RIM reveals content distributors for new BlackBerry World, offers up same day DVD downloads

Ian Hardy

January 28, 2013 9:09am

When RIM changed the name of BlackBerry App World to simply “BlackBerry World” they also noted it would be a “one-stop shop for all of your mobile entertainment needs.” This move was to promote how powerful their upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS is a “mobile computing platform” and that it’s more than just apps, but movies, TV shows and music.

Today RIM gave a bit more insight into the BlackBerry World by detailing their movies, TV shows and music partnerships. In a press release, RIM stated that BlackBerry World “will offer one of the most robust music and video catalogs in mobile today. The new BlackBerry World will include an extensive catalog of songs as well as movies and TV shows, with most movies coming to the store the same day they are released on DVD, and next day availability of many current TV series.”

Canadians will be able to download all the new content within BlackBerry World. Popular movie and TV distributors include 20th Century Fox, Entertainment One (eOne), Lionsgate, MGM, National Film Board of Canada, Paramount Pictures, Starz Digital Media, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. ABC Studios, BBC Worldwide, CBC/Radio-Canada, CBS, National Geographic, Nelvana. As for music, this will “feature an extensive catalog from all major and independent labels” such as Domino Recording Company, finetunes, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records, Sony Music Entertainment, The Orchard, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.

Sounds like RIM is taking content seriously and will go head-to-head with Apple’s iTunes and the Google Play Store, but missing are the pricing details. However, RIM did note that “Customers will be able to preview tracks and access the content using multiple payment options.” This could be via credit card or carrier billing.

Source: MarketWire
Via: BlackBerry World

  • iphoneee

    RIM…can you come clean my driveway????

    • Sgt.Romanov

      BTW how is Apple stock doing ?? products e.g. iPhone 5 are to exspensive so people are buying the lower priced Apple products in particular the iPhone 4s so I hope RIM and others see this and dont price themselves out of the market like Apple has and its showing in the markets

  • BB10

    Wow loving the news this week. Can’t wait for Wednesday.


  • Ka-ra-te Master, The Fifth Dan

    Sorry Google, you have failed to bring TV Shows to my Canadian mobile device and now I must leave you.

  • Ka-ra-te Master, The Fifth Dan

    Give me your address.

  • Rimz

    It’s great to see that they are investing a lot in this launch and OS. I would love to see them back in the game, since they were the start of the smartphone craze.

  • Paul

    Very interesting. It is certainly giving current users plenty of reason to stay with the blackberry brand with the new BB10 and the supporting products.

  • Darren

    Cool – music from indie labels too? Six Shooter and Bad Panda hopefully. Also, devs take heed – BB10 needs an EQ and music player along the lines of Android’s amazing PowerAmp. Two more days!

  • Raid

    At this rate, this might end up being better than Canadian Netflix.

  • Nothin But RIM

    i’m loving this. Honestly, I can’t stand itunes. On my BB or an Android you can download files to the phone like any hard drive. On itunes you have to sync everything and deselecting all the things I do not want on my phone is time consuming.

    I like having all apps, videos and music accessible from one place.

  • Sweet

    I’m interested in knowing if their movies and TV shows will have DRM and if so, will it be a proprietary DRM. I’m pretty sure it will have DRM, since I’m pretty sure it’s the content producers (e.g. Hollywood) insist on it. The question is, will it be proprietary DRM which prevents the content from being played on non-RIM devices. I hope not.

    The movies and TV shows on iTunes have a proprietary DRM that my TV won’t decode and which thus prevents me from using DLNA to share my iTunes movies and TV shows with my TV, forcing me to connect my laptop to my TV with a cable. Though, now that I think about it, the cable solution is more secure.

    • Raid

      BB10 has native DLNA support.