What is it with the infatuation with moving broadcast media to mobile phones? While some are still trying to convince everyone that we want to watch TV on our phones (despite the fact that past attempts at portable TV didn't work out so well), now some actually believe that feature-length movies will be a hit on mobile phones. Not just feature-length movies, by the way, but expensive feature-length movies. Some companies has worked out the licensing deal so that certain phone users will be able (in theory, should they want to) to download The Shawshank Redemption for around $32 to their mobile phones. Yes, you have to wonder why someone would pay that much. Yes, you have to wonder just how long it might take to download such a film onto the phone at pokey cellular connection speeds -- even of the 3G variety (storage is less of an issue, since this deal is with a company making storage for portable devices like this -- and it appears there will be an option to buy the storage card with the movie already there). However, most importantly, you have to wonder who really wants to sit around and watch Tim Robbins escape from jail on a one inch screen for two hours and twenty two minutes. Update: It's been pointed out that, despite what the original article suggests, this probably isn't available for download, but only as a memory card (which we mentioned as an option -- but it appears to be the only option). So that takes out the download issue, but doesn't solve any of the other ones. Plus, it adds the question of whether you really want to spend so much on a proprietary media card type that you probably won't be able to watch on other devices like, say, your TV.
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