Blinkbox (www.blinkbox.com) is a on-demand movie streaming service, which is also part of the UK supermarket Tesco. The service has a catalogue of more than 10,000 titles, including classics and latest blockbusters. Differentiating itself from the competition, Tesco has opted for a PAYG (pay as you go) system for Blinkbox, instead of the usual monthly subscription fee. So what does the Windows 8 app bring to the table?
Just like Blinkbox apps for smart TVs, video game consoles, other tablets and set-top boxes, Blinkbox for Windows 8 enables you to tap into your account and enjoy films while on the move or at home on the large screen. Whether you're on your Windows tablet on public transport or have just finished playing the latest PC game, Blinkbox will be at hand ready for some streaming.
Here are some of the features found in this Windows 8 app (listed in the app description):
- There’s no subscription, ever. You just pay for what you watch
- Our huge catalogue in a beautiful new full screen experience
- Watch purchased titles in glorious HD
- Continue watching from where you left off – even on other devices or from our website
- Parental controls to give you peace of mind
Blinkbox allows you to both rent and purchase content in standard and high definition. The parental controls are an interesting addition to the table, enabling you to have some degree of administration over what's streamed over the Internet and displayed for younger audiences to watch and enjoy.
There's no Blinkbox for Windows Phone just yet, but we'll look forward to see an app in the future. The mobile app could be a superb match with Kid's Corner (for parental control), remote control support, streaming and more. We can only dream.
You can download Blinkbox from the Windows Store.
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