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TK Kingfan

I would try the download service if it was free. Speaking of free, try the online DVD rental service free for 4 weeks.

www.blockbuster.com/bbfamily
use code 1616TA

Chopping' broccoli

I would love download services, I have attempted to wait patiently for the Tivo and Netflix partnership that is never to be. The cost is not an issue, but imagine the ability to have any movie downloaded right into your house. No waiting for available titles or the like. I hope that Netflix's announcement in Q1 will really tell us their plans.

hawk5391

Downloads haven't "arrived" yet, although there is no question that it will be the wave of the future (maybe years, but probably not decades). Once the data transfers are fast enough and of high enough quality (and you are able to watch them on your big screen TV without hassle), why would you choose any other option?

Lamarr Wilson

I think it's silly not to provide an innovation just because people are "content." Technology is all about providing things to bring people out of their contentment and discovering something new. If Netflix was based upon a survey like this, they would never have done a rent by mail business. People were "content" with the stores and PPV as well until something new was discovered. I say, "Push forward!" I have a Tivo S3, 360, and a PS3...all on a 20Mbps Internet connection; I want downloads!

DocForbin

I posted this in the ondemand entry, but anyway, I would only consider 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

Edward R Murrow

A sample size of 1,725 is hardly a scientific survey. What if 1,000 of those in the sample are Grandma's and Grandpa's who use their computer for email and to look at http://www.weather.com?

kwheless

I'll add to DocForbin's list

4) There are no time restrictions on watching the movie. No "once you start watching it you only have 24 hours to finish it".

I think downloading would be great if it worked like Netflix (once you have the movie you can keep it as long as you want and watch it whenever you want). But I suspect that the copy protection lawyers are going to put so many restrictions on downloads that they won't be appealing to many people who are now renting from Netflix or buying DVD's (or even renting from brick-and-mortar stores).

HypoPig

enough BBO spam...trying to win an iPod or something?

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Actually, 1,725 is a good sample size. Polling example:

An interesting mathematical fact is that the margin of error depends only on the sample size and not on the population size, provided that the population is significantly larger than the sample size, and provided a simple random sample is used. Thus for instance, the poll in the running example with 1,013 randomly sampled registered voters would yield essentially the same margin of error (4% with a 99% level of confidence) regardless of whether the population of registered voters consisted of 100,000 people or 100,000,000 people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampling_(statistics)

HypoPig

sorry linked to the wrong article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margin_of_error

type-cast

"Once the data transfers are fast enough and of high enough quality (and you are able to watch them on your big screen TV without hassle), why would you choose any other option?"

It may be a long time before data rates are fast enough, esp for HDTV. Also, count on a lot of hassle - DRM, time limits, and such. The selection will most likely be less than DVD and the prices will be higher, too.

Tester

@TK Kingfan;

While, in the past I have been somewhat tolerant of BBO spam from people like you; I have come to find it tasteless because, you and your ilk are not being honest about what you get out of it. Because of this I must say (and I hope you take it personally);

TAKE YOUR SPAM AND SHOVE-IT!!!

Btw...if you don't like it...TOUGH $HIT!

Edward R Murrow

Do people also object to the click through ads on the right panel for Netflix, BBO, Peerflix and Gamefly?

I think that Mike K is losing an opportunity at some $$$ by not providing a click through to BBO using the promo code that keeps getting posted here.

JohnnyO

I agree with Doc Forbin above. I think "Don't want" is a bit sensationalistic for the conclusion, but I won't be interested until:

1) the movies I can download take 15 minutes or less,
2) they can be kept around as long as a BBO/NetFlix rental discs
2) they contain all the extra features as rental discs
3) have picture quality equal to rental discs
4) Cost -very little- more than rental discs (maybe worth 15% more on the rare occasion)

Between BBO and a BB store 6 minutes from my home, it will be quite some time before downloads are useful/reasonable/desireable to me. By the time DVD downloads are reasonably fast, I'll probably be watching HD discs.

Tester

@Edward R Murrow;

"Do people also object to the click through ads on the right panel for Netflix, BBO, Peerflix and Gamefly?"

I don't object to them. and previously I didn't object to the people like TK Kingfan posting their links. But since then I have come to see things differently. Mike has been honest and up-front about him making money from the ads on the site. The spammers make it seem like they are doing us a big favor, as if we couldn't find offers like that if if weren't for them.

As far as I am concerned the spammers are all self-serving idiots who shouldn't be here.

hawk5391

"TAKE YOUR SPAM AND SHOVE-IT!!!

Btw...if you don't like it...TOUGH $HIT!"

C'mon Tester, you're too bright of a guy to have to express yourself like this. I agree with your point but I'll bet you can find a better way of making it.

Tester

"C'mon Tester, you're too bright of a guy to have to express yourself like this. I agree with your point but I'll bet you can find a better way of making it."

Thanks for the compliment hawk. I appreciate it.

You are correct, I am able to find other ways to say what I said to TK Kingfan. The reason I sometimes react the way I did is that ever since I can remember I have spoken what's on my mind, good or bad, and sometimes while saying it I say it exactly the way I feel it. Is it wrong? In most instances I would have to say yes. I am sure that on occasion most of us have felt the need to express themselves in an improper way. Sometimes we give into how we feel and say EXACTLY what we are thinking...sometimes we find a "kinder" way of saying it.

To be honest I toned down what I wanted to say to TK Kingfan. ;-)

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