BT Vision has announced it is to delve into the high-definition domain by offering HD rentals.
The 1080i films will be available from BT Vision's website for a nice and reasonable starting price of £2.95. This will go up, however, to £4.95 for brand-new titles and remain at £2.85 for library movies.
The long wait
The films themselves will not be streamed but downloaded. Even in the wonderful world of broadband internet, this is going to take a bit of time – and disk space. You are looking at nine hours to download on a 2Mbps connection, with each film around 8GB. Ouch!
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At least the download won't go against your monthly limit, as you are actually paying for the content.
The first films to become available in hi-def are: The Other Boleyn Girl, The Hulk, and Babe.
With the likes of Blu-ray and Sky HD all vying for your HD attention, a nine-hour or so wait for HD content may well test the patience of BT Vision users.