$30 Premium Movie Rentals Coming Your Way

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thinsoldier

At first glance I was all "HELL NO I'M NOT PAYIN 30 DAMN DOLLARS" but then I realized, if it's a hot new movie, I'm probably not going to be the only one in my house watching it. It's true of hot old movies.

Think about it, every time I watch The Matrix, my mom, brother, and 2 or 3 cousins who don't even live with me all somehow wind up in my bedroom. If they each gave me $5 we could easily rent an in-theatre movie to watch at home. People with big living rooms and huge hd tvs could actually make a couple bucks profit doing this.

This could spell the end of movie theatres as we know it.

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bling581

First of all, this is only going to happen in "select markets" through Time Warner and Comcast. Even if it was nationwide I don't see it replacing movie theatures, but it may cut into sales because it would be cheaper for families to just stay at home and watch it. I'm sure some people wouldn't mind paying a little more to have a night out and go to the theature and see it versus sitting on your couch at home.

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bling581

I could see it being cheaper for a family to rent it at home instead of the trip to the movies, but it doesn't make sense for singles or a couple. Even if it cost me $5-10 more I'd rather spend the night to go out, have some movie popcorn and watch it on a bigscreen.

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JimmerSD

My response to this is the same as when I consider going to see a movie in the theater. "I can wait until it comes out on DVD or Netflix." The cost for me and my wife to see a movie at the local multiplex is $24.00 not including overpriced, odd sized popcorn and big-gulp.

Too high a price to have to deal with crying babies, jerks on cell phones, tweens who shouldn't be in that particular movie anyway and crammed seats that force me to sit elbow to elbow with someone I probably wouldn't ride on a city bus with..

The typical response of the MPAA of trying to transfer their 20th century business model and profit structure to new media should be expected, after all profit preservation is in their best interests. But they need to re-think the price structure. Sorry guys, your latest releases are not worth $30 bucks to experience, even if it is in the comfort of my own home. Heck, I have yet to find a movie on cable pay per view that I'm willing to pay $4.99 to enjoy.

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Trestoncobbs

  I concur. If I'm wanting to see a new release that badly, I'll tie it in with a night out and do other stuff also. Meaning I'm already committing to spend a bit so the point of saving me money to see a new release doesn't fly for me. And on the other end of the spectrum; if I'm apprehensive about paying $5 bucks for a pay-per-view cable movie, why would anyone in thier right mind expect me to shell out that kind of cash for an in theatre flick. Someone needs to be fired for proposing this idea. I'm honestly insulted as being with normal mental capacity that there is someone out there receiving a paycheck for this. Video-on-Demand in my opinion exist for those times you are unwilling or unable to either wait for Netflix to ship it or drive to your local DVD rental access point. That being said it has to be priced to compete with that. But before i sound too over-critical I must admit that i would shell out about 5 or 6 bucks for an in theatre film on demand.

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warptek2010

$30 for a movie, huh? You mean $30 for those movies that feature the really cool bad evil villain with the utmost highest fashion sense that can crack a computers encryption in 31 seconds flat then steal the data through a GUI that no one else in the world has then escape the totally inept black ops governement unit in a super fast $350,000 sports car while shooting two semi automatic pistols with crossed arms while driving with his knee all to the beat of the pulse pounding super music track by the latest super emo artist then delivering the data to the super evil mega corporation headed by the megalomaniac ceo with a plot to detonate a nuclear explosive in some 3rd world country (latin or middle east - take your pick) he doesn't like cause they were responsible for killing half his unit in some secret covert mission 15 years ago and now he's getting his revenge and can only be stopped by a former member of his unit (who is the BEST of the BEST) who doesn't want to get involved at first but he "knows his former commanders psychology" like the back of his hand but is always one step behind him all the while verbally trading insults with his daughter (because they don't get along you see) who only wants to help her out of control father but secretly are falling in love with each other and is only revealed until her life is put in danger at the end by the really cool bad villain who turns out is in her fathers employ at the really super evil mega corporation and knows 15 different martial arts and 50 ways to kill a man and has to faceoff against the hero guy from her fathers old green beret unit and at first gets his ass badly kicked for the first 10 minutes of the climax until the really cool bad villain slips up and he falls into the super high voltage cables and.... well, I don't want to give away too much.

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AbeFromanTSKOC

Awesome!

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grimereaper

No, no. don't leave your home! stay there! you can watch the most newest movies, on your biga$$ TV. you can telecommute, and even have your food brought to you. No need to ever meet the fine people next door. Trust us....

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blindhorizon

ok so it sounds cool to have the movie at home on you 52" LCD, but what if the movie is in 3D not everyone has 3D TV's or large screen TV's yet.  i think this is just a way of screwing the stupid consumers to drop money on a movie.

Now like someone said if you have a projector and a really large dark living room charge your friends a 2-5 cover to come over and watch it and you might make your money back..or have an adult only setup in your house...would be nice to see some movies without screeming children in the background.  and to think the popcorn would be cheaper...LOL

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someuid

The big questions are:

- Can I pause in the middle of playback to answer the phone, let out the dog, get something to drink/eat, use the bathroom, shave the chickens, and milk the moose?

