Samsung to partner with Blockbuster for mobile streaming

February 22nd, 2012

BlockbusterSamsung plans to partner with video rental service Blockbuster to bring a movie streaming services to its 2012 smartphones, Australian website Smarthouse is reporting.

The tech site has supposedly received word from Paul Uniacke, CEO of the Franchise Entertainment Group – who has the rights to the Blockbuster brand in Australia – that Samsung will bring the streaming service to Australia, the US and Europe in the first half of 2012.

Although the deal is yet to be announced, Uniacke lets slip that it will bring movie streaming to Samsung smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs. “It will also result in Blockbuster movies being available on Samsung notebooks and Ultrabooks”, the report adds.

Further leaked details reveal that Samsung’s Blockbuster partnership will aim to let customers “easily” log into content, pay for it and then “watch or listen to it”, suggesting that a pay-as-you-go option will be available, as well as a Netflix-style monthly fee.

“To facilitate the new service, Samsung is rumoured to be developing a new global billing platform that will allow users to sign-up and pay for new media content, helping the Korean manufacturer extend its range of value-added services to better serve its customers across devices”, The Next Web explains.

Of course, Samsung is yet to confirm the partnership, but we’re expecting to hear more at Mobile World Congress.

[Source: TNW]

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