Movielink Connects With Microsoft's Ultra-Mobile PC

Buyers of Microsoft's UMPC will be able to download Movielink content directly to the device instead of having to access the site through a Web browser first.



Movielink, an online movie rental service, said Thursday it would be the premier brand for downloading films in the program launcher of Microsoft Corp.'s Ultra-Mobile PC.

Microsoft unveiled the UMPC, code-named the "Origami Project," on Thursday at the CeBIT fair in Hanover, Germany. The computer, which has a 7-inch touch-sensitive screen and wireless connectivity, runs Windows XP and has all the functionality of a laptop, but without the keyboard.

The Microsoft partnership means UMPC buyers will be able to download Movielink content directly to the device instead of having to access the site through a Web browser first.

"Since the Internet has proven to be ideally suited for portability and a significant amount of Movielink's downloads are already for portable use in notebooks, we believe the new UMPC platform will be a catalyst for portable video consumption," Sean Besser, director of business development for Movielink said.

Movielink, based in Santa Monica, Calif., offers rentals and sales of full-length Hollywood movies downloaded from its Web site. UMPCs are set to ship in April from Samsung and Asus. Founder, China's second largest PC maker, is scheduled to ship its version in June.

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