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Now you can order movies for $30

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

  1. Beerstalker

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    Yeah, it wouldn't make sense to me for these to be On Demand PPV. To me the biggest purchasers of these PPVs are probably going to be rural people who don't have access to high speed internet or have to drive a long way to get to a theater/redbox/blockbuster, etc.
     
  2. KK in CT

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    Interesting... So where can I find these on my DVR so I can delete them? I would hate for my 2 year old to start playing with the remote and accidentally purchase one of them. Somehow she once managed to record about 8 hours of the information channel. That was funny, but purchasing one of these $30 movies would not be as humorous.
     
  3. dsw2112

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    You cannot delete them (they are on D*'s portion of the drive.) However, you can reduce your spending limit to not allow purchase of this (or any) ppv.
     
  4. Beerstalker

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    Just set a parental code lock, and require it to be input for any PPV purchases. I would assume you already have a parental code lock in place to keep her from seeing some programming anyway.
     
  5. SledgeHammer

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    I gave up on PPV events after they topped ~$40. Not even worth it. Often you can find live recaps on the internet, or the whole thing is posted on youtube :p.
     
  6. SledgeHammer

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    I'd call myself "mid range" in the HT market. Definitely not "hi end". I prefer 1080i/p source material, but at a certain point I say "well, this is good enough unless I'm willing to pay an extra $10 or whatever". I've caught up on a bunch of movies the last few months, and I don't think I've enjoyed any of them enough to justify $6, not to mention $30. Actually, thats not entirely true. The Next Three Days was worth $6.
     
  7. Sharkie_Fan

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    I find it interesting that you find waiting 60 days to see it from the time it's in the theater to be such a long time, but waiting another 60 days is "the near future".

    It's all a matter of perspective, and what one wants to get out of it. You say that you're not getting the same experience by watching a movie at home. I agree - I'm getting a better experience. I, personally, don't see any benefit to seeing a movie at the theater that I can't get at home.

    Again, this isn't something I"d do with great regularity, but on the rare occasion that a movie came out and the whole family wanted to see it sooner rather than later, I can see waiting 60 days and paying $30 for the whole lot of us rather than going to the theater. Or, when the kids have friends over, and we have a group of 10 that wants to watch said movie. I can see plenty of scenarios where this could make sense, depending upon ones needs and specific situation.

    It's not for everyone - clearly you don't find a use for this. Some of us do. The market will determine whether enough of us see a use for it or not.
     
  8. SledgeHammer

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    I liked Jennifer Aniston on Friends, but her movies are usually pretty much a crap fest. I ended up making it 1hr through Just Go With It and didn't watch the last 30 minutes.
     
  9. SledgeHammer

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    I don't think I've bought snacks at a theater for about 20yrs. I just don't really need to eat when I'm watching a movie. I guess if you are the type that needs snacks, then the $30 PPV is definitely a savings.

    Spending $70 to take a family to a 2hr movie seems absurd to me.
     
  10. billsharpe

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    I suppose that's one advantage of living in Mason, MI. :D

    I go to the senior matinee here on the West Coast and get the same benefits.
     
  11. billsharpe

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    I have enough trouble finding one movie that I want to see at a multiplex, let alone three. Also, my body is not longer set up for watching six hours of movies in a row. :D
     
  12. sigma1914

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    We did this as teens and in college...Well, correction...We tried do this. Sometimes we were successful, but it's hard not to get caught when one person (me) in the group REALLY sticks out due to his wheelchair. :lol:
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    I'm just sitting on the sidelines being curious as to how the pricepoint holds up.
     
  14. KK in CT

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    I don't find either wait to be that long? I'm against paying a high premium instead of waiting. I almost always just wait for the blu-ray to come out and get it from Netflix. I don't do it for the savings though. The blu-ray quality is superior to D* PPV quality. If you want the best experience at home thats the way to go. There really aren't many movies I feel the need to see in the theater. Maybe one a year. I'm with you that my home theater is a better experience than the movie theater. Maybe it's because I have a backlog of movies in my Netflix queue that I don't feel like a $30 PPV is a good option?
     
  15. KK in CT

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    Any idea if D* will actually release some figures once their first movie offering has expired? Would be interesting to see. I'm also interested to know if D* has to put up any money to the studios at first, regardless of how many showings they sell, or if they really only pay the studio a portion of each $30 fee they collect.
     
  16. SledgeHammer

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    The way I work, is that if I don't see it in the theater by the opening Friday, or at the very latest opening Saturday, I'll probably just wait to see it at home unless I'm really pushed. Once a movie is a week or so old, its no longer worth it to see it in the theater IMO. If its like a month or two old, I'll generally flatly refuses to see it in the theater anymore. Its all pyschological :).

    If you have a projector with a huge screen, I guess so. I have a pretty good sound system and I've sometimes been at the movies where the sound is screwed up and it takes 10 minutes for someone to go complain and for them to fix it, so I'm good with the sound I have at home. I only have a 50" TV at home, so a theater is a bit nicer.

    Yeah, there are a lot of scenarios I didn't think about that make sense. Generally I consider 60 day old movies "old" and I don't want to waste much money on them, but I realize not all people are that picky :).

    I find a lot of the services on DTV ridiculously overpriced. I dunno, maybe I come off like I'm cheap or something lol, and I'm really not. I spend my money on other things (and sometimes I go overboard). Its rare these days to find a movie I think was "AWESOME" and worth the money. If I'm going to come out of a theater thinking "that movie sucked", thats not going to get me into the theater.

    If I'd have spent $30 on "Just Go With It", I probably would be pretty hesistant to pull the trigger again. I saw it for practically free and still thought it sucked.
     
  17. Serra

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    Yea, $30 seems to be a total suck price, but it is about half of the cost of a movie for me. Plus, when I go to the movies, I normally have dinner afterwards. That puts the cost around $90. At that price $30 does seem like a real deal....

    However, I would rather just wait for it to come out on Netflix (release + 60 or whatever)
     
  18. Chris Blount

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    Ok, I gave the $30 rental model a whirl over the weekend and watched Battle: Los Angeles (good movie by the way).

    After clicking the rent button, it gave me a pretty heavy handed copy protection notice along with a warning that the recording is watermarked. It also required the use of HDMI (I tried component just to see what happens).

    The PQ and sound was fine. It's about what you would expect from satellite. Not as good as Blu-Ray but still pretty darn good. Full 1080p and Dolby Digital.

    They really should lower the price to $20. $30 is definitely too steep for most people (even for me but you know I had to try it :) ).

    Don't know if I will do this again at this price point but it was still fun seeing the movie weeks before the Blu-Ray release.
     
  19. KK in CT

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    Interesting. I just checked and that movie is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray on June 14th. I didn't think they were offering movies at that price point within 3 weeks of their release on disc?
     
  20. Jeremy W

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    That is very interesting to me. I wonder if the DVR is generating a watermark that would allow the recording to be traced back to you, or if it's just a general watermark that shows it came from DirecTV's Home Premiere service.
     

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