Movie Downloads: Would You Do It?
The idea is: Pay to download a movie off the Web, like you would a song, and watch it on your computer or, if you have the right hookup, on your TV.
With the move, Freeman goes head-to-head with Apple's Steve Jobs, who added movies to his popular iTunes music download service in September. The big Hollywood studios have had their own download services -- Movielink and CinemaNow -- for a few years now. Heard of them? Yeah, not surprising. And Amazon started its own business, called Unbox , back in the summer.
My question for you is: Have you used any of these services, or any others, to buy a movie online? If you did, where did you watch it, your computer or your TV? If so, how was the experience?
If you haven't done it, would you? Suppose it cost $10 or $20 to buy a movie online and you got to keep it forever. Suppose you could rent one cheaper.
Suppose you had to pay an additional $200 or $300 for a set-top box that would let you watch the downloaded movie on your TV. How about then?
It still takes a while to download the movies. Super high-speed connections get it down in about three minutes, but DSL, what a lot of people have, will still take about an hour.
In that time, you can drive to the store and pick up a DVD. Or, it takes less than three minutes to rip open that Netflix envelope.
What would it take to make you switch from DVD to download?
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