Rovi Selling Video Store
Apparently Rovi is looking to sell its video store, which powers the Video Store on the PlayBook, and is supposed to also provide movies in BB10's App World. I'm wondering what ramifications may come of this.
CinemaNow or never: Rovi puts its digital movie store up for sale — Online Video News
- 01-04-13, 04:28 AM #5
Rovi Selling Video Store
Rovi was a horrible pick from the start. Way overpriced and poor selection. I doubt anyone will be picking this up as their content offerings plain sucked.
For the cost of buying a movie on there. I could buy a bluray which comes with a DVD and digital download as well.
I've purchased one episode of The Walking Dead partly as a test and also because I was too lazy to go downstairs and watch it On Demand, and from a technical perspective, it works great. Also the free Sherlock Holmes movie was good too. The problem is the prices are such that you only would want to buy/rent if you had no other options. If they were lower, they could see increased usage and that could drive revenue higher. So I hope that whatever company buys the video store will result in lower prices, somehow. Maybe even offer subscription plans.
Also, Rovi is keeping some of the technology from the original acquisition, so they won't need to sell it for what they bought it for.
- 01-04-13, 11:21 AM #8
I never supported their service as it didn't support closed captioning...
Not that I need it, but I know multiple people who do and its important to me to get my message across.
Maybe they can partner up with Amazon Video?
EDIT: Also, don't you think that this would be against the contract RIM had with Rovi to use their video service? Rovi knew that RIM was releasing an operating system using their video store, yet they put it up for sale. If it voids RIM's contract with Rovi, RIM should definitely take legal actions.
- 01-04-13, 11:24 AM #9
Bear in mind that Rovi has a video store on Google Play as well, so it isn't just BlackBerry who's in the lurch here.
Rovi is... passable. I would suspect that they'll either succeed in this sale and the buyer will continue to honor existing contracts, or RIM will find another supplier. Easy enough.
- 01-04-13, 11:27 AM #10
Anyone that purchases it will have to honor any agreement that is in place at the time of the purchase.
So this isn't really an immediate problem for RIM and they can always revisit at a later date.
- 01-04-13, 11:55 AM #12
Rovi is a white label store..Blackberry is the not only one who use their services..Google, bestbuy(cinemanow),toysrus, VuDu, blockbuster movies etc and so many others use their services
- 01-04-13, 12:50 PM #14
- 01-04-13, 01:04 PM #15
Not to say they don't content distribution with studios..but they operate on different terms and conditions like unlimited viewing/ bulk licensing over a term etc
- 01-04-13, 01:38 PM #16
I hope RIM doesn't try to acquire Rovi's CinemaNow service. Licensing deals with studios is expensive - just ask Netflix. RIM can better spend $720 million on getting other services, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. on board...
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