Not so long ago, movie downloading seemed like a great idea that wasn't quite ready for prime time. However, recent events suggest that the time is now ripe -- and cable network Starz, a Liberty Media
Starz already has a similar service using technology from RealNetworks
Of course, now that Apple's
At this time, the new offering from Starz, called Vongo, will be for use with devices that use Microsoft
There are other companies that have long seemed no-brainers for downloaded movie content -- such as Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations Netflix
Meanwhile, TiVo, of course, has already dabbled in this arena with its TiVo To Go service, which can also be used with Microsoft's Portable Media Center and users' computers.
Regardless, the obvious question might be whether a service like this can gain much traction. Apple has iPod mania fueling its own video offerings -- an enthusiasm that Microsoft's Portable Media Center hasn't managed to elicit from customers thus far. Now is the time for rivals to strike, but in my opinion, it'll be an uphill battle to make much progress against the iPod's ubiquity. And if Apple does release a much-rumored device to link computers and televisions for downloaded entertainment, its rivals had better look out.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.