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  • NA9D
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by Rusdude View Post
    I recall reading that Vudu's pace so far has been to release updates quarterly, but I don't think we ever heard anything concrete. And it's hard to pin it down exactly since Vudu hasn't released new feature list and/or dates (last time there was a quasi-deadline for HD rentals).
    Well, let's see if quarterly is correct.

    Vudu was released in October with revision 1.0.
    November saw rev 1.1
    December saw rev 1.1.1
    January (late) saw rev 1.2.

    So perhaps quarterly for major releases is correct, but I really don't know their schedule any more than you do.

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  • HeadHodge
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    Publicly Stated Previously: Vudu will continue to upgrade and enhance the product on a regular basis.

    Several comments about possible 1.3 features have been leaked by Vudu employees. You can find them in the forums here.

    So I think you can draw your own conclusions on if there will be a 1.3.

    I do not know any release date and I cannot say any more so please don't ask.
    You remind me of Shultz from Hogan's Heroes.

    Thanks for the reply, I won't ask anymore (for now).

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  • Rusdude
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by RobertHodge View Post
    Is there anything you can say about how 1.3 is doing? I know you can't say much about the feature list, but can you indicate at least how the testing is going and any "ball park" ETA?
    I recall reading that Vudu's pace so far has been to release updates quarterly, but I don't think we ever heard anything concrete. And it's hard to pin it down exactly since Vudu hasn't released new feature list and/or dates (last time there was a quasi-deadline for HD rentals).

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  • NA9D
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by RobertHodge View Post
    Is there a such thing as 1.3?

    (My desperate attempt to pry something out of you)
    Publicly Stated Previously: Vudu will continue to upgrade and enhance the product on a regular basis.

    Several comments about possible 1.3 features have been leaked by Vudu employees. You can find them in the forums here.

    So I think you can draw your own conclusions on if there will be a 1.3.

    I do not know any release date and I cannot say any more so please don't ask.

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  • HeadHodge
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    Nope.
    Is there a such thing as 1.3?

    (My desperate attempt to pry something out of you)

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  • NA9D
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by RobertHodge View Post
    Is there anything you can say about how 1.3 is doing? I know you can't say much about the feature list, but can you indicate at least how the testing is going and any "ball park" ETA?
    Nope.

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  • HeadHodge
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    We can't talk about upcoming features before they are released. But I can say that I am not aware of any changes in either the 24 rental or the component output issue at this time. ATV2.0 and the wrinkles it brings are new and if Vudu were able to make changes as a result it would need to be worked into some future software release.

    I don't know if Vudu's current 24 hour hard and fast rule was based on an interpretation of a studio contract or a stipulation in the contract. Same thing for the component output. I have no idea on what their contracts are with studios and nothing I say should be interpreted that I know a whit about it.

    The good news is that any of this stuff should easily be changeable with software if and when the time comes where it can be changed.

    There's really nothing more to be said about it and we don't want to raise anyone's hopes on any issues like this.
    Is there anything you can say about how 1.3 is doing? I know you can't say much about the feature list, but can you indicate at least how the testing is going and any "ball park" ETA?

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  • NA9D
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    Originally posted by Rusdude View Post
    So I take it even if your request for AppleTV-like implementation is approved, we won't know it until Vudu releases the feature? I just want to know if I can hold out hope or if it's impossible due to agreements. I hope it's a software/DRM issue and not a licensing issue -- it's bad enough Vudu isn't permitted to output HD over component even though AppleTV and Xbox 360 do that.
    We can't talk about upcoming features before they are released. But I can say that I am not aware of any changes in either the 24 rental or the component output issue at this time. ATV2.0 and the wrinkles it brings are new and if Vudu were able to make changes as a result it would need to be worked into some future software release.

    I don't know if Vudu's current 24 hour hard and fast rule was based on an interpretation of a studio contract or a stipulation in the contract. Same thing for the component output. I have no idea on what their contracts are with studios and nothing I say should be interpreted that I know a whit about it.

    The good news is that any of this stuff should easily be changeable with software if and when the time comes where it can be changed.

    There's really nothing more to be said about it and we don't want to raise anyone's hopes on any issues like this.

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  • Rusdude
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    No word that I can give. If it changes, we'll be coming on here all excited and announcing it. It's well heard that this is problemo numero uno. If it ever can get fixed, rest assured it will be and we will tell it.
    So I take it even if your request for AppleTV-like implementation is approved, we won't know it until Vudu releases the feature? I just want to know if I can hold out hope or if it's impossible due to agreements. I hope it's a software/DRM issue and not a licensing issue -- it's bad enough Vudu isn't permitted to output HD over component even though AppleTV and Xbox 360 do that.

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  • NA9D
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by gibbs0828 View Post
    The 24 hour viewing period is terrible....[snip]...
    This really needs to be changed... Any word on whether this will happen. At least let me finish my movie!
    No word that I can give. If it changes, we'll be coming on here all excited and announcing it. It's well heard that this is problemo numero uno. If it ever can get fixed, rest assured it will be and we will tell it.

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  • gibbs0828
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    The 24 hour viewing period is terrible. I rented a movie at 3 in the afternoon. Got 1/2 way done and then I had to step out for an early dinner. By the time I got home it was 11. I only had time for 1/2 an hour. The next day was a work day so by the time I got home I couldn't finish my movie-- it was gone

    This really needs to be changed... Any word on whether this will happen. At least let me finish my movie!

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  • Nded
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by gibbs0828 View Post
    Any word on whether or not this is possible??
    -Matt
    Anything's possible. This great idea has already been submitted a few times (even before the Vudu was released to the public). I hope it happens someday, but I don't think it will be anytime soon.

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  • gibbs0828
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    Any word on whether or not this is possible??
    -Matt

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  • Rusdude
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    Well, I am a rental guy but I'd still like to see that option for people who like to buy movies. I've never bought movies at Blockbuster in that manner though since I usually can get them cheaper at Amazon.

    However, my view is that if you were buying a movie, physical media would be a way to go until digital media offers the same extras (commentary, deleted scenes, and such). Because if I am buying a movie, it's not for one-time viewing and I will likely watch it several times with commentaries and take advantage of all the extras.

    I must say movies that movies like that do not come on my radar too often. But I watched "Garden State" on DVD and if it ever comes out in high-def, I'll get it. And oh, whenever "Heist" gets high-def release, I am going to be the first in line -- it's such an awesome caper movie.
    Last edited by Rusdude; 02-16-2008, 12:26 PM. Reason: Corrected spelling of "Heist"

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  • HeadHodge
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by redwein View Post
    I agree. Even if you did happen to watch any particular movie enough to make purchasing it worthwhile, you certainly won't do that for all of them and it would be really difficult to know which ones you would watch that much. Some movies hold up better than others. Some just don't seem so good a few years later.
    And don't forget about bit rot. Digital media doesn't really last forever.

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