New Target streaming service coming to console

Target Ticket expected to launch on October 1 through PC and Xbox, with app hoping to launch on every Internet-video device by end of 2014.

Retailer Target will launch its new Target Ticket streaming TV and movie service on October 1, according to a new report from Variety.

Users will be able to purchase or rent around 30,000 movie and TV titles through an assortment of devices, including PC, Mac, Xbox 360, iOS and Android devices, Roku set-top boxes, and Samsung connected TVs.

No mention was made of the Target Ticket app being available for Sony's PlayStation devices, though Variety notes that Target's intention is to release the service for every Internet-video device by the end of 2014.

According to the report, Target has signed deals with major film companies like Disney, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Universal, and Lionsgate for content. TV networks signed up for the service include ABC, AMC, CBS, CW, FX, HBO, The WB, NBC, Showtime, Starz, and USA Network.

TV content will be available only for purchase, the report added.

Target Ticket aims to set itself apart from services like Netflix through support for early EST, including next-day TV episodes and movies before they become available on DVD. In addition, new Target Ticket users will receive 10 free movie downloads when they sign up, and Target RedCard holders will receive 5 percent off all purchases.

Target Ticket does not carry a subscription fee, though Target divisional merchandise manager of entertainment Anne Stanchfield said this was considered. Ultimately, however, she said Target's own market research indicated users wanted the "newest content available," which is not available on subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix.

Microsoft announced in March 2012 that Xbox 360 users in the United States spend more time with non-gaming Xbox Live entertainment applications than they do playing multiplayer games over the service.

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jark888
jark888

It'll be awesome if we could watch movies as soon as they're in theater (one week later, or before disc form release).

telaros
telaros

Not available because it doesn't yield enough individual $ per movie or show watched.

Yeah, no. I'll stick with Redbox and Netflix. Now if you go to a subscription model later, let me know.

blackace
blackace

I'll be deleting this off my Xbox One and PS4 if I see it. There are enough movie rental apps on the consoles. Netflix is all I really need at this point. I'd love to have Manga as well, but they also want a monthly fee. Screw that.

soulless4now
soulless4now

As much as I like Target, I'll just stick to Netflix and Amazon Prime videos. Plus, if I wanted to watch an episode of a show next day after the premiere, I'd just go to the tv channel's website since that's free. 

lewser5
lewser5

i'm guessing this is more like cinemanow or vudu.  Hopefully they offer something substantial besides Target exclusives.

deth420
deth420

Now, if only one of those companies would make something worth watching!

okassar
okassar

If humans were rational, then this would be a good thing. They're not. Seeing the Target name on a console service would just confuse people and have them pass it up without even giving it a try. 

Intel has enough money to dot America with the swankiest burger chain in the world and resurrect the founders of McDonalds to run it, but it will never do that because it just wouldn't "make sense."

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Gamespot needs to stop mimicking IGN, And post articles only relevant to gaming. I don't care about this crap.

deathstream
deathstream

Netflix is dropping content faster than they are adding content.  A new player could be just what the market needs.

wookiegr
wookiegr

I still haven't found a better alternative than free usenet content. hm hm

Lamesy
Lamesy

"TV content will only be available for purchase"
Who buys TV content? Asking us to pay for a rental is already stretching it.

bouchart
bouchart

Target should stick to selling sneakers and cookware and traditional retailer thingies.  It seems like every business these days has a streaming service.  Maybe next week the ice cream parlor down the block will have one too.

msu_no1
msu_no1

Its actually a decent service, when you buy a movie you get 5 licenses to share between 5 different devices. So its not just limited to your xbox or computer. 

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

X360 TImeWarner app doesn't even work still after launching, but yet I Downloaded it cause I'm a TWC subscriber.  No biggie I own Split Screen soooo take that MS & your countless Watch me Media Apps.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Way too much watch TV stuff... TV this.. TV that.. 

Lets talk NeXgeN gaming on your TV.. How bout that..

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Microsoft announced in March 2012 that Xbox 360 users in the United States spend more time with non-gaming Xbox Live entertainment applications that they do playing multiplayer games over the service."

That last paragraph is a good bit misleading since MS announced it in defense of its future plans for X1. While it is true that more time is being spent on netflix, youtube, crunchyroll, search, shopping, etc then straight online games like COD, streetfighter, or online minecraft - the overall majority of time spent by a large amount is still gaming. Skyrim, minecraft, sports, racing, rpgs, and action titles that do not require to be online still account for the most time on a console. 

