Per the companyâ€™s description, â€œMoviebeam is a brilliant new way to rent and watch movies at home. Get movies delivered directly to your TV â€” no cable, satellite, or computer is required.â€? To me, Moviebeam is either the lazy manâ€™s answer to Blockbuster, or, more likely, an early glimpse into the future of our soon-to-arrive â€œentertainment, anywhere, anytime, on-demandâ€? lifestyle.
Today, Moviebeamâ€™s offering is, in a nutshell, a $199 set-top box that delivers up to 10 movies per week (it comes with 100 or so available to start!), available in an instantaneous on-demand offering at prices ranging from $1.99 to $3.99 per movie. All movies are available at either DVD or HDTV quality, and the box does not interfere with any other TV or Internet offerings in your household.
After some hands-on use, I have to say, the product is quite fun to use, and a welcome addition to my home. Especially if you ask my wife!
Check out the rest of the review on LIVEdigitally.
Update 5/13/2006: The good folks over at MovieBeam have informed us that if you enter the code PR49B at checkout, you will get the MovieBeam box for $49 instead of the usual $199.