Apr 12 AT 8:56 PM Alberto Vildosola 18 Comments

HTC enters the movie streaming business with HTC Watch

Earlier today — at the HTC Sensation launch event – HTC announced HTC Watch, a video streaming service for HTC devices. The technology behind the service seems to be powered by Saffron Digital, a company HTC acquired two months ago. The HTC Sensation on T-Mobile will be the first device to feature the new video-watching service. When it’s available, users will be able to watch movies over WiFi and 3G as well. Also, when using the app users won’t have to wait for the movie to download, it will instead play instantly and buffer the rest of the movie. There are only a few hundred movies available to watch right now, but HTC promises us much more are coming soon. At this point, we don’t know how much HTC will ask for these movies, but hopefully they price them very competitively. Do you guys see yourselves watching movies with this service? Or maybe not?

Bonus: HTC Watch is briefly shown in this video at around 0:27.

Via: MobileCrunch

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  • http://Website Greg

    One word: Cost?

    Let’s be honest. We’re all pissed about Netflix’s absense… and if you’re going to sell us expensive DRM-laden movies… we’re going to opt out.

    PS- I love htc, and can’t wait for the evo 3d.

  • http://Website Lox

    The question is:

    “Is the battery strong enought to watch a full movie”

    or

    “How battery left after watching a movie”

    On every HTC phone I got, watching a movie was just killing the battery… When will I watch a movie on my mobile? When I move. But what if I watch a movie in a plane and have no battery left to call ?

  • http://www.fairvilla.com Fairvilla Toys

    This is what Netflix is supposed to be for- nobody is going to get more movies then them..

  • http://Website Lumpia91791

    AAAARG……

    This better not push back my EVO4G official OTA upgrade. I’m already hearing a certain Star Wars themed phone X is already getting 2.3……..I love HTC, please build the 3rd Nexus phone, but i’m not going to replace a 1 year old phone just to get a next gen HTC phone that is “hardward drmed approved” just to watch Netflix. Don’t screw over the people who got HTC to where it is in the 1st place.

  • http://Website rofl
  • http://androidjet.com Android Jet

    Is the battery strong enought to watch a full movie

    I want to ask the same question.

  • http://Website Mark

    I’m so f’ing stoked for this phone. I’m like a kid in a candy store. Best device ever made! If any dumba** had a complaint you need to learn about smartphones. This device rocks !! I’m buying this and the galaxy s 2. I’m about to cream in my pants!

  • BiGMERF

    With a Gb monthly restriction is it really an option?

  • http://www.icecube.no/ Icecube Media

    Hi,

    Thats great , wow i am so excited about this new feature in HTC. Its really awsome i am so excited about this new feature.

  • http://Website MIAMI THRICE

    WELCOME TO FRAGMENTATION

  • http://Website gad

    Am really interested in the 3D version.will that be out by July in the UK,someone pls?

  • http://Website standupstrong2u

    I wonder about this move..

  • http://www.durablepowerattorney.net durable

    I am curious about the battery also. Apart from that it seems a fine product from HTC.

  • http://Website Miguel

    Depends on the cost and the convenience. For people who travel a lot and sit in airports, this would probably be worth it. But if you have a 9-5 and come home to a nice big plasma I don’t see much draw.

    Over 3G/4G capabilities is questionable. On T-Mobile HSPA (Nexus One) I eat up the entire 5GB a month just watching a couple of cumulative hours of YouTube HQ. So unless HTC has come up with some impressive compression scheme, I doubt using the service over the air will be possible.

  • http://Website 215dlm@gmail.com

    Hopefully the EVO 3D has netflix. I would use this to flash 3D movies to friends who drool over my EVO and soon will drool over the EVO 3D muhahahaha!

