Ghostbusters is the First Film to Be Released on a USB Stick

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Trever

You are all right, Drms and spyware etc but heck i would love to see them to start putting hole seasons and stuff on those usb i like the thought. KUDOS to PNY.

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Shalbatana

 First, I'd buy one. But only because I need a 2gb stick at the moment, and I love that movie. Especially if I could drag that movie off onto an HD or disc and store it.

Second, look at the bigger picture. You want to see a movie. Why buy a DVD that can get scratched and you have to return? Buy a USB movie, plug it into your USB flavored TV player and watch, when you're done, store the much smaller and more rugged key in a case, or erase it and use it for something else.

 What if this years box office hits were released in this fashion, would you buy it then?

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patrickmaher

If it's DRM protected requiring software to be loaded on the computer in order to watch the movie file, then you likely wont be able to watch it from a TV's USB port.

I think that my pressed movie DVDs will last longer than any hard drive or flash drive I currently own. Of course you could have a secondary copy somewhere in case you loose the flash drive, but the article says the DRM requires the flash drive to be connected to the computer.

2GB flash drives are cheap compared to what they are trying to charge for these. You would be better off buying a normal flash drive and then buying the movie on DVD. Then rip the movie to a video format you can play from any device.

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patrickmaher

Doesn't seem like something anyone would buy. I guess if they made about 5 different models each with a different popular movie they could have success selling them in airport gift shops.

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skhills

When digital content distibution is designed with consumers in mind, I'll jump on the wagon.  I'm still buying CD's and DVD's. 

The whole enjoy-blu-ray-on-your-pc-if-you-buy-a-compatible-drive-graphics-card-and-monitor setup is just frustrating to consumers who don't get the whole equation just right.

Even current decade movies on a USB drive will not replace DVD's because who wants to huddle a group of friends around their PC for a movie night.  If they LOSE THE DRM and you could take the movie from the drive to the TV, flash could be a valid distribution method over optical discs since prices are now low enough.

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franktank

I thought this was a great idea util I read DRM... it's soooooo silly. I'd pay an extra few bucks for a copy with no drm, I'd like to get all my movies this way =)

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brainwins

Drop the DRM, print the Ghostbusters logo on the stick and I'll buy 4 of them. It's a great gift idea. But I don't want to infect my friend's computer with I don't know what shaddy software you have there.

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atomaweapon

Perhaps if it wasn't laden with some crappy drm it be a nice little bonus. Why in god's name would I want to watch ghostbusters on a crappy usb key? 

 

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jwalch.hawk

Not that I don't agree on principle with you about the DRM, but you're not actually playing it off the USB key.  According to the article, you can download it to the PC - you just need the drive actually inserted to be able to play it (meaning you're not going to be having issues with being throttled on the USB bus).  I'm guessing it will be done via checking the hardware signature somehow - I'm sure as hell not going to claim to be an expert on the details.  I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think that implementing this is actually going to require a rootkit or spyware...  So that's good at least, even if the DRM in principle is kinda obnoxious. 

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sirphunkee

maybe it should come with a copy of 1984

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dcrail

The inquirer.net has the msrp at £30, which is roughly $53.  Even assuming that they would drop that price to $49.99, or even $39.99 that is a rediculus price for a 2gb usb key.  And no I'm not forgetting that they added a DRM laden 20 yr old movie.  The DVD is available for under $20, and a 2 gb usb key can be found in most cereal boxes.  Who thinks of this crap?

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Aeshir

Hellooo spyware!

EDIT: And oh yeah, it's a gimmick.

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