The Warner Bros.-backed online movie download service in Germany, In2Movies, has launched in beta. It is a JV between Warner Brothers Entertainment GmbH and technical/P2P service provider Arvato Mobile, a unit of Bertelsmann Group, and is available in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. It is among the first such legal P2P-based movie services.
More than 300 movies and TV series are available for purchase at the launch. They include recent releases such as “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.. An older installment of Harry Potter (“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”) can even be downloaded for free until today as a special offer.
Current Hollywood blockbusters cost 14.99 euros, roughly as much as a DVD…Older movies such as “Sophie Scholl” or “Batman Begins” are available for 7.99 euros, while “Goodbye Lenin” is available for 6.99. Warner Bros. plans to charge between 99 cents and 1.99 euros for episodes from TV series.
The interesting part is, since users are contributing bandwidth for the P2P service, they receive points which they can trade for a free download.
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