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DIRECTV to launch premium PPV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RAD, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Mar 31, 2011 #81 of 177
    maartena

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    I do. Usually when we go to the movies, we go after lunch anyways - Sunday matinee..... and there is simply no need to stuff ourselves with popcorn and sugary drinks. My wife usually puts a bottle of water in her purse, and maybe a little bit of candy.

    The Sunday matinee here is $8 a pop instead of the $10.50 they charge for prime time.

    $16 bucks, 5 minutes driving worth of fuel, and a sneaked in water bottle. Our local theatre has a Starbucks in it, and although more expensive, for $4 I can get a BUCKET of coffee, and for another $4 I can get a bag of candy.

    Basically, when we go to the movies we usually don't spend more then $20 to $25 with the two of us.

    I can't justify spending $30 for just my wife and I, and then watching it on a small screen.

    Since I am not so hung up on having to see the newest movie NOW, I usually end up waiting till it comes to HBO. Sometimes we do a PPV for $4.95 or $5.95 when it gets released there.

    But $30? I can't justify paying that kind of money and staying home.
     
  2. Mar 31, 2011 #82 of 177
    zimm7778

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    I never understood why a chain like AMC didn't negotiate this with a studio and then strike a deal with a provider to offer the movies at a higher price but in the home close to or at the same time it's in the theater. But it seems like movie chains were stuck in the past and didn't want to try and modernize.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2011 #83 of 177
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    What movie chain has the infrastructure to deliver movies to the home?
     
  4. Mar 31, 2011 #84 of 177
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    The price difference gets even more staggering when you get to other markets. We live in the Dallas metro and live close enough to a Cinemark whose regular price is $5.50, matinee $3.50 (and matinee in Texas is EVERY DAY until 6pm, not like California where weekend matinees end at 2 or 3).
    Don't believe me, here is the link to the theater, check out prices:
    http://www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1495

    And while it looks crappy on the outside, it's actually renovated on the inside with comfortable new seats (non stadium thank god) and most projectors are DLP projectors too which is a nice touch. So my wife and I just go to the theater on weekend afternoons and spend $7 combined for first run movies, especially crappy ones where the cost offsets how bad the movie is ("eh, for $3.50 it wasn't bad").

    Even then, for a day and date, 1080p high bitrate, and streamed DTS-MA/Dolby True HD lossless audio, I'd pay $30 to watch a brand new movie on my approx 180" 2.35:1 screen. It's still cheaper than high-end options that I love like Gold Class Cinemas http://www.goldclasscinemas.com/, which I go to and pay the premium for a commercial movie theater which has a large HT feel and doesn't have kids/tweens because of the price point. That's also the allure of watching at home: no kids, tweens, or other dbags.


    Problem is, everything bolded you aren't getting, not day and date, not high bitrate 1080p, and certainly not even close to streaming lossless audio. Once they get there I'll considering paying $30. But sadly once they are able to stream lossless audio and higher bitrate 1080p, they still won't do day and date, and they'll probably want $50. No thanks.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2011 #85 of 177
    pappy97

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    It's called AMC or Cinemark or something putting their name on a VUDU like service (or VUDU itself), they don't need to have the infrastructure. Just find a company already in the space (or going into the space), and slap their name on it.
     
  6. Apr 1, 2011 #86 of 177
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    How are they going to keep pirates from getting their hands on copies of that quality?
     
  7. Apr 1, 2011 #87 of 177
    zimm7778

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    They wouldn't need infrastructure. It would be an agreement between AMC and the movie studio to allow the movies to be aired at a much higher price on ppv (which I do not think they would object to, they just want the money however they can get it) and then AMC and Directv to allow the movies to be aired. I wouldn't call it a naming rights deal because AMC is brokering the deal to allow Directv or whatever carrier you want to throw in here to do it using the movies they receive in their theater. The studios themselves could send D* a copy of the movie to air on ppv at a price of $30 or $40 and AMC/Directv divy up the profits. AMC then pays the studio whatever they would normally pay them out of that, while AMC keeps the rest.
     
  8. Apr 2, 2011 #88 of 177
    harsh

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    By disabling the composite and component outputs, of course!

    Proof of the analog blackout concept was among the HR20 growing pains.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2011 #89 of 177
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    That is an industry change over time - to migrate to HDMI copyright protection on for HD.

    It's only "proof" that it's nothing unique to DirecTV. Hundreds of devices are impacted by the same Hollywood copyright technology migration.

    One example is that new model Blu Ray units manufactured after 2010 don't even offer component anymore, only supporting HDMI.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2011 #90 of 177
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    Doubt there will be a high demand for pirated PPV's a few days before Blue Ray release. Example: Black Swan blue Ray 19.99 at Target nation wide makes even the 5.99 PPV a bad choice.
     
  11. Apr 2, 2011 #91 of 177
    harsh

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    Do you mean HDCP copy protection? "HDMI copy protection" doesn't make sense other than HDMI must incorporate HDCP.

    What do Blu-ray players have to do with how DIRECTV is going to keep people from burning bootlegs before the Blu-ray is out?
     
  12. Apr 2, 2011 #92 of 177
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    HDMI is the means to the end (your favorite catch phrase) to HDCP copy protection.

    Your highlighted statement - lets see some facts that that is really happening to any significant degree, otherwise, its pure ....... .
     
  13. Apr 2, 2011 #93 of 177
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    +100000000000000


    Like you said, spend less, get the blu-ray, better A/V quality and keep it forever.

    Easy choice for me. I cannot see how this will make money. :lol:
     
  14. Apr 4, 2011 #94 of 177
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    This was tried in the UK last year, upset about Disney's plan to release the "Alice In Wonderland" DVD only 12 weeks after it opened in Cinemas a couple of chains said they wouldn't have the film at all

    Unfortunately one of the other chains decided not to join the blackout and consequently the protesting chains caved in and everyone showed the film


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/feb/23/alice-wonderland-odeon-disney-row
     
  15. Apr 15, 2011 #95 of 177
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    hdtvfan0001

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    I hear they're going to use up the Travel HD Channel bandwidth to support it... !rolling

    Bet I know how you'd feel about it if that were true... :lol:
     
  17. Apr 15, 2011 #97 of 177
    sigma1914

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    Typical Swanni...Uses DirecTV in his title to draw readers about this "controversial" idea as if DirecTV is the big dumb evil company doing it, then adds this gem at the end:
     
  18. Apr 15, 2011 #98 of 177
    hdtvfan0001

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    The infamous "Swanni Faux-News Bait & Switch" :eek2:;)
     
  19. Apr 15, 2011 #99 of 177
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    :lol:

    Yeah, that wouldn't go over too well. I’d surely go on a bashing spree.
     
  20. Hutchinshouse

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    I cannot believe others are jumping on the $30 PPV bandwagon as well. I guess DIRECTV, Comcast, Vudu and Wal-Mart know far more than I. I guess time will tell.

    I guess if people buy $1,500 HDMI cables, they’ll buy $30 PPV. I’m not that rich.
     

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