Ameibo

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Ameibo is a web-based video on demand (VOD) company that allows its users to legally download and share movies with other paying customers. It is the only website in the world that pays you cold hard cash when you legally share/seed the movies you Buy or Rent from the website. The company aims to combat online movie piracy by imitating the common BitTorrent (protocol) technique as a way for users to only share the content with other paying users. [1] Users earn money when legally sharing the movies bought or rented from Ameibo.

Background[edit]

Ameibo was founded in April 2008 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden.[2] The company has 20,000 members in 150 countries and distributes about 4,000 digital downloadable movies from such major studios as Paramount and Warner Bros., and also from more than 100 minor and independent studios from around the world.[3] The following genres are available on the website: sports, action, adventure, drama, comedy, animation, horror, war, western, special interest, Swedish, thriller, music, musical, children and family, animation, science fiction, suspense, and documentary.[2]

How Ameibo Works[edit]

When users go to Ameibo they are given the choice of either renting or purchasing movies from a growing database. These movies are directly provided to Ameibo by legal movie distributors. Ameibo allows downloading of approved BitTorrent programs, making legal sharing of movies with other users possible and 100 percent legal. Ameibo works with the following BitTorrent clients: Azureus, uTorrent, BitTorrent.[4]

Ameibo offers three ways to download movies:

1. Click and download using a built-in java applet. Watch instantly while movie is downloading.

2. BitTorrent download.

3. Download into iTunes as a podcast.[3]

BitTorrent is a tool that was designed to transfer files. Ameibo users can directly send and receive legal movie files using BitTorrent. The BitTorrent application can be downloaded for use directly from Ameibo.com. The downloader, called BitEasier runs on all major platforms. Some movies on Ameibo may be burned to DVD – it will depend on their technical specifications. Movie trailers and comments and reviews on Ameibo are available to assist in choosing which movie users should Rent or Buy.[3]

Latest Services[edit]

Recently, Ameibo added a new service where Filmmakers, (including both indie and major productions) can upload their movies to The Content Bay. Production companies may sign non-exclusive deals without starting fees – movies may be sold on Ameibo or anywhere else. These production companies can choose the selling price and what territories movies will be sold in and which will then be published on Ameibo.com.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Amazon VOD, another competing internet video on demand service which offers television shows and films for rental and purchase.
  • iTunes, offers video on demand services and have an impressive selection of HD trailers on their website.
  • Netflix, another competing internet video on demand service, only available in North America.
  • Movielink, another competing internet video on demand service, only available in North America.
  • Spotify, a similar peer-to-peer technology service but for music instead of videos.
  • Voddler, is a commercial online Movies and TV Show video on demand streaming entertainment service based in Sweden.
  • [www.moviesoutright.com-A Current Look At Downloadable Movies]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Podadventurepartners. Podadventurepartners.com Retrieved 2009-09-16
  2. ^ a b Businessweek, Oct 2009 Businessweek.com Retrieved 2009-09-14
  3. ^ a b c Ameibo – Buy and Download Movies Ameibo.com Retrieved 2009-09-14
  4. ^ Killerstartups, 2008. Killerstartups.com Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  5. ^ The Content Bay – Sell and distribute movies TheContentBay.com Retrieved 2009-09-14