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    Question about Rent vs Purchase

    Why would a movie like Juno be available for purchase now but not for rental until the end of the month when it's available at all other rental places?

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    Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

    Please read my sticky about this and other stuff: http://forum.vudu.com/showthread.php?t=2556

    Bottom line is that all the major studios except Warner Brothers hold back on rentals until 30 days after DVD release. This is true for ALL VOD services including Vudu, AppleTV, Cable, etc.

    Vudu has no control over this.

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      Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

      Thanks for the reply. I still am wondering what decides what HD VUDU decides to carry. For instance, I have both Dish and Direct and both are offering movies such as I am Legend in HD PPV while VUDU only has SD.

      Is this a case of VUDU not wanting to carry the HD version?

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        I think it's more of a case of the content providers playing with the distrubtion channels to analyze the demographic response. I think the folks at Vudu will gladly publish HD versions whenever the studio makes them available. The studios are just being slow to totally embrace the new media - practically glacier speed from our perspectives. Given that the studios and their lawyers like to live at tectonic speed, they consider their glacial responses to be wild and crazy. In time I'm confident they will come around and behave the same way as Warner, which has taken the lead with digital delivery (independent studios not considered for this statement).

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          Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

          Originally posted by Nded View Post
          ... The studios are just being slow to totally embrace the new media - practically glacier speed from our perspectives. Given that the studios and their lawyers like to live at tectonic speed, they consider their glacial responses to be wild and crazy....

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            Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

            Why would a movie like PS I Love You a Warner title be in HD at Dish, Direct and Apple but not here? Forgive me but I'm getting frustrated. I've wanted to see 3 movies in the week I've owned VUDU and all 3 were bought at another service since they weren't HD on VUDU.

            Who has more HD availability on New Titles, Apple or VUDU?

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              Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

              Originally posted by bkushner View Post
              Why would a movie like PS I Love You a Warner title be in HD at Dish, Direct and Apple but not here? Forgive me but I'm getting frustrated. I've wanted to see 3 movies in the week I've owned VUDU and all 3 were bought at another service since they weren't HD on VUDU.

              Who has more HD availability on New Titles, Apple or VUDU?
              Right now, Apple has more HD titles but not many more.

              I'm not sure why Apple has more, but keep in mind that Steve Jobs is the single largest shareholder of Disney due to Disney buying Pixar. So I would expect that some of those HD movies on ATV are Disney titles.

              This is going to improve. We just need patience.

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                Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

                Originally posted by NA9D View Post
                Right now, Apple has more HD titles but not many more.

                I'm not sure why Apple has more, but keep in mind that Steve Jobs is the single largest shareholder of Disney due to Disney buying Pixar. So I would expect that some of those HD movies on ATV are Disney titles.

                This is going to improve. We just need patience.
                Steve Jobs doesn't explain why Cable, and Sat companies have these in HD and Vudu doesn't and this is a Warner's title.

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                  Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

                  Originally posted by bkushner View Post
                  Steve Jobs doesn't explain why Cable, and Sat companies have these in HD and Vudu doesn't and this is a Warner's title.
                  I don't know. What I do know is that Vudu is very responsive and open to customer feedback. I would call customer service and voice your concern/displeasure.

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                    Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

                    Found another movie I wanted to watch JUNO. Not in HD, however Directv has it in HD $4.99.

                    I think my VUDU is going back, at least until they get some more HD. I've voiced my concerns to customer support and don't feel this will be rectified anytime soon. As for as SD movies and quantity Vudu can't be beat, if it's HD everyone is beating them.

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                      Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

                      Dude... is HD REALLY that big of a deal for a movie like Juno?? I can understand for something like Transformers but Juno???

                      And plus - the SD content on Vudu is really, really good quality stuff (IMHO).

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                        #12
                        Re: Question about Rent vs Purchase

                        Point is the HD is there on Direct for $4 and SD on VUDU is $4 So if you had the choice HD or SD same price why would I pick SD? Also I already own Directv and don't have to pay $300

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                          Originally posted by bkushner View Post
                          Point is the HD is there on Direct for $4 and SD on VUDU is $4 So if you had the choice HD or SD same price why would I pick SD? Also I already own Directv and don't have to pay $300
                          I would venture the SD quality on Vudu is probably equal to or nearly so the HD quality on DirecTV. Also, just because something is broadbast in 720p or 1080i resolution does not mean that the source material is in that resolution.

                          You decide what you want to do as it's your money. Vudu isn't the same product today it was six months ago and it will be different and better six months from now.

                          I can tell you that there's some cool new features coming that I don't think DirecTV has. Plus I doubt DirecTV has the large library that Vudu has either.

                          But the choice is yours.

                          As for customer support, I think your concerns are well understood. Things don't move that fast with Hollywood and the licensing requirements different for all the different types of distribution out there. I can't answer the why's about the HD and it's not Vudu's policy to comment on agreements between them and their studios. But the fact is that this box was designed with HD in mind and the HD content is going to grow. You may think people are beating Vudu but I wouldn't be surprised if in six months Vudu has more SD and more HD content than all of them. That's my own guess and is not to be taken as a statement on Vudu strategy. Buy the box then whenever they have the HD content to suit you.

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                            I totally agree with NA9D - the SD content on Vudu is flippin' sweet (to borrow a quote from Napoleon Dynamite).

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                              Originally posted by mebby View Post
                              Dude... is HD REALLY that big of a deal for a movie like Juno?? I can understand for something like Transformers but Juno???

                              And plus - the SD content on Vudu is really, really good quality stuff (IMHO).
                              HD is a big deal for any movie. My first, second and third choice if for HD, SD would be my fourth choice. After 7 years of watching HD content I'd like everything to be HD but unfortunately everything isn't. But for almost all movies, if it isn't in HD, I won't watch it.
                              Although I will say prior to VUDU around 95% of the content I watched was HD, since getting the VUDU I've probably dropped that to 90%.

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