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08.26.2009
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No, this isn't our per usual info about a specific film release, rather, this is news that effects the film industry as a whole. Today, four major studios have joined up to make a significant step forward in digital distribution for movies. Paramount, Lionsgate, Sony and Warners have signed on with Film Fresh, a little known site that uses Divx to code and distribute movies.

The movies will be able to be downloaded iTunes style, then either watched on a computer, transferred to a mobile phone or (and this is a big concession for the studios) burned to a DVD or Blu-ray. But for how much? New films would run about $10-$13, a bit less than traditional DVDs which will come with actual box art and non sharpie-labels.

So will this catch on and save the movie industry from the dastardly pirates that are sinking it now? Well, it depends. It’s still pretty damn hard to compete with "free," however, if the ease of use is high enough, it may actually convince some pirates to go legit. Speaking to uh, friends who pirate movies, I’ve heard that it can sometimes be quite difficult to find good video or sound quality, the right subtitles or a file that’s easily burned to a disc. This new distribution method would presumably solve most of the issues. But if my friends paid even the new, cheaper price for every movie they’ve ever downloaded they’d probably be anywhere from $5-7 grand in the hole right now.

This being said, if the studios every do figure out a way to stomp out filesharing for good (which is exceedingly unlikely) this is definitely a plausible alternative, and it’s nice to know that studios aren’t entirely oblivious of the future.

Extra Tidbit: Learning that I could plug my laptop into my TV wiith an HDMI cable changed my life forever.
Source: Variety

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1:36AM on 08/27/2009
Man, I wish I had a laptop/desktop that has HDMI socket.
Man, I wish I had a laptop/desktop that has HDMI socket.
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6:29PM on 08/26/2009
Yeah, nothing really beats free.

The studios are idiots. This act seals the deal on it. People will spend the $$ if you give them things you can't get on the black market. I'll pay for special features, i'll pay for better quality. It is actually a miracle for the industry that BD came out when it did, they needed that revenue.

But i still know many people who are still going to download movies for FREE because they don't want to spend the money on renting/buying. And if they do
Yeah, nothing really beats free.

The studios are idiots. This act seals the deal on it. People will spend the $$ if you give them things you can't get on the black market. I'll pay for special features, i'll pay for better quality. It is actually a miracle for the industry that BD came out when it did, they needed that revenue.

But i still know many people who are still going to download movies for FREE because they don't want to spend the money on renting/buying. And if they do download it, and like it enough, they will more than likely go buy it. The studios really need to start listening to their REAL customers and sit downs with us and figure the sh*t out.
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3:52PM on 08/26/2009

Well, it works for Apple.

I fail to see how piracy is actually sinking anything. Are they (falsely) assuming that each download equates to one lost sale? Do they really think most people downloading would be buying them otherwise?

Redbox and Netflix are cheaper than buying and easier than downloading but I've never once seen a statistic covering how these services "hurt" the industry. It seems to me, based on their apparent logic, that each rental should be considered a lost sale as well.
I fail to see how piracy is actually sinking anything. Are they (falsely) assuming that each download equates to one lost sale? Do they really think most people downloading would be buying them otherwise?

Redbox and Netflix are cheaper than buying and easier than downloading but I've never once seen a statistic covering how these services "hurt" the industry. It seems to me, based on their apparent logic, that each rental should be considered a lost sale as well.
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2:57PM on 08/26/2009

Bang for da buck!

Downloading is one thing but people BUY DVDS for a lot more then just the movie. It's basic consumer psychology that people will pay for something that provides more bang for the buck. Hence the reason why downloading hasn't killed the DVD industry. It is putting a dent in it I will admit but people (like myself and others) enjoy owning a DVD that has art work and is loaded to the brim with special features. It makes plunking down $10-$20 worth it over having some poor quality, commentary less,
Downloading is one thing but people BUY DVDS for a lot more then just the movie. It's basic consumer psychology that people will pay for something that provides more bang for the buck. Hence the reason why downloading hasn't killed the DVD industry. It is putting a dent in it I will admit but people (like myself and others) enjoy owning a DVD that has art work and is loaded to the brim with special features. It makes plunking down $10-$20 worth it over having some poor quality, commentary less, no behind the scenes or cool features digital file sitting in a hidden folder on your laptop. Even if the average person never watches any of the extra features it doesn't matter because on some level they know they're getting more for their money whether they utilize the extras or not.
Just keep the quality and quantity higher on DVD's and people will pay for them because the majority of consumers want a quality product.
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2:29PM on 08/26/2009
If I'm plunking down cash for a movie, I'm buying the DVD/BD. I will NEVER play for a download... ever. I download a lot of flicks, but honestly, I buy even more. Blind buys are pretty much a thing of the past, and what I don't buy after I download, is cause it doesn't deserve me plunking my money down on.
If I'm plunking down cash for a movie, I'm buying the DVD/BD. I will NEVER play for a download... ever. I download a lot of flicks, but honestly, I buy even more. Blind buys are pretty much a thing of the past, and what I don't buy after I download, is cause it doesn't deserve me plunking my money down on.
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12:29PM on 08/26/2009

Good if

if that can make them stop including that friggin "Digital copy" into DVD's then I'm for it.
if that can make them stop including that friggin "Digital copy" into DVD's then I'm for it.
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12:25PM on 08/26/2009
I think this is a good idea, especially the DVD part.
I think this is a good idea, especially the DVD part.
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12:00PM on 08/26/2009

Okay

You do realize that for most movies a clear copy of the movie isn't going to be available until the DVD comes out anyway at which point somebody will just rip a Divx file. To make this work, studios would have to realease the movie on the internet before it is available on DVD which could cut into DVD sales. Of course, the special features won't be available on line so anybody who wants things like deleted scenes or commentary will still have a reason to buy the DVD.

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You do realize that for most movies a clear copy of the movie isn't going to be available until the DVD comes out anyway at which point somebody will just rip a Divx file. To make this work, studios would have to realease the movie on the internet before it is available on DVD which could cut into DVD sales. Of course, the special features won't be available on line so anybody who wants things like deleted scenes or commentary will still have a reason to buy the DVD.

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