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David Pogue's Article on Movie Rentals

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    David Pogue's Article on Movie Rentals

    "Web Movies Show Why DVDs Sell"
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/te...pagewanted=all

    This is a really good article. Pogue is really fair to rental boxes (he rates Vudu top in all categories) but expresses frustrations at all the usual things (30/24 deal, limited content, etc.). In the end, he says that -- despite some people's assertions -- media is not dead yet.

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    Re: David Pogue's Article on Movie Rentals

    Interesting analysis but he has the technology wrong on the VUDU. But I like it breakdown matrix

    Apple TV: Instant gratification: A-. Selection: D. Overall movie joy: B.
    TiVo/Amazon Unbox : Instant gratification: B-. Selection: C. Overall movie joy: B-.
    Xbox 360: Instant gratification: A-. Selection: D. Overall movie joy: D.
    Vudu: Instant gratification: A. Selection: B+. Overall movie joy: B+.

    With all the grumblings on the Apple boards about folks waiting 15 minutes to an hour to watch a movie and then having the movie pause due to latency in delivering the movie should have dropped the Instant gratification to maybe a B or B+ for Apple TV. He did rip into them for selection but I don't know what his criteria was. Apple does have some decent titles on their box.

    But using his ratings the VUDU is the winner....

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      Re: David Pogue's Article on Movie Rentals

      Originally posted by RonV View Post
      He did rip into them for selection but I don't know what his criteria was. Apple does have some decent titles on their box.
      I think he was saying the same thing I've said and the guy from the earlier review said, that it's Movie Discovery is difficult. There are good titles on ATV, but I have to put in a lot of effort to find them. VUDU has a much better way of doing it. My only complaint is that VUDU doesn't display some basic video and audio quality icons on their title icons.

      First, downloadable movies require high-speed Internet connections - and only about half of American households have them. That number won't change much for years.

      In the meantime, congratulations to Blu-ray, the winning next-generation DVD format. Clearly, spinning silver discs will remain the dominant movie-delivery method for years to come.
      I don't think this guy understands the concept of exponential tech growth. I believe he's totally wrong on this point.

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        Re: David Pogue's Article on Movie Rentals

        I understand his points. It's one viewpoint.

        To me, it seems like less of a hurdle to someday add commentary tracks and extras to the digital downloads than to somehow get a physical DVD into my hands in just a few minutes

        I cancelled my NetFlix subscription a few months ago: I had 4 DVDs that had been sitting on the shelf for more than a year unwatched. The movies I wanted to watch were never at my fingertips. Wouldn't have mattered if those discs were HD, Double Super HD or what, still would have sat there. And I hate going to the video store. Instantaneous digital downloads are exactly what I want. But that's my viewpoint.

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