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Premium VOD services launching next month that let you see movies earlier

03.31.2011

It's no secret that Hollywood is looking for new ways to distribute content in the 21st century, as their battle against piracy often seems endless and unwinnable.

Movies on demand has been popular for many cable subscribers for a while now, but almost always, customers have had to wait until the film came out officially on DVD or later to do so.

But now WB, Sony, Universal and Fox are all banding together for a new service that allows customers to see movies two months after they're released in theaters, a shorter wait time than the usual three. The catch? You'll pay $30 a month for the privilege. From Variety:

DirecTV will exclusively launch Home Premiere nationally to its nearly 20 million customers, while cablers like Comcast will introduce the service in certain cities for an undisclosed period of time, sometime around the end of April.

The first films that are expected to launch include Warner Bros.' actioner "Unknown" and Sony's Adam Sandler comedy "Just Go With It," sources close to the new service say. However, the titles could change as the rollout gets closer.

The first thing I thought of when I heard this announcement was "huh, now DVD quality rips will be on torrent sites a month sooner than usual."

Is $360 a year worth it to watch titles a month earlier than you would have otherwise? That seems a bit steep to me, and I would think if you were so eager to catch a particular movie as soon as you could, you probably would have seen it in theaters.

What say you? Is premium VOD going to help or hurt?

Extra Tidbit: Maybe if they adjusted my cable bill so I'm not paying for 495 channels I don't watch, I might think about picking this up.
Source: Variety

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4:51PM on 04/01/2011

I just read

on another site, its $30 per movie, not per month as stated above...
on another site, its $30 per movie, not per month as stated above...
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3:37PM on 04/01/2011

I don't know...


I won't knock it just yet...there are a lot of variances that would effect my opinion on the service. Just how many new movies are they including a month? $30 for 15 quality, entertaining movies a month is reasonable. Two bucks a movie, thats reasonable. I pay $22 bucks a month for HBO & Cinamax, and you get maybe 2-3 good movies per month, then they just flip it from HBO to Cinamax as a new release.

If your giving me every movie these companies are putting out on DVD per month, you got a

I won't knock it just yet...there are a lot of variances that would effect my opinion on the service. Just how many new movies are they including a month? $30 for 15 quality, entertaining movies a month is reasonable. Two bucks a movie, thats reasonable. I pay $22 bucks a month for HBO & Cinamax, and you get maybe 2-3 good movies per month, then they just flip it from HBO to Cinamax as a new release.

If your giving me every movie these companies are putting out on DVD per month, you got a winner, for $30. I'd get rid of HBO & Cinamax and only pay 6 bucks more a month for movies I actually want to see...

Is it in HD? Can I get this with just a basic package?
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5:55AM on 04/01/2011

I can wait.

Dear Comcast,

I switched to the 9.99 basic cable (aka glorified antenna) back in January and am not looking back. You are really the most horrible company I have dealt with in 30 years of being a consumer. You operate for the lowest common denominator and focus your profits onto new ways to exploit the ignorant. For this I will keep my service with you at a bare minimum and if am every forced to upgrade, will just settle on an aerial to meet my current needs.

For barely more than 2
Dear Comcast,

I switched to the 9.99 basic cable (aka glorified antenna) back in January and am not looking back. You are really the most horrible company I have dealt with in 30 years of being a consumer. You operate for the lowest common denominator and focus your profits onto new ways to exploit the ignorant. For this I will keep my service with you at a bare minimum and if am every forced to upgrade, will just settle on an aerial to meet my current needs.

For barely more than 2 months of what I've saved from my old cable bill, I've purchased streaming boxes, and between that and a Netflix membership, I see the movies and television I want to see, and much more. In this amount I save, I also had enough to add a tuner to my computer to DVR any network shows I want to see and stream them to the TV later.

The funniest part about all of this? It's that this is almost word for word what I told your apathetic customer service agent I would do if you tried to charge me an installation fee to transfer my services to an address where the service was already installed. Maybe it's time to update your CS scripts from the pre-2004 versions you're using.

The best part about all of this? I don't have to deal with your stupid ass if something breaks or doesn't work right. I mean, seriously? You send people out to collect bills, but then schedule appointments days in advance to come out and repair equipment even if someone is paying extra for your repair service. You really are an asshole company.

From throttling bandwidth with the intentions of hurting competitors, to tricking customers into subscribing to premium services to get network shows in HD, to being behind the technology curve, to promising services that were never given, to shitty customer relations, to bottom of the barrel equipment, to...

...really, enough is enough.

Thanks Comcast, but no thanks. I think I'll just wait to watch the movie at home. I'm very confident beyond any doubt that the movie will be just as good next month, but that you'll suck the big one for life. With all due respect, please take your premium VOD services and try unplugging the cable, then wait 30 seconds, then plug it back in and once you do that just shove it up your wrinkly old ass.

Sincerely Yours,
TPG

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8:33PM on 03/31/2011
Soooo sorry that an invention was created that could distribute ART to everybody around the world with little to no cost. Trading 1's and 0's is pretty neat isn't it Hollywood?

The only solution is to shut the fuck up and stop paying actors millions of dollars like it's normal. You have thousands of independent producers proving that movies don't have to be made for 100 million dollars. The answer to their problems isn't driving up the price and stupid gimmicks like this one, it's making
Soooo sorry that an invention was created that could distribute ART to everybody around the world with little to no cost. Trading 1's and 0's is pretty neat isn't it Hollywood?

The only solution is to shut the fuck up and stop paying actors millions of dollars like it's normal. You have thousands of independent producers proving that movies don't have to be made for 100 million dollars. The answer to their problems isn't driving up the price and stupid gimmicks like this one, it's making better shit.

Cut your cost idiots. This isn't the 90's and soon you'll have a few generations of kids making movies with just as high production value and 100X the content. Technology has destroyed your industry, and it's awesome.

Hollywood is dying and it is sad to see an old man pretend he is still in his 20's.

The web is the way.
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6:32PM on 03/31/2011
As you said, a movie generally hits DVD in 3 months, then there is a netflix wait if I don't want to buy the movie of a month, so you get a movie 2 months early from being able to rent it, but 2 months later than being able to see it in theaters... and an extra $30 a month on top of an already too expensive bill... this will fail, this will fail hard
As you said, a movie generally hits DVD in 3 months, then there is a netflix wait if I don't want to buy the movie of a month, so you get a movie 2 months early from being able to rent it, but 2 months later than being able to see it in theaters... and an extra $30 a month on top of an already too expensive bill... this will fail, this will fail hard
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5:57PM on 03/31/2011

F....U.....

Again corporations who are so disconnected with the public beyond belief. $30 for CLASSICS (add heavy sarcasm) and 2 months later? Most of these movies are not even worth a rental. Yo corps get over yrself.


Again corporations who are so disconnected with the public beyond belief. $30 for CLASSICS (add heavy sarcasm) and 2 months later? Most of these movies are not even worth a rental. Yo corps get over yrself.


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3:38PM on 03/31/2011

Like the rating scale says...

...this is a bad idea.
...this is a bad idea.
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3:00PM on 03/31/2011
I agree with slimbo0330.. Comcast sucks monkey shit.
I agree with slimbo0330.. Comcast sucks monkey shit.
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1:17PM on 03/31/2011
If its through Comcast, theres a great chance that it won't work properly or fully
If its through Comcast, theres a great chance that it won't work properly or fully
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