The Mobile Theater
THE SMARTPHONE HAS BECOME A GATEWAY TO THE WORLD OF MOVIES. BUT ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY?
The smartphone now gives you access to movies from around the world. A look at the paid as well as free options to bring the cinemas into the small screen
Till a couple of years ago, it was virtually impossible to watch full-length movies on the phone. While there were hardly any online sources available to stream content directly into the phone, it was a cumbersome process to convert movies to the formats that worked on your phone. Even then, the experience wasn’t really great because of the small displays.
But things have changed for the better. Smartphone displays are now getting bigger and better with even Full HD resolution and there are a host of apps that let you play any video format. Today, most of the smartphones have displays larger than four inches. Then the new wave of content stores let you legally download and watch the best movies from around the world on your smartphone. If you haven’t noticed, most topend smartphones have HDMI ports that let you beam content from them to larger screens with the same clarity. Here are the best options to bring the cinemas to your private screen:
The concept of content stores has been very popular abroad. But their delay in
coming to India has made users here heavlity reliant on pirated content. But in the past few months both the big players in this space have entered India and are wooing consumers here with affordable rates and a varity of titles.
Apple made iTunes available to India late last year. Along with song and podcats, movies from the store are also available on the iPhone. Under the movies tab you find a lot of Indian films too. You have the option of either buying or renting the movies. Prices vary according to the popularity of the movie or the year of release. The cheapest purchases start ` 50 while rentals could be as low as
MOVIES ON GOOGLE PLAY
If you are an Android smartphone user, you must have spotted movie titles on the landing page of the Google Play Store in the past few weeks. Google has followed Apple and launched Play Movies in India last month with the option to buy or rent content. Listed movies can be streamed over Wi-Fi or 3G networks. Users can store films for offline viewing using the Play Movies app. Rental rates start from ` 50 and purchases at ` 190.