While I love xbox consoles since day one, this is more of 'spin' to make their decision to focus more on media, tv, and social apps instead of gaming seem like a good idea. Fact is while all of these ancillary apps and functions are nice and do add more side dishes to the meal, MS need to concentrate most of its attention on the games. Fe Fi Fo Fum it is all about the games son. With a console more focused on kinect social interacting then pumping out raw graphics and a OS focused on getting the most out of the games we buy for it. Well enough of my rant, just remember believe what you read after you verify.  

StHapns247
StHapns247

I was just saying how I needed a new streaming service.

instigator81
instigator81

I first saw Target in the headline and thought they were announcing a gaming system or games division.

Hurvl
Hurvl

HBO has signed up? They seem to be quite picky otherwise, wanting people to use their own streaming site instead of Netflix or other similar services.

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

this is overkill.. we only need one... or none, since most tv is garbage anyway...  i know, some of you love your Walking Dead or Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy.. i like Game of Thrones, thats it.. ill just buy the season when it comes to bluray..

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

no need for that crap. buy tv shows??  lol

piratebay.org among other better private p2p sites

( I'm an American not in the USA now, so all my fav shows not available to my location )

instigator81
instigator81

This just seems like a very weird marriage of a service with a company.  Companies keep looking for ways to make money from alternative routes b/c the traditional business model of a brick and mortar store just isn't working the way it use to.

dmastor
dmastor

Sold! Netflix been falling off and I know I spend way more time on non gaming live feature.

DVONvX
DVONvX

I have enough movie apps to last me a lifetime, I really don't need another one. 

Shin_Gallon
Shin_Gallon

Between Netflix and Amazon Prime video, I have more to watch than I could possibly ever have time TO watch. So, no thanks, I'll pass.

Allicrombie
Allicrombie moderator moderator

I don't know who Target was sampling for their research, but I quite like Netflix for my TV fix and don't need the "newest content available". 

Hiddai
Hiddai

hope it'll be good

mario1028
mario1028

I'm all for more options (and, as a Red Card holder, that 5% discount will be appealing), but I still prefer packaged media.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

as all services it will only be available in the US >.<

Grayle
Grayle

So it's just like Amazon and iTunes?  eh, by the looks of it, we're all about as interested in the concept. 

hateyourface
hateyourface

@telaros I'm absolutely not against a rental price for recent movie streams. I just won't pay what services like amazon.com are asking. ($4-6 for a 24 hour stream). So I'm not inherently against this idea, I just want to know what they intend to do to compete with other services? I'm holding out hope that someone out there will realize I'd be willing to pay a buck for a single stream of a recently released movie.

hateyourface
hateyourface

@soulless4now It depends on the show. For a typical network show, sure, the website has you covered; but for something that only comes out on HBO or AMC, you have to have a cable subscription if you want to watch them on the website. It's a pain in the ass system for anyone that is trying to completely avoid cable subs.

telaros
telaros

@okassar They are already copying a sercive that has been around for a good while now. Called VUDU. It's fairly popular and no contracts. Great download speeds and supports all systems including phones.

Best part is you can choose to make your rental a buy and send you a physical copy on one of their own blurays of you want to own a physical copy.

So, Target really isn't doing anything new. Just seeing that the market has a fair amount of people they can tap into and make some extra cash on the side.

blackace
blackace

@deathstream It has enough to keep me busy for years to come. They drop a lot of the streaming movies and TV shows, but luckily I have DVD rental as well.

olthoislayer
olthoislayer

@wookiegr isn't that like saying "I haven't found a better way to make money than just stealing it from other people?"

wookiegr
wookiegr

@bouchart If I could have instant streaming ice cream I would be a happy boy.

dmastor
dmastor

@instigator81 I thought it was going to be a gaming streaming service like gamefly digital or something 

krystyla
krystyla

@DJKrayz_basic oh god game of thrones is so annoyingly hyped right now and there are so many better fantasy series that deserve that good a tv adaption

BradBurns
BradBurns

@Allicrombie 

Competition is always good for business, I feel.


What a lot of people don't know is that when Netflix first launched, it was an infinitely better service than it is today. Once they had market dominance they stopped investing in better service.

They throttle instead of investing in their service, rarely add meaningful amounts of new movies, cut out their DVD rental service and added a large premium for it, and currently seem to be losing more stuff than they are adding.

Competition wouldn't hurt.

Grayle
Grayle

@Allicrombie You know the world these days.  Everyone wants everything now, even on things they don't use  :/