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PictureBox Player 1.0.1

Films for a fiver a month

By Cliff Joseph

Posted in Phones, 10th March 2011 07:00 GMT

iOS App of the Week I’m a big fan of LoveFilm, and use it to rent DVDs through the post and to watch films online. Unfortunately, like many other video-on-demand services, LoveFilm uses Flash to deliver video, which means that it won’t work with the the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

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28 movies later... PictureBox's month worth of films is regularly updated

One exception to this rule is Universal Studios-owned PictureBox, which recently launched its PictureBox Player app for the iPad. There’s an iPhone version in development too, and you can also watch films on a Mac or PC with an ordinary web browser.

PictureBox only offers a modest selection of 28 films at any given moment, but at the end of each week it deletes the oldest seven films and replaces them with seven new ones. For a fiver-a-month subscription, you can watch everything that’s available.

You only have to subscribe for a month at a time, so you can just dip in and out whenever you spot a few films on the list that you want to watch.

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Watch out for the occasional outré fantasy classic

The app is very straightforward. You simply select a film from the list of current titles then sit back and put your feet up.

Video on demand

The films tend to be family-friendly fare, such as Batteries Not Included, Jurassic Park and Mama Mia, along with animated films and teen comedies, but the lure of Being John Malkovich and The Big Lebowski was enough for me to sign up for my first month.

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Playback is just like using iOS' iPod app

The streaming video is only standard definition, and there’s a bit of pixel-blurring when you expand it to full-screen on the iPad, but it’s fine for just passing the time on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

My only complaint is that you can’t download films for watching offline, as that would improve video quality and also come in really handy when you’re travelling away from home. ®

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Or view it full screen

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Android fans, the Android App of the Week is published on Tuesday.