HP, Compaq PCs loaded with movie downloads


MUMBAI: Starz Entertainment announced at HP’s “Your Life is the Show” event in New York City the renewal and expansion of an agreement for Vongo, Starz Entertainment’s subscription broadband movie and video download service, to be made available on HP and Compaq consumer notebook PCs.


Starz has been working with HP since 2006 and will continue to give new HP and Compaq consumer notebook PC customers a one-month, unlimited free trial subscription to Vongo. New HP customers and Vongo subscribers have access to more than 2,500 movie and video selections, including first-run Hollywood blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Ghost Rider, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and The Da Vinci Code.


“The great movies available for download on Vongo fit well with the expanding digital experience delivered by HP. More consumers are looking for broad access to content and are turning to their PC for entertainment choices. Our expanding relationship with HP allows people to more readily enjoy movies in their living rooms, dens, hotel rooms and on planes,” said Starz Entertainment executive vice president, advanced services Bob Greene.


Starz’ Vongo service will be integrated into HP QuickPlay, making it possible to access Vongo movies and videos quickly and easily. QuickPlay allows users to access entertainment content, including movies, music and photos stored on the computer with the touch of a button.


“HP constantly seeks to provide meaningful entertainment choices and to make it easy for consumers to personalize their mobile computing experience. By making Starz’ Vongo subscription movie service available to our customers it allows us to continue meeting the demand for downloaded video content,” said HP director of product marketing for consumer notebooks Jonathan Kaye.


Vongo subscribers have unlimited access to more than 1,000 movies and 2,500 total video selections as well as a live, streaming Starz TV channel for a monthly cost of $9.99. Select popular pay-per-view titles are also available for individual rental. In addition to Windows-based PCs, laptops and portable devices, Vongo subscribers can also stream their Vongo content onto a TV from the PC for optimal viewing with Windows Media Center Extenders, such as Xbox 360, or navigate Vongo and play their movies on the TV with a remote control and Windows Vista with Windows Media Center. Vongo is available as a free download for broadband subscribers in the United States, http://www.vongo.com.


Additional programming available to Vongo subscribers includes full-length music concerts and documentaries (Sheryl Crow: Live from London, No Doubt: Rock Steady Live Concert, The Who: Listening to You at the Isle of Wight, Bon Jovi: Live from London, The Diary of Alicia Keys, Snow Patrol: Live from Somerset House, 50 Cent: Refuse To Die), TV series (Head Case, The Rifleman, Edgemont) and extreme sports (Warren Miller’s Higher Ground, Real Action Sports, Ride Guide).