Want to Watch 'Casablanca' For Free? You Can, This Week, On Facebookby: Posted:
A full 70 years after it hit theaters for the first time, "Casablanca" will be screened in a whole new way this week: on Facebook.
Warner Bros. will be renting out the movie digitally to Facebook users on Wednesday for the low, low price of free, marking the first time a major Hollywood studio has offered a movie for free on the social networking site. Warner was the first studio to try streaming video rentals on Facebook when it released "The Dark Knight" last year to some success.
If you're on Facebook (who isn't?), you can begin watching the movie tomorrow, May 16, starting at 7:00PM Eastern time. The movie will be available to start for free until 9PM Eastern. The Warner Bros. Facebook page will have more information on how to watch.
This online event seems to be partly because of the movie's 70th anniversary, and partly because of a desire to make movie rentals on Facebook more popular. As of now, the service isn't used nearly as much as the iTunes store, Vudu, Amazon Instant or other services.
If you have never seen it, this would be a good chance to do so. If you have seen it, why not see it again? You can spend time wondering how things would have been different for Rick and Ilsa if they had Facebook back then. They probably would have kept in touch a little better, anyway.