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VideoPlay.ca

VideoPlay.ca and the French equivalent LaBanqueVideo.ca are Canada's premium Internet video on demand services offered by Bell Sympatico. It started in Beta mode on May 04, 2007 and offers movies, television shows and music videos/concerts for $1.99 and up, with a pricing structure similar to that of iTunes by Apple Computer and Unbox by Amazon. A purchase includes a full resolution video file with the rights to download on up to 3 devices.


Compatibility

The VideoPlay player is compatible with the Windows XP family of operating systems and Windows Vista. The content can be viewed using the VideoPlay Video Player, Windows Media Player, a Media Centre Compatible computer (coming June 2007) and a PlaysForSure portable device (coming July 2007). With the Media Centre launch, content can then be streamed to a television using a Windows Media Center Extender such as an Xbox 360 console from a PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows Vista (Home Premium or Ultimate). Downloaded videos may be burned to a DVD disc for storage purposes, but the resulting DVD will not play on a DVD player. Microsoft PlaysForSure is a certification given by Microsoft to portable devices (portable media players, phones, etc. ...


Video Quality

The content delivered by VideoPlay is "DVD quality". The encoding rate used creates a file size which makes one hour of programming roughly equal to one gigabyte (1 GB) of file space in a computer. In comparison, a typical DVD makes a 2-hour movie about 4.7 GB.


Due to the large size of the files being downloaded, the service requires a broadband internet connection capable of sustaining transfer speeds of 800 kbit/s. A 2-hour movie may take 7 hours and 20 minutes to download using a 750 kbit/s DSL/cable connection or 1 hour and 50 minutes with a 3.0 Mbit/s DSL/cable connection.


For VideoPlay users with an internet connection of 3 Mbit/s or more, the service delivers a progressive download feature which aims to have any VideoPlay file start playing within 5 minutes.


Requirements

For display on a computer or transfer to portable device, the service requires the installation of a client application (Media Player) which manages playback and the transfer of video to portable devices (coming July 2007) that bear the Microsoft PlaysForSure certification, such as the Toshiba Gigabeat or a Portable Media Center. Microsoft PlaysForSure is a certification given by Microsoft to portable devices (portable media players, phones, etc. ...


Criticism

VideoPlay videos will only play in desktop applications that support Windows Media DRM, of which none exist for Mac OS X and Linux.


When portable capability is launched in July 2007, VideoPlay will only support portable devices that support the Microsoft PlaysForSureformat, thereby excluding popular devices such as the Apple iPod. Microsoft PlaysForSure is a certification given by Microsoft to portable devices (portable media players, phones, etc. ...


Competitors

None in Canada yet, but soon to be a mixture of the following:


Apple iTunes Store The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ...


Google Video Google Video logo Google Video is a free video sharing and video search engine service from Google that allows anyone to upload video clips to Googles web servers as well as make their own media available free of charge; some videos are also offered for sale through the Google...


Video


Movielink Movielink is a web-based video on demand (VOD) service offering movies, TV shows and other material for rental or purchase. ...


CinemaNow CinemaNow is a World Wide Web-based digital video distribution company. ...


Vongo Vongo is a video on demand service, owned by Liberty Medias Starz Entertainment, parent company of the Starz! network, that allows the user to download and view movies for a fixed price per month. ...


Vudu A large sequined Voodoo dwapo or flag by the artist George Valris The term Voodoo (Vodun in Benin; also Vodou or other phonetically equivalent spellings in Haiti; Vudu in the Dominican Republic) is applied to the branches of a West African ancestor-based spiritist-animist religious tradition. ...


Walmart Video Download (beta)


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