In yet another story that relates to the union between the PC and TV, Starz Entertainment announced that Vongo, the Internet-based subscription video download service, will be available to play on the television as result of a new relationship with Microsoft for Windows Vista and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.
The Xbox 360 will automatically check to see which Windows XP or Vista-based devices are registered on the network and ask the user whether they want to access content, such as their Vongo movies, from that PC.
So what does this mean for your current provider's on-demand pay-per-view service? Big trouble. 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. That makes the $3.99 per-movie rental fee most providers charge for on-demand a bit hefty.
But where does simplicity come in? Renting a movie via on-demand is pretty easy and nearly instantaneous. Renting a movie online will add a delay to that movie-going experience. However, for those who might not have on-demand movies, this would be a solution.