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Downloading Videos

Sep - 15 - 2006
Nicole C. Engard

I just don’t get it! Why would I want to download movies to my computer when my TV is bigger and my couch is more comfy than my desk chair?

Earlier this month Dan Giancaterino at Jenkins wrote (in a post that made me giggle) about Amazon’s Video download service. He quotes:

Amazon says its movie service improves on others because the video quality is higher. That quality comes at a price: longer download times … Amazon says the typical movie will take two to seven hours to download, depending on the connection speed of the user.

Now I just read on Download Squad that Walmart is trying to get into the game.

I just don’t get it!

3 Responses so far.

  1. Yeah, me too. Especially as the Amazon downloads have all sorts of restrictions, including DRM. (See BoingBoing for a detailed critique).

    Why download to my hard drive, and be unable to move the video to another device (so no backup, have to watch it on a small screen) have to pay for the bandwidth, and then it’s almost as expensive as buying the physical DVD. Makes no sense to me…

    But then, people pay $0.99 for MP3s with much worse sound quality than CDs, and which they have to listen to on their PC, etc…

  2. Jonathan says:

    I have to agree with the DRM restrictions being a problem… AND sound quality for those MP3s – but I must confess, I have made us of iTunes to download a few T.V. episodes of Battlestar Galactica! I know, I’m a geek, but it sure was nice to be able to finish that really intense story arch knowing that the DVDs wouldn’t be released for another 6 months!!!

  3. Nicole says:

    I understand where you’re coming from – and watching a TV show (to me) is different than a movie (I would totally download shows I want to see) – I want to watch movies cuddled up on my couch – not sitting in front of a computer – or worse on the tiny screen on my phone or mp3 player!


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