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Cablevision offers simultaneous DVD / VOD releases

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 04 Feb 2008 22:44 User comments (7)

Cablevision offers simultaneous DVD / VOD releases Cablevision is now offering an upgrade to their standard Video On Demand (VOD) service that will allow quicker access to movies, while also selling DVDs. Under the terms of Cablevision's partnership with Popcorn Home Entertainment, the cable provider's New York customers get access to titles the same day they're released on DVD.
The catch? You must also buy a copy of the DVD, which will be delvered several days later. The VOD movies must be watched within the standard 24 hour window.

Popcorn Home Entertainment is headed by former CEO of VOD provider In Demand, Steve Brenner, who notes that the only time the studios have any interest in reducing (or eliminating) the wait between DVD release and VOD offering is when its tied directly to DVD sales. At In Demand, we tried to get windows moved up, but the studios do so much better selling DVDs, Brenner said. This is nicely positioned to do whats good for them and good for cable.

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7 user comments

15.2.2008 10:48

This isn't available in my market, but if it were, I'd pass. If I wanted to buy the movie, then I'm not going to pay to watch it on demand. I only see this as being useful if you're too lazy to go to the store to buy or rent the movie. Maybe in big cities where you spend over an hour in traffic, I could understand. Like I said, it's not available where I live, so my opinion doesn't really matter to Cablevision.

25.2.2008 12:35

If I saw the movie on demand and at the end of it i feel like it was a piece of crap movie what am I gonna do with a piece of crap dvd?

35.2.2008 13:17

Originally posted by oscarin:
If I saw the movie on demand and at the end of it i feel like it was a piece of crap movie what am I gonna do with a piece of crap dvd?
That could lead to something new. After watching the movie on demand, you'll get a new shrink wrapped movie in the mail a few days later. If you didn't like the movie, you can now sell it as new. I could see some people taking advantage of this system. Maybe going as far as returning it to a store that they didn't buy it from (most stores will accept unopened movies).
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Feb 2008 @ 13:17

45.2.2008 19:27

Quote:
Originally posted by oscarin:
If I saw the movie on demand and at the end of it i feel like it was a piece of crap movie what am I gonna do with a piece of crap dvd?
That could lead to something new. After watching the movie on demand, you'll get a new shrink wrapped movie in the mail a few days later. If you didn't like the movie, you can now sell it as new. I could see some people taking advantage of this system. Maybe going as far as returning it to a store that they didn't buy it from (most stores will accept unopened movies).
makes me wish i had cablevision so i could scam walmart farther than i already have.

on an unrelated note:
did you know that you can buy two handheld video game consoles from walmart at the same time, play them for a month and take them back as new when you decide you're done trying them out?

55.2.2008 19:56
saltynuts
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Originally posted by snowlock:
Quote:
Originally posted by oscarin:
If I saw the movie on demand and at the end of it i feel like it was a piece of crap movie what am I gonna do with a piece of crap dvd?
That could lead to something new. After watching the movie on demand, you'll get a new shrink wrapped movie in the mail a few days later. If you didn't like the movie, you can now sell it as new. I could see some people taking advantage of this system. Maybe going as far as returning it to a store that they didn't buy it from (most stores will accept unopened movies).
makes me wish i had cablevision so i could scam walmart farther than i already have.

on an unrelated note:
did you know that you can buy two handheld video game consoles from walmart at the same time, play them for a month and take them back as new when you decide you're done trying them out?







Dishonest people like you are my hereos.

65.2.2008 20:31

Originally posted by saltynuts:
Originally posted by snowlock:
Quote:
Originally posted by oscarin:
If I saw the movie on demand and at the end of it i feel like it was a piece of crap movie what am I gonna do with a piece of crap dvd?
That could lead to something new. After watching the movie on demand, you'll get a new shrink wrapped movie in the mail a few days later. If you didn't like the movie, you can now sell it as new. I could see some people taking advantage of this system. Maybe going as far as returning it to a store that they didn't buy it from (most stores will accept unopened movies).
makes me wish i had cablevision so i could scam walmart farther than i already have.

on an unrelated note:
did you know that you can buy two handheld video game consoles from walmart at the same time, play them for a month and take them back as new when you decide you're done trying them out?







Dishonest people like you are my hereos.

i didn't do it.

=)

besides, it's obviously not against their return policy, or the employees at the counter would have had a problem accepting the returns. the purchase date is printed on the receipt; for other regular merchandise the only thing they ask is "cash or store credit?"

you plain have to hit back at the retail industry; i thought i was going to end up witness to a fist-fight when a buddy were looking at ps3's and asked about gamestop's return policy at one of their stores.
"once you take it out of the box, it's yours."
someone needs to be physically harmed for something like that; $400-500 purchases can just never be final.

nintendo:sony::ford:chevy

728.2.2008 0:29

Quote:
The catch? You must also buy a copy of the DVD, which will be delvered several days later. The VOD movies must be watched within the standard 24 hour window.
This is bad as DRM. Shocking stuff...

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