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What’s next for Blinkbox?

[T]he name “Blinkbox” could soon be relegated to the history books. The Financial Times is reporting that TalkTalk will drop the brand entirely, as it looks to “fully integrate” the service with its TV offerings. […] TalkTalk also runs a movie rental service called TalkTalk Box Office, which often has titles on their day of release on DVD. It doesn’t offer TV shows though, which would be an obvious expansion if TalkTalk can retain Blinkbox’s distributor deals. In its press release announcing the acquisition, TalkTalk also highlighted Blinkbox’s “technical expertise” and “multi-platform” delivery, which suggests new apps and device support could be on the cards. – Nick Summers, Engadget
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TalkTalk is also in talks to buy Tesco’s Blinkbox streaming service

It’s no secret that Tesco is looking to offload blinkbox, its loss-making streaming service, but it looks like the struggling supermarket giant may have finally found a buyer. According to the Financial Times, TalkTalk is now favorite to relieve Tesco of its movie rental platform, and while talks are still ongoing, a deal could be announced as soon as next week. – Matt Brian,Engadget

U.K. streaming service Blinkbox inks deal with EFD

U.K. streaming service blinkbox, which being offered for sale by its owner Tesco, has inked a content deal with leading independent movie distributor Entertainment Film Distributors. Blinkbox claimed it now offers all major releases. […] Key titles added with the EFD deal include “American Hustle,” “The Butler” and “August: Osage County.”
Blinkbox recently signed a content deal with broadcaster Channel 4 for TV series including comedies “The Inbetweeners,” “Peep Show” and “Derek,” starring Ricky Gervais. – Leo Barraclough,Variety via Boston Herald
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Blinkbox: Tesco Rebuffs Reports of its Video Streaming Service Shutting Down

Following speculation earlier this week that blinkbox was about to be sold or shut down by Tesco, the founder of the streaming service says it is “still here” and still “hugely accessible”. […] A report in The Times this week suggested that CEO Dave Lewis has already informed senior Blinkbox staff of his decision to try and sell the company when he visited the media division’s offices in London last week. However, the Blinkbox apps, which now include music and books as well as video, are all pre-installed on the Hudl 2 that will go on sale on 8 October, suggesting reports of the demise of the service are premature. Blinkbox is said to have cost Tesco hundred of millions of pounds during the reign of previous CEO Philip Clarke, and The Times report suggested Lewis was ready to shut the service down entirely if a buyer could not be found. – David Gilbert,International Business Times
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