Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Movielink is finally up

So the Hollywood consortium has finally put up an online movie site. It's terms: $2.99 - $4.99 for 24 hours worth of unlimited access within a 30 day period. That seems comparable to renting, but it does not include hassle costs -- the 17 minute estimated download time is way too optimistic. And I have no idea what the viewing experience is like. I don't like watching movies off my computer and I don't think that's going to change. I expect the quality to be poor.

Movielink is engaged in a law suit for collusion against independent VoD services. There is no economic benefit to the studios owning content and pipes, but it makes it easier for them to keep an eye on each other's pricing schemes. I don't know...I think VoD was solved by TiVo and Netflix.


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