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Now you can order movies for $30

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SledgeHammer, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. Apr 24, 2011 #81 of 129
    KK in CT

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    Not making assumptions based on my own gear? I have a great setup. But I bet most D* subscribers looking to "save money" do not, so that experience will be far from the theater. Even fewer have a good projector, and fewer still in 3D. Again, for their assumed target audience of those trying to save money, it's not an equivalent experience.

    Besides, no matter how great your equipment is at home, although you may get the movie in 1080P via D*, you definitely aren't getting lossless sound. So in that case it's less quality then both the theater and the blu-ray.

    I think were both on the same page about any $30 PPV as absurd.
     
  2. Apr 24, 2011 #82 of 129
    awblackmon

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    I may not have lossless sound, or as great an image as at the theater, but some of the things I have to put up with at the theater that take away from what could be a better experience except for the rudeness of others... Well, perhaps I may consider seeing a new release at home on my 83 inch 7.1 theater. BUT, it will have to be sooner, and a bit cheaper before I do participate in the premier pay per view offering.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2011 #83 of 129
    Eddie501

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    The absurdity of this didn't really hit me until I saw it on my DVR today. $30 for some Jennifer Aniston/Adam Sandler formula-com that came out around Super Bowl weekend? hahahahaha.

    I guess I thought they would at least come out of the gate with an 'event' movie of some type.
     
  4. Apr 24, 2011 #84 of 129
    susanandmark

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    Ahh, but that, and other comments (cell phones, crying babies, etc) are a reason not to go to the theater AT ALL. And, heck, I even agree with most of them ... Which is why I don't go to the movies, and don't miss doing so.

    No one "needs" to see a movie at all, let alone within a specific time frame. This isn't registering to vote from home, or doing your taxes online--where something necessary but onerous is made easier and more convenient by doing it at your leisure and without going out--this is a slight (very slight) variation on the wide array of at-home movie options we already have ... At a price that just about everyone agrees is pretty outrageous.

    I think my main "argument" with this line of debate is that the idea that $30 is a "bargain" by extrapolating movie tickets and snacks for four or six is simply a fallacy. The REAL comparison, barring a day and date theater-matching release, is to buying a Blu-Ray or renting any other pay-per-view movie from your sofa, neither of which is new (or news). Compared to that existing and established entertainment option, the cost is simply outrageously prohibitive for all but a teeny, tiny sliver of folks who don't care or are just curious.

    I just can't imagine a scenario in which this isn't a colossal failure ... UNLESS, the real purpose is to "test the waters" with theater distributors and eventually (slowly) transition into a common home/theater simultaneous, or nearly so, release model for more (most) films. Meaning: if they want to slow play the movie industry like a lobster who doesn't know he's cooking until the water boils.

    Until then, arguments about theater vs home and which experience is better/preferable have very little weight, as do the cost comparisons to theater tickets, etc. Those were cogent when "home video" (in all formats) first debuted, and it was well proven there is a place for both. This distribution model changes absolutely NOTHING about that, as far as I can see.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2011 #85 of 129
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    IMHO, $30 for anything starring Adam Sandler is money wasted..
     
  6. Apr 24, 2011 #86 of 129
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    Not to mention 7,200 seconds of your life gone forever unless you take your knitting to the movies with you.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2011 #87 of 129
    KK in CT

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    Since D* doesn't broadcast lossless sound, you wouldn't be missing out on that by purchasing their PPVs. That's a reason why the PPV is not as good as the blu-ray version (if you can wait a little longer for it). Even so, if they put these movies out when they release in the theaters AND lowered their price significantly, then more customers might bite. Until then you're just buying a PPV at 6X the price because you just can't wait any more than the 60 days you had no problem waiting already. :)
     
  8. Apr 24, 2011 #88 of 129
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    Definite saving, similar experience recently. After factoring in tickets, snacks and transportation to and fro it was $60+...I'd rather spend the $$$ and watch at home on my 55"!
     