  • http://Website josh

    so…this is different from that Blockbuster crapware already installed & hated by most users?

    how are they expecting to be competitive with that?

    i’m not advocating Blockbuster or pushing it–i uninstalled the last Evo update that brought it. i just don’t see the need for this when Netflix is a more viable option since i’m already paying for it.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    This Htc watch will also be on the Htc Evo 3rd as well. The more content options the better. The Evo 3d will also have Htc hub and Htc likes. This device be great as well. Htc out did themselves with both the Sensation and Evo 3d… http://www.knowyourmobile.com/comparisons/848371/htc_sensation_vs_htc_evo_3d.html

  • bigshugg morgan

    Would’ve love to watch movies or u YouTube

  1. GregGuest 4 years ago

    One word: Cost?

    Let’s be honest. We’re all pissed about Netflix’s absense… and if you’re going to sell us expensive DRM-laden movies… we’re going to opt out.

    PS- I love htc, and can’t wait for the evo 3d.

  2. LoxGuest 4 years ago

    The question is:

    “Is the battery strong enought to watch a full movie”

    or

    “How battery left after watching a movie”

    On every HTC phone I got, watching a movie was just killing the battery… When will I watch a movie on my mobile? When I move. But what if I watch a movie in a plane and have no battery left to call ?

  3. Fairvilla ToysGuest 4 years ago

    This is what Netflix is supposed to be for- nobody is going to get more movies then them..

  4. Lumpia91791Guest 4 years ago

    AAAARG……

    This better not push back my EVO4G official OTA upgrade. I’m already hearing a certain Star Wars themed phone X is already getting 2.3……..I love HTC, please build the 3rd Nexus phone, but i’m not going to replace a 1 year old phone just to get a next gen HTC phone that is “hardward drmed approved” just to watch Netflix. Don’t screw over the people who got HTC to where it is in the 1st place.

  5. roflGuest 4 years ago

    lol htc

  6. Android JetGuest 4 years ago

    Is the battery strong enought to watch a full movie

    I want to ask the same question.

  7. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    I’m so f’ing stoked for this phone. I’m like a kid in a candy store. Best device ever made! If any dumba** had a complaint you need to learn about smartphones. This device rocks !! I’m buying this and the galaxy s 2. I’m about to cream in my pants!

  8. With a Gb monthly restriction is it really an option?

  9. Icecube MediaGuest 4 years ago

    Hi,

    Thats great , wow i am so excited about this new feature in HTC. Its really awsome i am so excited about this new feature.

  10. MIAMI THRICEGuest 4 years ago

    WELCOME TO FRAGMENTATION

  11. gadGuest 4 years ago

    Am really interested in the 3D version.will that be out by July in the UK,someone pls?

  12. standupstrong2uGuest 4 years ago

    I wonder about this move..

  13. durableGuest 4 years ago

    I am curious about the battery also. Apart from that it seems a fine product from HTC.

  14. MiguelGuest 4 years ago

    Depends on the cost and the convenience. For people who travel a lot and sit in airports, this would probably be worth it. But if you have a 9-5 and come home to a nice big plasma I don’t see much draw.

    Over 3G/4G capabilities is questionable. On T-Mobile HSPA (Nexus One) I eat up the entire 5GB a month just watching a couple of cumulative hours of YouTube HQ. So unless HTC has come up with some impressive compression scheme, I doubt using the service over the air will be possible.

  15. 215dlm@gmail.comGuest 4 years ago

    Hopefully the EVO 3D has netflix. I would use this to flash 3D movies to friends who drool over my EVO and soon will drool over the EVO 3D muhahahaha!

  16. joshGuest 4 years ago

    so…this is different from that Blockbuster crapware already installed & hated by most users?

    how are they expecting to be competitive with that?

    i’m not advocating Blockbuster or pushing it–i uninstalled the last Evo update that brought it. i just don’t see the need for this when Netflix is a more viable option since i’m already paying for it.

  17. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    This Htc watch will also be on the Htc Evo 3rd as well. The more content options the better. The Evo 3d will also have Htc hub and Htc likes. This device be great as well. Htc out did themselves with both the Sensation and Evo 3d… http://www.knowyourmobile.com/comparisons/848371/htc_sensation_vs_htc_evo_3d.html

  18. bigshugg morganGuest 10 months ago

    Would’ve love to watch movies or u YouTube