People on the go can choose their own entertainment for the road if they hook up with Movielink before leaving home. The broadband Video on Demand (VOD) site www.movielink.com has added laptop portability to its menu.
Celebrating its first birthday this month, the service this fall enhanced the site for direct download to laptops. That means if you're sleepless in Seattle, flip open your own screen and watch what you want without a hookup to the Internet. The enhancement also streamlined and speeded up the downloads.
The site lists more than 450 new and old film titles, among them ''Identity," ''Bowling for Columbine," ''Frida," ''What a Girl Wants," ''Gangs of New York," ''Bringing Down the House," ''Breakfast at Tiffany's," and ''Braveheart."
The rental period is 30 days. Once you start viewing, you have 24 hours to finish watching the film. Interrupted? Just bookmark the scene. At the end of either the 24 hours or 30-day period, the film automatically deletes itself from the hard drive. The site plans to allow re-rentals of a movie without another download in time for holiday travel, according to Rachel Heffron of the California-based company.
To use Movielink, broadband Internet access is required. The system is compatible with most PCs purchased since 1998. Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP Real Player 8.0, or Windows Media Player 7.1 is required. Most movie downloads use 500 MB. The rental fee is $2.99 to $4.99 depending on the film.