Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Buy TV Episodes/Movies Online...

posted by Scott Roche

This may or may not be news to you, but you can now buy TV shows and movies from iTunes. Apple signed a deal with WB and for $1.99 you can get Friends, Aquaman, Babylon 5, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, or The "Best" of MadTV. That seems worthwhile for all but the last, I mean two bones for the closing credits? But I digress. You get a price break if you buy an entire season (twenty-six dollars for season two of Battlestar Galactica for instance). Granted you can only watch these on your computer, but with PCs becoming more TV friendly and monitors becoming more like (and in some cases better than) tv screens does that really matter?

If you could buy a feature length film this way for say five or ten dollars would you? It would be even better if the provider lets you burn it to DVD (I understand that maker of porn Vivid does this, once again leading the way in making bundles of cash off the net). Add to this the idea of a set top box from say Netflix that would download fifty or a hundred titles and allow you to watch them for a monthly fee. At the very least I think it would further shrink the DVD release window, if not eradicate it all together.

On the tech side, the sort of things that would make this process easier will probably resort in better compression software, faster processors, better video cards, etc. And that's just the sort of thing that's likely to happen given mergers like the one between AMD and ATI. All in all it's a pretty cool time to be alive if you love movies and computers as much as I do.

6 Comments:

At 2:06 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Scott -
Mind popping a "Posted by Scott" tag at the top?

Gracias, amigo.

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

And to respond -

Maybe.

I like iTunes. It's convenient, and cheaper. But it's also a pain in the ass. The fact that they police how many times you burn a song to cd makes compulsive mix-addicts like me furious.

I'm not trying to sell music illegally. I'm trying to make cd's for my buddy's bachelor party.

And you, iTunes, are FUCKING IT UP FOR ME.

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Oops. Will do.

I didn't realize that iTunes did that. I've pretty much always used WMP, but then I was given a 15 gig iPod for my birthday 2 weeks ago.

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

On the settings tab in your dashboard you could add this formatting span (style="font-size:85%;")posted by name(/span) to the Post Template tab and I'd stop forgetting. Just a thought.

Replace ( and ) with < and >

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Black Manta said...

Yay...Aquaman.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

For 2 bucks!

And I hear it doesn't suck!

Or was that a sarcastic "yay," Black Manta? You are, after all, Aquaman's greatest/most-ridiculously-dressed foe....

 

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