Rovi Enables HP TouchPad Movie Streaming

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said Wednesday that its RoxioNow platform is headed to a new HP MovieStore application for the HP TouchPad, and at the same time revealed a multi-year agreement to use RoxioNow technology for streaming services offered by Best Buy Canada.

Rovi, which recently acquired former owner of the RoxioNow system Sonic, said HP's first WebOS tablet has joined the ranks of a number of HP notebooks and desktop PCs that are already powered by the RoxioNow entertainment platform.

Under the terms of a new licensing agreement, Rovi is providing content licensing and infrastructure services that include a Cloud-based movie and TV locker that provides HP customers persistent access to movie and TV content  across HP devices.

Rovi currently enables white-label storefronts for a number of brick-and-mortar retailers, cable operators, PC manufacturers, consumer electronics makers, and Hollywood studios' direct-to-consumer initiatives.

Meanwhile, Best Buy Canada is now licensing the RoxioNow technology for its CinemaNow service that is currently available in the United States.

The multi-year agreement is expected to enable a service launch in September through Best Buy Canada and sister company Future Shop.

The service will be available initially online and then expand to offer access through a range of Internet-connected consumer electronics devices, Sonic said.

CinemaNow will allow Canadian consumers to stream titles from a catalog of premium entertainment including new movie releases and next-day TV shows.

The Canadian CinemaNow service is expected to be available on select connected TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, set-top boxes, PCs and mobile devices, and will provide access to a broad library of new movies, TV shows, independent titles and older catalog films.


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