T-Mobile to launch Blockbuster movie downloads via HTC HD2
BARCELONA, Spain--T-Mobile USA announced plans to introduce a new mobile entertainment suite in conjunction with its exclusive release of the forthcoming HTC HD2 touchscreen device, highlighted by the premiere of Blockbuster on Demand, the video rental chain's first-ever video download application for smartphones. According to T-Mobile, Blockbuster on Demand enables consumers to purchase a movie on one device and watch it across other connected devices. The operator also will team with Paramout Pictures to preload the studio's megahits Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen via the HD2's memory card, promising the films will be optimized for viewing on the smartphone's high-resolution, 4.3-inch screen.
Speaking at the 2010 Mobile World Congress event here, T-Mobile USA chief technology and innovation officer Cole Brodman said the operator will further trick out the HD2 with the addition of bookseller giant Barnes & Noble's eReader application, which promises more than a million ebooks, newspapers and magazines, as well as the MobiTV application, which delivers live and on-demand content from partners like ESPN, NBC and Comedy Central. In addition, subscribers who purchase the HD2 will receive up to six months of free in-flight WiFi service courtesy of Gogo Inflight Internet.
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