Magnolia Pictures, friendly day-and-date releasers of such HD flicks as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
, have announced support for the MovieBeam
platform. According to VideoBusiness, despite already having support from the major studios, MovieBeam thinks they can find a niche delivering HD flicks to film buffs who want to avoid the messiness of finding an arthouse actually showing limited release movies. Combined with Magnolia's unorthodox release strategies, they seem to make a good match.
Also of note, if you want to check out the service without laying down $199 for the box up front, our friend Dave Zatz mentioned a coupon code
(PR49B) that drops the price to $49, although we don't know if that is still valid. Ben wasn't very impressed
with the quality of the HD when he reviewed MovieBeam, while Dave had a better impression
of its SD capabilities. If you get your HDTV OTA, this may be the VOD service for you.