Although the service will likely charge a start-up fee of less than $100, consumers will not have to pay any subscription expenses to watch the content. Most content will come tagged with three access options: watch for free after first viewing a commercial; rent for a 24- to 48-hour period for 99¢ to $3.99; or buy the content, which will reside within Zillion’s server universe, for $9.95 to $14.95. Zillion hosts data centers in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago and Palo Alto, Calif.
Regardless of method, the content should start playing almost immediately upon selection. Generally, new release films will bow for the Zillion service in the traditional PPV/VOD window 30 to 45 days after DVD. TV episodes might bow as soon as the day after they are broadcast.
…except, of course, for independent content when that isn’t a concern.