Mobile entertainment company mSpot.com has begun offering new-release movie streams to to iPad and iPhone users via a free app.
The app allows users to stream titles on a transactional basis from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Paramount Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, among others.
Users can rent and stream individual titles from $2.99 to $3.99, browse selections on their mobile devices, play and pause a title, access chapter features and also watch movies on the computer with a complementary account at www.mspotmovies.com.
The application automatically detects network coverage and adjusts the quality of the video, whether using 3G or Wi-Fi, to avoid delays due to downloading or syncing.
Movie selections include Alice in Wonderland, The Blind Side and The Princess and the Frog, in addition to catalog fare such as The Reader, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Soloist, Zach and Miri Make a Porno, Fast & Furious, Mission: Impossible, The Ex: Unrated, The Edge of Love, Crossing Over, Outlander and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based mSpot last September first launched mobile access to movie streams citing research that found 78% of respondents were more likely to use a mobile movie service that didn’t require downloading, with another 74% indicating that a wait of more than 10 minutes for a movie would be unacceptable.
The service also offers monthly “Movie Club” subscription plans from $9.99 for four titles per month, $12.99 for six movies a month and $15.99 for eight movies a month.
Consumers use a credit card to rent a movie and access the stream by using their phone’s Web browser, which mSpot claims does not require downloading or syncing to a PC.
“[We enable] people to enjoy movies instantly and seamlessly across many consumer electronic devices without the need for cable sync or sideloading,” said CEO Daren Tsui, in a statement.
The company last month launched a cloud-based music service enabling users to upload and manage music to either an Android phone or Windows/Mac computer utilizing a free 2GB account, or $2.99/month for 10GB of storage and up to 100GB for $13.99.