  9. Apr 24, 2011 #89 of 129
    spartanstew

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    But......

    Why not wait a bit longer, save even more, and get a better experience (Blu Ray PQ and AQ)??

    Even from a cost perspective, it makes no sense.
     
  10. Apr 25, 2011 #90 of 129
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    I completely agree. Patience is a virtue here. You can wait a little longer, get a better viewing experience, and own the movie for the same or less.

    But I do have to say the debate in this thread is a little silly. Who really cares if DIRECTV is trying to charge $30 for these movies... If you don't like it, don't rent it. It's pretty simple. The market will dictate if this is a worthy avenue; it will either work or not and DIRECTV will either keep it at $30 or change the price based on the demand for the product.

    There's really no need to get worked up over this IMHO.
     
  11. Apr 25, 2011 #91 of 129
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    If you wait long enough you can most likely get a hard copy for $5-10.

    It's simply a matter of when you want it and what are you will to pay for the convenience of having it at that time.
     
  12. Apr 25, 2011 #92 of 129
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    All this whining about how horrible it is to go to a movie but I very rarely have anything but a great time at the theater. No one talks, no kids cry, no phones ring and no one texts.
     
  13. Apr 25, 2011 #93 of 129
    Davenlr

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    I have a friend that goes at 5pm, and buys a ticket at the multiplex for a movie, then when its over, he goes into the next theatre and watches another movie, then goes into another one and watches a third movie. Leaves out about midnight. Multiplex doesnt care, as he buys some of their expensive food. He seems to enjoy it. Goes once or twice a week. No way would he pay $30 :)
     
  14. Apr 25, 2011 #94 of 129
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    Maybe multiplex's should sell an all-day-ticket good for all the movies. As long as you don't leave the theater and don't bring your own food in. $15 to watch 3 to 5 movies in a day. Might get people into the multiplexes, that don't usually go to more than 1 movie every couple months.

    Of course, peak days Friday, Saturday Nights, etc, ,the promotion would not be on.
     
  15. Apr 25, 2011 #95 of 129
    KK in CT

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    I'm not sure anyone is getting worked up over this.... I for one am kind of fascinated by the fact that some will buy a PPV movie for 6 times what the normal price would be in the near future and justify it to themselves by saying they're saving money. Seems more like a very high premium to pay if you've lost the will to wait any longer...
     
  16. Apr 25, 2011 #96 of 129
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    Is this part true?:

    "But what the media isn't telling you in these stories -- in fact, no newspaper or web site has reported this fact until now -- is that DIRECTV's 'Home Premiere' is available to only about six percent of the satcaster's audience. That's right, six percent.

    DIRECTV has decided to only offer the Home Premiere films -- the first one is Adam Sandler's Just Go For It -- on its DIRECTV Cinema VOD service, which requires an HD DVR connected to a Broadband Internet network to order."

    Is DIRECTV really downloading Home Premiere films via the internet connection?
     
  17. Apr 25, 2011 #97 of 129
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    I assumed thes Premiere PPVs would be one of the movies pushed to our DVRs from the satellite, but I can't verify that (maybe someone else can).

    I definitely wouldn't take Swanni's word for truth.
     
  18. Apr 25, 2011 #98 of 129
    RobertE

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    From what I can tell, it is not true. I have 2 movies ready to go right now. Cedar Rapids and Just Go With It. Both of these have been PUSHED to my dvr(s). I did not initiate the download. I show no logs of any bandwidth being used to download these via my internet connection.

    So, at least in my personal case, swani, as usual, is spouting a bunch of bovine fecal matter. :nono2:
     
  19. Apr 25, 2011 #99 of 129
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    I have them on disk as well. They are not pushing those via Internet. Swanni does not understand tech and got confused.
     
  20. Hutchinshouse

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    Yeah, that didn’t make sense to me. I doubt they’d push via ethernet. Just thought I’d ask.
     

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