Subscription Platform Playster Launches in U.S.
Playster, which announced in October that it would be coming to the U.S. this year, has officially launched its multimedia subscription platform for U.S. users. The service offers unlimited access to content including books, audiobooks, video games, music, movies, and TV shows. Playster is making a big push to enter the U.S. market, offering users who subscribe to the service for a full year a free tablet and headphones. The annual subscription costs $24.95 per month.
This is significant news for U.S. book publishers. With platforms such as Oyster shuttering, and new proprietary subscription services being launched by publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the future of ebook and audiobook subscription has become less certain. For those who fear that Amazon may come to dominate the subscription space with Kindle Unlimited, Playster’s entry may be welcome news. Some publishers, on the other hand, still have concerns that subscription devalues the price of book and could eat into overall sales.
So far, large publishers including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Findaway have made their titles available on Playster.
Read the complete press release below.
MONTREAL – December 8, 2015 - Playster, the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform, announced today the U.S. launch of its unlimited platform of content across all forms of entertainment including books, audio books, video games, music, movies and TV shows. Playster will offer a free tablet and premium headphones for all who subscribe for one year to the unlimited entertainment platform, the first subscriber on-demand platform to do so.
Playster provides a choice of unlimited access to all forms of entertainment including movies, TV, music, video games or books starting at $3.95. Consumers who subscribe to access content across all media types for $24.95 per month, for a year will receive the tablet and premium headphones for free.
“Consumers have a number of entertainment platforms available to them, so we want to up the ante by providing consumers the widest amount of content across all forms media types with added incentives including one low price and free hardware,” said Philip Keezer, CEO, Playster. “Since our Beta launch, we’ve added much more content through partnerships across all forms of entertainment and we will only continue to grow our offering while keeping our low subscriber fees.”
Playster’s top content provider partners include Findaway, Harlequin, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster among others.
Playster includes tens of thousands of classic and current titles. From books (American Sniper by Chris Kyle, God: A Story of Revelation by Deepak Chopra, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson), audio books (George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones,” “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho) video games (“Duke Nukem 3D,” “Men of War”) more than 15 million songs from a variety of artists, (Pitbull, The Glitch Mob) and TV Shows and Movies (Dave Grohl’s “Sound City,” “Howl” starring James Franco and Jon Hamm)
Playster’s free proprietary, Android-based tablet comes preloaded with the bestselling video game “Modern Combat 5: Blackout” Additional features include:
- 7”Display, 1280x800 resolution
- Quad Core Cortex – A7 CPU, 2GB RAM
- 8GB Storage, Micro SD Slot
- WIFI, Bluetooth and G Sensor
- Dual Cameras, 2.9 MP Rear, 0.3MP Front,
Playster is an on-demand entertainment service that takes care of everything: games, movies, music, books, whatever the moment calls for. Boasting the world’s most diverse digital collection, Playster offers everything from timeless classics to the newest blockbusters, on almost any device. Members get all their favorite things in one place, with unlimited access to titles from the world’s largest publishers, labels, movie and game studios, as well as specific niches and hidden gems. Constantly evolving with new content and features, Playster is the future of entertainment.