Let’s Watch a Movie; Fire Up Facebook

Maybe it would be easier if I just listed all the websites that aren’t offering streaming movies these days. We can now add one more to the list of the ones that do: Facebook. Miramax has signed a deal to provide blockbuster titles for streaming onto computers, tables, or Google TV devices. You can now choose among 20 titles for a $3 rental, including “Chicago,” “Cold Mountain,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Good Will Hunting.”

This seems to barely putting a toe in the water. These are all films that presumably are already available online from Netflix or Hulu. Few viewers will find more than a couple must-see titles on the list, and chances are excellent that they will have already seen them anyway. (I’ve actually seen more than half of them already, and none are ones that I would rent to see again, probably.) I’m not clear on the point of this exercise; navigating multiple Facebook company pages to find movies does not seem like a particularly appealing prospect, but perhaps this is just the first baby step toward something bigger. I’ll be interested to see what develops.