- Will the movie be available for only a single viewing, or will it be open for several hours and I can watch it a second time?

- Will there be a way to restart/resume a movie or get a refund after a downed broadband connection?  (What happens on DirecTV if your satellite signal goes away during a pay-per-view?)

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MrBlueCheese

Since i'm a comcast member (have for a long time) i'll answer your questions regarding Comcast (not sure about DirecTV).

1) Yes, you can do that.

2) Depending on the movie, you "have" it for 24 or 48 hours, so you can rewatch it if you really wanted to.

3) You can restart or resume a movie as long as its within that 24 or 48 hour window. If for some reason you are unable to "have" the movie for that allotted period of time, you can contact Comcast Customer Service about getting a refund.

 

I hope this at least clears it up for Comcast members.

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darryl99

Yes I would for some select movies.

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Sodman

So if lots of people do start renting theses movies I guess we will start seeing more movie theaters going out of business and the ones that do not go out of business will be forced to raise their prices even higher to offset the drop in numbers. Offering too many choices of how to obtain/view the latest movies will only make it harder for each of current business models to succeed. 

Digital distribution of movies is convenient but for me personaly there is nothing better than coming home and tearing into a brand new Bluray/DVD case and taking out the disc and having a physical item to add to my movie library, that feeling just does not exist when it comes to downloading them, same for music, I will take a CD any day over a downloaded version, maybe im just too material but I think a lot of people are also that way too. Sometime progress does not always offer the best experience to us.

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icedearth15324

I agree with you on the physical aspect. I refuse to buy an album off Itunes. If I'm gonna spend $10-15 for a cd, I want that actual cd so I can rip it as many times as I want, listen to it on as many devices as I want, and not be limited to where and what it can be played on.

 

Same goes for movies. Don't get me wrong I love my netflix subscription, but the movies I really love I will always buy on dvd/blu-ray for the quality of the movie and the freedom to watch it wherever and whenever I want.

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Threshadon

 

I can foresee people either making money from this or paying less at the theaters. What’s to keep people from building, lets say a 30 seat theater, and charging people just 2 bucks to see the latest upcoming movies? All you would need is one of the cable providers and big TV or even a projector.

 

 

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someuid

Not going to happen.  The movie is going to start with that usual splash screen about "for private use only - no public viewing."

I do, however, see this greatly increasing crude rips (or even really good ones) of movies.  No theater nazis to keep you from recording the movie in some fashion and uploading it.

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jgrimoldy

I agree on the crude rips.  Of course, only the video would be crude intially.  The audio will be outstanding!  It's pretty damned hard to copy-protect the audio stream once its analog and on the wires to your speakers.

I don't imagine that it would be too hard to fashion a crude telecine-type aparatus to get some pretty damned good rips.

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Sodman

Ok so a 30 seat theater would cost an individual around at least 10-20 thousand dollars or more just to get a mediocre setup assuming they already have a spare room big enough to hold that many people (someone that deos is already very well off and does not need to rob movie studios) just to  make $30.00 a night form 30 paying customers, doesn't sound very likely at all to me.

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thinsoldier

Rural area + Tent + projector + bring your own folding chair + cool night air + mosquito lamps + $1 admission = a good night with good neighbours

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majorsuave

I actually would. We have 5 kids, taking them to the theatre has proven outrageously expansive. That would be strictly for kids movies though.

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someuid

"I actually would. We have 5 kids, taking them to the theatre has proven outrageously expansive."

Yeah, that is a lot of seats to take up - 5 for the kids, then one at each end for a parent to make sure the quicker ones don't scamper away in the dark.

Expensive too for all those movie tickets.

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majorsuave

Ouch... nice catch. 

Expensive indeed :)

And then there is the popcorn, kids don't want to share, they all NEED their personal jar.

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francisco6007

more ways to take money from movie loving people...

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jaygregz

Not only no but hell no. The thing is that movie theatres are expensive.. but at least you are treating yourself to a nice night out on the town. If you rent the movie at home you are paying that top dollar but also losing the experience you would have had for the night. Lets face it.. watching something at home regardless of how big your television and home theatre system is just isn't the same as seeing it at the cine.

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Gezzer

I agree.

Certain movies are all about the whole experiance and that doesn't translate as well to the home theater. Any movie that I wouldn't bother going to the theater for is one I can wait till it's rentable and then use my modest home theater for.

I do see where there might be a need for some people but I think it'll be more of a niche market then mainstream.

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Nailer669

I agree.  We got o the movies to get away from the house (or kids).  It is all about the experience.  I just wish we had one of those theaters that served beer so I can tolerate the punk-ass kids in the theater.

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MrBlueCheese

Gold Class Cinemas (http://www.goldclasscinemas.com/it/visselect.aspx) offer dinner (including wine and beer) and a movie. Its pretty expensive (compared to the regular movie theathers) but its a good deal to have dinner and a movie.

There are only a few locations (i believe 6 or 7) but if you have the chance to go, it might be worth it.

Now, if they had a 21+ theaters, there wouldn't be"punk-ass kids" and you could have beer and actually enjoy the movie.

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