The movie studios are slowly dipping their toes into online distribution. As of today, multiple sites will start selling a limited number of movie titles for download at a price between $20-$30. Of course, like a previously announced plan for the UK, the files will be locked down and not transferable to any devices beyond the user's computer. At this point, the only selling point seems to be the convenience of being able to download a movie the day it comes out. But it will take approximately 2 hours for the average user to download the file, far longer than it would take to go to the local video store. Furthermore, they're hoping users don't notice the tradeoff between instantaneous convenience and the hassle of having a file that they can't take off their computer, and, say, burn to a DVD. Considering all these drawbacks, and the high price, why would anyone go for this deal? What's strange is that one of the companies selling the films, Cinemanow, recently announced a plan to let users download and burn new porn titles to DVD. So if it's good for adult fare, why not extend it to everything?
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