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MacRumors
Sep 29, 2009, 10:31 AM
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TechCrunch reports (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/29/mspot-launches-web-based-mobile-movie-streaming-service/) that mSpot (http://www.mspot.com/), a company that provides ringtones, music, and video for mobile devices in the U.S. and Canada, is now offering streaming movie rentals that are viewable on the iPhone and other mobile devices. Movies are accessed via mSpot's mobile site and payment can be made via credit card to rent movies individually or sign up for a monthly subscription plan. At launch, mSpot offers 350 movies for streaming from major production companies including Paramount and Universal.

Individual movie rentals cost $4.99 and rental periods vary from movie to movie, though they are at least 24 hours and movies can be watched an unlimited number of times within the rental period. While browsing available movies, trailers can be viewed easily. A rental savings Club is available that offers a variety of monthly subscription levels, starting at $9.99 per month for 20 credits, which will purchase 4 movie rentals, up to $15.99 per month for 40 credits, which will purchase 8 movie rentals. Not all movies currently available can be rented through a Club subscription - these can only be rented la carte. mSpot is currently offering a special of 15 free extra credits in the first month of Club membership. Credits expire if they are unused one month after purchase and there is no cancellation fee to leave the Club.


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mSpot recommends that users have an unlimited data plan with their cellular service provider given the large amount of data required to stream a full-length movie. Movies are viewed using the iPhone's native video player, which is launched automatically from Safari and the current connection type (3G or Wi-Fi) can be selected before viewing a movie to provide the appropriate level of buffering. Movie rentals are only available to iPhone and other mobile device users in the United States. mSpot has beat Netflix, who has stated (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/09/22/no-netflix-streaming-to-iphone-in-near-future/") that it will offer its services directly on the iPhone "eventually," to the market in providing this service to iPhone users in the U.S.

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Viewing a streaming movie rental

Article Link: mSpot Now Offering Streaming Movie Rentals on iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/09/29/mspot-now-offering-streaming-movie-rentals-on-iphone/)



happydude
Sep 29, 2009, 10:50 AM
nice, i might check this out. would be a great option for the commute home every day. not sure why netflix has been so hesitant to put an app out like this.

macslayer118
Sep 29, 2009, 11:13 AM
How long until AT&T makes this a "Wi-Fi Only" app?


But it DOES sound AWESOME! :-)

BeyondtheTech
Sep 29, 2009, 11:50 AM
Ha! No one will be able to block it - not Apple, not AT&T... it's not in the App Store; you simply access it via Mobile Safari to www.mspot.com.

Trailers look good over 3G, didn't buffer at all.

This could work in a pinch for people hard up for some media.

Fanboys was hilarious.

lowbatteries
Sep 29, 2009, 11:57 AM
Ha! No one will be able to block it - not Apple, not AT&T... it's not in the App Store; you simply access it via Mobile Safari to www.mspot.com.

That's not true. at&t is currently lobbying that net neutrality rules should not apply to mobile network providers. So, in theory, at&t could severely limit the bandwidth from this site. A user's perception would be that the site blows and videos take forever to play, and they would blame mspot and not at&t.

macslayer118
Sep 29, 2009, 12:52 PM
Ha! No one will be able to block it - not Apple, not AT&T... it's not in the App Store; you simply access it via Mobile Safari to www.mspot.com.


Oh, my bad! This totally looked like a new app!

BeyondtheTech
Sep 29, 2009, 01:21 PM
That's not true. at&t is currently lobbying that net neutrality rules should not apply to mobile network providers. So, in theory, at&t could severely limit the bandwidth from this site. A user's perception would be that the site blows and videos take forever to play, and they would blame mspot and not at&t.

Is that why Pornhub never loads all the videos properly? At least that's what my friend is saying. :eek:

skeep5
Sep 29, 2009, 03:08 PM
nice, i might check this out. would be a great option for the commute home every day.

LOL or maybe you could watch the road (if you're driving, maybe you're on a bus).

twoodcc
Sep 29, 2009, 08:11 PM
seems pretty good. i bet netflix will get on it now though