||This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. (November 2013)|
|Headquarters||Lexington, MA, US|
|Founder(s)||Sharon Peyer & Andrew Prihodko|
|Type of site||Streaming media|
|Current status||Private Beta|
HitBliss was an online service that consists of two applications: HitBliss Earn and HitBliss Store. In HitBliss Earn, users opt in and select targeted ads to consume on their own schedule. In exchange for their verified time and attention, users earn real cash. Earned-cash can be used to purchase entertainment (e.g., movies, TV episodes, and Pandora One Subscriptions) via the HitBliss Store application. Since users can stream movies and TV shows in HitBliss Store, it currently competes with the likes of Hulu and Netflix, but the company states that their video on demand (VOD) application is merely an effort to prove the HitBliss earned-payment method. The HitBliss earned-payment method is being positioned as an alternative to credit cards or Paypal so that consumers will eventually be able to purchase a variety of items, including: apps, games, and music with their earned-cash. In September 2013, HitBliss announced an agreement with Pandora Music, which allows HitBliss users to purchase $3.99/month Pandora One subscriptions with their earned-cash.
HitBliss currently has deals with three of the six major studios (Warner Bros., Paramount, and Universal) as well as Starz to offer Hollywood movies in the DVD/transactional VOD window and EST TV episodes the day after they air.
As of May 6, 2014, HitBliss wrote on their blog that the service will be suspended while post-beta preparations are completed. Users who had a current balance were given the option to redeem their account balance as an Amazon Gift Card. These preparations are expected to take "a few months," according to the blog announcement.
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