Tesco’s Blinkbox inks MGM deal and extends to Android tablets
Tesco’s Blinkbox has struck a deal with MGM bringing movies including Skyfall, Rocky and Silence of the Lambs to the streaming service.
The deal will see the whole James Bond collection made available on Blinkbox on a pay-per-view basis from Monday 18 February.
Skyfall, the highest-grossing Bond film ever at the box office, will be available to rent or buy along with the other 22 Bond movies.
The deal will bring an additional 100 MGM titles to the service, including the Robocop films, The Magnificent Seven and the Great Escape.
Meanwhile Blinkbox has also extended its service to Android tablet devices for the first time. Viewers can browse and purchase movies and TV shows via the app, as well as earn Tesco Clubcard points.
Tesco is currently running internal test trials of a free TV and movie service called TV Clubcard, which if successful it will roll out to its customers. The service will give Clubcard account holders exclusive access to free TV and movies via the website.
The site is powered by movie and TV streaming service Blinkbox, in which Tesco bought a majority (80 per cent) stake in 2011. It is not yet clear what content will be made available via Clubcard TV.
The news comes as managing director of rival service Lovefilm Jim Buckle announced on LinkedIn he is due to leave the company. He will leave the Amazon-owned movie and TV rental service to become chief financial officer at bike shop Wiggle this April.