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Old 08-13-20, 09:51 AM
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Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

After being sold and purchased last year, Aficionado was again shut down a few days ago.

This has left a lot of collectors in a lurch as that represented years of work submitting and maintaining that database.

Could DVDTalk purchase those assets and make them part of the site? This would bring in many new users and help give the site new traffic.

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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

Agree. And maybe look into helping or integrating DVD Compare. If we had a cataloging feature along with the compare feature as well as our expansive Easter egg section, it would go a long way to making DVDTalk have a greater base of users (and traffic).
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

I've sent it onto our business team, but I would not get your hopes up. I also think logistically it would be near-impossible to integrate their film collections onto our software.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

That's an interesting idea. If our moniker remains DVDTalk these sorts of databases give us some clout in the nostalgia or "vintage" niche market, to a degree.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

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I've sent it onto our business team, but I would not get your hopes up. I also think logistically it would be near-impossible to integrate their film collections onto our software.
Maybe keep the site named Aficionado, but put DVDTalk branding all over it. Color scheme and all that.

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That's an interesting idea. If our moniker remains DVDTalk these sorts of databases give us some clout in the nostalgia or "vintage" niche market, to a degree.
Great point, there's so much information in that database, it breaks my heart to think of it all gone.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

I haven't used it for years, but it would be a shame if the info was all lost. I sometimes think how it would suck if that happened to Discogs with all the invaluable information they have for decades of music releases.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

The group is now saying on their Facebook page that they're looking to offer up the database to anyone wanting to use it, I'd like to suggest again that DVDTalk use these assets to add to its value.



https://www.facebook.com/filmafi/posts/3277531358962941
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

Maybe not integrate it into the site directly, but brand it with DVD Talk and Internet Brands. If itís too difficult or not possible to integrate it into the site as is couldnít there just be a tab or button that redirects or something?
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

I'll send this along again, but again, me trying to turn cogs at a billion-dollar multinational (part of an investment firm with half a trillion in assets) is a little difficult.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

Please do what you can. It would be great if DVDTalk could acquire this!
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

Agreed, getting it probably would help attract eyeballs that haven't used DVDtalk in years. It would be interesting to know the traffic data behind FilmAf's site before it ended. The data was very valuable and the database was comprehensive for most DVD and Blu-ray releases.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

The people who have the data are on Facebook and they're asking for somebody to hose the 170 GB of data for people to download.

Not sure how we can make that work.
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Anything new to report on this? Is DVDTalk considering acquiring filmaf?
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

Didn't it start off as DVD Aficionado? Maybe re-re-brand it as DVDTalk Aficionado. It looks like they're just giving the info away now. They can no longer host it but offer it to anyone who can.

Free is free (except for the storage and bandwidth). It would certainly drive traffic to a DVDTalk site again.

Great idea, Milo Bloom.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

I've given our department general manager this new info.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

Any update on this? Wow, it just feels like a really good opportunity and the longer it sits the tougher to get a good ROI. Let's go for it!
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

I still find myself flabbergasted that there's no good replacement for Aficionado. I've resorted to dumping my data into a Google Sheets page and using that on my phone when I'm out shopping.
If this could still happen, I would be over the moon.
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I unfortunately do not believe that this will go forward. Travel and Leisure (the department of which DVD Talk is part) was obviously hit pretty hard in the last year. Combined with the general decline of physical media... you can see where I'm going. I would suggest however, writing into corporate: https://www.internetbrands.com/contact-us/

Probably under "Acquisitions". Might be helpful if someone came up with a boiler plate of FA's value?
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

Thanks for the update, IBJoel.

Okay, milo bloom, how do we develop a pitch?
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

I have no idea what the monetary value would be, it's more of a user experience value. I know the other big forum has an integrated collection system and a lot of their uses make use of it. I always thought the Aficionado format was the cleanest looking of all the collection sites out there. It didn't go into the nitty-gritty details like others, but it still had a lot of great information.

Could we get more people to comment on what it would mean to them?
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

It would increase the value of DVD Talk to it's users, likely drive more users to the site, increase traffic on the site. More eyes and more clicks equal more advertising dollars.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

I'd love to see it come back but some site would likely have to eat the server costs. It was only kept afloat when the DVDcompare owner took it over but then he suddenly died.
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Re: Purchase FilmAficionado and make it part of the site?

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I always thought the Aficionado format was the cleanest looking of all the collection sites out there. It didn't go into the nitty-gritty details like others, but it still had a lot of great information.
Yeah, I loved how the imdb-linked movies,shorts,episodes and documentaries/featurettes were always easily on display to give you an idea of what the disc(s) contain. Rather than getting on the web and exhaustively searching for a review that goes into detail of what's found on a particular disc. One of the many reasons why I miss that place.
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Originally Posted by Mondo Kane View Post
Yeah, I loved how the imdb-linked movies,shorts,episodes and documentaries/featurettes were always easily on display to give you an idea of what the disc(s) contain. Rather than getting on the web and exhaustively searching for a review that goes into detail of what's found on a particular disc. One of the many reasons why I miss that place.
I will take this time to plug our reviews section. Our reviewers are quite thorough with that stuff.
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I'd love to see it come back but some site would likely have to eat the server costs. It was only kept afloat when the DVDcompare owner took it over but then he suddenly died.
"I mean, it's one banana server, Michael PhantomStranger, what could it cost, ten dollars?!"
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