thfc, post of the year for pure sarcasm ;) nice one :)
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