FlingSoft has just released an iPhone version of its popular public domain movie-streaming app, Movie Vault. This app has been out for some time on the iPad and is now making its way to the iPhone and iPod Touch. It has been completely rewritten to take advantage of iOS 4.1 features like multi-tasking. If a movie in interrupted by a call, the movie will automatically pause so you can take the call and resume playing where you left off. This app features:
- Stream over 1000 movies to your iPhone over Wi-Fi or 3G with nothing more to buy!
- Simple to use interface with custom designed shelves for each Genre!
- To navigate just swipe or use the arrows in the top left.
- True Cover Art and movie information fed directly from IMDB!
- Browse movies by Genre or Search by Keyword, Actor Name, Title, Director, and more.
- Automatic updates of movie listing without app upgrade.
- Watch in Portrait or Landscape!
If youíre a fan of B-movies or love a good Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, youíll really appreciate this app. With classics like Night of the Living Dead and movies featuring such horror stars as Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney and Vincent Price, this app is being released just in time for Halloween. If youíre only interested in old horror movies thereís a $.99 version of this app that caters to horror fans.
As video streaming apps continue to populate the App Store, this is a great addition for people looking for something different. At $2.99 itís a steal and Fling Soft promises to add new movies on a regular basis without need to update the app.
Regarding the inconsistent video quality of the films available in Movie Vault, the developer had this to say:
ďplease keep in mind these are not DVD quality films. First, many of these films never found their way to digital, so what you are seeing is actual first cut from film, tape, or other.Ē They go on to say, ďWe are doing our best to improve, but many of these films are rare which is why we feel this app is so special.Ē
Movie Vault may not have first run movies, but thatís what gives this app its charm. Itís fun to watch old movies that are a blast from the past and this app makes it easy to find movies that might not be available anywhere else.
The upcoming release of iOS 4.2 includes AirPlay support and apps like Movie Vault will surely benefit from this new feature. AirPlay will finally allow users to stream video from their iDevices to an Apple TV with ease. Movie Vault makes a great addition to other streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus. It may be a bit of a niche market, but I think thereís room on any iPhone for an app like this.
As video streaming apps become a viable replacement for traditional cable channels, the powers controlling the content are sure to want there cut of the profits. With apps like Movie Vault, major studios wonít be able to charge a dime for this content because itís films are in the public domain.
If the rumors are true, Hulu will soon lower the price of their Plus service by half. I may finally take the plunge and join Hulu Plus, but my iPhone will always have room for apps like Movie Vault. I have to admit that I do enjoy an old í50 sci-fi movie over a big blockbuster production on occasion. When I feel like watching something a little more low-tech Iíll know where to turn from now on. Variety is a good thing, donít you think?