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Tesco Clubcard holders to get Blinkbox TV for free

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By Dave Stevenson

Posted on 12 Feb 2013 at 14:49

Blinkbox will make its range of streaming films and TV programs available to Tesco Clubcard holders free of charge, it was announced today.

Designed to "reward our customers’ loyalty", the service is currently running as a closed beta for Tesco’s army of over a quarter of a million UK employees.

The service will reportedly go live to 15 million Clubcard holders in the UK this Spring.

PC Pro is awaiting a response from Blinkbox and Tesco regarding the amount of Blinkbox content to be made available, and whether the free service will include access to Blinkbox content on platforms such as Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Currently, the site's help section makes reference to connecting a PC or laptop to a TV and nothing else.

Tesco bought an 80% share in Blinkbox in April 2011, and the service is normally pay as you go to its two million users, with streaming film rentals available for £3.49 and TV episodes available to buy for £1.49.

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User comments

Not much help :-(

Not much use when I can only get 0.75 Meg broadband MAX.
Perhaps Tesco could also supply decent landline broadband to their customers. No one else will where I live. As Tesco's logo says, "Every litle helps"

By adriansbt on 12 Feb 2013

Not much help :-(

Not much use when I can only get 0.75 Meg broadband MAX.
Perhaps Tesco could also supply decent landline broadband to their customers. No one else will where I live. As Tesco's logo says, "Every litle helps"

By adriansbt on 12 Feb 2013

Are they horsing around?

Not a great selection, but you can't complain at the price. I feel a paid for version coming soon.

By tirons1 on 12 Feb 2013

I won't be trying it

I installed the Blinkbox app on my Xbox but never used it. I then had a bill from them for a film I'd never rented. Even though no payment method was attached to the account they claimed I had paid and now owed them the money. I've never had anything else on the Xbox (that wasn't an existing subscription where the card had expired) that would allow this to happen. I exchanged many emails to get it knocked off my account. They agreed to refund, but didn't. It was only when Microsoft wrote it off that I got resolution. To add insult to injury they sent me an email several months after Microsoft (who were very helpful) sorted it to say that they couldn't do anything about it and that I would have to take it up with Microsoft! Rubbish customer service.

By JGray on 13 Feb 2013

Bashing blinkbox

I tried BlinkBox as it was the only PAYG streaming service I could find, that didn't require a monthly subscription. It seemed to have a good selection of recent movies & worked on my iPad brilliantly.

By andrewhuggett1 on 14 Feb 2013

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