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Old 09-11-12, 10:24 AM
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Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

From a New York Times article a few days ago:
Fox to Offer Digital Movies Closer to Theatrical Release
Fox is about to pry open the window for digital film sales.

Beginning later this month with Ridley Scott’s science fiction thriller “Prometheus,” the studio plans to offer high-definition versions of its films for sale at newly lowered prices about three weeks before making the movies available on discs and through video-on-demand services, studio executives said in interviews...
Would you spend $15 to buy a movie as a digital download three weeks before the discs came out?

I haven't paid much attention to the technology but I wonder how they prevent piracy and purchased movies from being shared? This would seem to increase the incentive to do so.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

No. If I'm buying a film I plan to keep, I want a physical copy.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Same. Physical copy.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

So that boils down to what, about one month after theatrical releases?
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

interesting.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Fuck em. Then the release date for me is 3 weeks after this garbage. They want to see how many really want to do download only? They're about to find out.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Wake me up when it's three weeks after the theatrical release.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

There are so many "if's" related to this...
If I had a home theater pc...
If it has lossless audio...etc.
That's why I don't download anything now. Physical copies offer so much more.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Originally Posted by trespoochies
Fuck em. Then the release date for me is 3 weeks after this garbage. They want to see how many really want to do download only? They're about to find out.
That's my take also. But I am an old guy who prefers shiny discs...
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

If I could RENT it three weeks before release, I'd be interested...but I'm like most here - I prefer the superior A/V and bonus materials of the physical copy.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

I have more shelf space than hard-drive space.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Originally Posted by lizard
Would you spend $15 to buy a movie as a digital download three weeks before the discs came out?

I wouldn't pay $1 to do it.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

No thanks. If they EVER decide to release downloads only, I will never buy another movie.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Are you kidding? You just know the "digital download" version will be inferior in every way to the released BD! The bitrate will probably be 1/2 to 1/4 that of the encoded disc. The DRM will be more prominent. The digital download will probably 'expire' and / or become 'revoked' at Fox's whim, for any reason whatsoever (eg, a shooting in a theatre, rights issue, ad naseum)

Terrible slippery slope in this decision, folks. Don't support it!
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LOL not even considering doing this.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
No. If I'm buying a film I plan to keep, I want a physical copy.
this.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

not interested in this.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

I'll continue to wait for a good price on the physical copies.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

I know some smaller distributors such as Mongrel Films are actually releasing some of their titles on-demand a week or two before the theatrical release to help generate some buzz.

I can't see the larger studios using this approach.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Originally Posted by zyzzle
Are you kidding? You just know the "digital download" version will be inferior in every way to the released BD! The bitrate will probably be 1/2 to 1/4 that of the encoded disc. The DRM will be more prominent. The digital download will probably 'expire' and / or become 'revoked' at Fox's whim, for any reason whatsoever (eg, a shooting in a theatre, rights issue, ad naseum)

Terrible slippery slope in this decision, folks. Don't support it!
Since the majority of consumers buy DVD, the download will actually be superior.

But I digress...this won't catch on. Rental? Sure. Purchase? No way.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

Fail.
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Re: Fox to release movies as digital HD downloads three weeks before BD/DVD

I'll keep waiting for physical copies at a good price.

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