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

    Originally posted by aaronwt View Post
    Don't forget about 1.2.1 that was released in February.
    Oh, is there a 1.2.1 that's been released? OK. I think that was really a maintenance release with no real user enhancements but some more internal bug fixes.

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  • aaronwt
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    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    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.
    Don't forget about 1.2.1 that was released in February.

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

    Originally posted by bubka1 View Post
    This is a good explanation, and I think many reading this appreciate this distinction. My question is, can't some agreement be made with the distribution companies for allowing this to happen (everyone gets a cut). Just because there are lines, doesn't mean they can't be blurred.
    Not that easy. Look at the writers strike. The majority of what it was about was getting the writers an increased and longer term cut of online content (Vudu is just that sort of online content too). Contracts and all with the content owners are very different for digital and physical releases. Until that time changes, we have to deal with the limitations we have. It's not just the distributors (I posted in another longer post somewhere in more depth on this), but it goes all the way down to the content owners. If your wrote a piece of music in a movie, you own content in that movie. If that movie was released more than 10 years ago, your permission (and every other content owner's permission for that film) is needed to release it digitally.

    It's just the way it is right now...Sadly...

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  • bubka1
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    Re: Suggestion: Rent... Then Buy!

    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    Well, there are different licenses agreements for the distribution of a movie:

    - Physical Media has one license
    - Digital Purhcase has one license
    - Digital Rental has one license

    So with physical media, being that purchase and rental are covered under the same "physical media" license, you can do what you ask. But digital content is another story at this time and the license differences are the reasons that we have different rent vs. buy times, etc.

    If only it were consumer friendly!
    This is a good explanation, and I think many reading this appreciate this distinction. My question is, can't some agreement be made with the distribution companies for allowing this to happen (everyone gets a cut). Just because there are lines, doesn't mean they can't be blurred.

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  • HeadHodge
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    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    Smart guy!

    I've been given the go ahead to say this. The "goal" from Vudu is to have updates monthly. I say "goal" because developments at times slip and it might not happen every month. So Vudu doesn't want to set up any unrealistic expectations. But the goal is to be able to release updates every 4 weeks (but sometimes it might be longer depending on what happens during testing).
    All right!! Now I'm glad I asked the question.

    Shultz gave up some of his secrets!!

    Thanks!!!

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

    Originally posted by jclem View Post
    Hey, I'm seeing a trend here that indicates we'll see another update within the next week!!! Looks like monthly rather than quarterly. Regardless of the timing, I like what I'm seeing. These frequent updates mean that the Vudu techs are listening to us and to the 'competition' and are working their asses off to keep us happy and stay ahead of "the others". GO VUDU!!
    Smart guy!

    I've been given the go ahead to say this. The "goal" from Vudu is to have updates monthly. I say "goal" because developments at times slip and it might not happen every month. So Vudu doesn't want to set up any unrealistic expectations. But the goal is to be able to release updates every 4 weeks (but sometimes it might be longer depending on what happens during testing).

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  • HeadHodge
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    Originally posted by MaxH View Post
    Yes, but we found in beta testing that it only works if you reverse the polarity of the deflector array.

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

    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    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.

    Hey, I'm seeing a trend here that indicates we'll see another update within the next week!!! Looks like monthly rather than quarterly. Regardless of the timing, I like what I'm seeing. These frequent updates mean that the Vudu techs are listening to us and to the 'competition' and are working their asses off to keep us happy and stay ahead of "the others". GO VUDU!!

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

    Originally posted by RobertHodge View Post
    I've heard that VUDU has finally obtained and is using a beta version of a flux capicitor!!
    Yes, but we found in beta testing that it only works if you reverse the polarity of the deflector array.

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  • Rusdude
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    Originally posted by RonV View Post
    You're talking about the psychic interface. The VUDU automatically rents what you are feeling or thinking. And you thought the antenna was only for the remote.
    Did Vudu license Emotiv's technology?
    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/...et-games_N.htm

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  • RonV
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    Originally posted by RobertHodge View Post
    I totally agree with that sentiment. I'm really a big proponent of having a grand master plan, but getting there in incremental or baby steps.
    The problem with "Big Bang" releases is that you usually don't get all the bugs out and its disruptive. Look what happened with Apple dropped their proprietary OS and went with netBSD. Or when Microsoft finally turned off legacy kernel driver support when they released Vista.

    I agree that baby steps produces a more robust product as long as there is a plan and the deviations from the plan are minimum. One advantage of the baby step plan is that you are more "market" driven.

    Since VOD is still in its infancy the baby steps plan fits right in with the market.

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  • HeadHodge
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    Originally posted by RonV View Post
    You're talking about the psychic interface. The VUDU automatically rents what you are feeling or thinking. And you thought the antenna was only for the remote.
    I've heard that VUDU has finally obtained and is using a beta version of a flux capicitor!!

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

    Originally posted by Rusdude View Post
    it looks like Vudu has released point updates bi-monthly which is even better
    I totally agree with that sentiment. I'm really a big proponent of having a grand master plan, but getting there in incremental or baby steps.

    It takes longer for the "big bang" releases and creates excessive speculation, customer impatience, and expectations.

    Incremental relases are faster to release and provide a smooth production line like improvement to the product over time.

    The people that complain about this approach are the ones that claim it sacrifices quality. But I disgree with that, as long as the "big picture" objective is there.

    So I would be totally happy if they could continue to stick to a release pattern similar to what they have exhibited so far.

    I've eaten pies a big slice at a time and some pies (especially after Thanksgiving) I've eaten by nibbling at it a little bit at a time for snacks. No matter which way I eat it, the pie is still gone at the end of the day.

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  • RonV
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    Originally posted by Rusdude View Post
    That's just something I recall reading here. But since you gave the exact dates, it looks like Vudu has released point updates bi-monthly which is even better -- now we can start spreading rumo... ahem, I mean discussing possible features of March-April update to rev 1.3.
    You're talking about the psychic interface. The VUDU automatically rents what you are feeling or thinking. And you thought the antenna was only for the remote.

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

    Originally posted by NA9D View Post
    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.
    That's just something I recall reading here. But since you gave the exact dates, it looks like Vudu has released point updates bi-monthly which is even better -- now we can start spreading rumo... ahem, I mean discussing possible features of March-April update to rev 1.3.

    Leave a comment:

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