Nokia Ovi Movies On-Demand service coming this fall
While reading through that Nokia N8 spec sheet we published earlier, I noticed an interesting bit of info there.
It seems that Nokia is finally getting ready to launch it’s own movie service.
The possibility that Nokia/Ovi Movies are coming has been rumored for quite a while now. After all, it’s the next logical step when your music service is up and running. We actually expected Nokia Movie service to launch last September, at Nokia World. And spotted Ovi Movies service icon few months before that.
I guess, the service wasn’t ready yet, then. But now, it looks that Nokia Ovi Movies is finally ready for a limited roll-out. Here’s the interesting bit from the leaked Nokia N8 spec sheet:
- Free on-demand TV series and movies from leading global and local broadcasters.
- Top-of the line, high quality video entertainment, running on latest trend of ad-supported web tv.
- Mobile optimized, one-click access to broadcasters’ catalogs. Easy to find your own favorites.
- Increasing amount of new TV channels available thru Ovi Store.
- Open source widget for web TV available for broadcastes to start services easily and cost effectively
- Flash lite 4.0 support enabling usage of major web video services available in the internet
- Video playback time via HDMI to TV is up to 6.7 hours
And, while I was working on this post, MR’s Eldar has just confirmed this info in this tweet:
So, there you have it – a limited rollout of Nokia Ovi movie service should be launched this September, together with Nokia N8 flagship device. At first, the service will be limited only to certain countries (mostly in Europe), and operators.
And of limited scope. Both from Eldar’s tweet and marketing materials, it seems that Nokia is talking about Hulu or iPlayer like, ad supported, streaming Web TV service, and not iTunes like Movie and TV Show downloads. Probably even in partnership with those streaming services in various countries.
But it’s still an interesting start, and when OVI video service is up and running, it’s just a matter of working out distribution rights with IP owners to expand it.