A video on demand service has turned to the grid to help it get movies to viewers.
Called FilmOn the service offers users video streaming, film rental, and a number of free-to-watch movies.
By using a cluster of net-based computers FilmOn lets people watch broadcast quality movies over a basic broadband connection.
The computer cluster helps shrink the films so the high-quality images can be sent down the narrow pipes.
Media streaming made its debut in the mid 90s with the launch of RealAudio, although it was a number of years before video streaming was perfected.
FilmOn is not confined to a computer; the firm has developed a TV set-top box, and can also stream content to a mobile over a third-generation (3G) phone network.