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Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

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    Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

    Can someone please explain why LodgeNet / OnCommand have an entirely different rental release schedule then Vudu and all other download services? What is the difference between a VUDU box at home vs. an OnCommand box in a hotel room? Why can't VUDU negotiate the same PRE-DVD release schedule?

    It seems to me that the first solution to get the same release licenses (Even at a 12.95 Rental price) will offer a true value proposition for people like me that don't go to the theatre anymore because of kids and the comfort of my home theatre.

    Thanks!

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    There are many distribution schedules that the studio's manage. And they are all designed to maximize the profit for the content providers.

    One would assume that after the movie plays though at the theater circuit making 9 to 12 bucks per viewer their next target is the lonely traveler who has limited entertainment options and is willing to spend 12 bucks on a movie rental. After that channel goes out of rotation then it could go to DVD for purchase, then VOD, and then on to cable.

    I am pretty sure that VUDU sits somewhere between DVD purchases and VOD. But again its all based on how much money the content providers want to get from any of these channels.

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      Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

      I would be willing to spend $30 on a rental, if I could have the movies as they premiere at the box office. Now that would be really nice.


      "Now playing at a theater and Vudu near you"

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        At $8.50 x 2 for tickets, $50 for a babysitter and, $15 for snacks. I have come to the conclusion that I could pay $81.99 per rental and still come out ahead. Plus I'd never have to put my shoes on!

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          Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

          Originally posted by Techsan View Post
          At $8.50 x 2 for tickets, $50 for a babysitter and, $15 for snacks. I have come to the conclusion that I could pay $81.99 per rental and still come out ahead. Plus I'd never have to put my shoes on!
          And you can pause them movie when nature calls!

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            Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

            Originally posted by Techsan View Post
            At $8.50 x 2 for tickets, $50 for a babysitter and, $15 for snacks. I have come to the conclusion that I could pay $81.99 per rental and still come out ahead. Plus I'd never have to put my shoes on!
            I would be willing to pay over $50 for a first run new release. It is the same as buying a pay per view fight. If I were the studios I would be using Vudu to test the waters and see what kind of potential is out there. They could try releasing movies on the day and date of DVD rentals for a limited period like one month and see how it goes. The same with new movie releases. If they don't try they will never know the potential revenue that is out there. I for one would be spending at least $50.00 a month on Vudu if it had more current releases for rental.


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              Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

              Originally posted by Techsan View Post
              At $8.50 x 2 for tickets, $50 for a babysitter and, $15 for snacks. I have come to the conclusion that I could pay $81.99 per rental and still come out ahead. Plus I'd never have to put my shoes on!
              And nowadays gas costs aren't negligible anymore either .

              -- Greg

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                Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                Originally posted by RonV View Post
                There are many distribution schedules that the studio's manage. And they are all designed to maximize the profit for the content providers.

                One would assume that after the movie plays though at the theater circuit making 9 to 12 bucks per viewer their next target is the lonely traveler who has limited entertainment options and is willing to spend 12 bucks on a movie rental. After that channel goes out of rotation then it could go to DVD for purchase, then VOD, and then on to cable.

                I am pretty sure that VUDU sits somewhere between DVD purchases and VOD. But again its all based on how much money the content providers want to get from any of these channels.
                Is it $ per viewer as the measure, or total $ per viewing medium? I would think, something like PPV, which is really usually only 3.99$, BUT with a market of say 30MM satellite viewers, I would think they or cable would provide a much higher aggregate $ amount as the second medium. Of course, DVD seems to be next.

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                  Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                  Originally posted by tivoboy View Post
                  Is it $ per viewer as the measure, or total $ per viewing medium? I would think, something like PPV, which is really usually only 3.99$, BUT with a market of say 30MM satellite viewers, I would think they or cable would provide a much higher aggregate $ amount as the second medium. Of course, DVD seems to be next.
                  When I mentioned VOD I assumed VUDU, Cable/Satellite PPV, BitTorrent VOD, Unibox, etc. When I stated cable I meant HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, etc. When I did some work for a major cable company the bread and butter of their business was PPV. That was about 10 years ago and I am sure the profitability of the VOD channel has grown considerably.

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                    Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                    I think the Hotel systems get the new movies based on the fact that there are so many screens in hotels and the fact that its fully encrypted on coax. Also, you have a captive audience.

                    WRT price I'd pay for an in theater premiere movie, I'm in the "over $50" camp as well.

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                      Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                      While there are those that would pay over $50 for a new movie, reading this forum it is obvious that not only would many people not, they would start posting that they are getting ripped off when they could just wait for the DVD from Netflix.

                      It is pretty obvious that there are 2 different demographics in play here. There are those that like their toys and don't mind paying to buy and use them, and there are those that are Netflix and Blockbuster customers that want to use Vudu instead. That second group wants the box for free, with the same movie availability and pricing as Netflix. To ultimately be successful, Vudu needs both kinds of customers. They probably have to be pretty careful to not make either side feel like they are catering solely to the other.

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                        Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                        Originally posted by redwein View Post
                        While there are those that would pay over $50 for a new movie, reading this forum it is obvious that not only would many people not, they would start posting that they are getting ripped off when they could just wait for the DVD from Netflix.

                        It is pretty obvious that there are 2 different demographics in play here. There are those that like their toys and don't mind paying to buy and use them, and there are those that are Netflix and Blockbuster customers that want to use Vudu instead. That second group wants the box for free, with the same movie availability and pricing as Netflix. To ultimately be successful, Vudu needs both kinds of customers. They probably have to be pretty careful to not make either side feel like they are catering solely to the other.
                        I would add that there are those who have VOD capabilities through their cable companies who can sometimes rent new movies sooner than through Vudu at similar pricing, with no equipment cost.

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                          Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                          Originally posted by aperlman View Post
                          I would add that there are those who have VOD capabilities through their cable companies who can sometimes rent new movies sooner than through Vudu at similar pricing, with no equipment cost.
                          That makes the 2 sound complementary to me. Do the people who use VOD from their cable companies only watch those movies, or do they still rent DVDs and do PPV? If they are only watching their movies using VOD from their cable company, they really don't need Vudu. If they are doing both, then they can continue to get their newest releases from their cable company (until Vudu has the same availability schedule), and use Vudu do do VOD for all of the things they would have rented.

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                            Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                            I found Comcast's VOD was the worst UI experience I'd ever had to endure. Any command while a movie was playing took a few seconds to take effect, and there was no way to skip ahead or bookmark a spot; to stop and resume a movie later, I had to FF for a full 3-4 minutes to get to the spot where I left off. Completely not worth it, even for a FREE movie, much less PPV.

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                              Re: Any discussions about LodgeNet / OnCommand Pre-DVD Release Schedules

                              Originally posted by MaxH View Post
                              I found Comcast's VOD was the worst UI experience I'd ever had to endure.
                              I haven't tried it, even though we have it, but if it is anything like their interface for their DVR, I would completely agree.

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