MovieBeam shutters on-demand video service
Disney sold MovieBeam to Movie Gallery in March for less than $10 million, but MovieBeam went under despite $100 million in funding. Movie Gallery, the nation’s second-largest video rental chain, filed for bankruptcy in October.
MovieBeam sent movies over-the-air to a set-top box (STB) with an antenna, which meant it was limited to a market of 30 metropolitan areas in the U.S. The company had just 1,800 subscribers when it ceased operations
The cost of the STB was $250, along with a $30 activation fee, and movies cost anywhere from $1.99 to $3.99, with an additional charge of $1 for HD content.