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Samsung Scores Movie Streaming Deal with Blockbuster

The South Korean electronics giant has reportedly inked a new deal with Blockbuster. Under this deal, the company will be able to offer thousands of movies to the company’s Galaxy smartphone and tablet devices, Blu-ray players and new connected Smart TVs.

According to Smarthouse, the service will be rolled out initially in Australia, United States and Europe, with both American and European customers will be able to use service by late first half of this year.

Blockbuster, the biggest rental movie provider in the Australia, failed to perform well in the United States because of the current Internet-based Netflix and rental Kiosk Company Redbox dominance. The company was forced to shut down many of its stores as a part of cost-cutting plan. The Dish Network, US satellite broadcaster has recently acquired the company and will soon introduce a new streaming service based on its deal with Samsung.

Redbox in a response to this acquisition bought the Blockbuster’s Express Kiosk business in the country.

CEO of the Franchise Entertainment Group, Paul Uniacke, who also holds the rights to the Blockbuster brand in Australia, stated that its deal with Korean company is a brilliant one. This deal will open the doors of service for the users owning Samsung products, including televisions, Blu-ray players, smartphones and tablets, and even personal computers.

According to sources, since the streaming service will be made available to the users of United States and Europe during the first half of 2012, the users in Australia will have to wait until September to be able to use streaming services.

In order to make this new service seamless and smooth, the Korean company is reportedly working on developing a new global billing platform, which will let users to sign-up and pay for new media content. This will also help Samsung to expand its range of value-added services to offer a smooth and clean user-experience to its customers all across the world.

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