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DirecTV launching controversial Home Premiere VOD this week

04.20.2011

Ever since "premium VOD" was rumored as a possibility in Hollywood, it's been a controversial decision. Theater owners obviously hate the idea and some cinephiles were concerned it would dilute the movie-going experience. But regardless of any criticism, Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Sony and DirecTV are launching the service on April 21.

Yesterday, DirecTV formally announced "Home Premiere," a new VOD service that would allow customers to rent movies 60 days after their theatrical release (movies typically aren't available on DVD or Blu-ray until approximately 120 days after release). The service will offer only one movie at a time and will launch with Sony's JUST GO WITH IT followed by THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, CEDAR RAPIDS and HALL PASS.

As you may have heard, the cost to rent these movies for 48-hours isn't cheap and DirecTV will be charging $29.99. For that fee, you get the movie in Blu-ray quality 1080p and can watch the movie as many times as you want (I have a feeling once will be enough with JUST GO WITH IT). To watch the movies you must have an HD receiver, HDMI cable and high-speed internet access.

As a DirecTV customer, I can honestly say that out of curiosity's sake, I can't see myself using this service very often. For one, it's not exactly the best selection of movies. For another, unless you're watching a family-style movie or making an event of it with some friends, who wants to pay $30 to sit and watch a movie once? Will you test it out?

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9:42PM on 04/20/2011
LONG LIVE THE MOVIE THEATER!
LONG LIVE THE MOVIE THEATER!
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6:07PM on 04/20/2011
I can get new blu-rays for under $30 by just waiting a couple months. And since I'm one of those people who enjoy watching the special features, this option doesn't interest me at all. I mean, its one thing when you're traveling and you and group of people decide to pay to watch an over-priced movie at a hotel, but at home you have so many better options why would you choose this?
I can get new blu-rays for under $30 by just waiting a couple months. And since I'm one of those people who enjoy watching the special features, this option doesn't interest me at all. I mean, its one thing when you're traveling and you and group of people decide to pay to watch an over-priced movie at a hotel, but at home you have so many better options why would you choose this?
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3:40PM on 04/20/2011

sweet

1080p quality torrents to download only two months after its released in theaters. This is great news for all those who pirate.

On another note I have dish and have a good friend that is the general manager at Cinemark. So this is a moot offer to me.
1080p quality torrents to download only two months after its released in theaters. This is great news for all those who pirate.

On another note I have dish and have a good friend that is the general manager at Cinemark. So this is a moot offer to me.
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3:31PM on 04/20/2011

nope, but...

When TDKR comes out, I may consider ordering it at my place, juice up the surround sound, play it on the 60 inch, & charge some of my friends $5 a head. That really sounds better than going & dealing with some of the weirdos/virgins that pack the theater on big time premieres like that. Plus, I can pause when I have to piss. Then I can watch it again later without having to fight a crowd again.

But will I do that with "Just go with it"? Absolutely not.
When TDKR comes out, I may consider ordering it at my place, juice up the surround sound, play it on the 60 inch, & charge some of my friends $5 a head. That really sounds better than going & dealing with some of the weirdos/virgins that pack the theater on big time premieres like that. Plus, I can pause when I have to piss. Then I can watch it again later without having to fight a crowd again.

But will I do that with "Just go with it"? Absolutely not.
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3:33PM on 04/20/2011
oops, nevermind. just reread the article... 60 days after premiere - up yours. It was a good idea while it lasted though. Guess I'll just have to deal with weirdos and virgins next July.
oops, nevermind. just reread the article... 60 days after premiere - up yours. It was a good idea while it lasted though. Guess I'll just have to deal with weirdos and virgins next July.
3:29PM on 04/20/2011
30 dollars is too much.
30 dollars is too much.
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3:13PM on 04/20/2011

EPIC FAIL...

Fuck that. 30 bucks. I rather paid that shit and sit in a smelly theater with noisey people and enjoy a film instead of at home
Fuck that. 30 bucks. I rather paid that shit and sit in a smelly theater with noisey people and enjoy a film instead of at home
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2:32PM on 04/20/2011
$30, eh? What a joke.
$30, eh? What a joke.
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2:07PM on 04/20/2011
I might pay 15 bucks for 60 day old movie for maybe the convenience factor, but 30? Nah...
I might pay 15 bucks for 60 day old movie for maybe the convenience factor, but 30? Nah...
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11:14AM on 04/20/2011
How much does it cost for the service plan, the HD receiver, the HDMI cable, and high speed internet? gotta add that on to the ridiculous 30 bucks as well. maybe if you could own it, but there is no way if it is just a rental.
How much does it cost for the service plan, the HD receiver, the HDMI cable, and high speed internet? gotta add that on to the ridiculous 30 bucks as well. maybe if you could own it, but there is no way if it is just a rental.
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10:29AM on 04/20/2011
I'd rather wait for some good deals on Amazon or Best Buy to get my movies either on DVD or Blu Ray.
I'd rather wait for some good deals on Amazon or Best Buy to get my movies either on DVD or Blu Ray.
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10:03AM on 04/20/2011
I think I'll just catch these films 30 days after their release at my friendly neighborhood dollar theater. Good day sir!
I think I'll just catch these films 30 days after their release at my friendly neighborhood dollar theater. Good day sir!
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10:02AM on 04/20/2011

um

is it $30 a month for the service or $30 per movie?
is it $30 a month for the service or $30 per movie?
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12:05PM on 04/20/2011
A Home Premiere movie costs $29.99. With Home Premiere movies, you have the convenience of being able to enjoy the latest releases in the comfort of your living room. You also have the freedom to watch them as many times as you would like within a 48-hour rental period.
A Home Premiere movie costs $29.99. With Home Premiere movies, you have the convenience of being able to enjoy the latest releases in the comfort of your living room. You also have the freedom to watch them as many times as you would like within a 48-hour rental period.
9:43AM on 04/20/2011
$29.99....I guess they are going for the the frivolous shut-in crowd.
$29.99....I guess they are going for the the frivolous shut-in crowd.
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12:50PM on 04/20/2011
I'm a frivolous shut-in and even I wouldn't do this!
I'm a frivolous shut-in and even I wouldn't do this!
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9:40AM on 04/20/2011

Thousands of people are rich and lazy enough to do this.

I used to think a theatrical and simultaneous home video release seemed like a good idea.
I used to think a theatrical and simultaneous home video release seemed like a good idea.
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9:18AM on 04/20/2011
This is the most insanely retarded idea I can imagine! Way to make it easier for pirates to get excellent copies of NEW movies online before they hit DvD and Blu-Ray, assholes.

I wonder if they even considered this? How many people have a PVR, and a DvD burner? Imbeciles.
This is the most insanely retarded idea I can imagine! Way to make it easier for pirates to get excellent copies of NEW movies online before they hit DvD and Blu-Ray, assholes.

I wonder if they even considered this? How many people have a PVR, and a DvD burner? Imbeciles.
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