May 19, 2009 Online movie stores aren’t exactly a dying breed, but now European owners of Samsung phones, laptops and PCs have a movie store to call their own with the launch of Samsung Movies. Powered by European digital movie retailer Acetrax, the new store will allow users to download the latest Hollywood releases and TV shows for viewing on compatible Samsung devices.

Downloads will be available to rent or own and the service will launch with over 500 titles from Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal and Momentum Pictures, including The Dark Knight, RocknRolla and Ironman and TV series, including Gossip Girl, E.R. and Friends. By the end of the first quarter of 2009 a further 500 titles will be added, followed by an additional 1000 movies and TV shows by the end of June 2009.

At the moment the service is limited to compatible Samsung phones, laptops and PCs, but there are also plans to expand the service to notebooks, mp3 and mp4 players and Samsung TVs.

Samsung Movies start from £2.49, (approx. USD$4.60 at time of publication), for 24 hour rental or from £4.99 to own.

The Samsung Movies service will be rolled out initially in the UK and Germany before being available in other key European markets later in 2009.

Darren Quick