From the main Akimbo for Media Center window, you can browse your library of downloaded content, go through available shows by channel or theme or search for a specific program. Setup options are sparse, limited to management for premium content subscriptions and setting parental controls.
In addition to the $9.99 monthly subscription, many of the more interesting programs require an additional fee, usually a buck or two per show. Once you download them, most of these programs are available for only a set viewing window, from 2 days to 30 days. Other content will remain viewable for an indefinite period of time.
We downloaded a variety of programs, shows included in the standard monthly subscription and add-on premium content. Most feature films, including hard-to-find foreign films, were available for an additional $1.99, with a 48-hour viewing window. Basic cable staples, such as episodes of Dog the Bounty Hunter or History Channel shows such as Extreme History with Roger Daltry, cost 99 cents for a 30-day rental. Oddities abound, from random 1970s Doctor Who episodes on the BBC channel (included in the basic subscription, 30-day viewing period) to an unwatchably graphic The Learning Channel (TLC) special called 101 Things Removed from the Human Body ($1.99 for 7 days).
Just like cable TV, adding a few specialty subscriptions can quickly drive up the price. On top pf the $9.99 base subscription, you can add a subscription to condensed versions of Major League Baseball games. Akimbo is currently offering this season's MLB subscription free for Akimbo customers, but the official price tag is $3.99 per month off-season and $5.99 per month in-season. Other channels, such as Anime Nation, are a more straight-ahead $9.99 per month for access.