Samsung said its Samsung Movies is debuting with more than 500 "blockbuster" movies for subscribers.
The service will eventually be available in other European countries, Samsung said, noting that the service will be powered by Acetrax. Initially available movies will include such recent hits as The Dark Knight and Iron Man with popular TV titles E.R. and Friends also offered through the online movie store.
The Tocco Ultra Edition mobile phone, which has an active matrix organic light emitting diode full touch screen, was also unveiled Thursday in the United Kingdom to take advantage of the movie service. The handset provides more than four hours of continuous movie watching on a full charge, Samsung said.
"Additional devices will be compatible with the Samsung Movies store as they come to market in 2009," according to a Samsung release.
Titles from studios including Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, and Momentum Pictures are being offered initially. By the end of June, Samsung anticipates that 2,000 movies and TV shows will be available.
The company said it eventually plans to offer the service on notebooks, MP3 and MP4 players, as well as on Samsung TVs. A 24-hour rental will incur a charge of $3.55 to rent and about double that to purchase a movie outright.
Digital movie retailer Acetrax has agreements with a range of movie studios and independent movie makers. The Acetrax platform enables European brands to provide video downloads including movies for viewing on PCs, mobile devices, and IP-enabled TVs.
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