Zediva offers online DVD rentals via placeshifting. Instead of streaming a digital copy of the movie, Zediva customers rent a physical DVD, along with a DVD player (both located in Zediva's datacenters) for a fixed amount of time. They then control that DVD player remotely over the Internet â€” and watch the DVD instantly in the privacy of their homes. This model has been described as using the Internet as a â€œreally long cable and a really long remote. Customers can also opt to receive a DVD rental by mail if they should so choose.
The rental DVD can be watched instantly on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including TVs, laptops and smart phones with high-speed connections. Users have full access to DVD controls to play, pause, rewind and fast-forward as if the player was sitting in their own living room. Unlike many other online movie rental services, Zediva offers access to additional features like multiple languages, directorsâ€™ commentaries, subtitles and closed captioning.
Zediva is located in Sunnyvale, CA.
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