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    #16
    Re: Transferring owned titles - Can't Do?

    Originally posted by Rusdude View Post
    Vino17's post is very good, as usual. We are early adopters and have to suffer for the betterment of humankind

    But anyway, it'll be nice to have a better policy in place with regards to purchases. I think, ability to archive on a cloud AND on a user's hard drive (in case, Vudu goes the way of Movielink) and having purchases tied to an account (for multi-box households) is a must.
    I'm not as optimistic as you are, the most I am hoping for is that the vendor, Vudu in this case, is the archive for anything I purchase. It would be great if they let the genie out of the box and let us move movies off the box but I'm not holding my breath.

    I see no chance that they will tie movies to an account for multi-box households unless they change the rules. Human nature being what it is you have to assume that in many cases one box will be in one location and the other box(es) will be somewhere else. Think FRAUD. Please understand that I'm not saying you would do this, I'm just saying that it would happen.

    Of course, if we gave up some existing capabilities maybe we could get multi-box support. Today you can disconnect your box from the Internet / your network and it still works. You can take it with you to Hawaii and watch it on the beach if you can get a compatible display there. If the box always had to be connected to the Interent to work they could log ip address changes but that's not foolproof since they can change from time to time and some people have more than one provider and switch if their primary provider has a problem. So, they most likely would have to program the boxes in a multi-box account to detect all other boxes before downloading or playing a movie. No taking the box with you on the road, no taking it out on the patio without wireless and a real pain if one box fails since there would be no movie viewing until the bad box was back on-line. Would everyone be willing to accept the tradeoffs? Doubtful, since "everyone" never seem to agree on anything.

    I know some music is now being sold DRM free but with songs going for $1 and movies going for $10 - $20 I think it will be a long time before we see a system that lets you purchase and download a movie ( especially an HD movie ) and be free to do anything you want with it.

    Tim

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      #17
      Re: Transferring owned titles - Can't Do?

      This is why if the content is just tied to the card, everything is covered. It can't be watched unless the proper card is inserted. that would allow users to download the content to another box to watch that was previously purchased with that card. And when the card is removed, any content that is tied to that card cannot be watched.
      Tying it to the card allows the content to be watched on multiple boxes . Just like Xbox Live ties the content to the gamertags only in this situation you would need a physical card. Although I guess for extra security measures there should also be a password associated with the card for when you first stick it in the box. That way if it was stolen it couldn't be used without the associated password.

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        #18
        Re: Transferring owned titles - Can't Do?

        Originally posted by jleavens View Post
        I'm sure this is general licensing. For instance, the iTunes Store doesn't let you re-download music tracks that you've previously purchased, even though they have a clear record of your purchase. Doubt they let you re-download movies, but I could be wrong.
        That may be true, but the difference is that iTunes allows you to archive your music, and movies on external devices and/or media, so in theory you should not need to download the content again...as long as you keep a backup.

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