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Hunter McDaniel

I'll always consider any new source that comes along, but in my case they have to jump a pretty high hurdle to compete with Netflix. I don't have cable or satellite, just broadcast HDTV plus Netflix. I use broadcast TV for PBS and football, and Netflix for scripted entertainment. For $18 a month, I already have a lot more TV than I have time to watch.

The problem with "on-demand", for me, is that I'd have to fork out $50 per month for a digital cable subscription before I can get their "free" shows; PPV would be on top of that. The selection is nowhere close to what's available on DVD. Just about the only advantage is that I could choose something on the spur of the moment.

Maybe someone will come up with another download offering that is a better value proposition, but for now dvd-by-mail is pretty hard to beat.


I would switch to download when the quality and speed improve. I doubt I would switch to pay-per-view -- I prefer the Netflix model to PPV.

Lamarr Wilson

I like Mark Cuban's idea better: When a movie is released in the theaters, have it also be released via DVD or download at the same time for a premium ($35 or so). High price? Not really. The advantage to the consumer is that they can have a group of 3-5 for the same price as movie tickets in their own private home theater area, their own food, and an excellent experience. The best part is that you can do it again and again and not pay extra. I love that idea!


I would only consider ondemand or downloads regularly if:

1) The video quality was as good or better than DVD

2) DVD type features such as commentary tracks and featurettes were added

3) The price was comparable

Lamarr Wilson

I found the link from Mark Cuban right after I posted my comment. He stated $40 for the DVD with some rebate incentives: http://www.blogmaverick.com/2005/05/28/movies-and-theaters-lets-make-the-customer-king-and-make/

Edward R Murrow

What's not to like? Don't have to worry about the physical media being damaged, finding the envelope, making sure the DVD doesn't get stolen on it's way back, that the DVD is processed in a timely manner in the DC, etc. Once the On|In Demand thing is totally figured out, I'm sure they'll go to a monthly 'all you can eat' subscription model for new releases.


the problem is that people are tuned now to get the best damn deal when they want to buy a DVD. They don't pay SRP. They average 30% off - most stores use them as loss leaders. I don't think Comcast is going to be offering them as cheaply as Walmart on the "own" portion. Plus here's the thought - what about people who set up their DVD-Rs so they can record - even off a blocked OnDemand signal. They get to "own" for the same price as rent.

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