Online video site 4flix.net has introduced a monthly subscription plan that allows unrestricted access to hundreds of feature-length movies, TV shows, cartoons and independent films for $9.99 (about £5.30) a month. All features are free of DRM (digital rights management) restrictions that are likely to be central to Apple's own rumoured movie download service.
"We are excited to offer a complete monthly subscription plan offering hundreds of titles for the same $9.99 cost as a single DRM-crippled feature-length film downloaded from our competitors," said Dave Holst, founder of 4flix.net.
"We've converted dozens of our shorter titles into free downloads for folks to try out at no charge, and created some great new content categories, including '1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', 'Cult Classics' and the first ever 'Widescreen' category, featuring 16x9 iPod-compatible feature-length films."
Films include classics such as Battleship Potemkin, Night of the Living Dead and Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps.
4flix.net claims to have provided video downloads to more than 130,000 visitors from a hundred countries worldwide since launch in 2005.