Studios Offering downloadable DVD's?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by DeathStar1, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. DeathStar1

    DeathStar1 Producer

    Dec 28, 2001
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    Didn't know where to put this one...but something I was pondering.

    One of the problems I have with out of print releases, is that if something happens to the original disc(chewed by dog, soda spill, DVD rot), you arn't allowed to make a, an idea..

    Why can't studios offer downloadable DVD's? Is it possible for them to encrypt the DVD so once you download it into a folder, you can't move it, be it a hard drive, or a sub folder of the original, or a DVD Drive? It would also somehow be programable so it can't be recognized by file sharing services.

    Should sometihng happen to the hard drive, you could be allowed to download one backup copy every 5 years, at a reduced price to prvent abuse of the system..

    Couldsomething like this work?
  2. Scott Kimball

    Scott Kimball Screenwriter

    May 8, 2000
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    Will it?

    It'll be awhile.

    The movie and recording industries are not forward thinking in their distribution processes. They never have been.

    Offering up high quality downloads scares the hell out of them. It scares them to even offer iPod video, but they have succumbed to the pressure. They lobby Congress to stifle new technology at every turn.

    The other issue, for now, is bandwidth. Even compressing DVD video down to 500MB will choke networks and create a bandwidth overhead if such a distribution model were to go mainstream. They wouldn't distribute torrents, because they would lose control. Serving up 100TB of data a month from a cached server network costs 10's of thousands of dollars a month. Since they'd have to retain the current distribution model for the 60+% of the people who don't have / want broadband or still see value in a shiny disc, a downloaded distribution would be an added overhead.

    I think (like it or not) we're more likely to see Hi-Def video on demand options, with a price-per-view model of distribution. Distributed through a cable, telco or satellite provider, with reserved bandwidth for the content, overhead would be kept under control - and studios would see more income since you would pay for each play. It's what the studios really want.

    Remember - you don't own the movie on the DVD you purchase - you simply license private viewing rights.

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