ClickStar, the next movie download hopeful founded by none other than actor Morgan Freeman, is anxiously awaiting it's December 15th, 2006 launch date. Unlike most of the other movie download services, ClickStar will offer first-run movies, for a price...A DVD quality download will cost you around $24.99 which can be viewed on your PC and your TV which may give it the edge over MovieLink and others.
Here's what the ClickStar web site says about their new service:
ClickStar, Inc. is a new digital entertainment venture between Intel Corporation and Revelations Entertainment, the production company headed by Morgan Freeman and business partner Lori McCreary that addresses the growing consumer desire for premium entertainment through broadband for the PC and the TV. ClickStar is an amazing new service delivering premium movies and thematic artist-created channels brought to you by and featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. For example, “Explore the World of Science with Morgan Freeman”.
Standing out in front of the pack of the myriad of Internet download services, ClickStar will offer Broadband Debuts of first run movies -- featuring A-list stars and directors -- available exclusively on ClickStar within weeks of their release in theaters, and well in advance of their release on DVD. ClickStar will offer exclusive special bonus features taking ClickStar viewers behind the scenes including interviews with the stars, secrets to filmmaking– including stunts and special effects, tours of exotic locations from around the world, and exclusive footage not available on DVD.
ClickStar will target the millions of broadband consumers worldwide thirsting for a richer and more flexible entertainment experience. A typical ClickStar user will be able to enjoy full-screen high-fidelity films conveniently on their big screen TV from the comfort of their living room or on-the-go via their laptop. Either way, ClickStar will offer a high quality, multimedia rich experience that will keep consumers coming back again and again. ClickStar's core mission is to become the leading online destination for premium entertainment, designed to give consumers a direct connection to their favorite stars and to give filmmakers a direct connection to their fans while providing a new way of experiencing home entertainment that is highly personal, very affordable and always flexible.
ClickStar – exclusive first-run feature films, artist created channels from Hollywood’s biggest names, complete viewing flexibility, and a unique opportunity to get closer to the stars.
I say there's still room for another player in the online movie download arena, especially one that offers more choices for the consumer. It will be interesting to see how this plays out as they've already signed at least 15 deals with content provides. My only question is, what about high definition movie downloads? I'm still looking for something to cut my ever expanding DirecTV bill!