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The Dallas-based No. 1 DVD rental service is collaborating with Sonic, which includes the Roxio and CinemaNow brands, and and its digital media software applications for a variety of CE devices such as Web-enabled Blu-ray Disc players, digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes, mobile phones and connected TVs.

High-definition TVs connected wirelessly to the Internet were a common theme at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Additionally the two companies will make their digital libraries of studio content available under the Blockbuster brand for both video-on-demand (VOD) and electronic sell-through.


Analysts said 2009 would mark an important transition year for TVs, with the advance of Internet-enabled units. Proliferation of HDMI inputs in PCs and TVs combined with wireless connectivity will see an increase of tech-savvy consumers watching movies and TV from and other online sources.

This is certainly an important trend to watch, Enderle said. We are seeing the accelerated end of packaged media as digital distribution continues to ramp sharply into the market.