Disney dips again - launches digital delivery service

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  1. Keith Paynter

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    First there was the self-destructing DVD's, now they're trying their hand at direct digital distribution, with a home movie "rental" service called MovieBeam.

    Yahoo! News

    Just like cable video providers, the new service delivers movies after their first-run rental window expires.

    All major studios except Paramount have signed on.

    Do we really need another piece of hardware in our home theater systems when subscription services like Viewers Choice (et al) already do this via digital cable/satellite?
     
  2. Carl Johnson

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    Let's see..... I have to
    • hook it to a phone line (which I don't have)
    • pay a monthly fee
    • pay more per rental than I do locally
    I think I'll pass. The only way a service like that would be worth while is if they were showing high definition programming.
     
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  4. Dan Rudolph

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    I agree this seems like a horrible deal. But then, I live 4 blocks from a rental place that has everything for $1 on Mondays.
     
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    Maybe Eisner should make sure his company is putting out movies that people want to watch, instead of coming up with these stupid ideas. Reinvesting in the animation division -instead of trying to annihilate it- would be a good start.
     
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    I wonder whether they actually did market research and found a number of people who said they'd pay these prices (which seem way overblown to me for what you get), or if a business plan was put together and these were the prices they'd have to charge (along with horrifically optimistic estimates of how many people would pay those prices) to make enough profit for the idea to get green-lighted.

    I could be wrong, but this seems a lot like another example of trying to convince people to buy something you've put together rather than trying to put together something people want.
     
  8. Ronald Epstein

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    Seems like Disney is really grasping at straws
    lately with these schemes to make extra money.

    I'm a huge fan of the studio and their Home
    Video division, but really, do we actually need
    these services? Aren't people content with not
    only Pay-Per-View that is already available in
    their homes without any extra equipment fees, or
    the fact that they can return a DVD rental to a
    store probably no less than 3 miles away?

    None of this stuff really bothers me personally,
    but it seems that all this money Disney is spending
    could be put to better use.
     
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